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The differences between male and female, mixed or pure.

Home of Non-Allergy Small Lap dogs breeds that are good with children and other pets.  Allergy-Free Dogs are considered nonshed.

Male or Female 

There is no difference in temperament between Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu or Poodle males & females.
Bichons, Shih Tzus and Poodles are not territorial like terriers (Yorkshire, Maltese, etc.), guard dogs or some other breeds.  Teaching a dog not be territorial is like trying to teach a hunting dog not to want to hunt.  It can be done but you must have a strong leadership role and great follow through.  Territorial means the dog thinks everything is his...mine, mine, mine and will defend (growl, snap at or bite) if anyone tries to share or take what the territorial dog believes is theirs. 

The Lhasa Apso looks like a larger version of the Shih Tzu but isn't as excepting of strangers. It is true if the breed is territorial that a female is better with people.

Males are usually less expensive than females due to supply & demand.

Males are less expensive to neuter. The procedure is less dangerous since it is considered out patient procedure.  Leg lifting is to mark territory and neutering drastically reduces the drive for marking since they no longer have the drive to procreate.  I show you how to establish that you are the alpha and this behavior alone stops the issue.

Spaying (females) is more expensive. This procedure adds more risk since it is surgery where the female needs to be put totally under.

Males tend to be larger in size. Males are the major winners of dog shows since they have the look the judges are seeking.

Some customers just do not like the look of the male sexual parts.  There is more petting room on a female stomach.

You can teach a male to never lift its leg simply by never stopping while going for a walk and NOT allowing him to sniff every neighbor’s bush. When he needs to relieve himself he has no choice but to squat like a female. 

Both males and females may attempt to go with the motion of trying to mate with your leg. This behavior can be stopped in an instant with my training methods, which I am happy to share with you.

Bringing in a Second Dog

One of the reasons I chose to raise the three breeds I do is because they are very social and sharing.  Bichons, Shih Tzus, Poodles, and mixes of the any of these three breeds are bred to be great with children, other pets, nonshed, and non-territorial. 

If you wish to have a second dog, it does not matter what combination of sexes you want.  The key is that they needed to be fixed.  The pack rules change when you are breeding but if they are raised as pets, it does not matter if you have two males, two females, or one male/one female.

They are many advantages to having two social dogs.  They will live longer since they love companionship.  A younger dog will train quicker due following the older dog lead.  If you decide to purchase two puppies at the same time, you will have better success training each puppy on its own in the beginning. 

These three breeds can be from the same litter, two different litters, different ages, the same sex, or different sexes.  It does not matter to them. 

We have hunting dogs and all of the hunting dogs love playing with the puppies.  I can show you simple pack rules so an older dog does not get upset with a puppy’s playful biting.  The rollover technique, calm down technique and kenneling are all great ways to train the puppy of what it is allowed to do and what it is not allowed to do. 

During the puppy playtimes, our 14 year English Springer, Curly becomes a puppy himself.  Curly loves to put his head down and let the puppies tug at his ears.  Curly still goes pheasant hunting.  Rowdy, our French Brittany loves to lie on the floor and open his mouth while the puppies look at his gums, teeth, and tongue.  They gently play fight and all enjoy the moment.  Leo, our American Brittany loves to check out playtime.  When Leo has had enough, he jumps up on the couch out of reach of the puppies. 


When selecting the breed that is most compatible for lifestyle and your situation
there are many
to consider.

What kind of Temperament:
Good with children or snap at teasing children
Friendly towards strangers and outside family members
May provoke bigger dogs
Bark if unchecked
Obedient or strong willed

Qualities desired or unwanted:
Need to exercise or not
Need to have jobs…herd, guard or hunt
Likes cold (winter)

Line breeding (breeding to a certain dog to keep the bloodline going)
Example:  Elhew champion English Pointer.  The breeder would state 3rd generation from Elhew bloodline or that Elhew was this puppy Great Grandfather.  Hopefully Elhew doesn't have any faults (bad traits).

Inbreeding increases health risks.  It's why we are not suppose to marry our cousins.  Inbreeding (breeding related dogs) Example:  mother is bred with the son. 

 Mixed breeding or avoiding breeding to closely related parents helps avoids health issues.

None of my males are related to any of my females used for breeding. This is one of the reasons I do not have countless health issues.

If you decide to purchase a mixed breed than be sure that both parents are registered.  Registration keeps breeders honest about what they are truly breeding.  Ask to see the parents' registration paperwork.  The breeder should have the registration numbers on the puppy's paperwork.  I use a registered purebred shih tzu and registered purebred bichon to produce shih tzu/bichon-Teddy Bears.

Shihpoo (shih tzu/poodle) Father purebred Poodle and Mother purebred Shih Tzu with papers proving it true
.  Ask to see the documents.
This insures that the parents were not chosen because they kind of look like a Shih Tzu and Poodle…so we’ll call the puppies-shihpoos. When they really maybe Lhaso Apso-Poodle which can be fine but may be not good with children & strangers.  A Lhaso Apso was bred to be a guard dog where the Shih Tzu was bred to be the inside palace pet.   Breeds are bred for the traits, they are either bred into the breed or out of the breed.

One or both may have sneaky neighbor dog (unknown father) breeding in its background with characteristics you would prefer to avoid. If one of the parents have shedding qualities your puppy may shed. Even if one parent has nonshed qualities and most of the past litters have been nonshed. Do you want to gamble?

  There is NO guarantee that the puppy will not have some quality you DON'T want.

If one of the parents has shedding, not good with children, etc....qualities you don't care for...your puppy may have the unwanted quality. 

I don't care to have a dog in my possession that may bite my family or cause problems in other areas that are important to me.

Yorkie (yorkshire terrier) or Maltese (terrier) or Chihuahua mix - may not like children or anyone else but the owner.  Terriers are happier with one pet owners and where they can claim everything as theirs.

Cocker Spaniel mix - may not tolerate teasing (will bite to protect themselves) and prefers to hunt.

Jack Russel mix (jackapoo) 
- May shed and may not tolerate teasing (will bite to protect themselves), are aggressive towards other pets and are very active dogs who need allot of exercise. 

Lhasa Apso mix
- may not like children or tolerate teasing and prefers to guard.

Cavalier mix with nonshed breed - may shed and is a working breed that prefers to hunt your neighborhood squirrels, birds or other fun creatures.

Beagle mix with nonshed breed - may shed and is a working breed that prefers to hunt your neighborhood squirrels, birds or other fun creatures.  Beagle have voices and like to use them. 

 Bichon, Shih Tzu - mixed or purebred - are nonshed, a lap dog breed that prefers to keep track of you rather than hunt squirrels, birds or other creatures.
They were not bred for anything but being a lap dog.  They won't herd your children or over guard your property but they will give you  all their unconditional love.  They do not chase the mailman but instead think everyone is their friend. 

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How to Pick a Puppy from has a unique training program, it does not matter which puppy you pick.  We sell lapdogs that are non-shed, great with children and other pets.  We have started the conditioning/training. 

We supply a training manual with each dog, the eBook.  The eBook is to train the new owner the alpha techniques and pack rules.  If you follow the procedures you will not have the issues that other dog owners have.  The barking, jumping up, biting, begging and other annoying behaviors.  Once you understand the 3 main pack rules and control them with the easy dog language we teach you, it is all simple.

The puppies are conditioned from birth to accept all kinds of sounds, sights, vibrations, etc.  We play barking dogs, howling, sirens, m-16 shots, bird-calls and more, by the time the pups are 6 weeks of age they do not care.  These sounds just means playtime and food to them.  This keeps them safe on July 4th from fear of fireworks, thunderstorms, and other noises that may cause them to be fearful. 

They are exposed to our hunting dogs so they think all big dogs are their friends.  We have several children available to visit and play with them.  These children know and understand the techniques. 

Our puppies will not be the shy guy or the nibber.  They are conditioned and trained with the pack rules.  We show them what they can chew on and what is NOT allowed by using the our unique training techniques.   We share them with you through the eBook and more.  

Our puppies are usually ready to go by 8 weeks of age.  What really determines when they can go home is they must be done nursing.  We let the mothers decide since nature knows best.  The other rule is the puppy must be settled in its individual kennel.  That means without its mother or littermates. 

Most breeders take the puppy directly from its mother and littermates and that is why they cry into the night.  It is scary and lonely.  Yes it is a lot more work to clean several kennels over just one.  That is why most breeders do not condition the puppies to be alone.  It takes more time to train each puppy and the new owners, another reason why other breeders do what we do. 

If you think that you need to meet the puppy from before purchasing it to create a bond you are mistaken.  We have already started the training, teaching, conditioning.  You just need to follow through with the easy step by step training.  We even offer a crate/grate training package that keeps the puppy safe and fulfills all its needs when in training.  Watch the grate/crate video. 

The truth is that what matters with the type of breeds we raise is the following:





It is a pretty simple decision process.  Our dogs are lapdogs, great with children and other pets, nonshed and their only job is to take care of you.