How Much Does a Shih Tzu Cost?
According to the AKC, the Shih Tzu is of the imperial variety and has a baby doll face with straight legs and a button nose. These dogs come in an array of colors and even include exotic colors such as chocolate, red and blue.
How much is it?
- The cost of a Shih Tzu will depend on the gender, age, quality, geographical location, its inclusions and breeder selling the dog. On average, this breed can cost anywhere from $300 to as much as $850. However, it’s not uncommon to find older dogs for less than $200. Price matters when purchasing any dog, and if the price falls outside of this range, you should question the seller selling the dog. Free or lower priced dogs are often susceptible to health problems and often don’t meet the breed standards.
- You will find that AKC dogs will cost more than CKC dogs. Why? The AKC is the strictest registry in the United States. They keep a close eye on all breeders, and if these breeders don’t meet its standards, the breeder will be taken out of the program.
- According to the website NextDayPets.com, the Shih Tzu puppies sold on this site are from all across the country. To give you an idea of the pricing, Shih Tzu puppies in the Missouri area can cost anywhere from $350 to $450. These dogs can be anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks.
- PuppyFind.com is another website that also advertises dogs sold by pet owners from across the country. Some of the dogs that they sell are AKC registered. The price of the puppies that they sell can range anywhere from $400 to $850.
What is going to be included?
- Shih Tzu puppies should already be given the necessary vaccinations to make sure that the dog does not acquire any illnesses during its early years when their immune system is at its weakest. Breeders will be able to provide all the appropriate paperwork when they are adopted to prove these vaccinations were done. Other inclusions should include the registration papers and a starter kit.
Tips to know
- Always try to purchase from a local registered breeder that you can visit in person. This will give you the chance to see how the dogs are raised and even give you the opportunity to visit the parents if they are on site. If a breeder doesn’t let you visit their location, this is a red flag and this person should be avoided.
What are the extra costs?
- Ongoing costs, such as vet checkups, unnecessary vet visits, toys, food and so forth, all need to be considered.
- If having the dog shipped via an airline or shipping company, the cost of shipments can start at $200 and go up from there.
How can I save money?
- Check local rescue groups to see if an older dog is available for adoption. Before adopting, however, be sure to look into the dog’s past to see what you’re getting yourself into.
- If looking for a dog that is registered as an AKC, always make sure that you receive legitimate paperwork.