We talked to four yorkie breeders yesterday regarding a puppy,and all of them had CKC(continental kennel club) registrations,and no AKC.Is that common? They were charging from 400 to 950 for a puppy,which seems alot for a non registerable puppy (AKC).Yes,I just want a truck dog,and will probably neuter her....but I would like a pure bred Yorkie.$65 would get me something from the pound.
AKC applies certain standards--requirements for recordkeeping and identification, and in some cases inspection of breeders' premises. ConKC (not to be confused with the Canadian Kennel Club) does not, as far as I know. Lack of AKC registration raises the question, "why?" I would ask. AKC's politics have turned some people off, but I don't know that breeders would leave for that reason.
More to the point, though--if you want to get a healthy dog, I'd do a little research on the problems typical of the breed (I bet your vet could tell you; I know they get "dry eye" which is somewhat annoying and costly to deal with). Then ask breeders what health issues they're concerned with and what they've done on behalf of trying to supply you with a healthy puppy. Listen to the answers and try to decide if they're BS or not.
It occurs to me to wonder if AKC has shot themselves in the foot with limited registration. People who want to breed and sell puppies may get a dog on Limited reg. and apply for ConKC papers on the puppies. Oops--a bigger market share to the other guys.
If you really like the Yorkie, find a rescue in the area. It will cost a little more than a pound dog but it should be already spay and up to date on shots. You might want to look at a little bigger breed though, maybe a corgi something that can handle a hit from a large dog or in case it gets under foot.
You might inquire with this gentleman who is in the Yorky rescue in LA.
421 Camp Bistno Road
Doyline LA, 71023
Gotta tell you-I pet sit for two who I absolutely love!!!but housebreaking just does not happen, and they can be fragile.
I want a shiz tsu for my little dog:)
Continental Kennel Club...is code word for puppy mill, big or small.
Go to the local shelter, you save a dog.
We got an Auss. Terrier from a Humane Society in Northern WI. This lil' bitch ROCKS, will catch a live duck chases, the 4 wheeler, and swims in the pond.
Chihuahuas think they are labs! This one runs with the pack of little ones AND big ones. And she fits quite nicely on the top of the seat back like a cat. One of her other nice attributes is she can also be used as a diversion during training. Of course, the dog has to know the drill before you add the diversion! LOL....
I only know one Yorkie. She lives in the neighborhood and every time she gets near my dog, a 2.5 year old BLM, she attacks him. I stepped in between them one time just because I was afraid Indy was going to have had enough of this, and she bit me on the leg!!!! Her owners walk her on one of those extendable leashes and do nothing when she comes after us. I think they believe its funny, and of course because it is so small and fragile, I don't kick or hit. Now we just stay far far away!!!!
Dedeye, I like the idea of the chihuaha (sp)! My old pet lab had a best buddy (Pedro, original huh?) that probably weighed no more than 10 pounds. My dog was 90, and neither one ever hurt the other!