Upon getting in contact with a Shitzu breeder on the phone, they’re a litany of questions that you can ask, which will reveal a lot of information that you’d need to make a decision on choosing the right breeder. I know you probably already have a few questions of your own, but here are a few other questions you should ask that would tell you a lot about the quality of the breeder. Before you visit the breeder ask him or her questions such as:

How much time elapses before you breed another litter? poodle puppy breeders calhan colorado

The best hobby breeders rarely breed more than a litter every year. For-profit breeders and commercial breeders will have Shitzu puppies available all of the time. This is because they’ll regularly breed 6, 7, 8, or more litters per year.

Have you been breeding Shitzu’s long?

Although new Shitzu breeders could be great, there is no comparison to a well-seasoned breeder that has experience and knowledge on their side. Due to the breeders experience and knowledge, the puppies may be healthier and a lot better pets.

Do you belong to a national or local dog club?

This is a trick question in a way because it lets you know how committed the breeder is to learning about the Shitzu and breeding them in an organized and ethical way.

Do you show your dogs in dog shows? If yes, how many of them have won awards or are champions?

It’s no secret that breeders whose dogs win awards in dog shows are producing top notch pets. If you choose a Shitzu puppy whose parents are champions, there is no doubt that you’re getting a puppy from breeders that really understands the breed and knows how a Shitzu should look and act.

Where are the puppies raised?

Contrary to what people believe, Shitzu’s are not kennel dogs. Good breeders raise they’re Shitzu’s inside of the home. This is crucial because it allows the dogs to be part of the family from the very start.

When can I come to see the litter or the parents of the litter?

The answer to this question will definitely be yes, because the good breeders always want to meet you and interview you. If for some reason a breeder does not want to show you the parents, I suggest you start looking for another breeder. This behavior is considered a red flag; there is no reason why a breeder should not want you to see the parents of the litter. The breeder may be trying to hide the fact that the dog does not look or act like a Shitzu would. However, the father of the litter may not be available for you to see on the breeder’s property, but the mother would. However, the breeder should have pictures of the father as well as his pedigree.