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Do you have "teacup" yorkies?

The simple and easy answer is...NO, of course not!  
Teacups have handles, not tails!

Yorkshire terriers are a toy breed dog that is not to exceed 7 lbs in weight.  Therefore no matter
how small a yorkie is, it is still a yorkie and does not require terms such as "teacup, tiny, teenie,
babydoll, purse puppies, micro, mini or any other term to describe the diminutive size of the
yorkie.  Such terms are used by unscrupulous breeders and is a "red-flag" that the breeder more
than likely cares more about filling their pocket book than improving the breed.

A breeder that is looking out for the betterment of the breed will not strive to produce such tiny
yorkies either.  Good, honest and responsible breeders will not use such terms to describe
their yorkies even when they have one weighing less than 4 lbs....period!  



Yorkies that are at the smaller end of the weight scale, less than 4 lbs can be at a higher risk for
congenital and non-congenital health issues.  It is more important to find a yorkie puppy from a
responsible breeder than it is to find one that fits into a certain size criteria.


Do you have any "rare" colored Yorkies?

Yorkshire Terriers have always been bred to be a beautiful dark steel blue and tan, starting out as a
black and tan puppy.  Puppies that are not black and tan at birth deviate from the standard and are
not able to be shown, as this coloration is a disqualification.  These puppies should always be
spayed/neutered before leaving the breeders home.  There is a reason these colors are referred to
as rare...it is because yorkies are not supposed to be this color.  Yorkies were bred to be ratters in
the coal mines and their color played a very important part in that job.

"Breeders" trying to achieve yorkies which are anything but correct color...red, chocolate, blue
born or even parti-colored are anything but ethical.  Any yorkie produced that is not even the
correct color should be placed in a pet home and not capitalized upon or advertised as "rare" to
create a bigger price tag.  "Breeders" then continue to breed these colors in search of the profit
they can bring.  To us it is hard to see, especially when we try so hard to breed correct yorkies
that uphold the standard.




Do you have Yorki-Poos or Designer Yorkie breeds?

Here is yet another advertising ploy at work.  There are plenty "designer dogs" in the pound...yes,
the pound!  As they are nothing more than a mixed breed pup!  People are trying to capitalize off
of sticking two poor quality purebreds together to make some "fancy" named mixed breed they
then work hard at passing them off as something so special!  These breeds are not AKC
recognized and never will be.  When breeders were having trouble selling their poor quality
purebred puppies they decided to mix them together, give them a fun, attractive name and sell them
as something rare and amazing.  All dogs are wonderful in their own right, but to purposefully
breed a purebred dog to another breed is unethical and does nothing to help improve either breed.  
Actually the mixing of two purebred dogs has been shown to increase aggressive behavior and
genetic health issues.


What is a spay/neuter contract?

A spay/neuter contract is a legal document that you the buyer must sign if you are purchasing a
companion puppy from a responsible breeder.  It requires you to have your puppy spayed
/neutered and does not allow you to use your puppy for breeding.  Every puppy that is born from
show lines and or champions is not destined for the ring and those puppies make the best pets.  

Some breeders will even spay/neuter their puppies before placing them.  We think this is a good
practice but also believe that it should not be done on every puppy or too early.  We look at each
puppy individually and those that are ready to be spayed or neutered before leaving us at 16 weeks
old we will have it done before they leave.  Otherwise you will have to sign a contract stating that
you will alter your pet before they are 1 year old and promise to never use them for breeding.  We
do not provide any AKC papers until proof of spay/neuter has been provided and verified.  


At what age do you place your puppies?

Waiting until your puppy is at least 12 weeks old before taking him/her home is priceless.  At 6-8
weeks old they are just really starting to socialize/play with their littermates and begin playing
harder with their mom.  No matter how good of a yorkie parent you are, no one can replace their
yorkie mom and littermates.

It is to your benefit for your puppy to remain in the breeder's care longer.  He/she will receive one
more vaccination before going home.   They are older and more easily trained.  They are bigger
and at a lower risk of hypoglycemia and getting hurt in the household.

We prefer to keep our puppies a minimum of 14-16 weeks to ensure they are completely
vaccinated and to give them the best possible start.  A 16 week old puppy is still very much a
puppy and still will need all the love, training and attention that a younger puppy would require.  
The advantages to an older puppy are endless, they make a much easier transition into their new
homes, have better potty habits, eat better during their transition and are much easier to leave at
home for longer periods of time.


Will you adopt to families with children?

Absolutely!  Yorkies are wonderful family dogs and all of ours adore children.  We find that most
breeders that will not sell to families with children do so due to the risk of children possibly
harming the puppy.   Over the years we have come to find that adults can be just as clumsy with
their yorkies!  We have placed some of our puppies with the best of families.  You will find that
we do recommend a larger puppy, preferable one that will be 5-7 lbs full grown.

What we always find amusing is when the breeder that refuses to sell to a family with kids, have
kids themselves.  Children can be taught how to handle and treat a yorkie!  We hope to have small
children again in our family in the near future and they will be supervised with the yorkies, but the
point is they will get to experience yorkies!  


Why are yorkies so expensive?

It has been said that quality is not expensive, it is priceless and we happen to agree.  Quality has
never been cheap and buying a quality yorkie definitely is not!  You are going to have to expect to
pay more than just a few hundred dollars to buy from a responsible breeder.  It is important to
remember though that just because you are paying a large price for a yorkie does not mean it is
quality.  

There are several factors that go into the price of buying a yorkie from a good breeder.  The ever
increasing price of top notch veterinary care is one of the main reasons, many breeders spend
thousands upon thousands each year at the vets.  

Not to mention the money that goes into high quality diets, pre-natal exams, pregnancy x-rays,
supplements, emergency veterinary care, c-sections, assisted whelpings when complications arise,
vaccinations for adults and the puppies, health testing, routine bloodwork, dental cleanings,
veterinary exams/health checks for each puppy at least twice, sometimes 3 times!  If you can
imagine this is just the short list of costs, but it gives you an idea!  We spare no expense for our
yorkies!


Boys vs Girls?

We always urge puppy buyers to give equal consideration to both male and female puppies.  Boys
by nature are more loyal and cuddly while females can tend to be a bit more independent.  We of
course love them all as they are yorkies!  Neutering does tend to be a bit less expensive from the
new owners prospective and boys are usually more readily available as breeders tend to keep more
females back for future generations than they do males.

More importantly it is best that you choose a puppy based off of his/her personality rather than
their sex.  There is so much more to a yorkie than whether it is a boy or a girl!


How big will my puppy be?

There is no fool-proof method to determining adult weight in a yorkie.  Although there are plenty
of theories and opinions on the subject.  Some believe that you can triple a puppy's weight at 8
weeks or double it at 12 weeks of age, and then some even add an additional pound to the 12  
week estimate.  But you see that is just it...it is nothing more than an estimate!

Your puppy's adult weight will depend on a number of things...parents' weights, grandparents'
weights, and how fast or slow the breeder's lines mature.  We have found that our puppies
generally mature quickly, sometimes reaching adult weight before 6 months of age.  We have even
had some really chubby puppies be heavier at 6 months then they were as an adult.  So you see,
there is never any guarantee on weights!


What is Limited AKC Registration?

Limited AKC registration means that your puppy may be registered with the American Kennel Club
but may not be bred.  The AKC will not register any puppies born to a yorkie that has limited
registration.   While these yorkies can not compete in conformation they can compete
in other AKC sanctioned events.  Such as agility, obedience, flyball, or even obtain their Canine
Good Citizenship.  For more information please visit
www.akc.org.


Are Your Yorkies AKC registered?

Absolutely!  AKC is the only reliable pedigree based registration in the USA.  In order for us to
register our yorkies AKC their parents have to be AKC registered...they always have at least 5
generations available on every registered dog.  Other registries like CKC (Continental Kennel Club)
and APRI (America's Pet Registry) are not reputable, as the pedigree of the dogs they register are
not reliable.  There is no guarantee that the parent's are purebred, many pedigrees are incomplete.  
AKC is not perfect but they are the most reliable purebred pet registry in America.  Other reputable
registries are CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) in Canada and FCI of Europe.


Why are your puppies sold with Limited AKC Registration?

Not every yorkie or every dog for that matter should be bred.  A lot goes into the evaluation of a
dog for breeding...you start with evaluating the health and temperament of a dog!  While
important...the ability of that dog to conform to its AKC breed standard is equally important!  
Continuing to breed severe faults will only continue those faults into the future of the yorkies as a
breed!

Even when two champions are bred together not every puppy produced will be worthy of carrying
the breed into the future!  Those puppies that are not show quality, should be spayed/neutered to
live out their lives without being bred.  Any breeder who sells with full registration to anyone and to
everyone is not looking out for the future of the breed.  As a buyer I would not trust this type of
breeder, this would be another "red-flag" that money is more important than quality yorkies in the
best homes.
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