Popularity is not always a good thing. A lot of people use the fact that the Shih Tzu is a must-have dog as a way to make some quick money. This is where the unscrupulous Shih Tzu breeder comes in.
These people breed Shih Tzu’s for the sole purpose of profit. And they do this with disregard for the breeds health and temperament.
Many large commercial breeders supply mostly pet stores with their dogs and yes, they’re cute just like all puppies no matter what the breed, but the million dollar questions are:
Are they bred to resemble the Shih Tzu?
Have they been examined for genetic deformities?
Were they socialized in the whelping box?
Were they taken away from their mothers too soon?
What did the parents look like?
All of the above questions can readily be answered by a small hobby breeder, however, in most cases, a pet shop cannot.
The Shih Tzu Breeder that breed for profit – breeders that are inexperienced – accidental breeders, no matter which one. The result would probably not be what you pictured when you and your family finally made the decision to get your little Shih Tzu lap dog.
This is why it is so important for you to be able to pick out a good knowledgeable and experienced hobby breeder. Or a small noncommercial breeder. That breed Shih Tzu’s mainly because they love and respect the breed.
However, there are some inexperienced breeders who mean well and are not in the business of breeding for profit.
But these people have no idea or have not studied the genetics of the breed. Or the skill of socializing young puppies.
These young puppies can develop serious genetic problems as well as issues with temperament.