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* 1. Our Puppies START at $3,000.  It is hard to give a precise estimate on each dog, as they are priced based on size, color, confirmation, & pedigree.  But the majority are between $3,000 & $4,000.  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 & litters are not cheap or easy to care for properly.  

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.  These are: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM); CDDY - CDDY/IVDD Risk; and CDPA - Chondrodysplasia.  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 weeks & can be up to 16 weeks for the teeny ones.  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 will come with their dewclaws removed & 2+ vaccinations.

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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.

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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 Shorkie 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 Shorkie 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? (During Quarantine AND Before)

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

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

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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. Puppies & Dogs can be expensive!  How much $ do you think your new puppy/dog will cost you monthly, assuming it is healthy?

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* 32. Can you afford to take care of a new puppy/dog & do you commit to it for its entire lifetime, in sickness & in health?

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

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* 34. 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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