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The AKC Curse of Popularity – Yorkies for Sale

You can’t get much cuter than Yorkshire Terrier puppies. When they’re just eight weeks old, they’re a dazzling mix of sleek and scruffy. Since the breed is so small and their exercise needs are next to none, you can find Yorkies for sale in pet stores, classifieds, dog magazines, and online ads. And they are one of the dogs worn by famous skinny stars, which makes them very fashionable.

But most of the Yorkies for sale come from inhumane puppy mills. Due to their small size and the demand for them, they are one of the most popular breeds found in these horrible places. Puppy mills are factory farms for dogs, who are not given proper veterinary treatment, kept in stacked wire crates and immediately shot, electrocuted or drowned when their short lives are used to make puppies, which consumes a lot of energy. Those Yorkshire Terrier puppies don’t sound so cute now, do they?

The bad news is that most places that advertise Yorkies for sale source their puppies from these inhumane puppy mills. These places include all the pet stores and all the internet advertisements that will send you the puppy and ask you no questions other than your payment method. Often there will be signs in front of farms that say “Yorkies for sale” and you’ll walk right into a puppy mill. Please inform the proper authorities if you come across such a filthy place.

The good news is that Yorkies can be found for sale from licensed breeders across the country. If you specifically want a purebred Yorkshire Terrier puppy, these are the best places to go. These breeders only have a few Yorkies for sale each year as their kennels and breeding operations are run out of their homes. The smaller the number of dogs in a kennel, the more individual care they will receive.

But are you looking for Yorkies for sale because you want a companion? In that case, you should go to your local animal shelter or a Yorkshire Terrier rescue group. You probably won’t get papers with your dog, but you will get purebred Yorkshire Terrier puppies and adults. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that twenty-five percent of all abandoned dogs are purebreds.

Most of the time, these dogs are abandoned through no fault of the dog. They are there because their previous owners did not take the time to learn basic Yorkshire Terrier puppy care. They most likely bought the pup on impulse, especially since they are so trendy now, and didn’t realize what they were getting into. There are even puppies as young as six months that are abandoned due to the owner’s ignorance. But the adults are usually already neutered and (for the most part) tame. They need extensive grooming, which puts off many previous owners.

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