Tuesday, April 21, 2009
SHOULD YOU BREED YOUR SHIH TZU?
I have been getting a disturbing about of email from people who have purchased Shih Tzu and chose to breed. They are writing me to find out what they should do now that they have breed their bitch. I have had questions concerning dogs that were bought to breed with picture attachements that were very upsetting to say the least.
I believe that if you choose to breed dogs you should at the very least educate yourself on the breed you choose. You should at least know the standard and what the dog is supposed to look like. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BREED IF YOU CANNOT EVEN PICK A NICE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BREED!!! Why would you want to take the chance of bringing sick puppies into the world because YOU did not want to take the time to study the breed enough to learn its health issues?
I am sorry if I come on strong about this issue but, I get emails from people who want me to help them after they have made ALL the wrong choices. I have little respect for people who buy dogs that are poor representatives of the breed and decide they want to make a quick buck and breed them. The most frustrating are the people who know their dogs are not nice representatives of the breed and decide to breed them anyway.
PLEASE, if you decide you would like to breed dogs, do yoru homework. Go to a local show and at the very least observe what the chosen breed is supposed to look like. You can go to www.infodog.com and search by state to find a dog show in your area. There is a dog show most weekends somehere in your state. approach some of the exibitors , AFTER they show, and ask questions. If you really want to breed dogs, dont you want your dogs to be nice representatives of the breed so you can brag how beautiful your puppies/ dogs are?
For more information about Shih Tzu go to www.shihtzukisses.com/home.htm