Finding a Reputable Breeder

Finding a Reputable Breeder

Once you have decided that you want a Yorkie puppy the next step is finding a reputable breeder. A good breeder can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting a healthy and happy puppy.  So how do you go about finding a breeder that genuinely cares about their dogs and isn’t just running a puppy mill?  Here are some tips on finding a great breeder.

Start Local

Yorkies are common enough that you can probably find a local breeder or at least find one that is close enough that you can visit and see the puppies yourself before you take one on.  Start making a list of local breeders you can find them on classified sites like Craigslist, you can check Yorkie groups on Facebook or even just do a Google Search.  You should also check with a local vet and see if they recommend anyone from their patient list.

Visiting a Breeder

If you are lucky enough to have a couple of local breeders you should take the time to go and see them in person.  If the breeder doesn’t want to allow you in then that is a big red flag.  Take a look around and look at the conditions the dogs are living in.  The area the dogs are living in should be clean, with clean water and food bowls.  If the dogs have their own crates they should be clean and not crowded.  The dogs should be healthy looking, there should be an area where they can get regular exercise.  The breeder should also be able to provide references.  Female Yorkies should have time to rest between litters, otherwise it is just a puppy mill regardless of the good condition of the home.

Registered Breeders

If you can find a breeder that achieves the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America’s standards, so much the better.  Your breeder should be familiar with them at the very least.  The YTCA is who sets the standards for a breeder to be registered with the AKC, they also frown upon breeders who call their dogs “teacup” or who have puppies available all the time.  Your breeder should be very familiar with health issues and characteristics that are common to the breed.

Getting a new puppy, especially a pure bred pup is a big expense and commitment, so do your research before handing a breeder over your cash.  Find a breeder that genuinely loves and cares for their dogs and doesn’t just want the money that comes from puppies.

Where Do Yorkie’s Come From?

Where Do Yorkie's Come From?

Yorkies have some pretty distinct features compared to other dog breeds so it can make one wonder, where do Yorkies come from?  The short answer is Yorkshire but their history is more complicated than that.  These dogs are clever, cuddly and perfect for someone that has allergies to dander.  The dog breed does originate in Northern England and you can trace the breed back to the early 1700’s.  Initially they were ratters, bred to catch and kill rats in the textile mills in and around Yorkshire.

Yorkie the Hunter

Yes, it is hard to believe that these adorable little pups were actually hunters.  Migrant workers that travelled south from Scotland to Yorkshire to find work in the mills brought with them several breeds of small terriers as hunters and companions.  While there are no existing breeding records on how the Yorkie came about, they are similar to Skye, Paisley and Clydesdale Terriers, indicating common ancestry. Your cute little Yorkie didn’t just go after rats, they used to be sent after badgers and foxes too.  The Yorkie, despite its size is pretty fearless and isn’t afraid of animals bigger than them.

Becoming a Pet

Fast forward to the Victorian era and this is when Yorkies became pets.  Small dogs that you could carry around were pretty trendy at the time, that still goes on today, Royalty and the aristocracy loved Yorkies.  While there were other small breeds around at the time that were also popular, Yorkies were sought after for their long coats and quickly became a status symbol.

Becoming a Breed

The breed became official sometime in the 1870’s and given the official name of Yorkshire Terrier, but the breed was actually defined and recognized a decade earlier.  A Yorkie named Huddersfield Ben was prominent in the dog show circuit and ratter competitions.  Because of this dog’s success his characteristics became the defining factors of the breed.

Yorkies have remained popular to this day with one pup, Smoky becoming a mascot of sorts for American troops serving in New Guinea during the Second World War.  She accompanied troops on more than 150 missions while soldiers trained her to do tricks and help them on various missions.  Today they are among the most popular breeds of toy dogs and are found in loving homes all around the world.  Yorkshire Terriers are amazing companion dogs being both fierce and affectionate. If you are considering a small dog, then you should definitely consider a Yorkie, you won’t regret it.

Facts about Yorkies

Getting a new dog is always an exciting time for many people but it’s really important to do your research as different dog breeds have different characteristics and personalities and therefore different needs, they also have different susceptibilities to various medical conditions. Let’s read on about some fun facts about Yorkshire Terriers. Pet parents pay attention too.

Yorkshire Terrier History

yorkshire terrier

According to the American kennel club akc the Yorkshire terrier dog breed was first seen in the United States of America in the 1870s, and the AKC recorded its first Yorkshire terrier, a female named Belle, in 1885.

 Yorkshire Terriers are part of the terrier group and they were originally bred to catch mice rats and other Vermin in Yorkshire Mills in England, they could do this because of their small size. The Yorkie dog breed was also known  for their hunting Instinct as well as their bold and fearless character despite being a relatively small breed their highly energetic and they need to enjoy spending time off the lead and playing games

 Yorkshire Terriers are little Lively and a very self-assured toy breed and they’re always very keen to be involved in the action under actually much more assertive and playful than their size might initially suggest 

yorkshire terrier playing

Yorkshire Terriers make good companion dogs or a good therapy dog for those who live alone but they’re also suitable for families especially with older kids as long as they’re taught how to interact with them correctly and carefully. The Yorkshire terrier breed type can also be a good apartment dog.

yorkie apartment dog

Yorkshire Terriers are generally good around small pets including cats as long as they’ve been introduced to them at an early age 

yorkie with cat

Do Yorkies shed

Yorkshire Terriers are renowned for their long silky coat which continues to grow throughout life and therefore doesn’t shed as much as some other breeds it’s important to include daily grooming into your routine in order to prevent that long glossy hair from becoming matted or keep the coat short in a puppy cut for easier management. You might not want that super long hair mopping up everything. It’s often necessary for Yorkshire terrier owners to seek the advice of professional groomers from time to time. Your groomer will be able to help you choose from a number of Yorkshire Terrier Cuts & Styles

yorkie grooming

Yorkshire terrier colors

 When Yorkshire terrier puppies are first born their coloring is black and tan and are usually normally darker in body color, showing a blending of black hair mixed in with the tan up until they are older. The color of their hair on the body and amount of tan coloring on the head and legs are considered to be of high importance in adult Yorkshire terrier dogs, to which the following color requirements apply:

Blue – the coat should be a dark steel-blue, but not a silver-blue, and also not to be mingled or blended with yellow-brown, bronze, or black color hairs.

Tan – the coat of the tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to a lighter tan at the ends. There should be no sooty or black hair intermingled with any of the tan Common coat colors include black and tan, black and gold, blue and tan, as well as blue and gold

Yorkie colors

 Yorkshire terriers temperament

The personality traits of the Yorkshire terrier, while originally bred as working dogs Yorkshire Terriers would much rather be busy than sitting on a lap for long periods, because of the energy level they thrive on mental and physical stimulation around half an hour of exercise on a daily basis will help them burn off their energy in an appropriate way this makes them less prone to certain behavioral problems including excessive barking which can be common in the Yorkshire Terrier

yorkie barking

Yorkshire Terriers are naturally eager-to-please and therefore they learn quickly but like all toy breeds, they may take a little longer to house train. While they can have a dominant side to their personality good training will bring out their more sociable and affectionate nature

yorkie therapy dog

Yorkies life span

 Yorkshire Terriers generally live between 13, 15 years even up to 16 17 years old.

yorkie walking

Yorkies health issues

Yorkies like all breeds of dogs they are susceptible to various medical conditions one of the most common of which is a liver condition known as hepatitis they are also prone to a condition known as tracheal collapse this happens when the airway becomes flattened and it can make them more prone to coughing and finally a condition that Yorkshire Terriers can get is known as luxating patella and that’s a fancy name for saying a dislocating knee cap due to their short and slightly bowed legs.

Yorkie best friend

The Yorkshire terrier can also be your best friend. If your young he will love to play with you and if your old he will love to sit on your lap.

yorkie running