I wanted to own a Shih Tzu ever since I was a child. My first Shih Tzu was just a gift so I never experienced any difficulty in finding my first puppy. If you have no other option but to buy for yourself or you wanted to buy for your special someone, how are you really going to find the right Shih Tzu puppy?
Buying a Shih Tzu should not be done on the spur of the moment. You have to take your time in choosing your Shih Tzu puppy. Don’t be an impulsive buyer. The first few questions you need to ask yourself is, “Am I ready for a Shih Tzu puppy?” “Can I handle the responsibility of owning one?” Remember that a Shih Tzu lives for about 10-15 years or even longer so make sure that you are ready to live with your Shih Tzu that long. If you answer yes to these questions, then the next thing to determine is what kind of puppy you want (your preferred color, size, gender, personality, etc.) After establishing a picture of the puppy you want in your mind, you are now ready to look for a puppy.
There are specific places wherein you can ask for an advice on where to go and whom you should talk to. Here’s the two kennel club wherein you can ask for a referral:
Philippine Canine Club, Inc. (PCCI)
Rm A206 Hillcrest Condominium
1616 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Phone: (632) 721 8345, (632) 721 7152
Asia Kennel Club Union Club of the Philippines, Inc.
316 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City (Beside Meralco, across Roosevelt Ave)
Phone: (632) 376 6597, (632) 994 1533, (632) 994 1544, (632) 376 6598
Both clubs have lists of Shih Tzu breeders in your area so they can help you find a Shih Tzu breeder near your place. Another option is to inquire from the Shih Tzu breed club. However, as of this writing, the Philippine Shih Tzu Club, Inc. has been dissolved by the PCCI due to several years of being inactive. There are several people that have intentions of putting up a new Shih Tzu club but none are official yet. I will just update you if there’s one already.
Your next option would be to ask a veterinarian around your place. Many times he will have a client who breeds Shih Tzu. In this case, he can recommend a Shih Tzu breeder to you. You can also ask your friends and get referral from them. If they have acquired a Shih Tzu puppy from a breeder and are happy, it should help you make a decision.
Most of the time, these places will lead you to someone who has nice, sound and healthy puppies. Although you will find that most responsible breeders do not always have puppies available so you may have to be on their waiting list. Good things are worth waiting for. In any choice you make, just make sure you are buying from a responsible breeder. Because buying from a responsible breeder will make your Shih Tzu owning experience a very nice one. I am sure of that.
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