10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Shih Tzu Puppy
A new puppy is a wonderful time, a time that is both exciting and a little scary. Sadly when looking for a new Shih Tzu puppy there are some real things to be scared of, so read on to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of buying a Shih Tzu puppy with problems.
Shih Tzu Puppy Mills
Shih Tzu puppies for sale could possibly be part of a puppy mill operation which will most certainly offer a lot of problems if you fall into the puppy mill trap. Read on to see the problems that puppy mill based Shih Tzu puppies for sale could bring.
- Viral and bacterial disease; the puppy mill Shih Tzu will not usually be vaccinated leaving him wide open to puppy disease such as Canine Parvo Virus or Distemper which can be fatal in young puppies.
- Parasites; the puppy mill dog has probably never been wormed and can easily have contracted one of the many types of roundworm from his mother. Some roundworm types can cause blindness in people and other health issues, well cared for Shih Tzu puppies have always been wormed and so have their parents.
- Genetic problems; when a puppy mill breeder has Shih Tzu puppies for sale he will most likely not have carefully matched the parent dogs, with genes in mind. This leaves the puppy open to all sorts of genetic failings inclusive of breathing problems and hereditary arthritis.
In addition to the obvious problems, that bad Shih Tzu breeders bring, there are more subtle problems to look out for when researching Shih Tzu puppies for sale. Take a look;
- Shih Tzu social problems; puppies need social contact from the moment that they are born in order to become friendly, happy and social little dogs. If a littler of Shih Tzu puppies for sale have not had this careful positive social experience they can grow into flighty dogs. When looking for a Shih Tzu puppy be sure that you see the dog in the home environment which it grew up in.
- A frightened dog; if the Shih Tzu puppies for sale look scared in any way then this should start alarm bells ringing for you. Puppies should be bold and friendly, if they shy away then they are likely to grow into generally worried older dogs.
- Look carefully at the eyes; Shih Tzu are prone to genetic eye problems due to the shape of the head and also genetic influence. When you visit Shih Tzu puppies for sale it is important to look passed the cuteness and check the puppy’s eye health for any abnormality or you could be buying a huge problem.
- Look at the eyelids; a common Shih Tzu problem that is also related to the eyes is a condition called entropy where the lashes grow into the dog’s eyes. This will be recognized by sore red eyes and eyelashes that curl the wrong way.
- Shih Tzu breathing problems; when visiting Shih Tzu puppies for sale take a listen to how well they and their mother breathes, listen for any labored breathing or snuffling. A common genetic problem also caused by the Shih Tzu head shape is breathing problems, because of the flat face the Shih Tzu can easily become overheated and unable breathe through his nose at all.
- Shih Tzu shape; genetic arthritis is something that the badly bred Shih Tzu is susceptible to. Hip dysplasia and back problems can develop quite early in life when a puppy is bought from a bad Shih Tzu breeder.
- Watch out for poor bloodlines; ask to meet the dog’s parents and look at the dog’s eyes, face shape and gait. Also ask whether the Shih Tzu puppies for sale have been hip score tested. A good breeder will do this testing of the parents and the puppies.
Although there may be plenty of Shih Tzu puppies for sale in your local area and beyond, it is far more important to get a carefully bred Shih Tzu puppy than to impulse buy a dog and a whole lot of problems along with it.