Shih Tzu bred for Quality and Comformation, Clear of Kidney Disease
The Way of the Shih Tzu
Fairbanks, Alaska 99712
907 347 6324
All pups from reputable breeders are sold on spay/neuter contracts unless going to show homes. That is how Bushido Puppies are sold, and if someone is selling pups otherwise, you would be better off looking elsewhere for a reputable breeder. And reputable breeders likely sell pups for less than the others! Sounds like a win-win, doesn't it?
Where do I find a Shih Tzu? You would be well advised to buy ONLY from a show breeder. (This is true of ANY pedigreed dog, by the way.) That sounds harsh, doesn’t it? But there’s a VERY good reason for it: ALL breeds have genetic problems. In Shih Tzu, while there are several, the problem most to be concerned about is Renal Dysplasia (kidney disease). Some dogs live with it, some show no symptoms, some die of it. Estimates are that as high as 30% of the population are carriers, and that 10% of the population is affected. The show breeder knows generations of history behind his dogs. Your likelihood of getting a sick dog from a show breeder is GREATLY reduced. (My belief- though I have not seen a study on the subject, is that your chance of getting an affected dog goes down to perhaps as low as 2% among show breeders- they are very careful about what they are breeding.) If you don’t want to pay for a well bred dog, try either getting a rescue dog or just getting a mixed breed. Mixed breeds are very unlikely to have recessive genetic problems. If you hear people say they have had problems with purebreds but not with mutts, it is likely their purebreds were from someone who bred their little pet to the one down the road with no knowledge of the genetic backgrounds. There is also the occasional Liver Shunt, and various eye problems in the breed- though these are more rare. Again- you are much safer (though, of course, not 100% safe) going to the show breeder.
The gene for kidney disease in Shih Tzu has been found. Tests are available. Go to Dogenes for information/testing details & kits.
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