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.
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.
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.