Choosing Shih Tzu Puppies is Not as Easy as It Looks

When it comes to choosing a Shih Tzu puppy there are a lot of factors that should guide you. Contrary to popular belief, you should not let the puppy choose you; instead, you should make your choice based on careful observation and inspection of the litter.

One thing that you will not need to worry about is whether to have a male or female Shih Tzu puppy. Both the genders are equally friendly and easy to raise, provided they are indeed purebred. Hence, your personal preference regarding what type of dog you want will be okay here.

When the puppy chooses you it is indeed lovely – however, this does not mean that the puppy is the best for you. This usually means that the puppy is very independent, and most of the times could be difficult to train. To be fair, it does sometimes mean that the puppy is over friendly and you could be happy with it. However, most often than not, you will end up with the brashest puppy which will prove a real handful.

Hence, keep in mind that a puppy can ‘choose’ you and still not be the right puppy; while the puppy, which suits you best, may not be as assertive. Take your time and evaluate carefully each Shih Tzu puppy – a thing that the breeder will advise as well.

Tell Tale Signs of a Good Puppy

Look carefully at the whole litter – if you see that the puppies run away from you then this is not the right type of dog for you. Remember, the Shih Tzu is basically a friendly dog, even if they do not come forward, they should never run away from you unless you are too menacing or making fearful noises. The same goes if you see the Shih Tzu puppies put their tails in between their legs when they see you. The Shih Tzu is not a fearful dog – and if the puppies behave this way, either they are mixed or there is some problem somewhere along the line. Remember shy dogs are usually dangerous because they are liable to snap at people or things that scare them.

If the litter is indeed of pure breed Shih Tzu – then the Shih Tzu puppies will definitely try to find out who you are by sniffing at you with eager yet restrained curiosity. There will be no fear – just need to know behavior.

The best bet in any litter – not only of Shih Tzu puppies but also for any type of dogs – is to choose one of the middle born pups. The elder of the litter will usually have a bossy demeanor while the youngest might be either too soft or too weak. The puppy you should choose should be happy, confident and alert. Once you have chosen your puppy, you will have to run through a checklist of what will be needed for the Shih Tzu puppy care.

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