What is the cost of a shih tzu puppy?

My parents, brother and I are planning to buy a shih tzu puppy.
Just to make sure how much we could pay for a shih tzu puppy, what is the average price for a shih tzu puppy?

And, is there such thing as an imperial shih tzu puppy?

Thanks! icon smile What is the cost of a shih tzu puppy?

The breed was considered ‘imperial’ but right now it’s just one breed of dog.

Since small dog prices are incredibly inflated (you’re paying show quality price for pet quality dogs) I’d say check first with the breed rescues, as they are looking for homes for the dogs in their care and the price will be far lower than the $300-$800 market costs.

And with humane societies and animal shelters seeing 60% of their intake dogs being purebreds, you can usually put your name in with them to call you when one of a particular breed is brought in for adoption. Then you’d only be paying the cost of the adoption fee and the dog would have been vet checked plus be up to date on it’s shots.

  • hudsongray

    The breed was considered ‘imperial’ but right now it’s just one breed of dog.

    Since small dog prices are incredibly inflated (you’re paying show quality price for pet quality dogs) I’d say check first with the breed rescues, as they are looking for homes for the dogs in their care and the price will be far lower than the $300-$800 market costs.

    And with humane societies and animal shelters seeing 60% of their intake dogs being purebreds, you can usually put your name in with them to call you when one of a particular breed is brought in for adoption. Then you’d only be paying the cost of the adoption fee and the dog would have been vet checked plus be up to date on it’s shots.
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  • Shay

    It depends on where you are at and what quality of puppy you want.

    If you are wanting a pet you can check your local newspaper and see what they are selling for. I would get one that is AKC registered and not from a kennel. Especially one that breeds several breeds of dogs.

    When buying a shih-tzu I would make sure I get a health guarantee. Most reputable breeders will give you so many days to take it to the vet and get the puppy checked out.

    Watch for hernias and they are common in this breed. If you have questions call your vet and ask the what to look for or do a web search on umbilical and inguinal hernias.

    Imperial shih tzus are just small shih tzus. They take the small ones and breed them unitl they get the size down. Standard size is 9 – 16 pounds.

    Shih-tzus in our area generally start at $250.00. But generally these puppies are not registered so there is no telling what is in their background.
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    Mommy to 1 shih-poo and 6 shih-tzus!

  • Meghan Davis

    The Usually cost under $600 dollars. If someone is asking for more the price is extremely to high for that breed. I only piad 100$ so my pup.

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