Finally you have decided to increase your family with a Shih Tzu puppy. Undoubtedly, it is a good choice because it is a very friendly, cheerful and playful toy dog. But perhaps you have doubts when it comes to finding a responsible breeder and expert in the breed where to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain.
Indeed, nowadays it is very important to analyze what kind of care and attention the dog has received from birth to its arrival home. Therefore, before deciding to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain you should evaluate the pros and cons of acquiring your new puppy through advertisements on the Internet, in pet stores or from non-professional individuals.
Keep in mind that behind many ads there are real scammers who only see animals as a business to get rich from. If you want to know how these mafias operate, we invite you to read our article about fake ads on the Internet. Keep this in mind if you want to avoid the unpleasant surprise of buying a dog that is not of breed or, what is worse, that it is a sick dog or that you even fall into a scam and you are left without money or dog.
In short, if you want to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain without risks or possible scams and with all the pedigree and health guarantees, always go to responsible, professional breeders, specialists in the Shih Tzu breed.
6 essential tips to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain
If you are looking for a dog that is playful and fun and at the same time enjoys your company at home, the Shih Tzu is an excellent choice. Remember that it is a breed with an affectionate temperament and at the same time independent.
If you want to know what are all the care and characteristics of this toy dog breed you can read our complete guide to the Shih Tzu dog breed.
Due to the high demand of this toy breed, when buying a Shih Tzu in Spain, you should take into account a series of essential aspects.
1-Make sure you buy a Shih Tzu with a pedigree.
When you buy a pedigree dog, you are making sure that your pet meets all the physical and emotional characteristics of the Shih Tzu.
Therefore, you should make sure that the store or breeder where you want to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain has the records that guarantee the pedigree of the dog and that, in this way you can check the purity of its lineage and its state of health, as well as that of its progenitors.
To buy a Shih Tzu in Spain with all the guarantees, it is best to opt for legal and authorized centers, preferably with responsible breeding, as is the case of Las Almenas.
2-Before buying, visit the breeder
If you have decided to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain, do not be in a hurry and do not make up your mind without visiting the breeder where your new puppy was born and raised. In this visit you should check the cleanliness and hygiene of the facilities, the air conditioning and even see if the space is spacious and bright.
Another positive aspect to value is that the breeder has an enclosure so that the dogs can run with some freedom.
All this will give you an idea of the kind of care your new furry friend has received.
However, if you can’t go to the breeder because it is far from your town, try to at least visit their website. You will surely be able to find photos, information, as well as comments from other users. All this information will help you make sure that the dog is receiving proper and loving care before you take it home.
3-Make sure you know the puppy’s mother
During the first months of life, the puppy should be with its mother and littermates. This is necessary so that the puppy can develop physically and emotionally in a balanced way.
Therefore, when you go to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain, you will find the mother of the puppies taking care of her litter. Ask the breeder to let you see her so that you can check that she is purebred and in good health.
If, on the other hand, you find that the bitch is not taking care of her puppies and does not show the slightest interest in them, this may make you suspect that she is not really the mother of the puppies. This is more than enough reason to rethink the purchase of the puppy from that breeder.
4-First and foremost, a healthy dog
The importance of breeding purebred dogs goes beyond getting dogs with a certain aesthetics. The main objective is to get healthy and happy dogs. For this reason, in responsible breeders we take care of every detail related to feeding and veterinary care.
Therefore, when you go to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain, check that the dog’s vaccination record is in order and has the compulsory vaccinations. Remember that dog breeders are obliged to vaccinate puppies at the corresponding ages.
Thus, in the fifth week of life, puppies are given the first vaccinations against infectious hepatitis, distemper, parvovirus and leptospirosis. Later, in the ninth week, the first vaccination is completed.
If the breeder does not have or does not show you the complete vaccination booklet, do not trust that it is a professional and legal breeder, and consequently, that the dog is properly protected against common diseases.
5-The importance of acquiring a sociable dog
You may not be aware of the importance of puppy socialization. But keep in mind that, if you acquire a dog that has not been properly socialized, is afraid or has suffered some kind of mistreatment, it may become a very nervous, barking and distrustful animal.
Obviously, this type of behavior has a negative influence on your coexistence, as well as on the dog’s daily life, its behavior at home, in the street, with other people… Undoubtedly, an unsocialized dog can be a big problem.
However, many dog sellers do not give importance to socialization and do not try to make it happen. However, in responsible breeder, as is the case of Las Almenas, we do try that all our puppies socialize from the first days of life, either with their siblings or with dogs of other breeds, as well as with other animals, people, objects and environments.
This is how we get the puppies used to different situations, people and noises and that they do not respond violently or get upset when they experience unfamiliar situations.
6-Cheap can be expensive
Another key issue when buying a Shih Tzu in Spain, or any other pedigree dog, is the price of the puppy.
It is true that you can find very cheap specimens and even given as gifts, in exchange for taking care of the shipping costs. But this type of acquisition does not offer you any health or pedigree guarantee. If you acquire a dog with a physical or mental problem or a disease without knowing it beforehand, you will have to invest more money in care and veterinary than what you should have paid initially for buying a dog with pedigree and health guarantees in a professional breeder.
Where to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain
In short, if you want to be sure about the breed, health, behavior and socialization of your next puppy, you should not go to stores, internet ads or individuals that do not offer any kind of guarantees. The best option is to go to responsible breeders, experts in the breed you want to buy.
In Las Almenas we are a professional breeder of seven mini or toy dog breeds that live and socialize in perfect harmony: Yorkshire, Maltese, Pomeranian, Biewer, Teckel, Poodle and, of course, Shih Tzu. We also have more than 7,000 m2 of fields and woods where our dogs can run and play in semi-freedom.
We can also advise you with the choice of the most suitable breed for you and your family. Just contact us and we will inform you of our next litters without any obligation.
Please note that you may have to wait several weeks before we can offer you the best dog for you. This is due to the fact that the Shih Tzu is currently a breed in high demand and, since we follow a natural breeding, we must respect their times and cycles.
Now you know where to buy a Shih Tzu in Spain with the security of being dealing with experienced professionals in small breeds, far from the black market, puppy farms and dogs imported from Eastern European countries.
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