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From the desk of Sharda Baker
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The price of your Yorkie puppy is just the down payment.
You're buying not just the puppy but must also provide food, housing, training, veterinary care, grooming and much more no matter the purchase cost.
You're also paying for the quality of health and care behind your puppy, and the breeder's time and reputation producing healthy, quality puppies.
Because it is not possible to speak directly to the breeder at the pet store, most people avoid that outlet.
You simply don't know the breeder behind it - and if the older siblings to your dog have died from genetic diseases there is no way for you to know that.
This is a critical point for getting a healthy puppy! A reliable Yorkie Breeder must charge a fair price for his or her time, costs and care of the puppy as well as his ancestors.
There seldom is much if any profit in it.
Keep in mind there are many problems that can show up in Yorkies and not all are evident as puppies.
Not all can be tested for, but a reliable breeder who has the problem show up will not breed the parents again.
For example, a liver shunt can occur - part of the blood supply passes around the liver rather than through it and thus that blood is carrying toxic substances.
Generally it shows up before they're a year old but can happen at any time - dogs with this problem lose weight and appetite, are lethargic, sometimes dizzy and unstable and it can progress to vomiting, and seizures.
It can also show itself through a prolonged recovery after being anesthetized.
Not breeding dogs that have this problem eliminates the chances of it being passed to the puppy.
Subscribe now to our Free Yorkshire Terrier Newsletter report.A good Yorkie breeder will discuss the issue as well as other health issues such as MVD - Microvascular Hepatic Dysplasia - or LCP disease (Legg-Calve-Perthes disease).
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