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Old 05-13-2016, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default Does the price of a pure bred matter?

I have a chance to buy a pure bred male for $600 with no papers. I am highly allergic so they have to be a pure bred yorkie. I can get references and vet contact. I am going up to visit the puppy. Should the price ween me away or should I go and pay a visit? Thanks very much. Your in put is really appreciated.
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Not sure if my reply went. so if it's posted twice, sorry.

If you are allergic to dogs, you can still be allergic to hypoallergenic dogs .

Technically a breeder can not advertise a dog as "pure bred" without papers. However you can probably look at the puppy and tell if it is pure bred or not (i.e.. Yorkie x Yorkie).

Is this a backyard breeder? As that is pretty average price range for a backyard breeder $500-1500. Pay them a visit and see the pups, can't hurt? If you have a four figure budget, then sure, go find a reputable breeder with a solid contract. If not then do your due diligence and if everything looks good you'll be a happy dog owner.

If you are solely looking to get him as a pet, then I would mostly be interested in how the puppies and their parents behave. Are they alert and attentive? Do they cower and run when you call/greet them? How is the environment they are living in? Are they raised inside the home with good human interaction/exposure to everyday things?
I doubt a $600 puppy will come with a contract so you don't have to worry to much about that. Maybe have something hand written, stating the puppy is healthy and getting him vet checked within 3 days or something like that to confirm health.

See what the breeder knows about their dogs. Do they have paperwork from their Dam and Sire? Do they know their exact pedigree? (When I see "do they know" ...I do NOT mean word of mouth, but actual PROOF ie. paperwork!) Have they done any type of health testing on their dogs (I doubt it with a backyard breeder). Are they aware of any health dispositions to any of their previous puppies? Can you get contact numbers of previous buyers and talk to them? Take a look at the parents teeth if possible, this is one of the common issues with smaller breeds. (If you were looking at a BIG breed dog, you would want to know about their hips, etc.)

To be honest I did not know a whole lot about buying a puppy when we brought our yorkie into our family, many years ago. (But I am grateful our boy is healthy, and has great temperament!) We do not actually have paperwork for him stating he is a purebred, but if you look at him there would be no doubt he is. This is not really a huge issue as we do not intend to breed him or compete in shows. We had dog knowledge, but not extensive breeder knowledge. But I have spent the last 6-8months doing a whole lot of research, on forums and talking to many profession breeders (With serious contracts), as I would like to eventually add a Molosser Breeder into our home. I have learnt a lot more about the types of things to look for (=, but there is always more to learn!

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Old 05-13-2016, 05:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for replying GR,
Yes she said to come up and see the boy and meet their parents, she says she can give me vet report , and references and has been breeding for 30 years. A co-worker of my husbands recommended her to him and said she is a great lady and breeder and he has bought 3 from her. The size of the dogs, from my research is another important indication. My grand puppy is 8 pounds and has champion blood lines and is a purebred but she is long not fat. lol Very lean . Also , she had a vet cert. and has a lactating patella (ironically my son has screws in both hips) and our vet found it in a matter of 3 seconds. We also say that her and my son were meant to be. Its very slight thank goodness. Yes I will check out the teeth and definitely will look at the relationship and how all the dogs interact. I like you am on here and trying to get as much info as I can to educate myself just like you have. Having someone like you comment is very appreciative and helpful so thanks very much. I do also have a breeder who is akc certified and has puppies due in June and are $1600.00 . I will go up and meet the puppy and take it from there. Thanks again . Best of health to you and your babies.
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Read the health guarantee and the purchase contract to be sure what the breeder is offering.
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Not sure if I would have a health cert. from the breeder . She said I could talk to her vet and give me references. The other breeder I have is $1600 and is a very reputable one. Not saying the other isn't I am going to visit her. Thanks for your info. Appreciate all the feed back from you guys. Best to you and your babies. Hopefully I will have one soon myself.
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I would definitely do some allergy testing before bringing a pup home. Each Yorkie is different, just like people, you may be allergic to one Yorkie and not another. I would strongly suggest you do more than just visit. Take the pup to your cleaned out car and sit and hold him for an hour or so, take a hair sample home for a couple days etc....I'd hate to see you take a pup you might not be able to keep.

My YorkieDaddy is highly allergic and yes he is allergic to our Yorkie, but she gets baths weekly, and he is medicated daily
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Thanks very much Lynzy.
I hope to go up there Friday if he is still available. I will definitely try to do that. He is only 3 weeks old so not sure if they will let me take him to my car or not. But maybe . Thanks for the input . Appreciate it.
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