Ok so I have a big request. I am looking to purchase a female shih tzu puppy, but there's a problem I'm running into. I'm stationed overseas with my husband in Livorno, Italy to be exact. He is in the US Army and we'll be here for the next 3 yrs. We have 2 children and our home just does not feel like a home without a family dog. Housing over here is small, so we are trying to find a small dog. The reason I'm requesting a shih tzu is because I'm a little bit more familiar with that breed. So if there is anyone that would agree to ship out this way, plz let me know...
When looking for a new lifelong companion you have to be patient, try looking in your local paper and visit the breeders, ask questions and so on. You calling breeders just asking for a shih tzu pup will turn reputable breeders off, you need to ask the right questions and request the right info and tell them what you have to offer the pup. Because they should really care about the pup's well-being.
If you just call and say I want a shih tzu how much will it cost me, will not attract reputable breeders.
If you search many of them require you to fill out applications. A good thing to start off saying is I am searching for a reputable breeder of shih tzu's and then ask them questions about their breeding practice and their dogs that they are breeding.
Just common sense.
***Edited By: ria20772 on 1/4/2007 7:15:48 PM*** Reason: spelling
Okay what has worked for me is when I inquire with a breeder about a dog I start out telling them about me, my home, my family, any other pets I have. I then go on with my question to them, and always always end with asking them if they do not have a pup available at this time I'd apprecite it if they would let me know if they know of any other reputable breeders that may or if they're planning to breed again at a later date and are starting lists yet.
ok so tell me... when do I slip it in and ask "Oh yeah, by the way... do u ship to Italy?" LOL! No seriously, I call and definitely introduce myself and explain my situation and then let them know what I'm looking for, but then I say I'm stationed in Italy with my husband and we're looking for a pup to help this foriegn country feel like home, and then they say, "well, shipping overseas generally requires quarantine," (which Italy doesn't) and then it's excuse after excuse. Granted I know they are looking out for the best interest of the puppy, but it is so frustrating!!!!!
aMaDrE, I have shipped to Italy once a few years ago, but I don't raise shih tzus. I know someone that did have shih tzus. I can check and see if they still have any and if they are willing to ship. ok?
Shih tzus are not a rare breed, so I would think there should be breeders in Europe, which may be easier than shipping in a dog from the United States.
Am wondering about the cost of shipping a dog to Italy? Seems like it may be quite costly and you may be better off to shop locally, so to speak.
Also, remember that Shih tzus are a short nosed breed, a flight of that length may be harder on them than a longer nosed breed. A short nosed dog tends to stress easier than his longer nose counterparts. You have to think seriously about that before going any further.
Have you checked with authorities in Italy in regards to how long the dog or puppy will have to be quarantined prior to your receiving them?
There are so many factors to check into before deciding to import a puppy.
Good luck with your search, Shih tzus are a lovely breed of dog.
aMaDrE, I did use Continental for a while. But they don't ship out of Louisville now, so I use American Airlines. I am not for sure which one I used then to ship the puppy to Italy (it has been a few years), but I know it had to be one of those two. The breeder hasn't emailed me back yet. If you want you can email me to check back. firstname.lastname@example.org