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Way more than a dog breeder

At Calta’s Cute Shih Tzus we raise exceptional Shih Tzu puppies in a loving and caring family home environment. Our parent dogs are fully health tested, litters are carefully planned out.

Hi, I’m Kelli Caltabilotta

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I started Calta’s Cute Shih Tzus in 2019. I first fell in love with Shih Tzus when I was in my early 20’s. I purchased my 1st Shih Tzu (Max) from a pet store and instantly fell in love, he was such a great dog that I ended up getting (Maggie) so he could have a friend.  While I never breed them there was always something telling me I needed to better this breed.  Fast forward to now where I was able to begin this journey to bring families the same joy of a Shih Tzu as Nova and Bruno have brought me.

I am a small in-home breeder of Shih Tzus, located in Upstate New Jersey  in a town called Vernon, where we are a short 10 min from New York State, 1 hr from PA and 1 ½ hrs from NYC.   My goal is to raise top quality AKC standard Shih Tzus so that families can experience this amazing dog as I have.  All of my dogs are family members and are treated as such! I do not believe in kenneling my dogs and all my dogs live beside me in my home, where they have full run of the house.

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