Yorkshire Terrier: Finding Your Breed and a Breeder

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The Yorkie, nickname for the Yorkshire Terrier is affectionately called by its devoted owners and is a pleasure to live with. Content to be stroked and petted, your Yorkshire Terrier will take up residence on your lap whenever possible. Yorkies have a keen sense of adventure. They are brave and loyal and seem to be oblivious to their size – or definite lack thereof. The Yorkshire Terrier has been in the top 10 most registered with the AKC for the last several years.

These dogs need minimal space and are perfect if you live in a smaller space like an apartment. Yorkshire Terriers will also get along well with small children. They can be possessive and you should always exercise caution when you introduce your Yorkie to your child. Well trained Yorkies will have no problem adjusting to family life. Yorkies are also excellent dogs to have with cats.

If you have already decided that you want a Yorkie then there are various things you can do to make sure you get the best possible puppy.

Choosing a Breeder

Make sure you have a clear idea of exactly what you want before you start looking for a breeder. There are many things you will want to make sure of like deciding whether you want a male or a female puppy. Would you prefer a dominant or quiet puppy? Your lifestyle and resources will play a large role in your choices.

If you are wanting a Yorkie puppy it is recommended that you steer clear of pet store puppies. They are often bred in poor circumstances and have not had enough interaction with their siblings. You could end up with a sickly, badly socialized Yorkie.

Choosing a reputable Yorkie breeder is important even if you don’t plan to show the puppy. Problems that you will find is the puppy may be inbred or the fancy terms used by certain breeders is called linebreeding. The problems associated with choosing a half-bred or worse is a cruelly bred puppy can cause your family a lot of heartaches later. Just like any other big decision research is one of the most significant ways in which you can be sure you are committing to the best breeder.

Health Guarantee?

Does the breeder offer a health certificate, vaccinations and other paperwork like the registration documents? The health certificate is the most important paperwork because they can only be issued by a licensed veterinarian. To get the health certificate the vet must exam the puppy and if there is something seriously wrong with the puppy the vet won’t issue the health certificate. Be prepared to pay extra for the health certificate as most breeders charge extra for this.

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Another thing to consider is there a health guarantee. A health guarantee is needed in case some were to happen a year down the road. Buying from the newspaper just doesn’t offer this. Most of the time its 48 hours and that’s it. If something were to happen to your puppy a week later most will say, it’s your puppy now. The standard guarantee on the internet is a replacement guarantee up to a year. However, a year is not really a long enough time for some genetic type defects. If possible look for someone that offers a guarantee longer than that.

Where to Buy or Not to Buy

Buying on the internet may cost a little more but it is well worth the investment as long as the breeder has a reputable business.  Make sure to do a background check on them and ask for references if necessary. However, beware the newspaper has a reputation of where puppy millers and backyard breeders sell their puppies. Are you willing to take the risk and deal with the heartache later? It can be a terrible thing for a family to go through especially if you have children. A guarantee gives you a little peace of mind.

The Yorkshire Terrier is a great small breed dog.

Yorkies are amongst some of the cutest puppies on earth. They are so tiny you can put them in your pocket and nobody will be the wiser. Enjoy your puppy and make sure you spend enough time bonding with your Yorkies and you can be assured of many healthy, happy years with your dog.

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Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to get a dog that I could raise. My life loves Yorkies, so lately I’ve been thinking of actually getting a puppy. Thanks for the tip to see if a breeder will offer a health certificate, vaccinations, and other paperwork when getting Yorkie puppies for sale.

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This is a cute breed.

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