Before You Buy a Puppy
You are ready for the new baby doll Yorkie. You should spend some time researching the breed you want to purchase. Start shopping for supplies you will need. I have made up a list for that as well. This will help you be prepared of the arrival of your new puppy. Here is a list of questions that you may want to ask. Some may seem important while other you can accept. Some of these maybe answered in the ad for on the website. Be prepared when you call, know what you want to ask and view the website if possible before you call.
How old is the puppy and Date of Birth (puppies can not be sold less than 8 weeks of age)
Is the puppy vaccinated? (puppies get a series of vaccination (6-8wks) ((9-12wks) and (14-16 weeks) rabies are given at 16 weeks old) If a puppy if 12 weeks old they should have received 2 sets. All puppies need 3 sets of vaccinations.
What vaccines are given? They should also include Bordetella and leptospirosis. If your breeder does not give these. It is best to check with your veterinarian to get more information. Depending on age they may need another leptorspirosis vaccine after you have purchased the puppy. consult your vet if this is needed.
What other breeds do you have (If they breed several breeds, I would move on. You can’t improve the breed it you have so many different breeds)
What are the health concerns in this breed.
Are the Parents on site?
Can I pick up my puppy? (Even if you can’t, ask. You want to be able to see where the puppy lives and Parents.)
Are the Parents Licenses through the county?
Do you Micro Chips or Tattoo your adults? (This is just a commitment to the Adult dogs.)
Will I get a Health Certificate from the vet or Vet Exam? (some states require a health cert such as Florida) Check your state & county laws. If the puppy is shipped to you the Vets name and license will be on the health certificate. Call the vet to make sure the puppy was examined.
What health Screening, Test or Certification do you do on your Adult dogs? (I have asked this question, some do nothing, but give vaccinations)
What is your protocol for worming, including heart worm treatment? (I put this for a breeder noted that they don’t treat for heart worm prevention.. Ouch! Ask your vet about that one)
Think about what type of dog you want. Do you want a lap dog or do you want a dog that wants to get up and go?
Most important trust your instinct. If the breeder is too busy to answer questions, short or pushy, move on.