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   You're looking for that Shorkie dream puppy. You think you know just what you want. But do you? Before you adopt or buy, please consider if you have chosen a truly good breeder. You deserve a happy, healthy, wonderful puppy! You'll be living with your choice for more than a decade- take the time to choose carefully!

Here are a few thoughts you may have. Click on the links to find out the myths or facts! Wherever possible, I have also tried to include useful links for more information.:

Show Dogs Versus Pet Dogs

Genetic Testing and Health

Dog Shows and  Registries

Choosing a Breed

Advertising and Finding a Dog

Checking out Breeders

About the Author

 


I don't want a fancy show puppy. I just want a good pet.

The most important job that any dog has is to be a good pet!

The qualities that a Shorkie needs to have to be a good pet. It should be healthy, well-socialized (to children, other people, and other animals)

If someone simply breeds any unevaluated shih tzu and yorkie together, the offspring may not look or act like a true shorkie should. If these offspring are bred to other unevaluated dogs, pretty soon you will have dogs that are Shokries in name only but that look and act nothing like a well-bred Shorkie.

In addition, anyone who buys a dog as a family pet want to ensure that the dog is healthy. Responsible breeders will ensure this by doing the proper genetic testing to ensure that the parents of their puppies are healthy. Less reputable breeders are unlikely to know that such tests exist, let alone do them.

Your best chances of getting a healthy shorkie puppy are to buy one from someone whose motivation for breeding is to produce the finest possible shorkies. That means someone who breeds only dogs that are themselves good pets and good representatives of what their breed should be. It also means someone who tests their parent dogs to make sure that they are free from any genetic defects before they are bred. It means someone who knows the background of their dogs well enough to know what they should produce.

In most cases, the people who are truly responsible breeders keep their dogs as house pets, so they know that their offspring will be good pets as well.

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  • I just want a nice pet- An article from Diane Blackman's wonderful Dog-Play site on one person's experience with her "nice pet"
  • Who Cares?- An impassioned argument for why we should care about dogs bred to be "just pets".

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Do breeders get rich breeding puppies?

Responsible breeding is not a business. Most good breeders lose money on their litters. As an idea and an example, a breeder of a litter of 6 Golden Retriever pups may have paid:

  • $150.00 for an OFA screening and evaluation
  • $30.00 for the yearly CERF screen
  • $80.00 for a cardiac exam
  • $85.00 for a brucellosis screening and pre-breeding exam
  • $500.00 for a stud fee
  • $600.00 for shipping the bitch to the stud and boarding the bitch, then shipping the bitch back
  • $100.00 for pre-whelping vet visits
  • $200.00 for extra food and supplements during and after the bitch's pregnancy
  • $75.00 for a whelping box
  • $50.00 for needed supplies for the delivery
  • $240.00 for 2 days minimum off-work for puppy delivery and care
  • $50.00 for an after-birth checkup
  • $300.00 for puppy food
  • $300.00 for puppy checkups, shots and wormings
  • $100.00 for miscellaneous puppy supplies

Thus, at a minimum, the breeder has spent over $2500.00 on this litter. This doesn't count any medical emergencies, such as a caesarian delivery. It also doesn't count all the fees for performance activities, such as conformation showing and obedience, that responsible breeders engage in to prove that their dogs are breed-worthy. This can easily cost several thousand dollars.

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The breeder said both parent dogs had been checked by a vet, so I guess the pups should be healthy.

Most vets are not experts in canine reproduction. They also may not want to lose business by telling their clients not to breed. In addition, the breeder may have heard only what he wanted to hear, not what the vet actually told him!

No vet can tell that a dog is free of genetic disease just by looking at the dog. Most genetic tests require special examinations by qualified veterinarians. Your best bet is to know what genetic tests are needed for the breed that you are interested in, and to ask the breeder to show you the results of those tests.

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Only fancy show dogs need testing before they are bred.

Genetic disease in dogs is devastating. Every year, uncounted families are heartbroken when their beloved pets are crippled from hip dysplasia, go blind from progressive retinal atrophy, are found to be deaf, die of cardiomyopathy, or suffer from many other disorders. Many of these tragic incidents could have been prevented with proper genetic testing before breeding and/or screening of the puppies. Responsible breeders do this; irresponsible ones do not.

By conducting thorough genetic screening programs, responsible breeders can greatly reduce their chances of producing an affected puppy. Irresponsible breeders can make no such claim.

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What's all the fuss about genetic disorders? I haven't ever seen a dog with one.

Have you ever seen an old dog with "arthritis"? A young dog that couldn't move around very well? Chances are they had any of a number of genetic defects such as hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthe's disease or patellar luxation. Ever met a blind or deaf dog? Except in extreme old age, most blind and deaf dogs become that way because of genetic disorders such as PRA and congenital deafness of white animals. Ever met a dog with extreme allergies? This tendency is inherited. The list could be a very long one. Many times, we just don't think of our dogs' problems as genetic when, in fact, they are.

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I don't know what OFA or CERF are. What are they and why are they important?

Dogs- both purebred and mixed-breed- can have a wide variety of genetic defects. Responsible breeders test that their dogs are free of such defects before they breed them, thus a purebred dog from a responsible breeder is more likely to be healthy than one from an irresponsible breeder that does not test. Here are some of the common abbreviations and terms you may see...

  • OFA- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. They are most well-known for certifying hip x-rays to determine if a dog is free from hip dysplasia, a crippling malformation of the hip joint. Your best chance of getting a dysplasia-free dog is to choose one from a pedigree where at least the last two generations have OFA clearances. OFA also screens dogs for a wide variety of other genetic maladies, including elbow dysplasia, copper toxicosis, etc. Their databases are searchable online, so you can check if a certain dog has been certified by OFA.
  • CERF- Canine Eye Registry Foundation. This organization certifies that a dog's eyes are free from visible genetic disease. A breeding dog should have a current CERF, done within the last year. Their database is also searchable online.
  • Penn-HIP- This is a test of hip joint laxity. The lower the number, the tighter the hip. It does not an indication, on its own, of whether a dog has dysplasia.
  • SAS- Subaortic stenosis, a heart defect common in several breeds, including Golden Retrievers and Newfoundlands. Responsible breeders of possibly affected breeds have their dogs screened for SAS by a canine cardiologist.
  • Thyroid screened- Hypothyroidism is a common defect in many breeds, and responsible breeders screen susceptible dogs to make certain that they have an acceptable thyroid level.

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I am looking for a working dog. They don't need all those health clearances.

Yes they do. A working dog needs the health and stamina to run and perform all day. Don't buy this excuse.

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The puppies and Parents are AKC, so they must be healthy.

The American Kennel Club is only a registry. AKC registration does not guarantee you a quality puppy any more than DMV registration guarantees you a quality car.

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The puppies have a "champion background"!

Most times where this is used as a selling point, the puppies have one grandparent who is a champion. This means nothing. It is too far-removed to have much effect on the pup. It is the general background of the puppy, and the specific background of the pup's parents that is important.

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The breeder says these dogs are registered with the Continental Kennel Club!

The Continental Kennel Club (as well as many other supposed registries such as the Universal Kennel Club, Worldwide Kennel Club, etc.) are not true registries as the AKC is. They will register any dog, even if parentage is unknown, as long as they are give the cash. They do not hold shows or any other performance events. They are for-profit businesses designed to give "papers" to anyone who wants them. For more information on the ConKC, please see the Continental Kennel Club FAQ.

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I don't want to pay $600.00 for a dog! I'd rather have the $150.00 dog from the paper.

The purchase price of a dog is one of the smallest investments! After you buy the dog, you still have many years of paying for feeding, vet checks, etc. That "bargain" Shorkie puppy becomes less of a good deal when, at 10 months of age, you find that the dog needs $3000.00 worth of surgery for hip dysplasia. The "cheap" Chihuahua isn't such a bargain when it grows up to be a temperamentally-unstable kid-biter.

  

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The pet store said they don't use any puppy mills.

Of course they won't admit that they do! Any breeder that sells to pet stores is not an ethical breeder. Good breeders don't send their precious puppies away to be bought sight unseen by anyone with a whim and a wad of cash!

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OK, I want to get a puppy from a responsible breeder. What do I do now? How do I find one?

This subject has been rather thoroughly covered on the Web, so I refer you to the sites below.

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What's a "backyard breeder"? Aren't most dogs bred in the backyard?

"Backyard breeder" or "BYB" is a slang term for the casual breeder; the person who breeds for money, or because "Fifi is such a nice pet", or because "She's a purebred and we want our money back", or "The kids think it would be fun". BYBs are responsible for producing the vast majority of unfit, unsound puppies.

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The breeder has been in business 25 years! They are licensed with USDA approved! Isn't that good?

No. Only "volume breeders" need such licensing. Such people are producing puppies for profit. They are not good choices when you are looking for a caring, responsible breeder.

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The breeder said I couldn't see the parents.

Then walk away! You must meet the mother of your dog. If she is shy or aggressive or unhealthy, then expect her pups to be the same. It's OK- in fact a good sign- if the father isn't on the premises-

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so MANY websites About Shorkies??

Part of building a successful on line business is getting the people to your website. After all The internet

is full of websites offering the same things some not as good as others, but still the same.

 Every Shorkie breeder wants to be number one in Google when it comes to shih tzu and yorkie mix

 puppies.  The higher you  are on the search engines the better your traffic will be.  So you need to

build a a good solid approach to your website. One way you can do this is thru linking strategies. 

 

But you must build a solid ethical source of increasing natural liking to your site, because

 if you have a good  reputation you don't want to link to unethical business or an in unethical

manner. So we have  built many informational websites with shorkie content on them all

 linking back to our main site. On each of our websites have abided by and applies all Google

Guidelines.

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