Has your eye been caught by the charm of Shih Tzu puppies? Are you looking for a Shih Tzu? Perhaps you want to add a little bundle of love into your life but have no idea where to begin looking? The Shih Tzu is a wonderful little breed of dog he is a smile in a tiny package and is highly amusing.
You won’t have to look far for a litter of Shih Tzu puppies looking for homes; however it is vitally important that you look in the right place. We can help with this.
The Shih Tzu has rapidly become one of our nation’s favorite pets. He is small enough to live happily in a small living area, bright enough to be a fascinating companion and adaptable enough to fit into even the busiest of families.
Shih Tzu puppies are living, learning and emotional beings though and they are not all the same. Like people Shih Tzu puppies are all different. The puppy, for the first few months of his life, is like a sponge and is certainly shaped by his experiences along with his own particular set of genes. This is exactly why it is absolutely vital to make sure and Shih Tzu puppies that you consider looking at are living in reputable conditions.
Some Bad People Sell Shih Tzu Puppies
Sadly this is true and something that every new dog owner should take into account when looking for a puppy. Now I know we have already talked about puppy mills so I don’t want to repeat myself too much however it is vital that you know the risks.
A puppy mill is a place where the Shih Tzu is bred from, again and again in order for the puppies to be sold online, in newspapers and, surprisingly, via pet stores. There are more Shih Tzu puppies that enter the world in this way than you can imagine. Puppies born in farms or mills regularly arrive in their new homes with;
• Genetic defects – problems caused by breeding through bad or related bloodlines. This includes severe eye problems and breathing difficulties caused by a short face.
• Puppy illness – Many puppies cannot be saved and have to be put to sleep or die from infections or common puppy illness within a week of arriving home.
• Behavior problems – A puppy that has been raised in bad conditions, with a scared, poorly and anxious mother will, undoubtedly, develop fear problems later in life. By six to eight weeks old Shih Tzu puppies have already begun shaping their view of the world based on their immediate circumstance. This learning, no matter how much training is given, can never be undone.
Finding Healthy and Happy Shih Tzu Puppies
Please don’t let our honesty put you off the chance of life with a Shih Tzu puppy though. There are many ways to find a good breeder or even a puppy born in a nice rescue center. Both of these nursery environments will ensure that the Shih Tzu puppies are healthy, happy and that their mother passes on confidence and good health to her babies.
An honest puppy caregiver or breeder will allow you to see the entire family together, in a home environment and they will be as interested in you as you are in the Shih Tzu puppies. They have the dog’s interests at heart and this will be obvious to you.
The care that your Shih Tzu puppy receives in his first few weeks will determine the kind of dog he becomes. So don’t rush when finding your new puppy, watch out for the warning signs and find a dog that has started his life with someone who cares for their Shih Tzu puppies just as much as you will.
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