Genetic Health and AKC Dogs

Shorkie Puppy Mills and Scams Online. Genetic Health and AKC Dogs whatd does this all mean. ???? 

Shorkie Online Scams,and Shorkie Health Information For Shorkie Puppy Parents!

Shorkie Puppies all over the internet today.  Educate yourself.  Even if you do not get a Shorkie from us please use our website to become informed when adopting a shorkie puppy online or in person. Information is POWER!  There are many puppy mills and animal abusers ran by shorkie breeders. Below is an example. Please get the Shorkie Facts before you adopt!

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We do Genetic Testing For All Our Adults and you are also covered in our lifetime health warranty and Money back buyers protection plan.

We have several vets that we use for all our diagnostic testing. The reason for that is NOT JUST ANY VET can do any test.

Heart disease in Dogs.

All forms of congenital heart disease occur in dogs. The most common defects are valve malformations (called dysplasias),valve narrowing (stenosis),abnormal openings between the heart chambers (septal defects), patent ductus arteriosus, and Tetralogy of Fallot.

Patent ductus arteriosusis a persistent arterial connection between the aorta and pulmonary artery that normally closes at birth or shortly thereafter. In the uterus, the ductus plays an important role in shunting blood away from the nonfunctioning lungs. Many large and small breeds are affected by patent ductus arteriosus. This murmur can often be felt through the body wall-it feels like a washing machine churning.

Tetralogy of Fallotis a congenital defect of the heart consisting of four abnormalities that result in insufficiently oxygenated blood pumped to the body.

Most dogs with severe congenital heart defects die within the first year of life. Dogs with moderate defects may survive but usually exhibit exercise intolerance, fainting episodes, and stunted growth. In these individuals, heart failure can occur suddenly and unexpectedly. Dogs with mild valvular disease or small septal defects are often asymptomatic; the only indication of a congenital heart defect is a heart murmur discovered on physical examination.

Are dogs are all checked for proper heart function and cleared prior to breeding. We have them rechecked every yr.

Normally, two distinct sounds are heard when listening to the heart of a normal dog. These are often described as “lub” and “dub”. When listening with a stethoscope one hears: Lub-dub...Lub-dub....Lub-dub.

Listen to the regular one

A murmur is an abnormal extra sound (which can sometimes drown out the normal sounds). Murmurs most commonly occur between the “lub” and the “dub” and have a “shooshing” or “whooshing” quality.

Listen to abnormal one

Eyes disease
All our adults and puppies are cerf tested
We go to a special vet ( ophthalmologist EYE VET) to get all our CERF testing done. Since a mother or father dog can pass on eye defects to his and her offspring, all our dogs receive a Canine Eye Registration Foundation exam ( CERF) from a veterinary ophthalmologist yearly. This exam checks for cataracts, retina problems and other abnormalities to ensure they are not being passed on to the puppies. Then when the puppies are 8 weeks old we have them taken in for their Cerf exam.
Cherry Eye is not an eye disease and not covered in the warranty. Cherry Eye is a gland issue that surrounds the eye and can be caused by infection and or injury. But is is not an EYE issue but rather a gland third inner eye lid. Shorkies are not known for cherry eye.

Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease
All our dogs are evaluated for Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease prior to ever being bred. Tis disease is also known as ,Aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, osteochondritis juvenilis or coax plana., Yorkies and other toys breeds are known for this disease.

What is it?

  • A disease of the hip joint that results in abnormal deformity of the ball of the hip joint
  • The disease starts with an insult to the blood supply to the head of the femur bone
  • As the blood supply is damaged, the bone dies off
  • The bone in the femoral head collapses and the cartilage coating of the femoral head becomes cracked and deformed
  • Arthritis or inflammation of the hip joint results, which causes pain and lameness


All our dogs have been cleared for Hypothyroidism prior to breeding
The ONLY way to really know if your dog has Hypothyroidism is to have a
Six-Panel Thyroid Test run on him/her.
A Six Panel Thyroid Test examines your dogs Thyroid feedback system.
It measures T4, T3, Free T4, Free T3, T4 anti-bodies and T3 anti-
bodies. Neighborhood Veterinary offices do not run these tests
themselves. They draw the blood and then send the sample out to a
much larger laboratory who then runs the tests and send the results
back to them.

Von Willebrand's Disease

You are covered against this in your warranty.
Von Willebrand’s disease (vWD) is a blood disease caused by a deficiency of von Willebrand Factor (vWF), an adhesive glycoprotein in the blood required for normal platelet binding (i.e., clotting) at the sites of small blood vessel injuries. In addition, vWF is a carrier protein for coagulation Factor VIII (necessary for blood to clot). A lack of vWF impairs platelet stickiness and clumping. Similar to hemophilia in humans, this condition can lead to excessive bleeding following an injury, due to the lack of clotting.

VWF is an autosomal (non-sex-linked) trait, which both males and females express and transmit genetically and with equal frequency. The expression pattern of the severe forms (Types 2 and 3 vWD) is recessive while the milder form (Type 1 vWD) appears to be recessive or incompletely dominant. This is the most common hereditary blood clotting disorder in dogs

Symptoms and Types

  • Spontaneous hemorrhage from mucosal surfaces: ‚ó¶Nosebleeds
  • Blood in the feces (black or bright red blood)
  • Bloody urine
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Bleeding from the vagina (excessively)
  • Bruising of skin
  • Prolonged bleeding after surgery or trauma
  • Blood loss anemia if there is prolonged bleeding

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA)
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), also called immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), is a common, often manageable but potentially fatal condition in many small breeds dogs. Basically, the dog’s immune system begins attacking and destroying its own red blood cells. This significantly reduces the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen to body tissues, which in turn causes the observable signs of the disease.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs

Dogs suffering from autoimmune hemolytic anemia typically show the same signs as dogs suffering from other forms of anemia. These can include one or more of the following:

  • Pale mucous membranes (pallor of the gums and nasal tissues)
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Disinterest in normal activities
  • Fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool (hematochezia; melena)
  • Discolored urine (dark brownish or orange-ish urine due to abnormal presence of blood, hemoglobin and/or bilirubin)
  • Excessive thirst (polydypsia)
  • Excessive urination (polyuria)
  • Difficulty breathing (rapid, shallow breathing; respiratory distress; dyspnea; shortness of breath)
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Elevated heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Bounding pulses
  • Icterus/Jaundice


Most of the time, a specific cause for AIHA is unrecognized. Many theories exist, but the ultimate answer is "We don’t know." Dr. Jean Dodds, a veterinarian studying immunology.
So there is no way to test for it. We have never expereienced in our dogs personally but we make sure you are covered in our warranty against it.
Like we always say.. At Priceless Pups we leave nothing up to chance.
Liver disease
The Bile Acid Test is one that measures how the liver functions and performs (as opposed to an static enzyme level reading, that can indicate degree of inflammation or damage).
This is used to enusre our adults have good functioning liver and do not pass on liver shunt and issues
Toy breeds are known for liver issues.
Genetic Hearing Loss and Deafness
Our Adults and our puppies are tested for hearing using the Baer testing.

What is BAER testing?

A BAER test is the only 100% reliable method for determining that a dog is deaf (or for measuring the extent of its hearing loss). BAER (pronounced "bear") stands for "Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response" and is a procedure using computers to record the electrical activity of the brain in response to sound stimulation. This is the same test used to check the hearing of human infants, and measures the same range of hearing. This means that the test does not measure the full range of canine hearing, but it will tell you if your dog has hearing within the normal human range (some dogs will test as "deaf," but will still be able to hear very high pitches).

The test is not painful and can be performed on any dog over six weeks of age. (A puppy's ear canals don't open until they are about two weeks old.) We have our puppies done at 8 weeks old. . A clicking sound is directed into the ear through a foam insert, earphones, or headphones and the brain's response is recorded. Each ear is tested individually and the test generally lasts for only 10 to 15 minutes

(Descended Testicles on our Dads).
Our males ( Our Yorkie daddies) are cleared for Cryptorchidism which is when one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum. Meaning both our daddies have both testicles descended and in place. In the event a puppy is born with an un-descended testicle that will be repaired by my vet at the time of Neuter at not additional cost to you other than the fee of the neuter.

What is canine Hip dysplasia (CHD)?
Hip dysplasia (CHD or Canine Hip Dysplasia) is characterized by a loose and unstable hip joint. This gives rise to weakness and lameness to the rear quarters, and eventually leads to painful arthritis.
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is polygenic and multifactorial, and is closely associated with selection for breeding. Yes it is genetic and can be passed onto puppies. Our parents are all cleared for hips
Tracheal Collapse
Tracheal collapse is a common cause of airway obstruction in dogs. The trachea, or “windpipe,” is a tube made up of sturdy rings of cartilage through which air is transported to and from the lungs. Sometimes, however, the tracheal rings begin to collapse
What Breeds/Ages Are Prone to Tracheal Collapse?

The condition, which is genetic, primarily affects toy breeds of both sexes, with Yorkies by far the most commonly affected. Collapsing trachea can manifest at any age, though the average age when clinical signs begin to appear is six to seven years.
Our adults have all been checked and tested for good working tracheas and have no signs of Tracheal Collapse.

Regular Yealry Vet Checks!
 In addition to the above our veterinarians check for common--but serious--abnormalities, including , luxating patella's, heart ,elbows, hips, heartworms, and other parasites yearly to ensure our dogs overall health is is good condition for breeding.
We have a yearly vet exam on each of our Dogs and many trips in between to ensure we are breeding the very best of the best for the families we service. But more importantly we want to know that our FUR KIDS are healthy because they are our family member and we love them that much.
Does "AKC" mean a quality dog?

Are Your shorkie puppies being bred from quality shih  tzus and yorkies???


This is a breeder that WAS not allowed in the Shorkie Club Of America and has vowed to ruin us and the Shorkie Breed ever since.

Here is a breeders that claims she has AKC dogs.  Sherry Carter Folkland Alabama,She is a Shorkie Breeder that owns shorkie park.. Look at her dogs and the letter from her VET! She was ruled against in a court of law.  Please be careful where you get your puppies from.

This dog was owned at died at the hands of Sherry Carter Bowden Shorkie breeder and imperial shih tzu breeder in Alabama

The vet letter below and photo  are what we received in court documents that anyone can access as "they are public record" from Marion County Alabama 205 921 4301. Sherry Carter was ruled against in the LAW SUIT .

All Information is PUBLIC RECORD!!!!

LOOK WHAT THE VET WROTE ABOUT SHERRY CARTER! She Burned the dogs eyes!!! The dog was brought to the vet emaciated.  Starving to death and could not move! The vet did not think this poor baby would live! That does not happen over night.  Sherry Carter is one of thousands of breeders that try and PLAY VET AT HOME INSTEAD of bringing the poor animal in for proper care. BUT THIS BREEDER BRAGS ABOUT AKC!!!!! that her dogs are AKC!

Please beware of puppy mills! This is the same breeder Sherry Carter of

PuppyPawler in Alabama that applied for a Shorkie Club of America Membership and was denied due to her breeding practices.  We advise anyone interested in her puppies to Google her name Sherrry Carter aka Sherry Bowden Aka now Sherry Joiner.. she has had many aliases that she goes by.

Shih tzus and Yorkies are being bred all over the world now and it has become quite the trend. But what makes a healthy shorkie puppy???

We know we begin with a Shih Tzu Mom and a Yorkie Dad

But then what?

A lot of puppy ads and breeders alike proudly proclaim that their puppies are "AKC" puppies and they have been AKC breeders for years.

Which is AWESOME our dogs are all AKC registered!!!!!

but what dies AKC really mean.

This is what puppy parents usually dont know.

The initials "AKC" stand for American Kennel Club. The AKC is the leading breed registry in the United States of America. The assumption, often by uneducated and unsuspecting puppy parents is that if the puppy is an "AKC" puppy it must be of high quality and healthy.

WRONG!!!!!!!It would be a wrong assumption, as the AKC explains on their website

A "purebred dog" is a dog that comes from parents of the same breed - that is all.  It has to do with lineage, not quality, not fitness, not health - just the pedigree, the ancestry, the parentage of the dog. If both parents are AKC registered and are of the same breed then the puppies are also eligible for registration. They can be high quality healthy puppies, or genetic nightmares - it doesn't matter just so long as the parents are registered and of the same breed. No form of  Genetic testing is mandatory from the AKC

So unless shorkie breeders are performing

Genetic Testing for heart,kidney, liver hips and eyes.. how can they tell they are producing healthy shorkie puppies.

The Shorkie Club Of America will not accept any members that have not had their dogs genetically tested for  


This is to ensure we are producing the healthiest babies possible. The procedures are costly but the best thing we can do for our Shorkie puppies and our puppy parents.

Why is the Shorkie Club of America Registry Important
Our shorkie breed registry, THE SHORKIE CLUB OF AMERICA provides a centralized location for maintaining records. A pedigree is the ancestry of a dog. Keeping good records of a shorkie puppies pedigree allows better understanding and tracking of both good and bad qualities that appear in the shorkie puppies we produce. In some cases the appearance of a genetic defect can be traced to a single dog. Often genetic defects do not appear until after the dog has matured. The ability to trace pedigrees with some accuracy allows a better basis for breeding decisions.

That is what the

Shorkie club Of America is all about


This is the only shorkie group dedicated to the ethical development and establishment of this Mixed breed. If you see any of this information  on any other sites it has been taken from us.

With all that said.. There are very very responsible AKC breeders and Designer breeders available to help you no  matter what type of puppy you are looking for.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Get LOTS of references. Make sure they have been breeding your breed of choice for more than a couple of years. Dont be taken in by CHEAP puppies for sale that come with no genetic testing behind them . Be A Good Puppy Parent and RESEARCH

even if you do not get a priceless pups puppy..we are here to help you in any way we can.

Hybrid Vigor: is it true?

When you cross breed domestic dogs (Canis familiaris), you are within the same species; therefore, not creating a hybrid.

So is it a THEORY OR FACT!

You be the judge!!!!

Breeders of mixed breed and designer dogs have been using this for s few years now  to sell their puppies. That's why we have never had it on our site.

Let me explain to you how it works

Hybrid Vigor simply means when you cross two different

breeds of dogs they will be healthier.

NOT TRUE! Many breeds carry the exact same health problems in their lineage.  So the chance is just as high of health issues arising.

Further More

Some of the problems in Shih tzus and Yorkies are common to both breeds such as  Things such as Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, Luxating Patella's, various eye problems, von Willebrand's (a bleeding disorder)Liver  and kidney problems, especially eye issues. Shih Tzu's and Yorkies are actually #1 and #2 breeds for the exact  same eye issues.
Rarely do people breeding  crosses do any health tests – genetic or otherwise. They assume that an annual veterinarian visit and shots are all that is needed. Maybe for a pet dog, but breeders need to consider the genetic health of puppies produced. This is where many breeders do not take responsibility for the puppies they are producing.

"We even take our puppies for eye cerf testing exams"

Its not something we use as a sales gimmick or advertise

its just what we do to be responsible breeders.

The myth that purebreds are unhealthy or nasty came about due to bad breeders who either did not care about health testing or who were ignorant and felt that dogs who show no outward signs of a problem do not have it. This is huge for puppy parents to understand . Let me repeat it one more time " bad breeders who either did not care about health testing or who were ignorant and felt that dogs who show no outward signs of a problem do not have it."


Only proper genetic testing can prove if your dogs have issues or not. For purebred and mix breed breeders alike.

Do not fall for this old line from any breeder

I have had my lines for 20 yrs and never had a problem

If they have been breeding that long . Why haven't they done any of the testing? Better yet why wouldn't they want too?

A purebred dog from a good and educated breeder has the same chance of being as health as a crossbred dog. This is a fact.!!! Not a Theory

So, the next time you hear about hybrid vigor and how mixed breeds are healthier, remember this: hybrid vigor is a theory.

The fact is any breeder breeding should care about the puppies to ensure to the best of their ability they are producing healthy puppies..

Purebred of Mix breed Puppies

Breeders should  have the proper genetic testing done to ensure puppy parents they are getting the best of the best.

Testing is very expensive and can be time consuming. This is why many breeders do not do it and can sell there puppies for much less and pass the savings on to the puppy parents. But is it really a savings? That is the question to ask yourself. As I have stated many times on our site

Simply put : We are not breeders of Cheaply Bred Puppies

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