I started out as a breeder of Cocker Spaniels when I was 23 years ago. As long as I can remember, I had a passion for animals. All animals! I cannot tell you as a child and (an adult) how many animals I tried to help and save. My Dad always brought home little kittens and anything else for me to care for. So, when I the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
But, I wanted to do it right! Not only raise and place little cocker spaniels in wonderful homes, but do it all the right way. I wanted to improve on the breed. Cockers were terribly overbred in the 50's and 60's and along with overbreeding came genetic faults bred deaply into the breed. So, I was out to find the best I could and work on each and every breeding to do it better!
After 13 years of breeding and showing cockers, I had to admit that the cocker breed was not the breed of dog for me. Don't get me wrong, I still love the cockers and presently do rescue on a small scale. But after retiring my 8 cockers in wonderful homes, I found a couple of AWESOME shih tzus. That is how it all started.
Puppiesinabox (I) do everything humanly possible to breed the best I can. I start with health and temperment and then look for color and size. So be assured when you get a Puppiesinabox puppy you will be receiving a healthy, intelligent and happy little companion. I am a very small breeder of Shih Tzus and believe they need to be in a home setting. So, I had a cabin built to house my boys and some adults. (The State of Iowa requires not more than 5 intact animals in your home). I still have several running my house but the others have their little home in the cabin with hours of interaction with my during the day. All Moms and puppies are in my home, though. Puppies are subject to the inter workings of the Theisen household from day one! I am also State Inspected and AKC inspected and my Vet visits at least once a year. Puppiesinabox has many references and happy clients over the years. I will be happy to provide anything you need.