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Finding Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale That Doesn't Support Puppy Mills

Feb 4, 2008
Looking for your first Shih Tzu and never had a dog before? The best place for you to find Shi Tzu puppies for sale is from AKC licensed breeders, which will give you advice along with a healthy, happy puppy. The adoption process for a Shih Tzu rescue puppy, or for buying Shih Tzu puppies for sale from a breeder, should take a while. This is to be sure you will not abandon the dog in the future. The biggest reason Shih Tzus are abandoned is because their owners did not take the time to learn about Shih Tzu puppy care. Shelters and breeders will help you with all of your Shih Tzu questions, long after you take the puppy home.

Are you looking for Shih Tzu puppies for sale? If you care about animals, you will not get Shih Tzu puppies or even supplies from any pet shop that sells puppies. These stores have most likely been supplied by inhumane puppy mills that are often located in a different state. On a more immediate level, Shih Tzu puppies offered for sale in pet stores are often sickly, untrained and do not offer you any help once you get the pup home.

Your best bet for an ethical way to get a Shih Tzu pup is by putting your name on the waiting list of a local Shih Tzu breeder, or going to your local animal shelter. There are also Shih Tzu rescues just for Shih Tzus and Shi Tzu mixes. For a shelter near you, go to the US Shi Tzu Rescue website. Keep in mind that adoption fees for Shih Tzu puppies are usually more than for Shih Tzu adults, and can be a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the shelter.

When you find a likely kennel offering Shih Tzu puppies for sale or a rescue that has older puppies, you should never be asked for monetary information first. You should have to fill out an electronic adoption form, or some other form of application. If you don't fill out this form, a reputable breeder or rescue will never get back to you. They need to know just as much about you as you need to know about them.

Why all the fuss and time? They do this to be sure you are matched with a puppy that matches your personality and lifestyle. They also want to know and help you with all of your questions on Shih Tzu puppy care so your puppy has a forever home with you. The biggest reason pets are abandoned is that the owners didn't know what they were getting into before they brought the pet home.

Shih Tzu breeders tend to be small, as they are usually inside someone's home. Your breeder might not have Shih Tzu puppies for sale right at that moment. You are able to go check out the kennel and meet the potential parents and relatives of your prospective pup so you get a good idea of their personality. You should also be able to see the health certificates of the parents or, technically, the sire and dam.

Shih Tzu breeders will usually do all of the registration for you, and offer you a list of great resources on Shih Tzu puppy care that they recommend. Some Shih Tzu breeders will try and answer all of your questions - but if they don't know the answer, they should admit it and point you in the right direction. They may even be able to recommend a dog trainer and vet in your area. They are an invaluable support system in your adventure with a Shih Tzu puppy.
About the Author
Rebecca Simpson has talked with hundreds of Shih Tzu owners, breeders and pet store personnel about the best Shih Tzu puppies. This article was written in an attempt to get people to rescue Shih Tzu puppies from shelters whenever possible. Considered one of the leading sources of information on Shih Tzu puppy care in the nation, this author also writes books on many other breeds.
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