I am not sure what a backyard breeder is. I have been lucky enough to find my ShihTzus through people that had a litter. They weren't really 'breeders" per se, I found them in the classifieds of the newspaper (remember those?), but that was over 25 years ago when I lived in Houston. I live in the Boulder, Colorado area now, and want to get another Shih Tzu puppy soon. But have no idea where to start.
I just watched some videos on the CAPS website, which Keystone Puppies had a link to to make it seem they were reputable... My heart is broken. Those people should get treated that way themselves and deal with their fate, but alas our legal system is failing our four-legged friends still.
I did a search on the AKC site and no Shih Tzu babies came up. I guess not a lot of people want to go through that to breed. What to do? This seems daunting and like a good breeder is hard to find on my own. Any advice and guidance is much appreciated. Thanks all!