The cost of shih tzu puppies is dependent on their health and quality, averaging between $400 to $700 but sometimes spiking to $1,000 or higher. The American Kennel Club also factors in the cost of raising a healthy puppy, such as regular grooming, vet visits, toys, food, supplies, ID and so on. The AKC advises starting an emergency fund for a pet dog to cover unexpected accidents and illnesses.
Your Purebred Puppy describes shih tzus as being inherently deformed as both brachycephalic and chondrodysplastic dogs and prone to eye diseases, kidney failure, urinary stones, allergies and a number of other conditions. All Shih Tzu describes a responsible breeder as being someone who invests a great deal of time and energy into producing a healthy litter of pups, carefully screening for genetic disorders and alerting new owners to potential environmental medical issues in the future. Furthermore, ethical breeding programs only allow females to produce litters every other heat when they are two to six years old, sometimes retiring them early if they show signs of health problems. Therefore, according to All Shih Tzu, the high cost of purchasing a shih tzu puppy usually reflects the amount of care and money invested into the litter.