Shih Tzu Breeders - Are You Ready to Raise Shih Tzu Pups?

The Shih Tzu breed is undoubtedly cute, but you should worry about buying them from Shih Tzu breeders with dubious backgrounds, who may sell you unhealthy pups. You may fall victim to the many puppy mills operating, and so some Shih Tzu breeders you may take to be legitimate may in fact be con artists selling you unhealthy pups bred runt on runt. Legitimate breeders, you need to know, are usually a member of breeding clubs. When you find out that a breeder is a member, that’s a good sign - they can provice your with documentation pertaining to the pups’ legitimate bloodline.

If you’re particular to a specific Shih Tzu breed, a good breeder is your best bet. There are stories of pet owners who adopt pure bred Shih Tzu from animal shelters and rescues, but that’s a rare occurence. If you’re also looking for puppies to raise, then a breeder is what you’re looking for. Almost every dog that finds its way into the facilities of an animal shelter or rescue has a sad story or neglect and abuse, which is why the shelter’s staff have stringent screening processes, including interviews, to make sure the abandoned dogs do not get into the hands of abusive/neglectful pet owners - this may not be the fastest way to get Shih Tzu into your home. Also, if you intend to participate in dog shows, which of course has certain conformation rules to adhere to, then getting legitimate breeds from a reputable breeder may be the only way to go.

Breeders of the legit line usually have references you can check. When you interview breeders, wait to be provided references you can check, as the reputable ones will usually volunteer them to dispel suspicions they are part of those puppy mills. You will not be the only one asking a lot of questions, during that interview, as the breeder will also ask you questions. The breeder wants to find out if you are qualified to take care of such a breed, so he will not sell his dogs to pet owners who buy on impulse and later have them adopted.

A home that’s ready to take in new pets should have clean and sanitary areas for the pups, relatives that understand this breed, an owner financially prepared to shoulder the needs (pet bedding, premium dog food, vet check ups, inoculations, deworming sessions, medical procedures, grooming items, etc.), and a devoted heart on the part of the owner. 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 itself and needing to take the Shih Tzu out to do its business takes some space in one’s calendar. That’s the reason you might be subjected by the breeder to a series of question - he’s not just going to sell these dogs to a waller with no heart. 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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