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Hey everyone. It's that time of the month of our topic for review. Please feel free to pass these emails on so we can spread knowledge and insight on the Shorkie breed.
We want to address Liver issues is the Shorkie breed.
We have has several calls in the last month alone, about people that have bought Shorkie puppies else where only to find out that at 6 months to a year of age the puppy they purchased had a liver shunt or a liver issue. This is the number one issue in the breed that we in the Shorkie Club of America are trying to address. The second issue is eye disease.
Shorkies are made up of the Shih Tzu and Yorkie breed. Both of these breeds are known for 2 major issues and that is Liver and Eye issues. The only way a breeder can make sure the dogs they are breeding is to make sure that the parents have had BILE ACID testing done and Cerf testing done at a EYE DOCTOR not a regular vet.
Unfortunately many breeders and breeders that are buying and reselling puppies do no testing at all and know that because puppy parents to be are not educated they can take advantage of them.
We know that not everyone one gets a Priceless Pup but God has always put it on my heart to help educate people. That also is a breeders job and most don't want you to know this...Just because a puppy looks and appears healthy does not mean it is or a regular vet cal tell just by looking at it. Breeders need to be responsible and test the adults they are breeding. But most puppy parents don't know the right questions to ask. So make sure you are asking the right questions when you adopt your puppy. Ask breeders what testing they are doing. DON'T MENTION BILE ACID OR CERF TESTING. They should already know this if they are doing it. If they simply tell you their dogs are vet checked that is not enough. They should be doing bile acid testing on the liver and cerf testing on the eyes. The optical eye on a dog can only be tested by If they say they have never had issues with their puppies that is another huge red flag. Regular vets can not test the eyes , just like a regular doctor cannot check your eyes.
So how do you know you are getting a healthy puppy if the breeder is not doing their testing on the adults they are breeding. Further more if any breeder is SELLING PUPPIES they should be putting it back into the dogs they are breeding to indeed know they are healthy.
If a breeders is not doing their testing ask them to have to puppy tested for you to ensure you are getting a healthy puppy. Any breeder should be willing to do this if they have not had the parents tested. Ask them to have the puppy cerf tested it only costs 50.00 and bile acid is 100.00 If they are so sure the parents have no issues then they should be willing to test the puppy for you. You could even offer to split it with them. Any breeder who will not do this says something about the intent. They want you to take a puppy and take a chance. Well the truth is it may be all fine and you never may have an issue but what if you do. Even if you have a good health warranty can afford the emotional cost? I think it is fare to ask questions prior to paying a single dime. After all you would not buy a car with out having it tested... (under the hood) you wouldn't just walk around the car and look at the body and kick the tires and then buy it.
Puppy parents to be have a responsibility too and that is to do everything in your power to make sure you are getting a healthy puppy no matter where you are getting your puppy from. It is a financial and emotional investment.
Often dogs with poor coat texture ( wiring silky hair) have some issue too. The Shorkies should have a FULL THICK FLUFFY COAT. Remember often what goes on inside a body can be reflected outside a body just like in humans too. Shorkies with wiring silky coats are a product of a poor breeding and often have skin issues later on and sometimes can even shed. Shih Tzu's and Yorkies are supposed to have double coats. They are called broken coats. Not a quality you want in the Shorkie breed. Most of these same shorkies do not have short muzzles but longer muzzles that do not have the correct amount of coat texture.
We hope everyone is having a blessed year... and want to say God Bless to you all xoxoxxo
I am always available for questions. xoxoxoxo
Please pass this information on. The more people know the more responsible we can make breeders all over the world.