How to Find Reputable Shih Tzu Breeders

Although the prospect of raising your own Shih Tzu is nice one to imagine, impulsively buying them from the first Shih Tzu breeders you come across may not be. No one is dismissing the possibility that you can get discounts, or a good deal, when buying puppies from Shih Tzu breeders, but you need to be sure you’re buying from legitimate ones. Legitimate breeders, those who breed dogs according to healthy breeding standards, are often part of breeding clubs. Such breeders are capable of providing you with registration of the pups’ bloodline and even the inoculations and deworming sessions they’ve undergone.

For those who are really interested in specific dog breeds, legitimate breeders should be your first option. There are stories of pet owners who adopt pure bred Shih Tzu from animal shelters and rescues, but that’s a rare occurrence. If you’re planning to raise Shih Tzu pups yourself, you have a higher chance of find that with Shih Tzu breeders than trying your luck with dog shelters. Shelters may at times have some abandoned puppies one could adopt, but most of the time they take in adult pups that are abandoned, orphaned, left on the street cold and hungry and homeless. Plus, if you usually take part in dog shows - and enter your best dogs there - getting in touch with a legitimate breeder increases your chances of your dog’s passing the show’s conformation standards.

Breeders of the legit line usually have references you can check. A trustworthy breeder will volunteer right away, when you interview them, their references which you can of course check - they want you to see right away they are not part of some puppy mill that’s after only profit. They will also be asking you a lot of questions, mostly about your experience in raising the Shih Tzu breed. This is understandable: the breeder wants to know if you can actually take care of the breed, and not just be able to buy them - it’s a good policy that reduces the chances of selling dogs to people who care for them in the beginning and later neglect them.

A good home includes having clean and sanitary space for the pups, a family that understands the needs of this breed, an owner with the finances to shoulder the expenses (pet bedding, quality dog food, check ups, inoculations, deworming sessions, medical procedures as needed, grooming paraphernalia, and so on), and a big heart to devote to raising the pups. All of these are vital since this breed has its own share of health problems and a personality that makes it a challenge to house train.

Grooming this small dog breed and the necessity to routinely bring it outside (or to the designated area) can take up a lot of time. So now you understand why a breeder would ask you all those questions - he wants to know if the dog or dogs will be in good hands. That choosiness and reluctance to simply earn a buck are signs you’ve found yourself a good breeder.

A boom in the popularity of toy dogs has encouraged unethical Shih Tzu breeders to take part in puppy mills to produce whatever in vogue breed is asked for. This type of breeding that cares not for the health of the produced puppies can result in unhealthy breeds. To make sure you acquire healthy pups or adult dogs from reputable Shih Tzu breeders, make sure these breeders are part of breeding circles and that they provide references you can check.

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