Reputable Shih Tzu Breeders Will Throw Questions At You And Be Ready To Answer Questions Them
January 5, 2008
To begin with, reputable Shi Tzu breeders do not sell their puppies to any and everybody. It is difficult to find them. A reputable breeder of standing will pose questions to the buyer – why one wants a puppy of this particular breed, who is the vet who will care for the pet and also what other pets are there in the home.
Nevertheless before going shopping it is better to be armed with Shih Tzu information and also what to expect from the proper breeder. Before selecting the puppy it is good to know about the famous Shih Tzu.
Lately the Shih Tzu has become tremendously popular and as such unethical business has also started to thrive. Top class breeders will be concentrating on type, health as well as temperament. They must be able to answer questions thrown to them about the breed and should be a member of one or more breed organizations. There are certain rules they have to follow. The breeder should be able to introduce the mother to the buyers. The litter as well as the mother should be in a clean condition. The father may not be available because stud dogs come from outside.
Shih Tzu puppies are not ready to leave their mother until 9 weeks old. The breeder should provide, apart from the pedigree certificate, details of diet, de-worming records and contact information. A responsible reliable and caring breeder will always lend a helping hand even after the puppy has changed addresses for a reasonable length of time.
On the negative side it is best to avoid looking for a Shih Tzu in a puppy farm or puppy mill. Usually the pet shops get their supply from these joints or a casual dealer. The purchaser might be tempted by the relatively lower price. The man down the street might have had a wonderful experience with one such puppy but actually buying from these places is like purchasing a lottery ticket.
No thought is usually given to genetic factors and dangers of inbreeding. The puppies may be physically and socially stunted considering the environment in which they are packed. These breeders are never willing to take the puppy back if gross discrepancies arise. So keep asking probing questions and evaluate.
Breed clubs can guide the purchaser and they even have Shih Tzu puppy coordinators. The vet in the locality should be a good guide in this matter. The wise course would be to nose around and get enlisted on the waiting list. Shih Tzu puppies are not usually always sitting on the shelves waiting to be tossed into the basket. Reputable Shih Tzu breeders are not easy to find.