Christmas season is a time of celebration and gift-giving. And for some people who want to surprise their loved ones with pets, shih tzus are one of the most popular breeds of choice. They are cute, affectionate and loyal. Even just looking at how regal they are and watching them do tricks bring a smile to one’s face, not to forget how adorable they are in different clothing and accessories. If you are a dog lover and would like to spread your love for these endearing creatures, there are certain factors you need to keep in mind before giving someone a shih tzu for a Christmas present.
See to it that the recipient is a dog lover.
For a person who loves small dogs and capable of taking care of one, giving him or her a shih tzu will be a heartwarming treat. But not all people have a thing for dogs. Some are cat lovers while there are those who are not really into pets. Others are allergic as well. With all these things taken in consideration, do your homework and check if the person you intend to give a shih tzu puppy to is indeed a dog lover and one who prefers small breeds.
Ensure that you choose a healthy dog or puppy.
It’s important to ensure that if you are getting a shih tzu puppy, it has been dewormed and given the initial immunizations it needs before taking them from the breeder. Ask for the pup’s vaccination record and papers to know important details, including its age and batch. Also, if you are choosing from a group of puppies, take time to observe which one is vibrant and looks healthy. If you have been taking care of dogs for a while and have a shih tzu of your own, you can easily tell which one is healthy. A puppy that is friendly and would easily come to you makes a good candidate.
Choose the breeder carefully.
There are several ways to find the right dog breeder to get the puppy from. You can ask your vet for shih tzu breeders who are reputable. Or perhaps, you can check out the local kennel clubs in your area and look for a breeder that specializes in shih tzus or at least two breeds. Dog shows are also perfect places to look for breeders although these dogs can be more expensive since you might end up buying one with a champion bloodline. You might also have a friend who has a shih tzu which recently gave birth to healthy puppies who is willing to give you one. Or maybe, you might want to consider looking for rescued dogs. Not only will you help find a home for a shih tzu but also, you can also encourage other people to adopt dogs, too.
Throw in some accessories and toys.
Once you have already chosen the puppy or dog, you can prepare the pet to meet his or her new owner. You can take the shih tzu to the vet for a routine check up and some grooming. Also, you can provide for a bed for him or her for a comfortable sleep on the new home. Throw in a toy or two for the dog to play with.
Make someone happy with an adorable shih tzu for Christmas and let these pointers guide you in making the perfect choice.