I have this sweet puppy, who by the characteristics described here, is a Prapso. I had a certified groomer and vet tech tell me that is bull.
There is no such thing and that I have a puppy that is definitely not a full blooded Shih Tzu.
The person I got him from says he is, although his mother is not registered. The groomer and vet tech told me that no responsible breeder would breed an unregistered dog to a registered dog.
I got him for a pet, not to breed or show, and that is why I chose a local man who is what I guess would be considered a backyard breeder.
Anyway, I would love to know that this is a legit condition and real, and that my puppy is a full blooded Shih Tzu just because that is what I wanted and paid for.
He certainly looks different and has no long hair at all. But, I love him. My biggest problem with this is feeling foolish.
I feel I was possibly bamboozled and taken for a fool and apparently I am. I had planned to let him breed at least once, but now that is out of the question.
I have been told to get him fixed as soon as he is old enough and never to let him breed. Anyway, thanks for your info.
---------------------------------------- Hi Janice Here from Miracle Shih Tzu ----------------------------------------
I always like to add my two cents for what it is worth and wanted to address the issues around registration and whether this condition is real or not.
I see a lot of confusion about dog registration and want to make a couple of important points. In the United States, there is only two reputable kennel organizations: the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club. Other countries have their national kennel agencies such as the Canadian Kennel Club or the Kennel Club in England. You will see many different registries if you do an internet search, but most were set up to assure anyone could have "papers" if they paid a fee. These types of clubs do not keep the type of stud books that AKC does.
Any AKC Dame or Sire that has registration papers with full breeding rights can register their litter with the American Kennel Club. As a breeder, you generally pay twice as much for Full Registration as opposed to Limited Registration. This is likely why "backyard breeders" do not mess with all the additional paperwork and responsibility.
AKC does not guarantee the quality of the puppy, whether the puppy is pet or show quality, or even if the pet has the right temperament or conformation. Even puppy mill may be able to register their dogs.
AKC, however, has safeguards in place that not only protect the public but the breeder. Dogs need to be DNA (at present only frequent sires), and they do periodic kennel inspections. Not only does this organization organize all types of dog events, but it also participates in a wide variety of endeavors such as health research and education.
An AKC registration does not mean a puppy is better
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