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I am going to see a puppy!

Discussion in 'Dogs - small breeds (toy) specific' started by doggielover, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. doggielover

    doggielover New Member

    Well tonight I am going to see a puppy, she is a maltese crossed with shih tzu (the mom is the shih tzu, i read somewhere that the pups usually take after the mother more in looks and personality, is it true?) I am really excited! I was talking to a really good shih tzu breeder but the only thing is that she's got four people before me that get to pick a pup and the deposit is non refundable. Well if anyone knows anything on this mix it would be greatly appreciated! And I will let you guys know how everything goes!!! Pup can't come home til Oct 22
  2. MollysMom

    MollysMom New Member

    How exciting!
    I don't neccesarily agree with the pups looking more like the Mom. I think it can go either way.
    Our Molly (Bichon Mom, Shih Tzu dad) takes more after her Dad. Her Mom was white with a longer muzzle, and Molly has the Shih tzu color markings with a shorter muzzle....but has the fluffier Bichon hair.
    One of her brothers was all gold with a black mask....very Shih Tzu looking, while the other brother looked more like her. She had a sister that only had half the Shih Tzu mask on the face.
    Molly has one white streak on one ear...a Bichon throw in???
    But, I have seen other pups from the same breeder who did take after their Mom, mostly white with some marking.
    Anyway, I think it can go either way.
  3. doggielover

    doggielover New Member

    Thanks for the reply Molly's mom, I am really excited I just have another hour to go til I can see the pups! Molly is a really cutie! Do you think it is weird that the breeder said that her dogs will be put in their crates when i come because they can be really possesive of the babies? Also this is the third time this mom is being bred is that okay?
  4. MollysMom

    MollysMom New Member

    Hmmm...I don't know about the crate thing. When we bred our labs we never had an issue with them being possessive when people came to look at the pups......maybe she's just playing it safe?

    As far as the third time being bred, it depends on the age of the dog, and how far apart the litters were spaced. You don't want to buy from a breeder who breeds everytime their dog comes into heat. A lot of breeders retire their Moms after a certain age also....our breeder retires them at age 5.
    Don't know if this helps...maybe someone else has some input?
  5. MyBabyShihPoo

    MyBabyShihPoo New Member

    Great info MollysMom!!! :y_the_best:

    I'd have to agree with MollysMom about this. I've seen too many cases where that's simply not true. An example of my own, Tigger, one of my shih-poos, is definitely more like his father (the toy poodle)!!! It's interesting you mention that b/c I hear it a lot, and whenever I see mixed breed dogs (whom came from a breeder and the mom and dad are known), I ask what the mom was, and more often than not, the statement you said doesn't hold true...but, that's just what *I've* seen! :wink:

    Good luck with the visit, let us know how it turns out!!!

  6. gwen13

    gwen13 New Member

    good luck!! let us know how it went, what did you think of the pups?
    i'm in the process right now of trying to find a maltese breeder, still. sat down for a good hour calling people, you wouldn't believe some of the people i talked to! :roll: it really is a shame. there were puppy brokers, people that said they didn't know where the parents were (wait, so how did you get the puppies??) and one lady who didn't even know what a contract was or what a health guarantee was, and asked me what hereditary defects meant! when i explained everything to her, her reply was, "well now why would i do that?? that's not my problem!" :-s i can't believe it. there's only the extremes here, completely uneducated backyard breeders trying to make big bucks off a highly demanded breed, and then the only other extreme is show dogs with occasional litters for as much as $3000! :shock: there's just no middle ground of good responsible breeders with healthy puppies, it's either the lowest standard or the highest. if i really want a maltese it looks like i have some more saving to do!
  7. MyBabyShihPoo

    MyBabyShihPoo New Member

    Unfortunately, gwen, as much as I hate to say it, much of the 'bad' in which you are describing is more prevalent than we'd like to believe! It's truly sad, and disgusting!!! :x

    Just had to add that comment! :D

    (By the way, gwen, I absolutely LOVE the pic in your signature!!! :-k )
  8. puttin510

    puttin510 New Member

    Some dogs do get possesive over their puppies. I would make sure you see the parents as long as you are there. it will give you a good idea on their health, have her walk them around make sure they are not limping or have strange things going on with the bodies. If so run for your life. Also, if their temperment is bad so could the puppies.

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