Before purchasing a Shih Tzu puppy from a breeder, it is in your best interest to meet the mother of the litter and preferably the father, too.
If the breeder does not have the father as in many cases, because the father usually belongs to another breeder. He or she should at least have pictures or in some cases a video of the litter’s father.
In addition to a picture or a video of the dog. The breeder should also be able to show you the father’s pedigree as well as his health documents.
Depending upon your situation, you can also ask the breeder for the phone number and address of the person that owns the father.
Therefore, you can arrange a visit to meet the owners of the male Shih Tzu. In many cases, the male Shih Tzu may live many miles away.
So, if a picture and a video is not enough for you. Then it is totally up to you to take the trip.
Meeting the parents is crucial before purchasing a Shih Tzu puppy because it gives you an idea of how your little Shih Tzu’s are going to grow up and act.
Therefore, if you notice that both of the parents do not look like Shih Tzu’s or has a bad temperament. You should politely let the breeder know that you’d be moving on.
You do not want to put yourself into a situation where you take the dog home and a few months later. You’re contemplating getting rid of the dog because it doesn’t look or act like a Shih Tzu.
Shih Tzu’s are friendly and trustworthy dogs. And these are traits that you should be able to see in the parents right away.
Do not purchase a Shih Tzu or any dog for that matter without seeing their parents first. It will save you a lot of headaches in the end.