Shih Tzu Breeders
Looking For Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale?

Are you looking for Shih Tzu breeders and Shih Tzu puppies for sale in your area? Stop! First read the extremely important information that is found on this page.

If you are shopping for a Shih Tzu puppy, we would highly recommend that you only do business with reputable, responsible breeders.

So, just what is a reputable, responsible breeder, you might be asking?

In a nutshell, these are breeders that are 100 percent committed to the advancement of the Shih Tzu breed. Financial profits are never the primary objective. Here are more characteristics of a good breeder:

Reputable, Responsible Shih Tzu Breeders:

  • Have extensive knowledge about Shih Tzu dogs including their genetic problems and health conditions.
  • Will breed the Shih Tzu as close to the standard as possible.

  • Concentrate their practices on only one breed-the Shih Tzu, two breeds at the most.
  • Are actively involved with the American Shih Tzu Club and/or other local, state and national Shih Tzu breeder clubs.
  • Will take their Shih Tzu puppies back at any time and for whatever reason if the new owner can't keep it.
  • Do not over breed. Breeding the female every heat cycle is unethical and potentially dangerous.
  • Maintain veterinary and vaccination records.
  • Do not sell Shih Tzu puppies under 12 weeks of age.
  • Will sell their Shih Tzu puppies with a written contract.
  • Generally will not ship their puppies to new customers.
  • Will normally have the puppy's parents onsite for viewing.
  • Will give the buyer instructions on how to properly care for the Shih Tzu puppy.
  • Most do not advertise in newspapers or on websites.
  • Will ask potential buyers lots of questions.

Beware of "Pretty" Websites Selling Puppies

There are hundreds of Shih Tzu websites selling puppies these days. Please use extreme caution when doing business with these sites. A number of them are not only practicing unethical breeding practices but also are unlicensed.

Some of these breeders will claim that they are a USDA Commercial Kennel. In most cases, this is just a big, fancy word for a puppy mill. A large percentage of the Shih Tzu puppies bred in these environments are unhealthy, undersized and unsocialized.

Many will eventually end up in Shih Tzu rescue organizations due to their physical and/or emotional problems. Once in rescue, these dogs must be evaluated, cared for and rehabilitated before they can be re-homed.

TIP: Did you know that reputable and responsible breeders don't need, nor do they want their names plastered all over the web? Most of their business comes by word of mouth.

In conclusion, always do diligent research on potential dog breeders you are considering buying from. Make a few phone calls or check online to see if a particular breeder is licensed in your city and state.

Also, you may contact the Shih Tzu Club of America to find recommended breeders in your area. 

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