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About Us

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Get to Know Us

We are a small loving in home hobby breeder of pure bred AKC registered Shih Tzu in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. We focus on and take pride in raising healthy, amazingly beautiful and loving puppies. We're dedicated to only breeding dogs that we know are excellent representations of the standard and will make a positive contribution to their line and to the families who love them. We have grown to really value the connections we form with our buyers and love to continue to watch our puppies grow up through their eyes!

 

All of our Shih Tzu mommies and daddies are members of our family and live in our home. Our puppies are well socialized in fact they are pre-spoiled! They are raised under foot in our house,  NOT in a kennel or some outbuilding, and given a lots and lots of hands on attention. Our goal is for our puppies to make an easy transition from our loving home to yours.  We strive to breed our puppies for outstanding temperament, conformation, and of course, most important of all, health.

If your circumstances change and you can no longer care for the Shih Tzu you purchased from us, you must either return the dog to us and we will place them into an approved new home or assist you in finding a new approved home. In this way, we are able to keep track of and take responsibility for all the dogs we have brought into this world, and do not contribute to the rescue problem.

**NEVER MUST ONE OF OUR DOGS BE SURRENDERED TO A SHELTER OR RESCUE ORGANIZATION FOR ANY REASON!!!**

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Mission

Here at Little Miracles Shih Tzu, we are dedicated and strive to provide you with a well balanced and socialized loving family companion.  We raise our puppies in our home which provides them an enriched environment to increase their social skills and emotional stability right from the start. We introduce our puppies to love, sounds, sights, and touch using early neurological stimulation.  We know that a well socialized puppy is not only happier and healthier but also makes a far better pet for you. We specialize in the traditional colors of the breed with black pigment. Occasionally, we may have a liver.  Our breeding practices strive to outcross our breeding stock to enhance beauty, conformation and to provide genetic diversity. Our puppies are also raised in a smoke free home. Our goal is to provide our forever families with the best puppies possible. We do not raise our puppies on wire or in cages! They are raised in puppy play pens with room to run and play. In there, they are also trained to eliminate on puppy pads so the first steps to potty training are underway unlike puppies that are raised on wire. 

As a reputable dog breeder,  we work hard to uphold breed standards and protect structurally, physically, and emotionally sound dogs, because unfortunately, you will find many unethical sources out there with “cheap” dogs that are focusing only on making a profit off of their animals. For example, Shih Tzu puppies should continue nursing until they are at least 8 weeks old, as toy breed puppies do not have the enzymes necessary to produce glucose from the liver until they are a bit older.  However, sadly, I often see very young puppies at 6 weeks being sold. They do not genetic test their animals for health and do not take care in raising in an environment to promote healthy well balanced pups. It’s critical to note as well that a license to breed does not indicate welfare — only quality of care can do that.  That being said, many of our dogs have Championship lines. I hear often from clients that they do not necessarily care about championship lines and do not want to invest in the cost of a quality puppy, they just want an inexpensive pet.  However, good breeders strive for dogs who meet as closely as possible to the standards set for the breed. That does not mean that a champion line dog is perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect dog. It just means that the dog is being bred to have fewer flaws. In fact, the differences in a show quality puppy and a pet quality puppy sold out of the same champion bred litter can be so small that only the breeder or a show judge would be able to see it. Differences in determining whether a dog is placed as a pet or show quality can include correctness of bite, eyes, head, top line, angulation, symmetry and color of coat, coat texture, tail set, etc. The most important things are health and temperament and that is why we health test our parents and they receive yearly veterinary exams to make sure they are healthy enough to pass on good genetics to their offspring. However, nature can be cruel, and sometimes unforeseen health issues develop in the most carefully contemplated breedings. The best we as breeders can do is to try and ensure that the dogs in the breeding program are as healthy as possible. And of course, it is also very important to us  that we find our fur babies the best homes full of love and proper care for the rest of their lives. That is why we screen all potential homes prior to placing our puppies. We want our puppies going to only the best of homes. An approved puppy application is REQUIRED prior to being considered to be placed on our waiting list for our puppies.

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