I’m thinking about getting a yorkie puppy. My question is this:would it be better to get it from a dam’s first litter or does it matter?
I wouldn’t want a pup from the dam’s first litter – this way the breeder has a chance to see how the first litter turned out (temperament, health issues, etc.).CyndiMember
My opinion, not that anyone asked but it’s never stopped me before, go to your local shelter and adopt a dog that might otherwise be put to sleep. 🙂
That’s another great option Cyndi 🙂
Oh and if you do go to a shelter, come to mine. We’re jam packed at the moment lolweezerweeksMember
The yorkie I have now is a rescue and I would love to have another but I can never find yorkies and Ijust love this breed so if you have a yorkie at ur shelter let me know.CyndiMember
Try Petfinder or TheAnimalRescueSite. both at dot com. That’s where I found my dog. Back in January, when I adopted my Bailey, they had a few yorkies, from what I remember. I don’t know where you live, but I think the two sites I mentioned could help.
I don’t think we’ve ever had a yorkie at my shelter as far as I can remember. We rarely get small dogs. There are many breed rescues out there – just google “Yorkie rescue in [your state]” if you think you’d like to rescue. However – it’s perfectly acceptable to purchase a purebred from a breeder if that’s what you want. Adopting isn’t right for everyone. All of my dogs have been purebreds purchased through reputable breeders. If you do decide to go to a breeder however, it is CRITICAL that you go to a responsible breeder – do not purchase a pup from a backyard breeder or puppy mill, please. Find the website for your breed’s parent club and have them put you in touch with a reputable breeder in your area – breed clubs stringently screen their recommended breeders so you can knock off a lot of the duds right from the get go by going through the breed club. Just to warn you – if going to a responsible breeder you will likely be put on a wait list for a pup (it could be over a year – responsible breeders will never have pups available immediately) and it will be very expensive, but it’s worth it to get a healthy dog free of genetic diseases and to know that you aren’t contributing to the population problem by supporting backyard breeders and puppy mills.
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