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Sensational Shih Tzu's


California Shih Tzu's

We are now accepting applications/summaries for our

SUMMER/FALL 2021 Litters




Sensational Shih Tzu's and California Shih Tzu's is located in the heart of Northern California 

Who We Are

Sensational Shih Tzu’s and California Shih Tzu’s have been breeding for over 15 years. We are a mother daughter team and only raise happy, affectionate, socialized healthy puppies. Our parents are raised in our homes as a part of our family. All of our parents and puppies are registered AKC and/or CKC. We have all colors and breed only standard sizes. We do not charge extra for unlimited AKC registration. 

Our Guarantee

We promise that your puppy will be adopted with full registration, up to date immunizations with a professional health check up. At adoption your puppy will be in good and normal health for a puppy of its age and has NO life threatening diseases.

Additionally, upon adoption you will receive a gift pack for easy boding and training, the packs include: Shih Tzu informational paperwork on training and behaviors, chew toys, blanket that smells like mom and dad, an official Sensational Shih Tzu birth certificate with first photo attached, food, snacks, comb/brush and first outfit.


What to consider before adoption

When buying your Shih Tzu puppy do your research before buying, remember the old saying, "you get what you pay for." Our standards are high as we observe every new development with your new puppy. We seek professional veterinarian care before your puppy is adopted and expect the same care from you.  

Our Past Puppies

Past Puppies











Lucy Lou






Our Home

Our Home

Meet The Parents!

The Madam's 

Sweetie - 9.5 lbs

Fancee 12.5 lbs 

Daisy Mae 11 lbs

Lovelee 11 lbs

"Twinkie" 9lbs

Coco aka "Squishy" 8lbs

Grandma LIbby Lou

Retired 14.5 years old

Rest in Peace our Sweet Libby Lou Oct 2020

Our Males

MR. Handsome 12 lbs

Sir Arnie "Ernesto"  10 lbs

First breeding expected late 2020


Darla  & Charla

Darla and Charla are both home breeders living just a mile apart.  Our puppies come to you pre-spoiled and loved by all members of our family including our children and grandchildren. Darla and Charla absolutely love breeding together!


COMING SOON! Katie is the daughter of Charla and the Granddaughter of Darla. Since moving out from her parents, Katie has missed the puppies so much that she has adopted her very first Shih Tzu "Tiny." She is hoping that Tiny has her very first litter in late 2020! We are excited to have Katie Join our team!

Do you have a waiting list?

Sometimes we do have waiting lists. We will only make a waiting list if our females are expecting. If we are not expecting we will NOT take names. Please check our website for upcoming litters as well as our social media sites.

Do you offer home visits?

Due to COVID19 we are suspending all home visits. You will choose your puppies  via Zoom (FaceTime), emails, texts and Videos.

Adoption will take place at a designated location, such as our personal vet.

Are your puppies registered?

All of our puppies are registered. We are registered under AKC, CKC and some of our puppies are duel registered. 

Do you breed imperial Shih Tzu's? 

We only breed standard size Shih Tzu's.  According to AKC standards an adult size will be the following:

  • Height: 9-10.5 inches
  • Weight: 9-16 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Will my Shih Tzu require exercise?

  The Shih Tzu was bred to be a house companion. As such, they require minimal exercise. Short daily walks with their owner or indoor playtime will satisfy the activity needs of your royal companion. 

Are Shih Tzu's a good pet for apartment living?

 As a small dog bred they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack space in your living area. BUT we can not stress enough to PLEASE check with your landlord for pet restrictions!    

Do Shih Tzu's require a large yard?

 Again, as a small dog bred they spend most of their day inside royal palaces, such as your palace.  Shih Tzu’s idea of fun is sitting in your lap acting adorable as you try to watch TV.  

Are Shih Tzu's good with children? 

  The Shih Tzu is known to be especially affectionate with children. As stated above your new addition will be socialized with both children, adults and other pets. 


 My wife and I had a most wonderful experience at the home of Ms. Darla, breeder of Sensational Shih Tzu’s. We have been looking long and hard for a playmate for our 18-month old Shih Tzu, one who is located in Northern California. Upon our arrival at her home, we were warmly greeted and escorted into home to meet and greet he Shih Tzu family and new puppies. We spent nearly an hour discussing our dogs and making our selection. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A RELIABLE SHIH TZU BREEDER, please make an effort to speak with this amazing Mother / Daughter Team - you will not be disappointed! - Gary Schloss, Lincoln, CA.

We adopted Growler from you this January, he is the best dog! He is the perfect addition to our family. We can not wait to add another!

Dave - Tracy, Ca.

We came to you anticipating the adoption of a sweet little girl, little did we know we left adopting TWO! We love Mallory and Marty and they are doing great! They are the perfect pair to completing our family! Thank you so much! Brian - Oakdale, California 

Nike just turned ONE he is developing such a personality! Being a mother of all boys he is the perfect addition to our all boy family! We can not imagine life without him!  Jennifer - Riverbank, California

Noel is our little baby! He has made the perfect companion! He loves car rides, cuddling and has the best personality. He has made the perfect first time pet for our three children. He is equally social as he is lovable. We can not THANK YOU enough for the perfect dog!

Leo - Henderson Nevada

What can we say about our sweet SPOILED Roxy! She is perfect! She is always the life of our family get-together's where she loves going from lap to lap getting a back rub from everyone! Roxy is one of a kind, life without her would be no life at all. 

Michael and Maria - Manteca, California 

Hershey - Her name says it all.... Sweet and Comforting! She is our sunshine in the morning and our comforting cuddles at night! Her fun, loving, sweet personality always puts a smile on our faces and laughter in our hearts!

Dee and Gina - Manteca, California 


You can contact us by calling or texting 209-612-5359 or 209-456-3913 or you can reach us at Darlacarpenter@comcast.net or Californiashihtzu@gmail.com

Our Available Nursery 

All Winter Puppies Have Been Adopted.

Please Check Back Summer 2021