more important than the puppy you buy."
statement isn't it?
But it happens to be the truth. Just
about every day I get e-mails from people that have bought a
puppy, took it home and now they have no idea how to care
for it. I also get e-mails wanting to know how to house break
their puppy, how to keep their puppy from biting, their puppy's
sick and they don't know what's wrong with it, their puppy died
and now their "so called breeder" won't answer the phone.
They bought a so called "tea cup" and now the puppy's 10
There is NO such thing as a "tea cup" Yorkie. These are just
small Yorkies or runts of the litter. Many of them have lots of
health problems and some even loose their hair as they get older
from thyroid and other problems. I had one that weighed 1.6
pounds and it was a job and expense just keeping her alive.
She lived to 13, but she looked like a hairless Crested for half
of her life.
The perfect size Yorkie is between 4 and 7 pounds.
You may want to read this on the YTCA web site.
people would have bought
their puppy from a good
breeder, they sure wouldn't have to go searching the internet
to learn how to care for it. Their breeder would be right there
for them to answer any questions they have. They would be
guaranteed a healthy puppy and not one that had ring worms,
mange, coccidiosis, liver shunt, legs perthes or any of a hundred
and one other things that I've heard from people that have
to give you my list
of do's and don'ts. This list is
JUST MY OPINION! It's your money and you can do what
you want with it. I'll still be here if/when you run into trouble
because you didn't read this before you bought your puppy. :)
For this article, I'm going to assume the breeder is a she.
the do's first.
1. Do your homework! Either visit the AKC web site or the YTCA
web site. They have the Yorkie standard. Just click on the links.
You should NOT buy a Yorkie until you know what the standard is
for one and how to recognize a good puppy from a not so good
puppy. Join a Yorkie list and ask questions.
2. Do go to dog shows in your area. Talk to exhibitors but not
until AFTER they're finished showing. They're a nervous wreck
before they show and won't have time. This would be a good
place to look for a good breeder, or at least get some more
education. Check out the breeder if you find one there. Not all
show people are reputable. Don't just assume that because they
show, they are good breeders.
3. Do be prepared to wait a while to find the right puppy for
you. Don't be in a hurry. Most reputable breeders don't have
lots of puppies and sometimes you have to wait until they breed.
You could be lucky too and catch them when they have a litter.
going to have this puppy
for the next 15 years or so.
breeder's vet's name
and call him. Tell him you are
contact the Yorkshire
Terrier Club of America if you can't
1. Don't buy from places where you can't see the the dam or
the home your puppy comes from. These are usually
puppy mill dogs and usually have a lot of health and mental
problems. They have not been socialized like a puppy raised
in a loving home. By buying from these places, you are
encouraging puppy mills to breed more puppies and causing
the moms and dads of these puppies more pain than you will
ever know. If you want to know the real truth of puppy mills,
read Shirley Patterson's article.... "What is a puppy mill?".
Also visit Puppymils.com.
2. Don't buy a puppy under 3 months old. Some
breeders want to get rid of their puppies as soon as possible as
it's less work and expense for them. I don't recommend these
breeders and here's why...
....A. Puppies are not ready to leave the mom before 3 months.
....B. They don't have at least 2 or 3 shots in them. Puppies can
die from the shots. If it's had 2 already, the chances are it's
not allergic to shots. If you buy the puppy and have your vet
give it it's shots and the puppy dies, the breeder will not
replace the puppy. She will say it's your vets fault.
....C. They're really not eating good on their own until 3 months
and you could have lots of problems getting them to eat. This
could cause them to go hypoglycemic and they could die. The
breeder will say it's your fault this time. Read my puppy
article to find out more about hypoglycemia.
6 week old puppy can look small to you at the time, but
Don't buy a puppy that
doesn't have it's ears standing. This
real leery of the
breeder that says they have the perfect puppy.
Don't buy a chocolate
or any other color Yorkie except one that
Which puppy to buy
People often ask me which is better, a male or female. I'll
answer that question here. Both are the same! Neither is better
than the other. It just depends on which is your preference.
Mine happens to be boys.
I know some people say girls are easier, but actually I've
found boys are. Girls can walk and pee at the same time and
they're harder to catch than the boys. There's no doubt what
"he's" doing when he lifts his leg. :) Don't expect any puppy
to be completely trained until they're over 5 months old.
There will still be accidents until then.
Both are the same to the person they love. I've found my boys
are overall sweeter natured than my girls. Girls can get bitchy
as they get older. Boys seem to be more happy go lucky, but
never keep two boys together if one is an Alpha male. I have
one alpha that I can put with the females, but not with another
male. Then I also have males that are not alpha and can run
together beautifully. The same can apply to girls also. It just
depends on the Yorkie's personality. You probably won't be
able to tell this as a puppy though.
If one runs and hides, he's what I call spooky and maybe hasn't
been properly socialized. Chances are he will be a spooky puppy
all his life. Some are just born with this nature too and there's
nothing you can do about it. If you want a clinger, this will be
the puppy for you. The happy, outgoing puppy is the puppy that
will fit in best in a family. He'll be a happy go lucky little guy
with a great personality. I would also pick the middle size
puppy. This would be my choice in a litter.
When I'm saying puppy here, I'm talking about one that
is up to a year old.
found that the older a
puppy is, the more socialized it is.
Do not buy a puppy for show unless it is over 9 months old.
Just because a puppy is beautiful at 3 months, does not mean
it will be show quality at 9 months. Between 3 and 9 months
is when a Yorkie does most of it's growing. Legs grow at
different times, bite's can go off, short backs can turn into
long backs, testies can be retained on males and a bunch of
different things can occur to make a puppy ineligible for show.
If you don't know Yorkies, learn them before you spend
thousand's of dollars on one. Study movement and structure.
Attend as many shows as you can and ask questions. If you
want a show dog, buy one from a show/breeder that will
guarantee the dog as show quality.
I always say that if you are a newbie, buy from a breeder that
shows in your area. You need a mentor, someone that will
help you in the ring. Also, buying from someone that shows
in your area will more likely guarantee that you won't get
a horrible show dog. The breeder will know that you are
going to be showing where they are and you will be telling
everyone that your dog is out of this breeder's kennel. No
breeder wants to be embarrassed so you're more likely to
get something at least reasonably good. This is just
"Cookie logic" and I've found that it's worked, over the
years, more times than not.
I recommend that your first show dog is a bitch. If you
can't finish it, it will probably still be good enough to breed.
By that time you will know more of what you are doing and
what to look for in a show dog. You can then breed your
bitch to a good show stud and hopefully get some show
puppies out of the breeding.
Don't buy a
male and think that
you will be able to breed it
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