Secrets To Purchasing A Healthy Yorkie Puppy

By Sharda Baker

Most Yorkie breeders that offer show or pet quality Yorkie puppies for sale will provide a variety of information about the breed as well as some of the benefits and possible concerns or issues with raising the breed. Yorkie puppies, like any other type of breed of puppy are loving, friendly and typically very intelligent and willing to learn.

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A Yorkie puppy from a reputable Yorkie breeder will have a good, even temperament and can be suitable to homes with older children. Typically Yorkie breeders will have to carefully consider selling puppies to families with smaller children as there is simply too much risk for the puppy in being incorrectly handled by very young children. In addition the breed is often not tolerant of teasing and may become snappish.

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Many children are very good in understanding and treating a Yorkie puppy appropriately, but often younger children simply don’t realize what they are doing is irritating or even threatening to the puppy. This can lead to future behavior problems and problems with aggression as the puppy matures.

Often housebreaking a Yorkie puppy is a challenge that many first time dog owners find very frustrating. They are a difficult breed to housetrain even for an experienced Yorkie breeder and crate training is highly recommended. It is also very important to keep in mind that these tiny puppies have even tinier bladders and will need frequent trips outside in good weather and paper training or litter box training may be an important consideration in cold climates.

Since the Yorkie puppy is so tiny and really stays tiny all its life, there is a tendency for owners to baby or coddle the dog, leading to personality problems such as separation anxiety and possessiveness and jealous that often gets started on the first day the Yorkie puppy is brought home. If you have other dogs that are possessive or dog-aggressive a tiny Yorkie puppy may not be the best match.

Often a Yorkie may become snappish at other household pets so early socialization is important, and this training should continue throughout the dogs life. It is also important to protect the Yorkie puppy from larger dogs that may accidentally injure the Yorkie in play.

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There are also a great number of benefits to purchasing a Yorkie puppy instead of getting an adult dog. The Yorkie puppy will need special care including regular vaccinations, both as a puppy and an adult, health check ups, flea and worming treatments as well as routine grooming and dental care.

Since the breed is a long coated dog that does need regular daily or every other day grooming this is a great opportunity for the owner to start the training with the puppy and help to build a rapport. Purchasing a Yorkie puppy from a reputable Yorkie breeder or shelter ensures that the dog will be with the family for the longest possible time, as the Yorkie breeder or shelter will confirm that the new owners can provide proper care, nutrition, and veterinary treatment for the life of the dog.

Always carefully research breeders that are offering Yorkie puppies for sale through the newspaper or over the internet, especially if they seem to have a great variety of puppies for sale or don’t have information on the dam or sire (mother or father). Always ensure that the registration papers are completed for your purebred Yorkie puppy and are available at the pick-up date.

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Watching the Yorkie puppy playing with its littermates will also give an indication as to its temperament as an adult dog. Puppies in the litter that tend to be more aggressive and assertive are more likely to be independent, and potentially more difficult to train as they grow. The Yorkie puppy that stays more isolated is usually quieter and more timid as an adult dog and this will continue as their dominant personality trait.

Training the Yorkie puppy can begin the day that you bring him or her into your house. Start by defining the areas that the Yorkie puppy can have access too and firmly enforcing these boundaries. With their small physical size, Yorkie puppies make ideal candidates for inside puppy pens that give them lots of room to move about and play while still keeping the confined to one area. Crate training is also an option for a Yorkie puppy and is a terrific way to provide the puppy his or her own area of the house to relax in and call their own.

Sharda Baker is an industry established dog writer. She has successfully published several dog books including The Insiders Guide To A Happy, Healthy & Well Behaved Yorkshire Terrier.

For free access to many more of Sharda’s articles, and a free online Yorkie course, visit her official yorkshire terrier blog.

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