No matter how many questions you ask any Shih Tzu breeder when searching for a Shih Tzu, it may not be enough. Yep, sometimes asking too many questions is just not enough.
There comes a time when paying attention or being observant is just as informative.
Being observant will allow you notice every little detail about the breeder’s home and their dogs. Questions that you should ask yourself are:
Am I getting a good feeling from this Shih Tzu breeder?
Do I trust this person; are they trustworthy and forthcoming with information in regard to the Shih Tzu puppies?
Is this person clean and is the home well taken care of as well as the area where the Shih Tzu’s are being cared for?
Are the Shih Tzu’s well cared for and are they healthy, clean, and friendly?
If the situation comes up and you smell diarrhea or vomit where the dogs are being kept. Don’t just let it slide and assume that the breeder has everything under control.
Ask questions, inquire about the smell, or alert the breeder about your concern.
Reasons for this could simply be the puppy may have had a distressed stomach and the breeder was already aware of the situation.
However, you would not have known unless you were being observant. If the puppies seem all sickly to you. It is time to continue on your journey searching for a Shih Tzu breeder.
Do not let a Shih Tzu breeder bring you puppies from another room without letting you see the others, he or she may have something to hide.
Therefore, if you witness poor housing, messy living standards, or a mother Shih Tzu that doesn’t look healthy or friendly. Move on, because these are signs of poorly raised dogs.
If you witness anything strange or suspicious, ask about it. You need to get a feel for the dogs; therefore, it is in your best interest to survey every inch of the breeder’s property where they breed and care for the dogs.