ALL OUR PUPPIES CAN BE REGISTERED,
VET CHECKED, UTD ON SHOTS/WORMINGS,
AND HAVE THEIR DEWCLAWS REMOVED.
Almost all pups are sold PET only, this means they go with
Limited AKC(no breeding rights)& must be spayed/neutered
to ensure they make the best of pets.
My website is almost always correct. I list or take a sold pup off as soon as it sells. So if you see a pup you are interested in email for more pics and info. Thanks for looking!!
If you decide on a puppy, the way it works is -after I have talked to you in person I will email you the contract (unless you are coming to see the pup in person) you will need to copy the contract and paste it into a new email. Fill out the info and email it back to me before sending a paypal deposit or print it out then mail it back to me with the deposit with a money order. After a deposit and contract are sent to me the pup is now consider sold and no longer on my site. I send videos to the new owners every two weeks.
One thing you should know about the Shih Tzu breed is that they carry a gene for hernias. What this means is that 1 out of 3 shih tzus will have a inguinal or umbilical hernia at birth even if the parents and grandparents do not have them. About 90% grow shut before they are 6 months of age. We have a general rule we follow at the vet office I work at- if they are smaller than a dime they pretty much always grow shut by 4-6 months of age, nickle sized may need fixed at time of neuter/spay if not shut by 6-8 months but are still small enough to not be a health issue just cosmetic, and bigger than a quarter need fixed before being sold. Sometimes they will shut and leave a fat deposit- which is just what an outie belly button is. This can be avoided by "milking" or pushing the fatty fluid back into the adominal cavity about once every couple days until the hole closes. "Pin points" or "small" sized hernias are not a health issue since the hole in the adominal wall is not large enough for intestine to pass though. "Large" hernias ,though much more rare, should always be fixed before a pup leaves.
A look at some of the health issues in Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is an active, entertaining little dog which generally enjoys a long and healthy life. Although there are no serious widespread health problems in the breed, there are conditions being reported that breed health co-ordinators are monitoring and breeders should be up to speed with. There are also some more day to day potential issues that owners need to be mindful of.
Nothing written here is intended to contradict the professional opinion of a vet who has examined your dog. It reflects the acquired wisdom of long time owners and breeders (and their vets) and is given as general advice only.
Eye Injuries and Infections
With their large forward facing eyes and short muzzle, Shih Tzu are prone to picking up knocks and injuries to their eyes. Most eye injuries can be very successfully treated, the quicker veterinary help is sought the better the chances of a full recovery. A daily check of your Shih Tzu's eyes, accompanied by a quick wipe to keep them clear of any build up, is usually sufficient to spot anything untoward and to allow prompt treatment. After an injury the affected eye often starts to take on a bluish tint. It isn't always possible to see the injury itself immediately. When an eye has an infection, such as conjunctivitis, it will often appear inflamed and you may notice more blinking or winking. Eye injuries and infections can be very painful and you should seek veterinary help as soon as you can.
There are a number of different type of hernia but the two most often come across in Shih Tzu are Umbilical and Inguinal. A hernia is a protrusion of body tissue, fat or organ through an abnormal opening in the surrounding tissue. Usually the protrusion or bulge can be pushed back in and this is known as reducible. If not then it called incarcerated. If the blood supply to an incarcerated hernia is cut off then the hernia becomes strangulated. Although an uncommon occurrence a strangulated hernia is a medical emergency requiring swift veterinary treatment. A hernia should always be pointed out to you and discussed by a responsible breeder when choosing a puppy.
Umbilical hernias are fairly common in our breed. A Shih Tzu with an umbilical hernia will have a bulge in the middle of the tummy, where the umbilical cord was attached, caused by an incompletely closed umbilical ring. Although inheritance likely has an influence in some cases, the majority of umbilical hernias are believed to be caused by the umbilical cord being severed too close to the abdominal wall at birth. Most umbilical hernias are small and will get smaller as a puppy grows. In many cases they will disappear completely by the time a puppy is several months old. Umbilical hernias rarely require surgical intervention before this age but a larger hernia might require repair. This is often convenient to do at the time of neutering. Breeding opinions do vary but generally if a hernia is large enough to require surgery then the dog should not be bred from. If a dog has a small hernia then it is ok to breed on with but, as any modes of inheritance are poorly understood, the breeding should not be repeated if significant numbers of puppies are born with hernias.
Inguinal hernias are less common but more likely to require corrective surgery if they don't disappear as the puppy grows. They are caused by tissue or abdominal organs protruding through the inguinal ring and show up as bulges in the groin area either on one side or both. They are more common in females but do occur in both. Inguinal hernias are more likely to be a hereditary condition so dogs with them are more likely to pass them on and could possibly suffer increased risk of complications in pregnancy so should not be bred from.
Dry eye (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca) occurs when the tear glands don't produce enough tears to keep the eye surface sufficiently lubricated. It is a common condition in dogs and, untreated can result in corneal ulceration and eye infection which can lead eventually to blindness.
Sometimes dry eye is a temporary issue that the dog will recover from following treatment but it can also be a lifelong condition requiring careful management.
There are different types of bladder stones. One - Struvite - overwhelmingly affects bitches, around 85% of cases involve females. Another - Oxalate - is more common in males. Symptoms include difficulty passing urine, blood in the urine and. repeated urine infections. Some stones may be passed in urine but often surgery is required. Recurrence can often be minimised by controlling diet.
Many Shih Tzu puppies' nostrils can be a bit pinched when they are teething, they sound snuffly and they may blow the odd clear bubbles fro their nose. This is due to the swelling involved with cutting new teeth. Most of them grow out of it when their adult teeth finish coming though, usually by around 6 months of age. A small minority do need surgery but most get much better without any intervention. If a puppy is obviously struggling to breathe, is lethargic and/or has green mucus around its nose then a veterinary intervention may be necessary earlier but otherwise it is best to wait and see.
Allergies and Intolerances
Although not as widespread as in some breeds, allergies or intolerances seem to be fairly common in Shih Tzu. Strictly speaking an allergy is less common and more serious than an intolerance but the two terms can get mixed up. Intolerances can take many forms but the most obvious symptom is usually scratching and/or sore skin. It is best to consult your vet in the first instance, especially if the skin is sore or infected. Sometimes a dietary intolerance will be shown by a tummy upset, but not always.
If your Shih Tzu is scratching and you have ruled out more obvious causes - such as fleas and ticks, abscesses and other skin infections - then it is likely your dog is sensitive to something he is in regular contact with. In a typical home the most likely issues are one or more of diet, dust/house mites and possibly the shampoo he is bathed in. Our experience is that most problems are caused by something the dog's diet not agreeing. Wheat is the most common offender but some dogs are sensitive to certain meats. Look carefully at the ingredients in your dog's food. Many mainstream kibbles contain lots of wheat or other cereals. Try feeding a hypoallergenic variety and experiment over a period a several weeks. Pay particular attention also to the treats you feed. Your vet will be able to help with a special diet but if you can pin down the ingredient causing the issue you can usually find suitable foods without the specialist high price tag.
Shih Tzu are no more prone than any other dog to have ear infections. They do, however, grow hair inside their ears which needs to be removed periodically to help keep the ears clean. The most common problem is ear mites. They are usually picked up from direct contact with another dog. They make your dogs ears itch and secrete a brown waxy substance. Veterinary treatment is simple but should be sought quickly as the longer an infestation is untreated the greater the likelihood of secondary complications such as infections. Check you Shih Tzu's ears regularly to make sure they are clean.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic intestinal problem. Regular bouts of diarrhoea are the most common symptom. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with diet sometimes in conjunction with steroids.
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All of our puppies go home with a one year guarantee in the case of death from a genetic related disorder. The owner must provide a written document from their vet after having an autopsy performed stating the cause of the puppies death with in 3 days of the passing of the pup. If the breeder's own vet approves the diagnosis, the puppy will be replaced with a puppy of the same sex and value with in 12 months of the passing or will provide a full refund if such a puppy is not produced. The breeder is not responsible for vet bills or other expenses. Feel free to contact my vet for references (765)-893-4415.We can not and do not provide a weight guarantee. All we can do is estimate adult size judging by the pup's weight at time of sale, size of parents and past litters. I do my very best to be with in a 2lb area but weight is something that I can not control. Exercise, eating habits, and metabolism determines weight also.
Unless stated otherwise, puppies are sold on a spayed/neuter contract. In order to help protect my puppies from disreputable breeders who would harm my imperials or weaken the breed we sell most of our pups pet only with limited AKC registration. New owners are asked to have their puppies spayed or neutered by the age of 4 to 7 months.
LoCo Shih Tzus
6877 South 700 West
Williamsport IN, 47993
On this date__________________________, the sale was made to
(Your Full name)___________________________________________
(Phone # and email address)_____________________________
for the shih tzu _______________________________________________
Date of Birth ___________________
A deposit of ______ has been sent to hold the above puppy until it is picked up or shipped at
10 weeks of age, unless prior arrangements have been made. The deposit is
NON-REFUNDABLE unless the puppy becomes ill or dies before it is picked up, then the full
refund will be returned. The breeder has the right to refuse a sale of a puppy at anytime before the
puppy is paid in full and a full refund of the deposit returned. The puppy will not be shipped or allowed to leave
until it is paid for in full with either cash or a money order. The puppy must be spayed/neutered
between 4 to 8 months of age.
The Buyer should have a licensed veterinarian examine the puppy (at Buyer's expense)
within 48 hours of possession. If the puppy is found to be in poor health, a full refund or
replacement will be given upon returning the puppy within 48 hours. If the puppy was
shipped, seven days will be allowed and the cost of shipping will be shared by the Seller and
Buyer. If there is a problem and the Buyer decides to keep the puppy, all veterinary bills will be the responsibility of the Buyer.
The puppy has a one year health guarantee in the case of death due to a
genetic related disorder. The owner must provide a written document to the breeder from a
vet who performed the autopsy stating the cause of death. If the breeders own vet approves the diagnosis, the puppy
will be replaced with a puppy of the same sex and value with in 12 months of the passing or
provide a full refund. The breeder is not responsible for vet bills or other expenses.
(Sign and date)___________________________________________.