You can’t get much cuter than Yorkshire Terrier puppies. When they are only eight weeks old, they are a heart-stopping blend of elegance and scruffiness. Since the breed is so small and their exercise needs are practically nothing, you can find Yorkies for sale in pet stores, classifieds, dog magazines and Internet ads. And they are one of the dogs toted about by skinny celebrity stars, making them very fashionable.
But most Yorkies for sale come from inhumane puppy mills. Because of their small size and the demand for them, they are one of the more popular breeds found in these horrible places. Puppy mills are factory farms for dogs, which aren’t given proper veterinary treatment, kept in stacked wire crates and are immediately shot, electrocuted or drowned when their short lives are used up in puppy making, which takes up a lot of energy. Those Yorkshire Terrier puppies don’t sound quite so cute now, do they?
The bad news is that most places that advertise Yorkies for sale get their puppies from these inhumane puppy mills. These places include all pet stores and all Internet ads that will ship the puppy to you and do not ask you any questions other than your method of payment. Often, there will be signs in front of farms saying “Yorkies for Sale” and you will walk directly into a puppy mill. Please report them to the proper authorities if you come across such a foul place.
The good news is that Yorkies for sale can be found from licensed breeders all across the country. If you specifically want a purebred Yorkshire Terrier puppy, these are the best places to go to. These breeders only have a few Yorkies for sale each year, as their kennels and breeding operations are run out of their homes. The fewer the number of dogs in a kennel, the more individual care they get.
But are you looking at Yorkies for sale because you want a companion? In that case, you should go to your local animal shelter or a Yorkshire Terrier breed rescue group. You probably will not get papers with your dog, but you will find purebred Yorkshire Terrier puppies and adults. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that twenty-five percent of all dogs abandoned are purebreds.
Most of the time, these dogs are abandoned through no fault of the dog. They are there because their previous owners did not take the time to learn basic Yorkshire Terrier puppy care. They most likely bought the puppy on impulse, especially since they are so fashionable now, and didn’t realize what they were getting into. There are even puppies as young as six months old are given up because of ignorance on the part of the owner. But adults are usually already neutered and (for the most part) housebroken. They need extensive grooming, which turns a lot of previous owners off.