Why Are Yorkies So Expensive

The Cost of Raising Yorkies
yorkies for adoption
I think it's safe to say that most of us are not rich, and we all appreciate a good deal. Why not? Blowing money unnecessarily is just a waste, and most of us enjoy finding a bargain even if we can afford to spend more. When shopping for cars, electronics, furniture or even a pet, frugal living is the way of the wise these days. So, why the big deal about shopping around when looking for a Yorkshire Terrier puppy? The price that you pay for a healthy well-bred yorkie puppy is minimal compared to the cost of raising, owning and veterinarian costs for the life of a dog that's ill-bred and sickly.
"The bitterness of a poor-quality dog will linger long after the sweetness of a cheap price is forgotten."
You Get What You Pay For!

Terrier Collage

These are 3 Yorkshire terrier puppies that have a close relationship.When trying to determine if you are really buying a Yorkshire Terrier puppy it's best to look at the parents. One of these is a Yorkshire Terrier, Silky terrier and Australian terrier puppy. The Silky Terrier and Australian terrier puppy are often mistaken for a Yorkshire Terrier. They all stem from a similar background but the misconception that they are one breed because of the remarkable similarity in their appearance...is one that becomes very apparent as the puppy grows and the quality and characteristics become more apparent and nothing compares to a true Yorkshire Terrier.
Silky Terrier
Silky Terrier Yorkie
Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
Australian Terrier
Australian Terrier Yorkie
Silky Terrier
Silky Terrier Yorkie

How to Tell The Difference
Silkys tend to be a larger dog than the Yorkie – Yorkies up to 7 lbs and Silkys roughly 8 to 12 lbs. Silkys have a longer muzzle and a longer back. Both breeds can have a distinctly terrier temperaments and can take over their owners households – so both breeds require owners who can be very kind, but very firm. Silkies have flatter, wedge-shaped skulls, almond shaped eyes, and slightly longer muzzles. Silkies are sturdier dogs, and at around 10 - 12 lbs, Silkies are larger than Yorkies, with a mature height ranging between 9 and10 inches at the shoulder. Their heads and muzzles are larger, and backs longer.. Silkies are slightly more aggressive in nature than Yorkies, and hence training them requires a little patience and a firm hand. Yorkies have a dome/ round shaped skull, and medium-sized round eyes. Their muzzles are comparatively shorter. Yorkies are tiny "toy" dogs, with fine bone structure and weigh around 6 - 7 pounds. Silky Terriers came from breeding a Australian terrier to a Yorkshire Terriers to produce a hardy dog (much like the Aussie) with a silky single coat (much like the Yorkie) called a Silky Terrier.  The Silky will weigh approximately 10 pounds while the Australian Terrier weighs in closer to 18 pounds.The Yorkshire and Silky have similar coats in that it is a single coat (much like human hair). The Australian Terrier has the broken coat (coarse with undercoat) common to most terriers. The Yorkshire and Silky coats do not shed while the Australian Terrier will shed the undercoat about twice a year. The Silky and Australian Terriers have ears which stand erect on top of the head while the Yorkshire ears are erect but may flare more to each side of the head.

The Silky and Australian Terriers are quite similar in temperaments, a true terrier!! A Yorkshire is a ‘small’ terrier but does like to be a pampered ‘pillow’ dog whereas the Silky and Aussie are more independent in nature.


It has been said that exceptional quality is not expensive, It's PRICELESS!.

 Ever heard the saying, "You get what you pay for"? Yeah, well, the pet dog industry is one place you won't find a better example of the prudence of that advice. Quality in the Yorkie world can range anywhere from absolute crap to jaw-dropping fantastic - and everywhere in between. And although it may not always be this way, in most cases you're going to get exactly what you pay for. Do Not Buy From Pet Store or USDA Commercial Kennel Breeders This is what you get
True Cost Of a Litter of Puppies
tiny teacup yorkie puppy being hand fed
Breeding Quality Puppies IS NOT Cheap! The " ACTUAL" cost that goes into having a litter can be huge for any breeder.

WHAT A BREEDER CHARGES FOR THEIR PUPPIES- WHY ARE YOUR PUPPIES SO EXPENSIVE?

I think it's safe to say that most of us are not rich, and we all appreciate a good deal. Why not? Blowing money unnecessarily is just a waste, and most of us enjoy finding a bargain even if we can afford to spend more. When shopping for cars, electronics, furniture or even a pet, frugal living is the way of the wise these days. So, why the big deal about shopping around when looking for a puppy? The price that you pay for a healthy well-bred puppy is minimal compared to the cost of raising, owning and veterinarian costs for the life of a dog that's ill-bred and sickly.

"The bitterness of a poor-quality dog will linger long after the sweetness of a cheap price is forgotten."

Ever heard the saying, "You get what you pay for"? Yeah, well, the pet dog industry is one place you won't find a better example of the prudence of that advice. Quality in the breeding world can range anywhere from absolute crap to jaw-dropping fantastic - and everywhere in between. And although it may not always be this way, in most cases you're going to get exactly what you pay for.

Quality has never been cheap and buying a quality puppy definitely is not! You are going to have to expect to pay more than just a few hundred dollars to buy from a responsible breeder. It is important to remember though that just because you are paying a large price for a puppy it does not mean it is quality. There are several factors that go into the price of buying a puppy from a good breeder. The ever increasing price of top notch veterinary care is one of the main reasons, many breeders spend thousands upon thousands each year at the vets. Not to mention the money that goes into a breeders breeding stock, high quality diets, prenatal exams, pregnancy x-rays, supplements, emergency veterinary care, c-sections, assisted whelping when complications arise, vaccinations for adults and the puppies, health testing, routine blood-work, dental cleanings, veterinary exams/health checks for each puppy at least twice, sometimes 3 times! If you can imagine this is just the short list of costs, but it gives you an idea!

A responsible breeder rarely breeds a female more than twice a year and due to the fact that small breeds have such small litters usually only 2 if your lucky 3 puppies. Now divide all those expenses by the number of puppies and even at $1,800 most Responsible breeders are lucky if they even break even. (Responsible breeders of any breed are lucky to break even) Also, toy breeds are hard to breed due to their small size often requiring C-sections and vet assistance.

Well bred dogs are expensive to breed. Even poorly bred toy dogs are not cheap to breed. The dam often needs a c-section for the birth that can cost $1,000 or more the average c-section cost approximately $1,800. Plus there is care for the dam during pregnancy and after birth. If they do it right there is health/genetic testing before breeding. The average litter can cost $2,500+ or so to breed by the time all is said and done. If there is only 1 or 2 pups in the litter as is often the case with toy dogs even at $1,000 the breeder is often taking a big loss. Any purebred dog is going to be expensive.

When you purchase a dog through a reputable breeder, you have to remember that the breeder has already spent a good amount of money on veterinary care for the mother and the pups, and that is reflected in the price of the puppy. Pre-breeding health checks for both parents, stud fees, prenatal care, initial vet visits, shots, worming, food, and all the other things that the breeder takes care of long before you ever get to bring your puppy home--these things cost a lot of money.

It has been said that exceptional quality is not expensive, It's PRICELESS!

So What is a breeder's time worth? It is estimated that the average breeder spends 120 hours per month caring for their dogs and pups. This 120 hours cannot be scheduled around other obligations; other obligations must be scheduled around your puppies. The small size of toy breed puppies make them extremely susceptible to hypoglycemia and instant death during the first three months of life if they are not cared for properly. So, having a litter of puppies for any breeder pretty much takes a considerable chunk of time and independence from your life. A good breeder will carefully screen and interview all potential buyers to ensure that their puppies get placed in only the best homes. They will also offer support to the puppy's new family to make sure that they are properly prepared to care for the puppy, and they will stay available to help out any purchasers in need, even if it means accepting the puppy back into their home if problems arise. Look at it as an investment in your emotional health you couldn't get any mental health professional to treat you daily for the next 15 years for $1800-$2500.

Any good breeders hope is that people who are willing to pay for a puppy will hopefully provide a very good home. That they have thought about the how much time it takes to potty train a puppy, the cost of veterinarian care, food, treats toys, and how much care, grooming, attention and basic training a puppy needs. Hopefully the new adoptive family will have researched and read about the breed they are choosing to add to their new family. The puppy they purchase will be worth every single penny.
Hand Raising yorkie puppy

Many toy breed dogs are very high maintenance, fragile, tender and the best emotional investment for the right family which is priceless!Good puppies start long before their parents are bred. Both the sire and dam need constant care, or conditioning, to produce the best offspring. This means regular veterinary care, screening for genetic problems, pre-breeding health tests, regular exercise and good nutrition.

It also means maintaining your dog's mental health. Stressed animals can experience fertility problems. Many breeders swear by the belief that the dam's temperament affects the puppies - good puppies come from good mothers. Consequently, they avoid breeding shy or unstable dogs. The Cost to Raise a Litter of Puppies I personally feel NO BREEDER SHOULD EVER have to explain or justify their prices. Quality dogs are expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, and expensive to breed. Much goes into breeding of dogs and the price a breeder is asking for their puppies is up to their discretion. Whether it's $500 or $2500 every breeder knows what they've invested into their dogs, how much they've paid, and the quality they are producing, registration, and their actual litter expenses. When looking at purchasing a puppy you can't just consider the cost of the puppy but a breeders overall expenses to just obtain that litter.

Exceptional Quality Is Not Expensive, It's Priceless!

"There is only one Happiness in Life, To Love and Be Loved." A TRUE BREEDER is not in it for financial gain, puts their WHOLE HEART into and risking it being hurt but at the same time could not see their life without it all, the good, the bad, and the beautiful IT IS WORTH EVERY MINUTE OF IT! A Breeder will be challenged A TRUE BREEDER will overcome "The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared the pain of never risking love."
Michigan Yorkies Puppy Breeder

What is a breeder's time worth? Time and Dedication
It is estimated that the average breeder spends 120 hours per month caring for their Yorkies and pups. This 120 hours cannot be scheduled around other obligations; other obligations must be scheduled around your puppies. The small size of Yorkie puppies make them extremely susceptible to hypoglycemia and instant death during the first three months of life if they are not cared for properly. So, having a litter of Yorkies pretty much takes a considerable chunk of time and independence from your life. A good breeder will carefully screen and interview all potential buyers to ensure that their puppies get placed in only the best homes. They will also offer support to the puppy's new family to make sure that they are properly prepared to care for the Yorkie, and they will stay available to help out any purchasers in need, even if it means accepting the puppy or full-grown Yorkie back into their home if problems arise. Look at it as an investment in your emotional health you couldn't get any mental health professional to treat you daily for the next 15 years for $1800-$2500.
Finding the Perfect Home
My hope is that people who are willing to pay for a Yorkshire Terrier will provide a very good home. That they have thought long and hard, researched and read about Yorkies and other dogs before deciding on a Yorkshire and the puppy they purchase will be worth every single penny. Not just anyone can walk up, pick up a Yorkie and take it home. They are high maintenance, fragile, tender and the best emotional investment for the right family which is priceless!
NO BREEDER SHOULD EVER have to explain or justify their prices. Quality dogs are expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, and expensive to breed. Much goes into breeding of Yorkies and the price a breeder is asking for their puppies is up to their discretion. Whether it's $500 or $2500 every breeder knows what they've invested into their dogs, how much they've paid, and the quality they are producing, and their actual litter expenses. When looking at purchasing a puppy you can't just consider the cost of the puppy but a breeders overall expenses to just obtain that litter.