After years of having bred and shown some of the top dogs in the country, we are retired from the show ring but are currently but only occasionally breeding quality AKC Shih Tzu, bred for temperment, type and health.
Pictured on the right is "P.J.", Ch. Country Lady's Pride and Joy one of our newest foundation studs. Combined with our girls with outstanding pedigrees and conformation our "babies" represent our efforts to come as close to what the AKC standard requires.
Unfortunately with the popularity of the Shih Tzu today, we are seeing poor examples of the breed. Amateur (or uninformed) breeders in most cases are not breeding to improve the next generation, hence, the flat heads, tubey long bodies, fiddle fronts and worst of all bad temperments.
The AKC states the Shih Tzu is supposed to be an "overall well balanced dog with no exagerrated features", the body should be only slightly longer than the height at the shoulders. It is our fear that the Shih Tzu will continue to be bred by amateurs that will result in defective backs with problems that Dachshund breeders face.
We do not breed often but when we do, our puppies are sold only on a spay/neuter contract and only to homes we are comfortable with.