is a line many breeders use to get you to pay a high price for a puppy.
page is dedicated to all those starry eyed puppy seekers who have been
ripped off by uneducated, money hungry, selfish breeders who do not
stand behind anything they breed. These breeders are your best friend
when you are a prospective buyer and once you give them money for
a puppy, they cannot seem to find time to speak with you much less stand
behind their puppy.
sure to scroll down to the bottom to see a side by side comparison of a
proper Shih Tzu puppy and a not so proper Shih Tzu puppy.
be a victim. Educate yourself!!!
artists, imposters, internet scammers, rip-off artists, etc., are
looking for puppy buyers worldwide with deals too good to be true.
I know because I was a victim of their scams. If you will notice I do
not put many puppy photos of my beautiful babies on my site. I do this
to protect myself and prospective puppy buyers like yourself. I have had
dishonest people come to my site and steal my photos only to use them to
sell unaware puppy buyers their sick, unhealthy, non Shih Tzu looking
dogs. Once people see the photos, the dishonest people stole, they have
to have one of these puppies. Potential new parents pick a puppy out of
my photos posted on the scammers fraudulent
website, and bam, the new parents are sent a nightmare.
web design client sent me the following photos of a puppy she fell in
love with on the net. She admits she was not a smart puppy buyer because
she did not really research the breed, but she had no idea what her
ignorance would cost her.
is the true story of a scammed puppy buyer. To keep the identity of the
scammed private we will call her Jane.
is a photo of the sweet little face she fell in love with and paid $900.00
an puppy seeker calls I try to educate the weary seeker on how to look
for a nice healthy Shih Tzu, weather I have puppies or not. I have
always said to the seeker, all puppies are cute when they are
little, but what will they look like when they are grown. Well, here's
the answer to that question.....
dog surely does not resemble a proper adult Shih Tzu. But it has AKC
papers and a proper pedigree. You can read more about papers at www.shihtzukisses.com/papers.htm
breeder who sold this dog was warm and caring when Jane was a
prospective puppy buyer. When Jane wanted her money back she was told
"Not a chance." After doing research Jane bought another real
Shih Tzu (no not one of mine) and approached this breeder again. This
time all Jane said was "I don't want any money back I just want to
bring the dog back so it will have a home." the breeder again said
"No way" Of coarse the breeder did not want this dog back. She
knew it would take a labor of love to find a home for this homely little
is a prime example of why good breeders get a bad rep. Our Shelters are
full of puppies from breeders like this. Prospective uneducated puppy
buyers are taken advantage of by people who are just looking to make a
quick buck. When their "Pure Bred" puppy grows up and does not
look at all like the "Pure Bred" pictures in the book, these
puppies are taken to the nearest shelter to be thrown away because the
breeder who sold them the puppy was to glad to get rid of it and can not
be bothered to see it again.
the end the puppy above was taken to a rescue and was adopted to a new
family who knew what they were getting and did not pay a high price for
you are not willing to rescue, you should not breed!!! PERIOD!!!
yourself and the surplus pet population a favor
yourself on the breed you intend to buy!!
you buy, check out your shelter. If your not stuck on having a puppy
that is high breed quality there are plenty of wonderful unwanted
you Jane for letting me use your story. You can find
comfort in the thought that telling your story might help someone else
from making the same mistake.
Shih Tzu kisses to you!
following is a side by side comparison of two Shih Tzu puppies.
photos like this that are to numerous to count.
black and white puppy boy is a photo I received from a woman who
contacted me for a Shih Tzu and felt my price was a little high for her.
I understood her dilemma and proceeded to tell her what to look for and
ask other breeders before buying a puppy. She paid 600.00 for the puppy
in the photo and I am afraid she paid to much. Both puppies are nine
weeks old. The gold and white Shih Tzu is one of my boys at nine weeks
of age. To be
fair I tried to resemble the position of the original and didn't do
anything fancy to make my boy look cuter.
my opinion of the correctness of this puppy.
suspect this puppy has had some other breed in it somewhere down the
line. The first thing that jumps out at me is the fact that his nose is
a little long for a Shih Tzu. The second thing that immediately caught
my eye is the coat. There is not much to speak of. He has no
cushion in the muzzle that the standard calls for and gives the Shih Tzu
their mushy face. The photos speak for themselves. These two puppies do
not even look like the same breed. I could go on but I do not want to
rip the poor little guy apart.
puppy is a living soul that deserves the best life has to offer. I am
hoping that the new owner will except how this puppy will look as he
grows. I hope that at the very least the breeder did some kind of
testing on her dogs to ensure this little fellow will be healthy and not
cause his new owner unexpected vet bills.
you want a Shih Tzu puppy do your homework and at the very least ask
questions about health and know what a Shih Tzu puppy is supposed to
COATED SHIH TZU
newest trend with Shih Tzu is what some "breeders" are calling
single coated or no groom Shih Tzu. These puppies are being called Prapso
Shih Tzu. Breeders are selling and purposely
breeding these puppies as a designer "better" Shih tzu. This
is NOT A Shih Tzu. The standard for Shih Tzu calls for a long flowing
double coat with a chrysanthemum face.
of a Prapso puppy - Prapsos have several characteristics which are
apparent quite early. One aspect is the muzzle hair. A normal
puppy face puppy grows like a chrysanthemum's petals, spreading out
using the nose as a focal point. The muzzle hair on the Prapsos is
smooth. In the coats of the Prapsos there will be shiny, stiff
hairs which are like coarse guard hairs. The Prapsos may have no
hair between the pads, and may have hare feet, a sparse head fall,
and abruptly short coats. It is also said Prapsos cut their primary
(baby) teeth by four to four and one-half weeks, when the average Shih
Tzu may be just starting to cut his.
puppies do not happen in resposible breeding. This is a defect and if it
ever does pop up the parents should be spayed/ neutered and placed.
Instead, so called "breeders" are choosing to breed these dogs
and the resulting litters are touted as great and wonderful because you
don't have to groom them. I now believe the above examples of puppies
gone bad are part Prapsos.
were initially found in Lhasa and any good Lhasa breeder will tell you
these puppies were placed as pets and the parents were not bred again.
This is an accident. I believe somewhere down the line someone's pet
Shih tzu they were using to bred ended up with this and an uneducated
person got the bright idea that this was a NO GROOM SHIH TZU????
is another example of why you should do your homework on any breed you
settle on as an addition to your family. Know what you are buying.
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