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Old 08-10-2005, 03:49 PM   #1
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I am "new" to the wonderful world of Yorkies and have been directed to this Forum. I live in Northwest NJ (Landing/Lake Hopatcong) and am looking to acquire a Yorkie pup. I have been baby-sitting a 9 year male Yorkie (Sampson) for a month now and have absolutely fallen in love with him! My two cats have also managed to become quite smitten. Probably because both of them are a lot bigger than Sampson.

Sampson's Mommy is returning next week and I would like to start my "quest" for a healthy puppy from a reputable source (no pet stores or puppy mills!).

Would appreciate anyone sharing their experiences and/or recommendations. I realize that Yorkies tend to be a bit pricey, from what I can see. I am not looking to breed and would happily settle for a healthy companion rather than a prize-winner!

Would also appreciate any guidence regarding gender. Are males "better" than females? My experience with little Sampson has really changed this "cat" man into a Yorkie-man. He is incredibly affectionate!

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Hi Donald! Welcome to the wonderful world of Yorkies! I just purchased my second Yorkie a week ago, but I'm afraid the rest of the three pups from the litter have all been sold as well. I found my new little girl in the newspaper classifieds. However, not everyone agrees with getting a dog from the classifieds, so I would suggest you do your own research concerning what is reputable or not to you. As far as gender goes, the only thing that really differs from males and females in my mind is that males will often times lift their legs when they eliminate, which can become quite messy. It's also a very hard habit to break in males that have already started doing this. Also, if males are kept intact (not neutered), they tend to mark even more. Whatever you decide, I'm confident you will make the right choice. Good luck on your quest for the perfect Yorkie!
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Old 08-11-2005, 08:24 AM   #3
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Hi...... the first place I would check is the YTCA website and they will have breeders in good standing with the AKC. I have a male and he has never lifted his leg and/or marked his territory....but this may be due to the fact that he was neutered before these behaviors started...he was neutered at 5 months. I paid 1000.00 for him as pet qualitya dn I had him wee wee pad trained rather quickly. He is a LOVER....and also very playful and friendly!! I would recommend that any breeder you talk allows you to meet with at least 1 of the parents (if they studded out), keeps their pups till at least 12 weeks of age, gives you a health guarantee as well has all the pups utd, has them living in her home and who's yorkies look happy and healthy...also I would see if you could get references. Last but not least here is a woman who I had heard some good things about her after I had already got Maximus...I don't personally know her or the qualities her sires and dams pocess so you will have to do the reasearch but maybe see if she has what you're looking for~~
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Hi Donald! Welcome to the wonderful world of Yorkies! I just purchased my second Yorkie a week ago, but I'm afraid the rest of the three pups from the litter have all been sold as well. I found my new little girl in the newspaper classifieds. However, not everyone agrees with getting a dog from the classifieds, so I would suggest you do your own research concerning what is reputable or not to you. As far as gender goes, the only thing that really differs from males and females in my mind is that males will often times lift their legs when they eliminate, which can become quite messy. It's also a very hard habit to break in males that have already started doing this. Also, if males are kept intact (not neutered), they tend to mark even more. Whatever you decide, I'm confident you will make the right choice. Good luck on your quest for the perfect Yorkie!
Dear Christina,

Thanks very much for your kind and wise words. I will commence my research and will post the results as soon as I have some information. I am really looking forward to owning a Yorkie!!! I am leaning towards a female pup.

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Hi...... the first place I would check is the YTCA website and they will have breeders in good standing with the AKC. I have a male and he has never lifted his leg and/or marked his territory....but this may be due to the fact that he was neutered before these behaviors started...he was neutered at 5 months. I paid 1000.00 for him as pet qualitya dn I had him wee wee pad trained rather quickly. He is a LOVER....and also very playful and friendly!! I would recommend that any breeder you talk allows you to meet with at least 1 of the parents (if they studded out), keeps their pups till at least 12 weeks of age, gives you a health guarantee as well has all the pups utd, has them living in her home and who's yorkies look happy and healthy...also I would see if you could get references. Last but not least here is a woman who I had heard some good things about her after I had already got Maximus...I don't personally know her or the qualities her sires and dams pocess so you will have to do the reasearch but maybe see if she has what you're looking for~~
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Dear Rosemarie,

Thank you also for taking the time and sharing your advice! I have my work cut out for me and look forward to gathering as much information as I can to make an informed decision. I am leaning towards a female Yorkie but am willing to see what Fate deals me. Will post the results as soon as I have some news!! In the meanwhile, I will check out the YTCA website! Thanks for taking the time....
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Old 08-13-2005, 06:55 PM   #6
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Yes, males are better. The reason is because females have strong hormonal activity, and female dogs can be quite moody! I raise both pet quality as well as show potential Yorkies. I totally understand how you have fallen in love with a Yorkie. They are cetainly terrific-unlike any other breed. I would suggest looking for a local breeder (small scale is best). Take a tour of their home, puppy house, etc to see the conditions. Are feeder, waterers, cages clean? How does it smell? Check to see if there is an air ventelation system. I have one that turns on every 20 minutes to circulate the air, pump in new air and blows out stale air. Be sure to ask for references of clients who have adopted 'babies' from that breeder, and most important - get a written guarantee. Pups are best brought home after they are 12 wks old. Please let me know if I can be of further help. Good luck, and welcome to the Yorkie Fan Club!
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Hi welcome to YT! There are many people here that have gotten their dogs from your area, I am sure that they will help you out.
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Welcome to YorkieTalk!

That is fantastic news that you are looking for a Yorkie!

Keep us posted on your progress!

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Welcome to Yorkietalk. Yorkies are the best. Soon as you get one let us know.
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:13 PM   #10
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Yes, males are better. The reason is because females have strong hormonal activity, and female dogs can be quite moody! I raise both pet quality as well as show potential Yorkies. I totally understand how you have fallen in love with a Yorkie. They are cetainly terrific-unlike any other breed. I would suggest looking for a local breeder (small scale is best). Take a tour of their home, puppy house, etc to see the conditions. Are feeder, waterers, cages clean? How does it smell? Check to see if there is an air ventelation system. I have one that turns on every 20 minutes to circulate the air, pump in new air and blows out stale air. Be sure to ask for references of clients who have adopted 'babies' from that breeder, and most important - get a written guarantee. Pups are best brought home after they are 12 wks old. Please let me know if I can be of further help. Good luck, and welcome to the Yorkie Fan Club!
Dear Rizzi,

Thank you for taking the time to answer my post. I sure wish you were located in the Northeast region! Your advice sounds great and I will put it to use. Another question, if I may. After a female is spayed, in your experience, are they still subject to moodiness? The 9 year old male Yorkie that I am baby-sitting (Sampson, who sadly will be returning to his "Mommy" in Pa. next week) is a doll. He has claimed and marked my yard and immediate area as his own with the territorial spraying that males do. He was raised by a loving and excellent owner, is extremely well-behaved, fully socialized (loves people, children and my cats) and is a real show-stopper when I take him out to a park, a walk around the block or to the store.

I have e-mailed a few local breeders (Northwest/Central NJ) and hope to develop a relationship with one. I have heard that it can be a good thing to allow the breeder (once he/she knows what you are looking for) to select the pup (and therefore the sex) for you. Do you agree with this?

Thanks again for your time!
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Sounds like you have a good working plan to interview a few local breeders. Any breeder worth your time and money should be willing to give you references of former clients who can verify the quality of their puppies. They should also belong to at least one registry AKC (American Kennel Club) is the oldest and most well known. However; American Pet Registry, Inc or APRI for short is also quite reputable.
I would not look at pups until they are 12 wks and up. This will give you a more accurate idea of what their adult size and weight will be. The breeder can choiose a couple of her babies to show you, but ultimately it will be you who 'knows" who is the best little one to warm your lap! You will just know. As far as having a breeder choose the best sex for you: Breeders usually 'keep back' the biggest females for future breeding, and the smallest males for the same reason.
All dogs, female and male, develope their personalities by six months of age. Whether a female is spayed or not, they are always a bit more independent then the boys. I love them both, but my boys are special little creatures. I have a male - "Toy-Boy" who weighs 2 1/2 lbs, and washes my face every time I pick him up!
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Hi Donald!!

Welcome to YT!! This place is a wonderful source of info!!

I know you said in your first post you were looking for a Yorkie puppy...Have you ever considered a Yorkie rescue?? United Yorkie Rescue has several young (as young as 8 months) Yorkies looking for a good home...They are a VERY VERY reputable Rescue I believe out of Texas...But the Yorkies are fostered to home all over the US even NJ! Here is there website if you want to look around...

http://www.uyr.us/lookingforlove.shtml

I myself am a proud mom of a 21 month old girl, Sammi...She is 13 lbs and FULL OF LOVE and LOTSAAA Pasta!!! That is why she is so big we think She is not a rescue, but my next one will be for sure

Also, I saw you had asked about after spaying, if female dogs still are moody...In my experience so far...Sammi got more mellow after spaying...She is a wonderful lil dog...You sure picked a great breed to look into!!!

Please feel free to ask any other questions

Lots of luck on your search, the right puppy will find you!!

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Hi and welcome to YT. When you find your perfect pup you are going to be sooo happy. As LUZANGELA suggested, you should check out the YTCA. They can provide you with a list of breeders. There are also some stellar breeders on this site and I would be happy to provide their names to you. I have a male who is 6 months and he does not lift his leg. I am getting him fixed soon and once that happens they won't ever lift.

You can also check into the breeder and yorkies for sale sections of this site and you can get some stellar info. Let us know how it goes for you.
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Hi Donald!!

Welcome to YT!! This place is a wonderful source of info!!

I know you said in your first post you were looking for a Yorkie puppy...Have you ever considered a Yorkie rescue?? United Yorkie Rescue has several young (as young as 8 months) Yorkies looking for a good home...They are a VERY VERY reputable Rescue I believe out of Texas...But the Yorkies are fostered to home all over the US even NJ! Here is there website if you want to look around...

http://www.uyr.us/lookingforlove.shtml

I myself am a proud mom of a 21 month old girl, Sammi...She is 13 lbs and FULL OF LOVE and LOTSAAA Pasta!!! That is why she is so big we think She is not a rescue, but my next one will be for sure

Also, I saw you had asked about after spaying, if female dogs still are moody...In my experience so far...Sammi got more mellow after spaying...She is a wonderful lil dog...You sure picked a great breed to look into!!!

Please feel free to ask any other questions

Lots of luck on your search, the right puppy will find you!!

Fran and Sammi

PS - I have attached a few pics of my "lil" one...
Dear Fran & Sammi,

Thank you so very much for sharing the beautiful pictures! It serves to inspire me even more in my search. I have contacted a few breeders via e-mail but have heard nothing as of yet. My baby-sitting days for Sampson (alas!) are over as his mommy picked him up. I miss him very much! Oddly, so do my cats. I am hopeful that the right puppy will find me!! Will keep you posted,
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Hi and welcome to YT. When you find your perfect pup you are going to be sooo happy. As LUZANGELA suggested, you should check out the YTCA. They can provide you with a list of breeders. There are also some stellar breeders on this site and I would be happy to provide their names to you. I have a male who is 6 months and he does not lift his leg. I am getting him fixed soon and once that happens they won't ever lift.

You can also check into the breeder and yorkies for sale sections of this site and you can get some stellar info. Let us know how it goes for you.
Dear Chewysmom,

Thank you!! I have e-mailed a few breeders but have gotten no reply. If you know of anyone(s) in particular that I might call, I would be deeply grateful! After all of my research and wonderful advice from people such as yourself, I know that the first prioirty is to develop a relationship with a breeder first. I can hardly tell you how much of a lift this forum has been for me, especially now that I am sorely missing Sampson!

Again, thank you!!!
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