What To Look For When Buying A Puppy:
Is it a good quality?
If yes, then there are no reason to worry. If not, then you need to do some research first before making any decision. You may want to read the following articles:
Do they have health certificates?
These documents prove if the dog has been vaccinated against diseases such as rabies or distemper.
Are their vaccinations current?
They should be up-to-date with all required vaccines.
Does the dog have a microchip?
Microchips ensure that the dog cannot escape your custody. If they don’t have one, then you need to check them out thoroughly before purchasing a puppy from them. You may also want to read these articles:
How old is the pup?
If it’s too young, then you should think twice before buying it. Also, if the pup is older than 8 weeks, then you need to consider whether or not you really want to take care of such a big animal.
Can I take him home with me?
Most puppies are born healthy and will grow up perfectly fine without any problems. However, in some instances, you may encounter puppies with health issues that you should be aware of.
If you’re looking to buy a Shih Tzu then these are the health problems that may occur:
* Bone cancer
These are very rare cases but they can happen. Most breeders will provide you with a health guarantee and money back option just in case anything is to happen.
Also, be careful when going to a breeder who is selling their puppies at a substantially lower price than other Shih Tzus of the same age. This could be a sign that something is wrong with the dog.
Can I meet both of the puppy’s parents?
This is a common question that you should ask the breeder. If they refuse to let you do this, then you need to think twice before making a purchase.
Also, make sure that the parents look like Shih Tzus. This is another red flag that the breeder may be trying to rip someone off by passing off a mixed breed as a purebred.
8) What is the puppy’s personality like?
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