Most professional breeders breed for the standard, which is 4-7 pounds. Occasionally one will come along that is smaller or larger, but that is unusual. They are ready for their forever home no sooner than 12 weeksof age. A professional breeder will only permit limited registration (which means the puppy may not be used for breeding).
You should always ask for a copy of your breeder's health guarantee. Yorkie puppies are usually not placed in homes where there are big dogs or very small children, and a home with an adequately fenced yard (even the smallest gaps must be plugged or screened is preferable to keep the puppy from escaping).
Professionally bred Yorkie puppies will already have a microchi, at least two puppy shots, two wormings, a fecal test and a complete health exam by a veterinarian. References (ideally from your vet) and at least one visit in person from a prospective buyer may be required before a decision is made regarding the best possible homes.
From the age of 6 weeks on, Yorkie puppies should be allowed to roam freely for periods of about 45 minutes to an hour three times a day.Frequent play sessions with family and visitors to the home will ensure that the puppy is well-socialized. The puppies should have contact with other Yorkies of varying ages, and if possible, a cat. All puppies should be handled affectionately and talked to delightedly several times a day.
In addition to daily handling, well-bred Yorkie puppies may also have had early neurological stimulation, a technique recommended by Dr. Carmen Battaglia of the AKCin his two-day Breeding Better Dogs seminar. Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the stimulation exercises.
The benefits noted were:
- Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
- Stronger heart beats
- Stronger adrenal glands
- More tolerance to stress
- Greater resistance to disease.
You can read more about the beneficial effects of early neurological stimulation at breedingbetterdogs.com
or you can download a pdf of the article here.
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