How to Find Cheap Yorkie Puppies

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Yorkshire terriers are a popular breed and good with children, yet they can be expensive.
Yorkshire terriers are a popular breed and good with children, yet they can be expensive. (Image: yorkie puppy image by Joy Fera from Fotolia.com)

Yorkshire terriers are an ever-popular dog breed; they are small, lively, good with children and do not shed. However, Yorkies can be difficult to breed and care for, and this often makes them an expensive choice. Careful, reputable breeders will often have adults tested for various genetic anomalies before breeding, and this cost may be passed on to you. Furthermore, the growing popularity of Yorkies adds to their price. Once you've done your research and decided that a Yorkie puppy is the right choice for you and your family, follow these tips to steer you toward a less pricey pooch.

As with any pet adoption, always start by checking your local shelters and web-based sources for rescued Yorkies in need of a new home. These dogs will not be free, but they can be verified healthy by a veterinarian and purchased for less.

Begin searching for reputable breeders in your area. Do not buy your puppy from a pet store or inexperienced breeder; these dogs may come from puppy mills, be prone to health problems or both. Also be wary of less expensive puppies advertised on the web; they may come from an unhealthy background or inexperienced or disreputable breeders looking to make some quick cash.

Get lucky. If you're fortunate enough to have several reputable breeders in your area, you may be able to negotiate a deal or find someone who is more concerned with good placement than large profit. These caring breeders will ask you many questions and offer a lot of advice before placing one of their puppies in your home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never buy a puppy based on price alone. If you can't find a healthy, young Yorkie at a shelter or rescue center, keep your options limited to reputable breeders. If the price for a purebred Yorkie is too high, keep researching until you find a breed or mixed breed that fits your criteria without the extra cost.

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