You get what you pay for...
I decided to write this article after someone sent me
an SMS, wanting a puppy but he wanted a CHEAP one,
he did not care if it was well cared for, looked like a
shih tzu or what, he simply wanted a cheap pet, non
neutered / non spayed. Oh yeah ... he also wanted to breed it....
When one wants a new pet, be it a shih tzu or otherwise, this is NOT the time
to go bargain hunting. Sure, the newpapers are full of ads for "Cheap" pets. BUT
- you get what you pay for.
Have you ever stopped to think how these people can sell their pets so cheap?
Usually they are cheap because they are not cared for, usually they have not
had their shots, have not been dewormed, and are sold before they are ready to
An example is the shih tzu, shih tzu should not be placed before they are 12
weeks of age ( you can check
if you don't believe me), they are small and are usually not eating
well at 8 weeks, but many sell them at 8 weeks with maybe 1 shot and 1
deworming or none at all. The price is very low for a non fixed
female. And these are advertised as GOOD for Breeding! Champion line!
Sometimes even as show prospects - by people who do not show. (these
people would not know what show quality is if it hit them on the head)
Take note the dogs do not look like any shih tzu I have ever seen
I have seen photographs of these so called good for breeding shih tzu and
MANY do not even look like shih tzu. And champion line? The champions are so far
back, its almost disappeared from the pedigree, lOL!
One should always buy from an ethical breeder, one that would be there for
you down the line. They are there for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help
you! Once you buy one of their precious babies, you also have their help for the
lifetime of the dog and it sometimes extends beyond that.
You will be surprised at how reasonable the pet prices of ethical breeders
are. After all they CARE about the puppy and not the money!
Most Backyard breeders only want your money. After you have bought the puppy
its GOOD BYE! They will not help you, after all how can they help when
they themselves don't know anything. Most BYB's and Mills do not even know the
breed standard of the dogs they are selling.
I do get upset when someone emails me asking for help on their new
shih tzu and sends me a photo of a dog that looks not like a shh tzu at
all and say ... can you confirm if I bought a shih tzu.... I always
tell hem I do not wish to get involved an if they doubt their dog is a
shih tzu, they should not have bought from that person in the first
I used to answer and help each and every person that owns a shih tzu
bought elsewhere but this is just too much. I have my own clients to
help, my own dogs to take care of, and my own life to live, you did not
think all I did was brush and wash the dogs now did you? I do
have a life outside of dogs and I work to keep them housed and fed. I
DO NOT live off my dogs.
So if you want a BEAUTIFUL pet that fits the standard and someone to run to
for help if you have any problems, do not buy from a BYB, or a MILL! Only buy
from a reputable breeder.
You may pay maybe a few hundred more for your new pet but at least you
will NOT spend a fortune on vet fees.
You may buy a cheap pet from a BYB, Mill, or petshop but you will be spending
thousands on vet bills.
Believe me I know, I get sob stories all the time of people buying sick