Shih Tzu Puppies - What Pet Owners Should Know About

If you’re looking for Shih Tzu puppies, you can either adopt them or buy them. Supposing you are attached to and want a specific breed, then you’d best be in touch with a Shih Tzu breeder. Most animal shelters, including those rescues that focus on specific breeds, usually take in whatever abandoned or orphaned dogs can find - and that means a minority of puppies are taken in. If you want to raise puppies yourself, you need to be aware of the possible problems in purchasing a Shih Tzu from a breeder.

1. You might get tricked into purchasing a pup from a dubious breeding line, and probably an unhealthy pup at that. Because they are driven by profit, some breeders that are pare of puppy mills, defy the usual Kennel-approved breeding guide and breed runt to run to come up with designer dogs smaller than the already small Shih Tzu, and these puppies are often unhealthy. If you interview the breeder, you might be told of lavish tales of having bred for key dog owners, or being part of some prestigious breeding club, so it might be too late if you buy from him and check his background later on - conmen are good talkers. You want to be able to see to it that the breeder you talk to has at least been vouched for by the breeding club he belongs to, so you start by looking for breeding clubs and look up their members.

2. When you do find good breeders offering healthy and standard-bred Shih Tzu dogs, you need to be ready to pay the price. This breed does not come cheap, and when you’re particularly attached to a breed, money may not be a stopping point. That’s why some pet owners get conned into buying unhealthy pups. After some hunting around for vouched-for breeders, you need to be prepared to part with a sum of money to get the Shih Tzu you love. For example, if you love to enter your toy dog into dog shows, the conformation standards must be adhered to, and for that, only a reputable breeder may do to supply you with the pure breed you need.

3. Pet owners new to this small dog breed may have difficulty raising one pup, and a tougher time raising several at the same time. You must be financially prepared to shoulder the expenses this breed can dent in your finances. For one thing, there are the veterinaty expenses ranging from, but not limited to, check ups and inoculations. You will need to train the pup to pee and poop where and when expected, by setting up a schedule. That includes sticking to a schedule to let the pups do their peeing and pooping business - such as when they wake up from a nap and right after they eat.

Think this over seriously, whether you are prepared to bring home and take care of several Shih Tzu puppies; keep in mind that there are some advantages to adopting instead of buying, and of choosing an adult dog to puppies. You’re in luck with adult dogs, as they are often already potty-trained; so no more mess to clean up all the time at home, no more potty accidents. As for adopting versus buying, adopting is practically free - you also help out the animal sheleter through adopting since you’re making room for them to take in more abandoned dogs.  

If you’ve already decided you want Shih Tzu puppies, then you need to start getting in touch with reputable breeders. Websites of the bothe the Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club usually have links to some recommended breeders of Shih Tzu dogs. Remember that, to avoid puppy mills that neglect dog health when breeding, you want breeders connected to breeding clubs so you can check their backgrounds.

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