The Yorkie, nickname for the Yorkshire Terrier is a pleasure to live with. Content to being stroked and petted, your Yorkshire Terrier will always be glad to take up residence on your lap whenever it is possible.
These dogs require minimal space and are ideal if you reside in small space such as an apartment. Yorkshire Terriers do get along well with small kids. They can be possessive and so you should be cautious when introducing your Yorkie to your child. Well trained Yorkies have no issues adjusting to family life. They are also great dogs to have with cats.
If you have made the decision that you want a Yorkie, there are several things that you can do to ensure that you get the best possible puppy.
Be certain that you clearly know what you want before you begin looking for a breeder. There are some things you should be sure of like if you are looking for a female or male puppy. Would you prefer a dominant or a quiet puppy? Your resources and lifestyle will significantly affect your choices.
If you want a Yorkie puppy, you should stay away from pet shop puppies. The puppies there tend to be bred in poor conditions and didn’t have enough interaction with their siblings. You could end up with a sickly and poorly socialized Yorkie.
Choosing a Yorkie breeder is important even if you don’t plan to show the puppy. A problem you could get is the puppy being inbred. The pet issues associated with an half-bred puppy or a badly bred puppy can give you family lots of heartache. Similar to any other big decision, research is one of the most important ways of ensuring that you are committing to the best breeder.
Does the breeder offer vaccinations, a health certificate and other important paperwork? The health certificate in the most vital since it is only issued by a licensed veterinarian. To get it, the vet has to examine the puppy and if something is seriously wrong with it, the certificate will not be issued. But you should be ready to pay extra for the health certificate because many breeders put additional charges for it.
Another thing you need to consider is a health guarantee. You need it in case something goes wrong a year after getting your puppy. Buying from the newspaper does not provide you such a guarantee. Mostly, they only give you 48 hours and that is all. The standard guarantee you get online is a replacement guarantee of up to a year. However, one year may not be long enough for some genetic defects. Where possible, find someone who offers a guarantee that is longer than a year.
Yorkies are one of the cutest dogs on the planet. Spend plenty of time bonding and enjoy many healthy years Yorkie.