Why do Yorkies cost so much
from some breeders ...
while pet stores and
other breeders charge lower prices for the same
Can you explain this
First, I would like to say that
all puppies, regardless of how "cute" they may be, are not
created equal. Purchasing from a responsible and reputable
breeder ensures the quality of the puppy you are getting.
There is much that goes into breeding our beautiful Yorkies
and the end result is a quality puppy that comes from
bloodlines that breeders over decades bred to genetically
rule out most known health issues associated with the breed
and still maintain the AKC standards of show
The initial cost of purchasing a
well-bred quality puppy may appear somewhat expensive; however
there are several factors that should be taken into
consideration when buying your puppy who will become part of
you and your family for approximately the next 15 years or so.
Please see chart at bottom of page.
Are Your Puppies
Expensive compared to what?
To buying a cheap
puppy from a puppy mill,
newspaper ad —
a/k/a (backyard breeder) or Pet Store
and finding out
it isn't healthy or even purebred?
The term "Expensive" is
we love the
breed ... we love our Yorkies ... and their welfare
will look for the best quality dogs for their breeding program
and this of course can be very costly. Breeding to a Top
Winning dog can cost thousands depending on whether you send
the dam to be bred or choose to do artificial insemination.
Brucellosis test (pre-breeding exam), Progesterone test
(pinpoint ovulation [may need to repeat test]), travel expense
and hotel for 2-3 days if stud is not local, if using AI you
may need to do AI 2-3 times to increase the chance of not
missing ovulation. There may be costs for having chilled semen
flown overnight. Breeders may use hormone tests, ultrasounds
or palpitation to confirm pregnancy. Once pregnant the Dam
will be given quality puppy food and usually is eating more to
provide a healthy start for her litter. Small breeds such as
the Yorkie often need C-sections (that can be planned for with
use of Progesterone test for pinpointing whelping date). This
is less expensive than if the dam goes into distress and needs
an emergency C-section. Whelping Box whelping supplies
(heating lamp or heating pad plus many extras including
emergency items and new-born formula and syringes or feeding
tubes, rectal thermometer, a baby scale and possibly other
unforeseen items. Once weaned they will be eating alot of
quality (holistic "Wellness Super5 Mix Just for Puppies) puppy food.
Vet visits for the dam and litter soon
after birth. Yorkies will have their tails cropped and
dewclaws removed. Second vet visit for immunizations &
de-worming. (The costs for vet visit & treatments are per
puppy [approx. $70 exam & shots pp] not litter — Our puppies receive
anywhere from their first set of shots right up to even their Rabies shot depending
upon the length of time before going to their forever homes).
After puppies are whelped they will need a
larger pen to move about in and will be eating much more food.
Wee-wee pads (we use Washable Pish Pads) for indoor litter training and puppy toys and
chew items are additional. Puppy gift bags for new owners are provided. It is
unrealistic to list every expense associated with raising
healthy happy puppies but this should give you an idea as to
why we charge what we do. Hobby breeders like myself keep
their puppies until they are at least 12 weeks or olders to make sure they have a good
start, are old enough to ship as well as to evaluate their
potential for show. The average hobby breeder is lucky to
break even on a litter. If the cost of a good quality purebred
dog is beyond your budget, then you may need to re-think your
dog ownership plans. Perhaps rescuing an adult that is already
spayed or neutered and is fully vaccinated is a more realistic
plan for you. In life you basically get what you pay for ...
keeping that in mind, plan to research for the breeder of your
next companion and if need be "save" in order to afford a well-bred
quality dog that you will be proud to own and share many happy
and enjoyable years to come.
that you pay for a healthy well-bred puppy is
to raising, owning & veterinarian costs for the life
of a dog that's
The first video describes $23,000 in vet expenses!