How To Find A Good Breeder...

To find a good quality Yorkie we recommend that you go to a Dog Show in your area. Most Reputable Breeders participate in this sport. They enjoy competing in conformation as well as obedience classes. It will give you an opportunity to see the dogs all groomed and looking their best. In between show's most Yorkshire Terriers are kept with oil on their hair with their coats wrapped up in papers to keep it from tangeling and breaking off. It will also give you a chance to meet and talk with a variety of Breeders. Most are more than willing to answer questions and talk about their dogs with you. You have a chance of obtaining a better quality Yorkie if you find one here. But you will probably end up spending a little more money. In the end it will be worth it tho because your chances of getting a sound dog with fewer health risks are better.

So what you spend here you may not have to spend on Vet bills later. Another thing you should be prepared for is that these Breeders usually have waiting lists for their dogs. They don't breed as much or as often so you must be ready to wait a little for a good one.

Here are 2 contracts Contract 1 and Contract 2 you can copy and print out to take with you when buying a puppy.

Responsible Breeders...How it should be done
Thoughts on Responsible Breeding

Considering breeding?, someone who has the love of dogs at heart. Considering getting a dog? There are lots of different sources for dogs. The animal shelters are overrun with dogs produced by irresponsible breeders. I encourage most people to take a chance on dogs from shelters or from rescue. Many, if not most, can make wonderful companions.

If, however, you really want a higher degree of predictability of temperament, health, working ability, size, coat and other factors you can increase that by seeking a well bred dog from a responsible breeder. Well I have my own opinion, but perhaps you will get a better idea if you look at some samples from various breed clubs. I think some are terrific, I think some are worthless, there are a few that are so pitiful I would not include them at all. I also include links to sites that specifically discuss responsible breeding, or how to identify a responsible breeder.

Care about each dog you bring into this world. Treat it as part of your extended family when you place it in a new home. Take positive steps to make sure the dogs you create will never land in a shelter or in rescue.

Make sure that you have homes for the puppies before the sire and dam ever meet. Require deposits to encourage commitment. Interview interested parties to ensure they are a suitable match for the dogs you will be placing. Be honest about the qualities of the dogs you are placing. Explain the good points, and the not so good. Promise to take in, or help place, dogs or puppies you have caused to be created, no matter how old they are.

Remain available to serve as a resource, advise and support for typical problems encountered in raising, training and caring for your dogs. Take positive steps to ensure that the dogs you produce are a source of joy, not sorrow. Know the typical genetic diseases for your breed. Test for them, and do not breed a dog that may pass on serious genetic disease. Do not let your love for your dog make you blind to your obligation to others. Your dog may be healthy, but may still pass on serious genetic disease. Do what you can to avoid causing heartache. Do not breed your dog if you have no information on the health and fitness of both the parents of your dog. You need more than a single generation to make a good decision. Make sure that the dogs you produce are capable of a full and happy life, sound in mind, body and temperament.

Understand that your love of your dog can make you blind to its faults. Obtain an objective evaluation of the health and fitness of your dog by testing it in a manner appropriate to the breed, in some activity, e.g. obedience, agility, hunting, tracking, search and rescue,stockdog work, conformation, flyball . . . The goal is to increase the probablity that the dog will make a good companion by demonstrating skills taking intelligence, problem solving ability, dedication or persistence, bidability or desire to please, stability of temperament among other things, and showing soundness and physical fitness.

Even if you love your dog very much, and can forgive its faults of temperament do not breed overly timid or agressive dogs. Most lead overly restricted lives, and many are killed long before their time, far better they never exist in the first place. If you don't want to have the same responsiblity for the progeny of your dogs then insist the dogs you produce be spayed or neutered. Remember, you are the one in control. You can require agreement by contract. If someone insists on irresponsbile breedin gyou don't have to be a part of it. Use your power of contract to educate, and to enforce, your role as a responsible breeder.

Written with the help of Diane Blackman & Linda Bush

Questions to ask when buying a puppy...

1) Ask the breeder if they will guarantee a full refund of purchase price in writing on the bill of sale if this dog develops liver shunt, legg perthes, or congestive heart failure within the first 5 years of it's life?

2) if a old and how many shots has this puppy received? Has it been wormed?

3) Do you put above guarantee in writing on the bill of sale and transfer the blue slip immediately, or do you insist on holding the blue slip until neuter spay is done? If so, will you please put in writing that the papers will be forthcoming with no further charge as soon as this dog is neutered /spayed?

4) Food....... what kind, how much, where available? Most breeders will send a few daysí supply home w/you till you can locate your own source.

5) Ask if the pups have been vet checked. Ask the name of the vet and call for a reference. Try to make a vet appointment the day you pick the puppy up, then if anything is wrong with the puppy, you won't have time to fall in love with it if you have to bring it back. You'll be able to judge what kind of person breeder is when you meet and start asking questions. If he/she starts running scared, get the heck out of Dodge. :)))

6) Always try to see the sire and dam. Especially the dam. Ask if you can hold her. Run your hand under her and make sure she has boobies. Sometimes a breeder will show you a small pretty bitch and say it's the dam and that pup hasn't had a litter. Just a little trick that might help you out.

A Word About Mutts

Our page isn't set up to disparage "mutts" but to get the attention of those people who don't know better, and who might be led to believe that certain dog mixes [Snoodles, Coca-poos, etc.] or characteristics make a dog rare, valuable and worth spending extra money to get. [i.e.a chocolate or platinum Yorkie.]

When they see it stated clearly, in black and white, that "dogs like that are mutts" it usually stops them from buying. People who are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a dog want something special ~ a puppy that makes them feel superior to others.... they don't want a puppy that could have just as well been bred by two loose dogs behind their neighbors garage... in other words, they don't want a mutt. And we are telling them, that's exactly what these puppy mill dogs are... mutts.

Each person we stop from paying for a mixed breed (as though it is a rare breed), diminishes the market for puppy mill dogs bred that way. Puppy millers breed these dogs because there is a market for them. People continue to buy them... thinking they're getting something special... By educating people, hopefully fewer will buy and the market will decrease, and so will the breeding of puppies like that ...

I'm sure you remember the tale of the "Emperor's New Clothes" where everyone was fooled into thinking the Emperor was wearing beautiful robes until a child called out, "Mama why is the Emperor naked?" Everyone, including the unclad emperor suddenly saw the truth and they all felt like fools.

That is the intent of the statement on our webpage... to open the eyes of those who might be fooled by what the puppy millers say, and by the very cute puppies. We want them to know they aren't spending a lot of money to get a "special" breed of dog, but only a mixed breed dog.

Mixed breed dogs ("mutts") will always exist because of people being careless with their animals and not having them spayed or neutered. That's different from puppymillers deliberately breeding them and selling them for big bucks as "rare" puppies. We want people who read our pages to know that the truth is, the dogs aren't rare, they're mixed breed dogs, mutts....

There isn't anything wrong with mutts. In fact, many people consider them smarter and better than most pure-bred dogs because they don't suffer the behavioral, medical and other problems that result from years of inbreeding that's not always carefully done. I think everyone would recall Benji... a "mutt" that was rescued from an animal shelter in CA and went on to become a movie star. Mutts aren't worthless and thinking people know better than that.

Our point is, if you think you're buying a diamond from these people, you're getting cubic zirconia at diamond prices. There's nothing wrong with cubic zirconia, and many people can't tell the difference but who would knowingly pay $800 for a $10 cubic zirconia because someone told them it was a rare and special diamond? [And personally, I love my $10 cubic zirconia earrings... most people can't tell they aren't real, and I don't have to worry if I lose one! but I certainly wouldn't pay more than the $10 they're worth for them!]

So, we hope you are not offended by the wording on our puppymill page. It isn't our motive to insult mutts and their many thousands of loving owners ~ but to give a "wake up" call to those people who don't know better.

My black lab mix, Jesse, has spent the last 13 yrs filling my family's life with love, magic moments and just comfortable times being together. All the days he's been with us are priceless and he is as much a part of our family history as any human could be. And neither he nor my Yorkie [or the many Yorkie fosters I've had] seem to notice that he's a mutt. He's just Jesse, big brother with lots of snuggle up to places. Dogs aren't nearly the snobs people can be.

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