You can, but we do not recommend it. We offer a 2 year genetic warranty on all our dogs only if you’ve maintained the Life’s Abundance diet we’ve established for them. Sign up for our Autoship program even before you bring your puppy home with you so the food will be there as soon as you receive your puppy.

Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar and all toy breed dog owners need to be aware of this condition. If you find your puppy or adult dog acting lethargic, tipping his head to one side, lying on its side or even convulsing, the most likely cause is hypoglycemia. Owners of small dogs need to keep Nutri-Cal on hand at all times and watch for any of those symptoms. If a dog gets to that point, it is crucial he get Nutri-Cal immediately. Do not wait until you’ve already taken him to the vet, by then it could be too late for him. Give him Nutri-Cal immediately and then again in 5 minutes and so on until he is alert enough to eat. Then get food down him immediately.

ASPCA describes puppy mills like this: A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters. Puppy mill puppies, often as young as eight weeks of age, are sold to pet shops or directly to the public over the Internet, through newspaper ads and at swap meets and flea markets. In a puppy mill, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked in columns. When female breeding dogs reach a point of physical depletion and can no longer reproduce, they are often killed.

At Sweetie Pie Pets, we reject the practices of puppy mills and encourage buyers to go to the homes of any breeder they’re hoping to purchase from to be sure they know the conditions. Breeders with inhumane conditions should be boycotted and shut down. All of our dogs are beloved family members and are treated as such. They live inside our homes and receive all the love and attention any Sweetie Pie should. When our babies are born, we are present to assist with the birth and we rush mama to the doctor if ever needed. Mama and babies receive the full gamut of spoilization in soft, plush beds right here in our family room. Babies receive daily interactions and exercises to strengthen their trust of humans. All our dogs receive only the healthiest of diets and also a daily immune system booster and we recommend to all our buyers to continue feeding their Sweetie Pies only the best and continue spoiling them the same way they’re used to.

We’re excited you’re interested in one of our precious sweetie pies. Often we sell our puppies even before they’re ready to leave their mama. If you have a particular feature you’re looking for, you should pay a deposit to get onto our waiting list. The waiting list works like this:

Choose which mama/litter is most likely to produce what you’re looking for (I can help you with that)
I will send you the deposit contract for you to sign and date and send back to me
Pay the non-refundable $500 deposit. This secures your position in line to select a puppy from the listed litter
When the puppies are born, I will keep you updated with pictures and videos
By age 6 weeks, we ask you make your final decision if you will choose one of those puppies or transfer your deposit to an upcoming litter
If you decide to transfer your deposit, it will fall in line behind any other deposits which have already been made on that litter. In other words, each deposit can only hold one spot in line
If you decide to proceed with the purchase of a puppy from that litter, you must pay the balance by age 7 weeks. If balance is not paid by 7 weeks of age, we reserve the right to keep your deposit and sell the puppy to another buyer.

If you know you want one of our puppies, call right away to get onto our waiting list: 909-996-6258

Great question. You are right, there are a lot of perfectly wonderful pets sitting in shelters waiting for someone to love them. If you are able to find a pet in a shelter who would make a great fit for your family, then we would encourage you to adopt that way. We support the efforts of these organizations by donating to them and sometimes even fostering dogs  in need of rescue from their “put down” date.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with wanting to adopt a particular breed, with particular features and personality characteristics. For those of us who have specific requirements in a pet, it’s unfortunately almost impossible to find the right match from a shelter. At that point, it’s important to find a responsible breeder.

If you’re first on the waiting list, that means you get first pick of whichever litter you’re looking to adopt from. You may be looking for particular physical features or it could be a specific personality you want, or maybe both. When the puppies are 6 weeks old, their size, features and personalities start to really show. Whether it’s a physical characteristic you’re looking for or a personality trait, you will know if that is the sweetie pie for you. If you’ve been on the Confirmed buyers list, we will keep you posted with updated photos and videos of the puppies as they grow. At 6 weeks old, you will be asked to make your final decision. Once your choice has been made, we will hold your puppy until he or she is ready to go home with you. If a buyer does not choose by age 6 weeks, we hold the right to sell the puppy to the next buyer on the list and your name will be moved to Confirmed Buyer list for the next available litter.

Generally puppies are ready to leave their mamas at 8 weeks old. That isn’t a hard-fast rule, however. Some puppies take a little longer than others to develop. Especially for the smaller breeds, there are times we prefer to keep a puppy with his or her mama for more like 9-10 weeks of age.

Though these are not official breed descriptions, the terms “teacup” or “micro-teacup” have been used to describe those Chihuahuas under 3 lb. We here at Sweetie Pie Pets do occasionally have these tiny sized pups, however, it is the rarity, and, they are not the right choice for most families. The smaller Chihuahuas are extremely fragile and need 24/7 care. Because of their tiny frames, they do not carry enough “energy” to last throughout the day and must eat every 3-4 hours, for their entire lives. A tiny Chihuahua cannot even make it through the night without eating and they will always need supplements to keep their blood sugar levels stable. Most families have busy schedules and must leave their pets at home alone for several hours a day which is why a teacup chihuahua would not be the right fit. If you’re looking for a teacup, please know that you are facing round-the-clock, full time care for the next 10-15 years. And remember, a 4-6 pound Chihuahua is still a very small dog and much more durable.