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Sensational Shih Tzu's


California Shih Tzu's

update: May 21, 2034


If you have been on our interested list, now is the time to reach out!

 Please email us if you are interested in our new 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 multi-generational  team consisting of mother, daughter and granddaughter (and husbands). We take pride in only raising 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  AKC/CKC 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.

If you would like to request a sample contract with our health guarantee, please send us an email. 



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


















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Our Home

Meet The Parents!

Our Mommy's

Sweetie - 9.5 lbs Black and White

Evee Queen 9 lbs 

Lovelee 12 lbs

Blonde/White with black tipping

Cookie 8 lbs

Lavender Liver

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"Twinkie" 9lbs Golden/Tri

Coco aka "Squishy" 8lbs

Golden Buff

Sweet Tootsie Treat " 8lbs


"Tiny Girl"  7.5 lbs

Black tipping/White


Our Daddy's

MR. Handsome 12 lbs

Golden/White Tri-Colored

Sir Arnie "Ernesto"  11 lbs


Sir Hanky-Panky AKA Copper 


Liver Cream with copper tipping



(and their husbands)

Darla and Charla (mother daughter) are both home breeders living just a mile apart.  Our puppies come to you pre-spoiled & loved by all members of our family including our children and grandchildren. Darla and Charla absolutely love breeding together! We have over 15 years of experience! Both Charla & Darla have a mixture of colors and sizes on their males and females. 

If you have a question, Just ask!


 Katie is the daughter of Charla and the Granddaughter of Darla. Since being married, In 2018 Katie had missed the puppies so much that she and her husband  adopted their  very first Shih Tzu "Tiny." They have since add two more playmates to TIny; Hanky and Evee. . Evee is a beautiful brindle female  and Hanky is a cream liver gorgeous little boy.

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 HUGO & Gloria

Hugo and Gloria are friends who became family! They are  affiliate breeders of California Shih Tzu/Sensational Shih Tzu's. They are trust worthy breeders and have beautiful healthy puppies. They are located in the same town of Manteca and  we often recommend  their gorgeous puppies! They have Mia (black & white) and Gino (cream & white). Both parents are on the petite standard size.

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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 serious outbreaks of the PARVO virus 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

Do you offer shipping?

We do offer shipping  within the US but we DO require a nanny to fly with your new puppy. The great news is that we are experienced in flying and delivering your precious bundle of love right to your loving arms. No need to hire a nanny when here at California Shih Tzu's we can be your breeder and nanny. Of course there is an additional fee and all states vary in pricing, Just shoot us an email and we can give you a quote. 

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 you offer boarding?

Yes, we do offer boarding! We understand  that you just can't take your fur babies everywhere. Please give us a call/email and if the timing and circumstances are right we will board your bundle of love while you are gone. (fees will apply based on days, weeks, months).

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

We have puppies! 

All of our puppies are adopted. Check back in the Spring, we will post availability in this section of our website!

Meet Mr. Cuddles! This beauty is  multi colored and just precious!  He is from Gino and Mila (photos available by texting Hugo)- CKC 

Meet Guss-Guss  he is a petite little guy. He will be on the small standard size. He is from Tiny and Hanky's litter. AKC

Meet Maggie! She is the perfect combination of the Tri-colored Shih-Tzu. She is from Gino and Mila's litter (photos available by texting Hugo) -  CKC

Meet Shaylee! This beauty is  just precious!  She is from Sweetie and Arnie Her personality is a perfect combo of Sweetness and Fun! AKC

Meet HONEY BEAR! This baby girl is fun, LOVEABLE and cuddly!  She is from Mia and Gino. She is a beautiful buttery blond with a black mask. She can be registered with CKC. She will be on    approximately  9-10 lbs. at full growth.