Finding a Yorkshire Terrier Breeder
Anyone who has a female Yorkshire Terrier who has a litter is in fact a breeder of Yorkshire Terriers. However, this does not mean that they are a good breeder. There are good breeders and there are bad breeders, and for many reasons, you want to work only with a good, responsible breeder when you get your Yorkshire Terrier puppy.
A good breeder does not have accidental litters. All of the litters are planned in advance, and often, the puppies are sold before they are even conceived if the female has had previous litters for which there are pictures. Before breeding takes place, a good breeder will have the male and female checked by the veterinarian, and will also have them tested for genetic issues that may affect the litter.
A good breeder will also match the temperaments of the male and female, and only breed those that have great temperaments. They watch their breeding stock and weed out those that have nervous personalities, those that are not people friendly, and those that are aggressive, knowing that temperaments can be inherited. A good breeder will also avoid breeding dogs that are closely related to each other, with the understanding that this can cause severe genetic problems.
You will not find a Yorkshire Terrier that was bred by a good breeder in a pet shop. Good breeders only sell to private individuals, and they work directly with that individual ?not through a broker. A good breeder typically shows their own dogs and they regularly participate in various training activities, such as obedience training and such.
You can find a good breeder through dog clubs in your area, or through the American Kennel Club (AKC). There are also many Yorkshire Terrier specific organizations that will connect you with a breeder in your area. Many breeders will advertise online, but this does not mean that they are good breeders. Of course, it doesn't mean that they are bad breeders either.
Ideally, you will visit the breeder in person. When you arrive, take a look at their facilities. Is it clean? Are the dogs allowed to spend time with the family, or are they kept separate from the family? Do the dogs and puppies appear to be happy and healthy? Do you see anything that makes you uneasy?
Do yourself, responsible breeders, and the breed itself a favor. Only work with responsible breeders. Do not support backyard breeders, puppy mills, or pet stores when you purchase your Yorkshire Terrier. If you know someone who owns a Yorkshire Terrier, you can ask them for a reference, and even Yorkshire Terrier breeders will direct you to other responsible breeders if they don't have the puppy that you are looking for.