What should you look for in a shih tzu breeder? Here are some tips on how to find a reputable breeder:

1. They are usually a member of shih tzu club or a national club like PCCI and show their dogs in conformation shows.

A good shih tzu breeder belongs to a dog club and has a lifetime commitment in producing healthy puppies that closely conforms to the shih tzu breed standard.

2. Shih tzu breeders usually know the health issues in their breeding the and the latest health care treatments.

They usually perform health screenings on parents or research the background of the shih tzu they are breeding to make sure they are free from genetic problems and have outgoing and stable temperament.

3. Reputable breeders only breed a litter when one or both dogs and the majority of the ancestors in the pedigree are Champions.

Breeding the best to the best doesn't guarantee of having a whole litter of quality puppies but can be a good indicator of another quality litter. The possibilities of having a quality shih tzu pup is higher than pairing just any shih tzu. These breedings are planned and they hope to keep one or two excellent puppies to show in the future.

4. They usually limit the number of litters in a year.

By limiting the number of puppies, show breeders can concentrate on producing quality puppies and not on quantity. Caring for puppies is very time consuming so breeders cannot follow the progress of the puppies if puppies are too many.

5. They screen buyers carefully to make sure the new owners can care for their puppy and can obtain a veterinary care if needed.

They don't just sell puppies to buyers just because they have the money to pay for the puppy. Reputable breeders make sure that the new owner can provide the same care and training that they are giving to their puppies.

6. They invite buyers to see the area the puppies are raised in.

The puppy area should look and smell clean.

7. They provide information to new owners about the shih tzu breed, health, care, training and behavior.

The role of a breeder doesn't end after the buyer pays for the puppy. A good breeder shows support to the new owners by sharing their knowledge on how to properly raise a puppy or train one. They are always there to assist the new owners and are available to answer through out your shih tzu's lifetime.

8. They vaccinate, deworm and possibly microchip their shih tzu before sending them to the new owners.

A good breeder makes sure that their shih tzu puppies receive the proper vaccination before releasing them to the new owners.

9. A reputable breeder guarantee the health of the puppy for a certain period of time.

They offer guarantee that includes replacing the puppy or refunding the purchase price (or part of it) if the puppy isn't healthy. But the exact time period varies from breeder to breeder.

10. A good breeder places the puppy at the right age.

They do not sell puppies that are too young. Puppies need to bond with their siblings and mother which improves their socialization skills that they need for the rest of their lives.    

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