So the time has come to bring the pitter-patter of little feet back into your home and you and your family have decided on a Shih Tzu. The very first thing you are going to need to do is be certain that you find the right Shih Tzu breeder and one that you can trust, as your relationship will extend way after you leave their property with your new puppy. Choosing a breeder is important so take your time and consider many.
Your first stop should be the National Kennel Club or any other national breeder registry that you can usually find on the Internet. These registries will point you to only the most reputable breeders in your area and also give you some information about how they do business and what you can expect. If you cannot find a particular breeder in a national registry then they may not be someone you want to get a dog from.
A good Shih Tzu breeder knows that the relationship between an owner and a breeder does not stop after the transaction is signed and done. A good breeder encourages owners, especially novice owners, to contact them if they have any questions or concerns or if they feel they need any advice for the raising of a new dog. A good breeder knows that a good relationship between breeder and owner is essential to the ongoing good health of each dog.
It is the job of a breeder to make sure that when you take your dog home you have complete and detailed care and feeding instructions so you know exactly what and when to feed your new dog. Most breeders will also send you home with a sample of food for your dog so you know what to feed it for proper health through its life.
A reputable Shih Tzu breeder will get an extra incentive from insurance companies that the more shady breeders do not get. A registered and reputable breeder will get the option to offer new owners free pet insurance on their dog that extends for six weeks after the purchase date. The insurance companies want you to use the insurance just once on a vet appointment and then extend the insurance. The breeder just wants to make sure the dog is covered.
Any good breeder will offer many options and pieces of advice to any new or experienced owner. You should discuss with your prospective breeder any of these conditions to see if you are dealing with a reputable breeder or not. A reputable breeder will offer to take the dog back at any point in its life if you can no longer care for it, with no cash refund. That is something you do not get from a shady breeder.
There is very helpful information on narrowing down your search for Shih Tzu breeders in this article. You can use this article to help you find better Shih Tzu information in your search for a breeder.