Shih Tzu’s are one of the most popular small dog breeds in the United States. Their ability to provide affection and companionship to their owners and also be gentle and playful with children has made them a sought after breed for many families and single people. Also there has been increasing popularity for miniature Shih Tzu for sale. Whether you choose a full size or miniature Shih Tzu to join your family, you will want to be sure to adopt or purchase them from a reputable breeder.
This means you will want to avoid puppy mills. Not many pet owners will seek out puppy mills to purchase their dog, but did you know that most pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills? Yes, that means those cute little Shih Tzu’s at the pet store might have been born into the puppy mill industry. This means that their parents are referred to as breeding dogs. They live in harsh conditions and are kept in small cages and their only purpose is to produce litter after litter of these beautiful Shih Tzu’s you see in the pet store windows.
In January of 2013, the ASPCA released an article that stated that a three year old Shih Tzu had been rescued from a puppy mill. He was a breeding dog and his hair was very long, matted and filled with feces and urine. The rescuers bathed him and carefully groomed him, then soon found that his eyes had been eaten away by infection. The rescuers got Carson the help he needed and soon he was adopted. He now lives a happy, healthy life with his new family.
The tragedy of this story is that Carson had fathered many Shih Tzu puppies that you see in the pet store windows. Since Carson was found in harsh conditions, this means the puppies in the store windows who come from puppy mills are born into filthy, harsh conditions. It also means that their parents suffer and could be very sick and pass illness or hereditary disease to their puppies. These puppy mills are only out for money and they do not care for the dog or the breed itself.
In some states in America, there are laws that are trying to get passed to ban puppy mills or at the least, force regulations on them. So when you go to purchase your Shih Tzu puppy, do your best to avoid pet stores. Because chances are the puppies are from a puppy mill. If pet owners continue to purchase their puppies, including mini Shih Tzu puppies from pet stores, you are helping keep those puppy mills in business and allowing them to continue the harsh treatment of dogs.
Imagine a sweet, playful, affectionate Shih Tzu being locked in a cage in unsanitary conditions and being forced to produce liter after liter of puppies. It’s time for pet owners to take a stand and choose to purchase your mini Shih Tzu as a reputable breeder or from a rescue shelter that specializes in rescuing the dog breed Shih Tzu specifically.
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