Shih Tzu Breeders – The Acid Test

The best way to gauge the quality of any breeder is the tenacity with which they seek to be satisfied that you are the best possible choice owner for their Shih Tzu puppies. A genuine Shih Tzu breeder will always insist that the owner’s personality, style of living, demeanor be evenly matched with the personality and requirement of the Shih Tzu. There are clear criteria that will definitely help you identify the genuine Shih Tzu breeder from a false one.

The Questions You Need to Ask a Shih Tzu Breeder

There are many things that would indicate the genuineness of the Shih Tzu breeder. The following questions will help you consolidate your findings. You may ask these questions directly or you may obtain the information through informal discussions.

1. Is the breeder registered with any national level kennel clubs?

2. How long is the Shih Tzu breeder in this trade?

3. Does the breeder have any testimonials about the female and male Shih Tzu’s?

4. Is the mother registered? What about the stud?

5. How old is the mother now?

6. When was her first litter? How many litters has she had to date? What are the time gaps between the litters?

7. What is her health condition? Did she suffer any major problems in its puppy-hood? Adulthood? During the pregnancy?

8. If yes, how does that bear on her progeny?

9. Does he/she have any news about the puppies that had been sold previously? Does he keep track and contact of the people who buy the puppies?

10. Why they are breeding this breed of dog? How long they have been doing this job with this particular breed.

The answer to these questions will give you sufficient clarity on the quality of the Shih Tzu breederyou are interacting with. There are other telltale aspects:

1. Check out the place where the mother and the puppies are kept – check it for comfort, cleanliness and lighting.

2. Insist of taking a close look at the mother – is she underweight and pathetic looking or is she exceedingly glowing with happiness and contentment.

3. Find out whether you can be referred to any of the past clients of the breeder – you could find out whether the puppy has fared well or not.

4. Insist that you see the complete check up medical certificates of the mother to find out whether there are genetic defects and serious health problems.

Once you go through this process it will be relatively easier finding a quality Shih Tzu breeder to buy your puppies from.

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