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* 1. Our Puppies START at $3,500.  It is hard to give a precise estimate on each dog, as they are priced based on breed, size, color, confirmation, & pedigree.  The MAJORITY of our Shih Tzus are between $3,500 & $4,500; the MAJORITY of our French Bulldogs are between $4,500 - $6,000.  ALL our dogs are rehomed as pets on a strict spay & neuter contract.  If you are not comfortable with this price, please do not fill out an application (unless you're looking for a retired or older dog).  We put our hearts & souls into these puppies.  We do not cut any corners, financially or otherwise, year around on our dogs & the babies we are raising.  Raising newborn pups with a nurturing heart & hand requires 24-hour a day human intervention.  We do much more than most even responsible breeders when caring for these babies, including plasma & probiotic supplementation, to kick start their immune systems that will benefit them for years to come.  

Each of our dogs used for breeding are tested for genetic health traits.  There are a few genetic disorders that are prevalent in Shih Tzus & French Bulldogs.  These are... Shih Tzus, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM); CDDY - CDDY/IVDD Risk; and CDPA - Chondrodysplasia;  French Bulldogs, Cystinuria Type 3, Hereditary Cataracts, Multifocal Retinopathy 1, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cone-Rod Dystrophy 4, Degenerative Myelopathy, and Hyperuricosuria.   Once we started genetic testing we saw how common these traits appear.  It does complicate our breeding program but we cannot "unlearn" what we know.  All our matings will first be paired for health traits as our primary concern & then paired for color traits.  We will never breed a male & female that are both carriers of the same worrisome health trait, even if the chance of negatively impacting each embryo is 25%. 

We keep all our puppies for a minimum of 10 - 16 weeks, & each will be individually evaluated based on size, independence, & confidence before being able to make their big transition to their new home.  They will all come micro-chipped & we will remain on their microchip registration (this ensures that none of the dogs we are responsible for breeding end up in a shelter-type situation).  Most Shih Tzus will come with their dewclaws removed & all pups with 2+ vaccinations.

Lastly, we allow in-person visits.  We are just as interested in meeting the person/family that is thinking of raising one of our babies as you are interested in meeting your potential future puppy in person before making this huge commitment.  However, we do have security measures set in place in order to be able to open up our home to a stranger.  You must be ok with our security measures & if not, there is not a potential to adopt from us.

In times where we are caring for a newborn litter, or find one of our newborns needing extra human intervention to thrive, we are known to fall behind on reading these applications.  For this reason, please text or call us once your application has been submitted so we can start our conversation.  Our phone number is (949) 410-6040.  We do have available puppies, as well as, a dwindled-down waiting list for people that are looking for a pup in the near future.  Both options would be available to you if we think you'll make a superb pawrent for one (or two) of our babies. :-))

As for the questionnaire, each question requires an answer for it to be submitted to us.  You should have answers to all these questions but if you do not, please write N/A.

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* 2. Personal Information

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* 3. How old are you?

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* 4. More About You

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* 5. How did you find out about us?

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* 7. What are you interested in, in terms of breed, sex, size, and color.  Please be as specific as possible or please state that you are flexible &/or what you are not interested in.  (This answer is important to us because there are times that we have pups available in the nursery & we will pull applications that match a puppy we have available at that time.)

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* 8. What is your timeline to bring home your new family member?

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* 9. How many other adults currently live in your household [name(s) age(s), relation to you, etc.]

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* 10. How many children, by age, currently live in your household?

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* 11. What is your past experience with dogs?

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* 12. Have you ever had a Shih Tzu or French Bulldog before?  If yes, please elaborate.

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* 13. Do you have any other living pets?  If so, please share species, breed, sex, age, and whether or not they are spayed/neutered.

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* 14. What do you currently feed (or have fed) your pets?

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* 15. Have you ever had to rehome a pet?  If yes, please explain the circumstances, in what year, their breed, age, etc.  What has changed since then?

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* 16. How long have you been thinking about getting a new puppy?  What motivates you to get a new puppy?

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* 17. What drew you to the Shih Tzu or French Bulldog breed?

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* 18. Do you rent or own your home?

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* 19. Do you have a backyard, patio, or balcony?

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* 20. What activities would you like to do with your new puppy/dog?

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* 21. What does an average weekday & weekend look like in your life?

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* 22. How often do you take vacations or weekend trips? (PRE COVID & NOW)

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* 23. How often do you travel for work? (PRE COVID & NOW)

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* 24. Is your workplace (or your partner's) pet friendly?

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* 25. When traveling, who would care for your pet(s)?

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* 26. When you are not at home, your dog will be:

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* 27. The energy level in your home is usually:

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* 28. Your new puppy/dog will get its daily exercise by?

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* 29. Do you have experience training dogs to manage challenging behaviors?

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* 30. What costs are you expecting to incur when having a puppy &/or dog to take care of?

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* 31. Do you plan to get Pet Insurance?  And why?

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* 32. How much $ do you think your new puppy/dog will cost you monthly?

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* 33. Do you commit to it for its entire lifetime, in sickness & in health?

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* 34. Why would you make a good pawrent to one of our babies?

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* 35. What questions do you have for us?

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* 36. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FILLING OUT OUR APPLICATION.  WE WILL GET BACK TO YOU WHEN OUR FIRST DUTY OF TAKING CARE OF PUPS & DOGS ALLOWS US.  WE ARE A LITTLE BACKED UP DUE TO PUPPIES, HOLIDAYS, & COVID SO PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US.  IF YOU WANT TO VERIFY THAT WE RECEIVED YOUR APPLICATION, YOU CAN EMAIL US AT thepuppynursery@gmail.com.  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME & THE DATE YOU SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION.

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