There are several compelling reasons to find a good Yorkie breeder. From health concerns, all the way to future resale value, each and every reason for locating a trustworthy Yorkie breeder is well worth the effort. But isn’t easy. If you Google “Yorkie breeders” on the Internet, you’ll find thousands of leads, but how do you know you can trust those? We, therefore, offer the following resources and advice for narrowing your choices. Since we’re perusing the Internet, we can start there.
The quickest way to locate a local breeder is to Google “Yorkie breeders” PLUS the name of your city. If you live in Missouri for example, you can Google “Yorkie breeders + St. Louis”. For now, skip the international pet stores, Craigslist, and eBay. At this phase of your search, you’ll want to find a location to which you can travel and inspect the pup that you’re interested in buying (unless you’re willing to travel to remote places like Madagascar!).
Narrow Down The Prospects
Once you’ve created a list of local prospects, your next step is to narrow them down by quality. You can accomplish a significant portion of this task by asking qualifying questions over the phone. The wrong answers will help you narrow down your choices and prevent you from wasting your time with what’s called a “backyard breeder” (breeders who don’t maintain necessary records and/or simply want to sell their puppies at a high price just because they can).
Ask Important Questions
You can ask potential sellers for instance, how long they’ve been in the breeding business. You can ask what breeds they specialize in and which characteristics they’re trying to improve. What you’re looking for with this set of initial questions is a breeder who’s dedicated to preserving the Yorkie species. Breeders who breed other dogs in addition to Yorkies may not fully appreciate the work involved in properly caring for purebreds. And as a result, they may make a mistake that ruins the integrity of the litters that they’re raising.
In addition to questioning a breeder’s focus, ask about puppy availability; puppy health; spaying and neutering; guarantees; shots; records; and references. But don’t get off the phone just yet. Ask the most important question right before you end the call: “Can I visit the puppies?” Depending on the age of the puppies, you may not interact with them, but you should at least get the opportunity to see them prior to making a commitment. If you get a “no” to this question, cross that resource off your list of prospects immediately. Good breeders will not only want you to see the litter, they’ll want to meet you themselves!
Expect To Be Examined
During your introduction, you should expect to answer as many questions as you ask. Because the Yorkie is such a unique animal, breeders judiciously scrutinize potential owners. They want to assure themselves that their pups go to good homes and responsible owners. Can you blame them?