If you have decided what your new family dog will be, and you have decided on a Shih Tzu, then you will then need to find Shih Tzu breeders in your area. It is always a good idea to have more than one breeder to consider, as you want to feel totally comfortable with the breeder you are buying from because you will be dealing with that breeder for many years to come. A good relationship is important to a good ownership experience with your new Shih Tzu dog.
The first place you want to look for a reputable Shih Tzu breeder is with the National Kennel Club. The National Kennel Club is the standard used by any reputable breeder in the United States and other parts of the world and if a breeder is not listed with the National Kennel Club then chances are you do not want to deal with that breeder anyways.
You can either mail the National Kennel Club for their most recent information of you can give them a call at (865) 932-9680. This is probably the best place to start when looking for a good Shih Tzu breeder.
It is possible to find a local Shih Tzu breeder that is not listed in the National Kennel Club registry and the first place you can try that is on the Internet or in your local phone book.
The Internet is probably your best bet because if the breeder took the time to create a website then they are less likely to have something to hide and your chances of a good experience increase.
If you do not have a vet then visit your local vet for advice or ask one of your family members or friends who have pets who their vet is and take it from there.
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.