A Shih Tzu is a dog that is bred solely for companionship although recently they have been taken to dog sports. Shih Tzu is being trained for obedience rally and agility competition. Shih Tzu is affectionate, happy and outgoing although they can be sometimes stubborn and they are hard to train.
Shih Tzu breeders breed their dogs between the second heat cycle and the age of seven years. Breeding past the age of seven may cause health problems to the dog and cause it to have too much stress. Shih Tzu goes first to heat when it is five months old, but it may not be interested in males until in a later stage. A female Shih Tzu shows interest on the male dog at the third stage of the heat cycle when her interests in male partners pick up. The final stage of the heat cycle occurs twice a year. It is when the Shih Tzu breeders breed them.
Shih Tzu breeders should be selected very carefully since the buyer is looking for a suitable companion for around fifteen years. A carefully bred puppy should be from a knowledgeable breeder whose priority is the wellbeing of the dogs. A carefully bred Shih Tzu puppy costs between 500 Euros and 700 Euros.
Characteristics of a Responsible Breeders
- The Shih Tzu breeder breeds the best dogs regarding health, temperament and breed type.
- Shih Tzu breeder is knowledgeable about the breed and can answer specific questions about Shih Tzu asked by the buyer.
- A responsible Shih Tzu breeder should be a member one or more breed organization and should abide by a code of ethics the breed clubs have.
- A responsible Shih Tzu breeder should be able to show the buyer the mother of the puppies and both the puppies and the mother should be clean and in good condition. The breeder should have the details about the father of the puppies.
- A responsible Shih Tzu breeder should be able to offer quick advice on the puppies after they have been bought as long as the buyer may need.
- A responsible breeder should be ready to take the puppy back if the buyer is unable to take care of the dog or if anything goes wrong with it.
Shih Tzu Breeder to Avoid
A buyer should avoid breeders who try to get them to buy Shih Tzu under eight weeks. The best age to acquire a Shih Tzu is between 9 weeks to 12 weeks old.
Puppies from puppy farms, pet shop or a dealer should be avoided because tiny thought is given to the dogs breeding or the inherited condition that can arise from breeding the different kinds of dogs. The dogs are likely to be kept in a place with poor sanitary condition and receive little canine or human interaction, making the puppy stunted socially.
Casual Shih Tzu breeders should be avoided too when purchasing a puppy. This is because casual Shih Tzu breeders may not be knowledgeable about Shih Tzu. They may not answer all the questions asked, and they may be unwilling to stand by their puppies if a problem occurs and refuse to take them back.