Interested in a puppy for your family?
Please fill out the following application and we will connect with you as soon as possible.
Tell us a bit about yourself
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District of Columbia
Tell us a little about your family and home situation
Are there children in the home?
Are there pets in the home?
How many children, and what ages?
How many pets, and what types?
Is there a person in your household who is...
Has special needs
Allergic to dogs
Please tell us about your prior experience with puppies and dogs
(First time puppy families are welcome to apply)
How many dogs have you owned in your lifetime?
5 or more
Have you ever raised a puppy?
(Please do not include your parents raising a puppy when you were growing up)
Have you ever surrendered a dog to a shelter or rescue or taken one back to a breeder?
Plans for your puppy
Please tell us a little bit about how you plan to integrate your new puppy into your family
Please describe the living situation for the puppy. Is someone home during the day at your house? How many hours daily would the dog be left alone?
Where do you plan on having your puppy spend the night? (Please be specific, e.g., in a kennel in the garage, in a playpen in the kitchen, in a crate in my bedroom, on the bed with my kids.)
Getting puppy home
How do you intend to get your puppy home? (Pick up by car, fly to our local airport and take the puppy in-cabin, etc). Please note, we do NOT ship puppies and you must have a reliable and safe way to take your puppy home.
Puppies often have a lot of energy and can chew, dig, bark, soil the house, and cry at night. They can play roughly and scratch your skin with teeth and nails, they can get sick on floors, furniture, and in cars. Please tell us your patience level and how you might deal with the challenges of puppyhood.
Are you interested in a specific puppy you saw?
I am interested in these coat colors
When is your ideal time to take a puppy home?
We are a very low-energy household and need a dog that shouldn't be expected to do or get out much beyond potty breaks and the occasional short walk.
We are sporadically active and want a dog that is more interested in lounging than playing.
We lead a moderately active life and are frequently busy and want a dog that we can do things with on weekends.
We are a very active household and always on the go and want a dog that is energetic enough for daily physical activity (this includes families with kids that will play daily with the dog).
We are energizer bunnies and need a very active dog that can keep up with multiple daily activities.
My puppy is intended to be
A pet and a companion
A Service Dog or Assistance Dog candidate (provides specific tasks for one individual)
Emotional Support/PTSD/Anxiety Dog candidate (I have a referral from or am under the care of a health professional for this)
A Therapy Dog candidate (provides comfort in facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes for a variety of individuals)
Please read and agree to the following
I understand that I am getting a puppy and that no matter how well prepared and trained my puppy is, it is still a baby and I should expect my puppy to have accidents in the house and crate, to cry and bark, to nip and bite, and to require a great deal of patience and attention. I understand that these are NORMAL puppy behaviors and that I expect them to happen.
I understand that dogs have grooming requirements.
I understand that the ears of my dog will need to be cleaned weekly or more if my dog swims or is in a humid environment.
I understand that while you provide Foundation Puppy Training that I need to learn how to train and maintain my dog's training and that may require the assistance of a dog trainer or behaviorist.
I understand that puppies have delicate digestive systems and that changing the food my puppy goes home eating can cause severe gastric distress. I agree to use the same dog food my breeder sends my puppy home on until the puppy is at least 4 months of age.
I understand that while you screen your breeding dogs for hips health, canine hip dsyplasia is multi factorial and that it is equally important that I maintain my dog/puppy at an ideal weight, provide quality nutrition, don't over exercise my puppy, and provide a safe environment to do my part in maintaining my puppy's joint health.
I understand that while the COVID pandemic is present, selections will be done virtually ONLY (not in person).
Reservation application terms
I understand that my Reservation Fee gives me a place on the reservation list in order of acceptance.
I also understand that the breeder, however, has the right to select breeder choice puppy or puppies from any litter.
I have chosen this breeder because of her expertise and experience. Therefore, in the best interest of the puppies and of my family, I agree that the breeder also reserves the right to not offer a given puppy to a family if she believes that the puppy would not be suitable for that family for whatever reason.
I have answered the above questions truthfully and understand that if any false statements have been given, Serendipity Shih Tzu reserves the right to refuse to sell a puppy to me and my reservation fee is forfeited.
By signing this application, I acknowledge that the reservation fee will not be refunded if I am given the opportunity to receive a puppy within 12 months of the date of reservation fee payment or 6 months of my decision to "pass" on a puppy/litter, whichever is sooner.
By entering my name in this textbox, I agree that the signature is the legal equivalent of my manual signature.
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