Find a Shih Tzu puppy for sale
One place you are probably going to want to avoid is a pet shop. A Shih Tzu has very specific needs and needs to be bred in a very certain way and pet shops are notorious for not only mistreating the animals they have for sale but selling unhealthy animals and also selling animals that do not match the paperwork they give you.
The chances are that the person at the counter has no knowledge about Shih Tzu care and breeding so avoid a pet store completely.
Probably the best place to get a Shih Tzu puppy for sale, that you can know and feel confident is a healthy pet, is from a local breeder. Make sure you check out several breeders before buying from one and make sure the one you are buying from checks out with at least some of the national breeder registries or your local vet. A good breeder will be with you for quite a while, so make sure you make the right choice.
A breeder will also offer you care and feeding instructions that can be invaluable to first time Shih Tzu owners. A breeder can also offer you free pet insurance that will extend to six weeks after the purchase date of your Shih Tzu puppy and this can be a huge help especially when it is time to head out to that first vet visit. So look into a reputable breeder and when you find a good one they will make your owner experience so much better.
Another great option if you cannot afford the price a breeder will charge you is to contact your local animal rescue organization and ask them about the possibility that they have a Shih Tzu puppy for sale.
You won't pay as much as you would if you bought it from a breeder but it will have been checked over by a qualified vet and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you saved a rescued animal.
A Shih Tzu puppy can make a wonderful pet for you and your family so be sure to take your time and decide which way is the best way for you to buy your Shih Tzu puppy. In the end you will end up with a wonderful family pet and just remember that they require a lot of attention so don't forget their care and maintenance and they will reward you with years of love.