Are you wondering where you can find Shih Tzu puppies for sale? Perhaps you would like a new puppy and feel that the Shih Tzu breed may be the dog for you? If so read on for more information about the common risks and traps of buying a Shih Tzu puppy.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Shih Tzu is a wonderful dog to have around. Bred as a companion dog he offers his friendship and unflinching devotion, but how can you be certain that the Shih Tzu puppy that you are considering bringing home is healthy?
There are a few problems to look out for when looking for Shih Tzu puppies. The first is that of the puppy mill. Puppy mills like Shih Tzu puppies very much because the Shih Tzu is a popular breed of dog and their puppies sell well.
The Shih Tzu Puppy Mill Dog
When a dog is bred in a puppy mill his health is disregarded as is the health of his parents. The puppies miss out on crucial socialization during the first few weeks of their lives. Often Shih Tzu puppies in puppy mill conditions never know handling from humans until they are sold into a pet home. This lack of handling early on creates timid dogs that are always a bit worried about people, no matter how loved they are afterwards.
Puppy mill dogs also have very few health check, worm treatments or vaccinations. I heard of a story only this week where a puppy was bought from a puppy farmer and came with illness and a fake vaccination card. This type of breeder is unscrupulous and will not think twice about selling a poorly dog then leaving the new owner no forwarding address.
Over the last few years puppy mill owners have sold Shih Tzu puppies with many fatal diseases, irreparable genetic eye damage and many other problems as a result of poor breeding practice and intertwined related bloodlines.
How to Avoid Shih Tzu Puppies from a Puppy Mill?
So how can you make sure you only consider Shih Tzu puppies from a good and careful breeder? It’s actually quite simple. Ensure that you see the parents of a dog and make sure that the Mother and puppies are being whelped in a careful home environment.
As a general rule the more interest that a dog breeder has in you and the home you will provide, the more they care about the Shih Tzu puppies in their care. This means that they will have bred the puppies with respect and considered the health needs of the puppies and their parents before deciding on a litter.
Pet store, classified ad or puppies that are sold on the internet with no parents in sight are most probably puppy mill Shih Tzu puppies and are best avoided. When you buy puppies in this way it encourages bad breeding practices and lets down the adult dog that is left behind.