The time has come to add a new member to your family and you have decided on a Shih Tzu dog. The first thing you are going to need to do is contact a Shih Tzu breeder but this first step is also one of the most important steps you will make in your search.
You will want to find a Shih Tzu breeder that you are comfortable with so make sure that you talk to many breeders and do not settle on any one until you feel like that is absolutely the person you want to do business with.
It is unusual, but not unheard of, that good Shih Tzu breeders choose not to list with the National Kennel Club. To find the local Shih Tzu breeder near you then you can search on the Internet or use your local phone book.
The Internet may be better because a website can offer detailed information about a breeder and his business and that is the kind of information you are looking for.
A vet is always a great place for a referral on where to find a reputable Shih Tzu breeder. If you have pets of your own already then ask your vet for a referral to a good Shih Tzu breeder. Your vet may already do business with a breeder, which would be a great help to you.
Another great source of information for finding a good Shih Tzu breeder is your local vet. If you already have a vet for your current pets then ask your vet about getting in touch with a reputable breeder in your area. If you do not have a vet then find the vet closest to you and ask them their advice. If you have friends or family with pets then ask them to recommend a vet for you.
If you do have Internet access then another really great resource for finding good hih Tzu breeders is to find and participate with various Shih Tzu online chat rooms and message boards. Shih Tzu owners from all over the world participate in these forums and this is a great chance to get advice on a breeder and any other Shih Tzu advice you may be looking for.
A Shih Tzu breeder is just as important as the dog itself as your relationship with your breeder is very important to you and your dog. Make sure you take your time looking for the right breeder and also make sure you feel completely comfortable with the breeder you finally decide on. Your family’s happiness, and your new puppy’s life, depend on you choosing a good breeder.