Thinking Of Adopting A Yorkie Puppy...am I Nuts?

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Animals thinking of adopting a Yorkie puppy...am I nuts?

DD is on an all-out campaign to adopt her friends' puppy. Mom is a breeder but is retiring and they still have puppies..DD says they'll give her one.

Never had a puppy before, DH is not thrilled but will consider it.

Any tips? How much to they "really" cost in the long run? Are Yorkies a good breed? Kids are older (12-18) and swear to take care of him. Aargh!

Thanks for any help!
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:52 AM

RE: thinking of adopting a Yorkie puppy...am I nuts?

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Yorkies are wonderful puppies, the ones I have been around, not an expert, they run around 800 to 2000 here so to be given one is a great gift. where do you live is puppy okay. Have is check out by a vet. There is always cost associated with puppies shots, worming, these have to be done every 4 weeks, then at 6months then they are set until they are a year. Buy a small crate for housebreaking.
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Old 07-05-2008, 06:19 AM

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Here is what I have learned about them by pet sitting them...

As with any dog under 30 lbs it can by quite "yappy" and some have a tendency to bite. I dont think I would reccomend this breed to someone who has not worked with small dogs before. Though I am not an expert on the breed. I could talk to you about Hunting dogs and Pitbulls all day since I have owned them. My recomendation would be a Sheltland Sheepdog! They are around 30 lbs and wonderful family pets. They are protective and smart since they are hearding dogs. I had my first one when I was 10 and he was my resposibility. I would work with a breeder who is willing to listen to what you are looking for and match you with the perfect puppy for your family.

Dogs and not cheap! As they say there is NO such thing as a FREE puppy! I would estimate the following costs when you first got a puppy...

Crate - $50 Craigs List or Classifieds
Leash and collar - $10 - Less if you get less quality
Food - $12/mo with no Qs
Vet - $80 with shots, $50 for just a check up
Toys and Chews - $50 - These are very important if you want your house to stay in one piece!
Treats - $5/mo - Used for training and spoiling

Also when you travel you have 3 options...

Neighbor - Free or little money
In House Pet Sitter - I charge $20/day for 3 visits
Kennel - $12 for a cage/ "run"

I hope this helps! I would be happy to help you further with this. I have had many clients ask me for help when they wanted another pet.
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:10 PM

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Thanks for the hints! Although I would consider a shetland sheepdog, it's too big for my husband. Our friend has one and although it's well trained, it's still too much dog. Especially when she tries to herd us!

I spoke with the breeder tonight about the yorkies and they said that the "free" puppy is the last one from a February litter. They have younger pups but they're $400 (and not in the budget at the moment!).

I'd expect the older pup to be more difficult to train, as it's been hanging out with it's mommy in the back yard and sunroom (their domain) and isn't housebroken yet. He has had his first round of shots but is due for the next. He's sociable, loving, friendly (but docile) and likes to be held.

A friend is giving us her crate and I saved my Iams coupons from the papers!

Any other suggestions before we go for a visit? :-)
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I have a Yorkie. Here are some things I have learned about the breed.

*They are VERY smart dogs. I had Toby trained to sit and lay down by the time he was 10 weeks old. He was rolling over by 12 weeks.

*They are VERY dependent dogs. The need constant attention and love.

*They need good food, alot are very picky, mine isn't, but he is on Nutro brand.

*They have very small bladders, and sometimes are hard to potty train. Alot of people resort to puppy pads in the house. They will get you up in the middle of the night like a baby, and they are near impossible to crate train due to the fact they have such small bladders and can only hold it so long as a puppy.
--Toby is trained to ring a bell to go outside. He has slept through the night since he was about 8 months old.
*They are protective, and will bark at strangers unless broke at a very young age.

*They can be aggressive with small children and babies.


To have a yorkie, you HAVE to be there. If you want them to have proper training, you have got to be persistent.
I wouldn't trade my Yorkie for anything.
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Don't forget about Groomer bills. About 30.00 every 6 weeks.
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Designer dogs are not really mine thing either. They are so cute! But, I would not want one because I don't have the time to spend with the little guy! And brushing there hair everyday is a chore to. If you oh sorry, , your DD has the time for it, then thats a good deal.

I like the pits and the bull dogs my self. Easier to train, not so demanding, and I don't have to groom them everyday!
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Don't forget about Groomer bills. About 30.00 every 6 weeks.


Ha! I don't spend that much on my hair! I think my daughter is going to spend the rest of her summer potty-ing and brushing a puppy!

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Yoshi the Yorkie puppy is here!

Picked him up on Thursday. So far so good! Thank you for all your hints and tips!

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YAY!!! Congrats and for FREE!!!! Good Work! I just got another yorkie!!! I LOVE THEM!!! Always check animal shelters too they often get Yorkies! This is the 2nd one I have gotten from the shelter and I bought one too once NEVER AGAIN!!!! Lets see the pictures!!!

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I work at an animal shelter and we get over 5000 animal in a year and less then 900 get homes -- so you know what happens to the others!!!
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