Getting it Right
So you have decided this is the breed for you ? Pretty simple you think ? well let me tell you how hard it is...
Getting a well raised/bred Shih Tzu is getting harder by the day, too many people think its an easy task with pages upon pages of puppies on the net.
I sit some days in disbelief at some of the so called breeders and my heart just aches for the poor dogs and puppies been bred.
I truly believe that you really have to do your homework before even starting to look for a puppy, if an ad says Pedigree then most people will think that's correct or all that's needed.
IMPERIAL / TCUP SHIH TZU
My advice and of that of the breed clubs is to leave well alone and opt for the true Shih Tzu or your opening yourself up to many issues.
I have a real bee in my bonnet about Imperials and T-Cups as many who know me will tell you!
Dont be fooled by colours like RARE WHITE/CHOCOLATE OR EVEN DOBI MARKED.
PLEASE CLICK BELOW TO READ A DETAILED WRITE UP FROM THE AMERICAN SHIH TZU CLUB WHERE THIS CRAZE ORIGINATED AND HAVE TO SAY I COULD NOT HAVE PUT IT BETTER MYSELF
You need to start with a responsible breeder, get advice and recommendations, contact the breed clubs and please don't just accept the first cute puppy that comes along.
Question the breeder about why and what she breeds, ask about lines and the health of them, ask if they are members of any breed clubs.
I have seen so many breeders put on a pretty little show to draw people in so don't be fooled by them and if in doubt leave it out.
Look at the parents, familiarise yourself with the breed.
You will soon learn which breeders are in the breed for the good of it and which are in it for the money, their dogs are a reflection of their breeding and quality always shines through.
Never search blind on the Internet, get help from the breed clubs and their puppy coordinator.
Always question the breeder, they should welcome this.
You want clean, healthy looking puppies but this doesn't always mean they are what they should be.
They should be a member of at least one breed club.
Check all documentation and worming sheets, also ask for the name of their vet to check if they have had their puppy looked over.
IF IN DOUBT LEAVE IT OUT
I wish you luck in your search and hope you enjoy your new puppy, but most of all i hope you get them from a responsible knowledgeable breeder and your not one of the thousands lining the pockets of back yard breeders.