Picking out Yorkie puppies isn’t as easy as you might think. Each Yorkie puppy in a litter seems just as cute and lovable as the other one, but if you’re not careful to take your time, you might not choose the one that’s most appropriate. What could happen instead, is that a bunch of cute little Yorkie puppies tug at your heartstring and make a decision for you. Sound decision-making skills get tossed into the wind and you fall in love with not just the first one that you see — but each and every one of them!
That’s certainly a natural reaction, but it isn’t a feasible one. The best way to select a Yorkie puppy is with some sort of criteria. One such criterion is personality.
Pay Attention To A Puppy’s Personality
If you take the time to observe how the puppies interact with each other, you’ll start to see the overall personality of a specific pup. This is of course, based on the principles of basic group dynamics, but it’s important nonetheless. If you see a litter of energetic and happy puppies, you can rest assured that anyone puppy of the litter will be energetic and happy as well. A litter of shy puppies that would rather run and hide from humans, on the other hand, will only guarantee a fraidy-cat (or even an aggressive pup) – no matter which one you choose. You’ll obviously want to pick a puppy from an energetic and happy bunch.
Avoid Badly-Behaving Bow-wows
Under no circumstance should you choose a puppy that behaves bizarrely? You might think that with sufficient love and attention, you could change a strange-behaving puppy into one that’s more trusting and affectionate. But unless you’ve been trained in animal psychology, and you have the time and energy to re-program such a pup, we strongly recommend that you select a pup that demonstrates typical Yorkie behavior. An estranged pup will only grow into an aggressive adult.
Spend Some Time Alone
In addition to observing an entire litter, you should also focus on one pup at a time. If you can, try to do this without the dam and the siblings’ presence. When a puppy is removed from its litter, its own unique personality has a chance to shine since all the other little influences are nowhere around.
Make Sure You’re Looking at Yorkies
Here’s a quick checklist of Yorkie characteristics. If you notice something different in the dam (mother) that birthed the litter you’re looking at, thank the breeder for his or her time and seek out a different one. Note that these characteristics belong to the dam – not the litter. Puppies don’t start showing these characteristics until they hit 12 weeks of age, but you can be sure that unless you’re looking at a super-surrogate, the pups suckling from a Yorkie are Yorkies too. The mother should, therefore, bear:
A long straight-haired coat.
A blue or black back, and tan face, chest, and legs.
A weight that’s under eight pounds.
A small head with a somewhat flat top.
A black nose, black pair of eyes, and black set of nails.
A pair of erect, pointy ears.
A long straight back and docked tail
Look For Signs of Good Health
Another criterion you can use is health. This is perhaps the most important condition to use because even a healthy non-AKC standard pup can be loved for a very long time. The only problem with this strategy is that most of us aren’t vets and we can’t tell a sick puppy from a healthy one. That is unless there are noticeable signs.
Verify Health with a Vet’s Analysis
A puppy that doesn’t demonstrate eye and nose discharge, crooked teeth, dark gums, open sores or rashes, lethargy, or diarrhea could be considered healthy enough to adopt. You will, of course, need to reinforce your assessment with a veterinarian’s exam. Judging the health of a Yorkie by simply looking at it isn’t thorough enough to be certain. Fortunately, you can get documents that demonstrate the health of a litter you’re studying from a reputable breeder. (But you should still validate your findings with a vet.)
Check Out the Temperament
Temperament is a big issue not only among Yorkies but among all dogs as well. In fact, temperament is one of several criteria that dog shows use to judge Yorkies. Remember that you don’t need to pick a show dog to acquire a well-tempered pet. You can simply avoid the ones that appear hyper, overly shy, jumpy, or just downright mean.
Don’t Make the Decision Yourself
If making a decision still seems difficult, you can take one of two additional approaches toward picking a puppy. You can (1) let your puppy pick you, or (2) let a breeder pick one for you. Using the former approach, you’re bound to attract the most sociable puppy. It may not be the most graceful, or the quietest, or the easiest to groom and train, but it will definitely shower you, your family, and your friends with a mound of Yorkie love.
Using the latter approach, however, you’re likely to achieve the most compatible match. Here, a breeder will use what he or she learns about you and your knowledge of Yorkies to suggest a compatible pup. This should be a pup that fits your experience level. In our opinion, the latter approach is best for new Yorkie owners. With a little experience behind you, you can later select another one of your own choosing.