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Hi to all the fellow Yorkie lovers out there,
If you have made the decision that a Yorkie dog or a puppy is the best choice of a pet for you and your family, your next decision is where to buy one.
There are a wide range of options to consider when determining where to get your dog or puppy. The type of Yorkie that you would like (if you want to use the dog for breeding or showing or not), and how long you are willing to wait for a dog or puppy will probably influence which option is best for you.
A rescue shelter is a good option to get an adult dog that is going to be a companion animal for you and your family. Usually the shelter will allow you to spend some time with the dogs that they have for adoption and purchase, and this will give you time to check on their temperament and behavior.
Also, you will be doing a wonderful thing by providing an unwanted pet with a home!
Often shelters will agree to take the animal back if it does not adjust to your home or family. Many of the adult dogs from the shelter are already trained, and this can be an asset when you do not want to go through the training process.
When getting a dog from a shelter be sure to check the following:
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Pet stores may offer both purebred and non-purebred puppies. Usually a pet store does not sell full grown dogs as they have limited space. It is possible to order a specific breed of puppy through a pet store, and you can usually indicate the color and gender that you would prefer.
There are, however, a couple of major concerns when buying a puppy at a pet store.
The first concern is that most reputable breeders will not sell to pet stores, so often the purebred puppies offered are from "puppy mills".
These puppy mills are kennels that simply breed dogs to produce large quantities of saleable puppies, rather than trying to selectively breed to specifications and positive attributes of the breed. Often these purebred puppies will not be show quality, and the buyer will not learn of this until they attempt to register or show the dog. Unless you are familiar with the top lines of the breed, it is difficult to know a good quality purebred from a poor quality or line.
The second concern is that there may only be one puppy of a breed to choose from. This limits your ability to compare the puppy with littermates or other puppies of the same breed. Puppies in pet stores are also stressed, as they are away from their home environment. They may be exposed to different pet diseases, and will need a thorough vet examination as soon as possible after purchase.
So buyer beware.
While probably the most expensive choice, buying from a Yorkie breeder is generally the best option if you want a purebred puppy from a reputable line. Most breeders offer a guarantee of health, as well as detailed information on the breed. A breeder will often interview you as a potential owner, and may even want to come and visit your home before agreeing to sell a puppy.
Most breeders encourage you to come and see the litter several times before choosing the puppy that is right for you. They will often provide recommendations on food, veterinarians in the area, trainers, problematic issues with the breed, as well as other points of interest. Most breeders will also discuss issues with spaying or neutering the pets, unless it is agreed upon that the puppy will be a show dog or future breeding stock.
Before visiting a Yorkie breeder, it is important to ask for information on the line of dogs that they are breeding, as well as any relevant health information on the parents. Do some research both on the breed and on the line the puppies are bred from. Calling other kennels that are breeding the same type of dogs or contacting the breed association may be helpful.
Getting this information prior to visiting the breeder is essential as it is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting a new puppy. a good Yorkshire Terrier book or dog training book is a must.
Make sure that the Kennel Club in your country or location recognizes the Yorkie breeder. Ask for information on shows or events that the breeder has participated in and where his/her dogs have been entered. If the breeder is unable or unwilling to provide this information, it may be wise to consider trying another breeder.
Be aware that puppies from championship lines may be difficult to purchase and you may have to wait for a puppy. Good breeders will not produce litter after litter; rather they will breed their dogs based on the health and well being of the female.
Purchasing a puppy from a Yorkie breeder is the option that allows you to know the temperament and lineage of the parent dogs, as well as the medical background of the puppy. It also ensures that you will get a quality animal that can be shown or bred if desired.
The buying process is so important and I can't stress this enough. Do your homework and take your time.
All the best.
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