Know More About Ricky's Shih Tzu
We are professionals, Started in 2010 and as a family, we are absolutely devoted to the care of our dogs and puppies, and to the continual development of this wonderful breed. We take great pride in what we do - our premise have been purpose built and we have over 12 acres of pasture where our dogs love to play. We are always on hand to answer your phone calls and emails. It is our job to make sure that you get the perfect puppy for you and your family.Our experience with dog related allergies and asthma. Ricky's Shih Tzu Puppies have allergy-friendly fleece and wool coats. Approximately 50% of our customers have asthma or dog related allergies and our puppies have achieved a 98% success rate with sufferers.We allow our puppies to live with selected families in their homes, as opposed to in a kennel environment. This means that we are breeding wonderful family companions FROM wonderful family companions -We achieve healthier dogs by outcrossing. You will find very few common ancestors in our pedigrees. This greatly reduces the risk of genetic disorders.The best start in life! We place great emphasis on early socialisation and we spend hours and hours socialising and interacting with our puppies - this is the best bit! There is rarely an evening that we don’t each have a puppy or two sitting on our lap in front of the fire! Before leaving us, our puppies are spayed/neutered, fully wormed, vaccinated to date and treated with Stronghold (covers fleas, ear mites and various worms
Learn More About The Breed
A Shih Tzu (pronounced sheed zu) is a big dog in a little package. Though small enough to live happily in a city apartment, it is sturdy and even-tempered, with few health problems. It loves people and other dogs of all shapes and sizes, and is definitely not a watchdog. Many Shih Tzu almost never bark and would happily give a burglar a guided tour! This is an easy breed to spoil. Shih Tzu are very good at letting you know what they want, and if you’re not careful you’ll find that they train you instead of the other way around. If you want to romp, they’re ready to go. If you want to rest, they’ll curl up quietly next to you. We often joke that Shih Tzu are like potato chips- once you have one, you always want more.
THE HISTORY OF THE SHIH TZU
The ancestry of the Shih Tzu is rather obscure, but it is probable that the breed is primarily of Tibetan origin. The history of the Tibetan “lion dogs” is interwoven with the tenets of Buddhism. In the Buddhist religion, which originated in India, the lion was sacred. However, because there were no lions in China, when Buddhism traveled East, the Chinese eunuchs and Tibetan monks bred their dogs to resemble lions. The mythical “lion dogs”, also known as “Foo dogs”, were depicted in imperial scrolls and guarded temples and palaces. The Shih Tzu were among the breeds known as “lion dogs” that came to be associated with Buddhism in China. The name Shih Tzu means “lion” in Chinese.