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.

Should You Get a Male Or Female Yorkshire Terrier?

Should You Get a Male Or Female Yorkshire Terrier?

Once you have chosen the Yorkie as the breed of dog you want your next decision is should you get a male or female Yorkshire Terrier? There are perks to both but you should know the different characteristics between the two to come to the right decision.  Even if you plan to have your dog fixed and not breed them, they will still have different temperaments, albeit not as pronounced.  Pet owners are often tempted to pick the cutest puppy in the litter with little regard to gender, not a great idea.  Let’s look at the differences to help you decide.

Male Puppies

The male Yorkie will be a bit larger and heavier than the female but Yorkies are such small dogs you may not even realize the difference.  They may be an inch or so taller than the females of the litter.  Males will be far more aggressive and don’t always socialize well with other dogs, even if you get them neutered.  Males will display sexual tendencies far earlier than the female, you will notice this if there is a female dog in heat around a young male.  Males also tend to be more possessive of their owners and other female dogs.  If you plan on breeding Yorkies then you really need to watch the males when it comes time to breed.  Lastly, male dogs are harder to train, that shouldn’t stop you from getting male but you will need extra patience. If you are looking for a family dog then a female might be a better choice.

Female Puppies

Female Yorkies are a bit smaller and they are much less aggressive, unless they are protecting their puppies then they will be more aggressive than a male. At least twice a year your female Yorkie will go into heat and it will last about three weeks each time. During heat the female will discharge fluid meant to attract a mate.  Yes, this can be messy.  If you are going to breed your Yorkie then there are products you can buy to help with the mess. If you don’t want to breed your dog then you need to seriously consider getting her spayed.  Females are easier to train and they get along with other dogs far better than males.  If you have other pets in your home, then a female might be a better choice.

Both males and females are going to require your time and attention and you need to prepare for that before you get a puppy.  Both will require vet care, vaccinations and regular grooming.  Think carefully on the gender of the puppy you want, it is every bit as important as the breed you have chosen.

Training Your Yorkie Puppy

Training Your Yorkie Puppy

If you want your Yorkie to be an affectionate well-behaved companion then training your pup is key.  These are really smart dogs so training your Yorkie puppy isn’t hard but it does require consistency.  If you got your pup from a reputable breeder then the chances are they have started some basic training and if your dog is older than 8 weeks it may already be housebroken, but don’t count on it.  You will still have to train your puppy to socialize with other dogs and to behave well the rest of the time.  Small dogs are harder to train and owner’s tend to let them get away with bad behavior more often than they should, because they are cute and harmless, but that should never be encouraged.  Let’s look at easy ways to train your pup.

Positive Reinforcement

You want to build a special bond with your dog based on love, trust and obedience, hurting or hitting your dog won’t allow this bond to form and just damages your puppy.  You can’t train any puppy that is terrified of you.  Instead you want to use positive reinforcement for good behavior and just a sharp “NO” for bad behavior.  This encourages your dog to earn your praise and attention.  As was said your breeder may have already introduced some basic commands so you want to ask what type of training they have done if any.

Consistency is Key

Consistency and routine will help your puppy embrace the training and become a more affectionate obedient dog.  You need to start with just short sessions that are free from distractions.  Pups have a short attention span so take them away from other activities so they can focus on you.  Start with basic commands like sit, and stay.  Once they grasp these commands in a quiet area then start teaching them the same commands when others are around.  Give plenty of praise and treats for good behavior.

Crate Training

Crate training is actually very good for your dog, it gives them a safe place to go when they are scared or nervous.  The crate gives your dog a place to call their own and makes them less yappy as they get older.  The crate should be big enough for the dog to move around and be prepared for accidents to happen, especially in the beginning. Put in a blanket or dog bed that is easily washed and you should be fine.

Training your puppy is good for both you and your dog.  Yorkies have tons of energy and that energy can turn destructive if they aren’t properly trained.  It will require consistency and discipline from you but that is part of being a pet owner.