Akasha suggested a forum for Animals and Animal Care. We can't have the forum yet so I guess we'll just have to make do with a thread for a while.
I'll start. I'm visiting a breeder this weekend 'cause I plan to buy a shih tzu puppy from her. What should I look out for so I'd know I'm getting a healthy puppy? Should the puppies' living condition be scrutinized? If, for instance, I take the puppy to a vet for a check-up immediately after I buy her, will the vet be able to tell if something's wrong? I'm getting the shih tzu for quite a big amount and I just want to be sure that it won't die two months after I get it from some congenital disease. Any other tips about buying dogs, taking care of puppies, grooming, etc. are welcome.