Post # 1
First I want to thank some of you for eduacting me about adoption. My Darling Husband and I will be getting a dog next year and I thought becuase I wanted a maltese puppy (or some mix of one) that I would have to buy one. We are just in the initial stages of research but because of all you, I discovered Petfinder and other adoption choices. Thanks!
But this question is for my Best Friend. She wants a Yorki and she is getting one soon. I told her about WB but she says she cant find any dog she wants from adoption so she is going to buy one.
She has found a breeder online and a local petstore that she has been researching…. here is my question.
Without judging her, since I tried to change her mind and I couldn’t…. which is better? She thinks the breeder because they are more reputable (dont know where she got the info from) but after reading all about that on WB., I would think the pet store, at least then the dog wont be shipped here and she would get to spend time with the dog first.
Post # 3
I have a thing about pet stores.
Post # 4
Breeder. The pet store is a the WORST option. It’s second to buying from a puppy mill.
Post # 5
Definitely NOT the petstore! Pretty much all pet store puppies are from puppy mills.
There is nothing wrong with buying from a REPUTABLE breeder. This means the person health tests their dogs, usually works them in some venue (conformation, agility, herding, etc), only breeds the dogs to further the breed, taking into account structure and temperament (and not just to make more “pets”), will take the dog back at any time, etc. Definitely a milion times better than a pet store!
Post # 6
Gosh I’m very anti pet store bc so so many do come from puppy mills…. Makes me sad!!
How long has your friend been looking? There are so many dogs out there needing homes that I’d exhaust all efforts of adoption first.
But if your friend is wanting to buy a dog I’d never buy from a breeder without you going to the home and seeing the condition the dog came from…. There are a lot of back yard breeders that have dogs in horrible conditions as well!!
Please tell your friend to do her homework with whatever option she chooses!
Post # 7
Sorry all… I should have added this…
The Breeder also sells Morkis, (she is considering one of those pups too) which I read on here makes them not a reputable Breeder. That is where my hesitation came from.
But still better than a pet store?
Post # 8
I definitely suggest the breeder BUT there are yorki breeders freaking everywhere, she can’t find one locally? She really should try to find out if there are any full breeds up for adoption, there are often a good amount of full breeds in the shelters. I don’t suggest having one shipped at all
Post # 9
A reputable breeder where she can she how the pup has been raised and handled ( hopefully in a home) and preferable meet the parents. Pet stores puppies usually come from puppy mills, especially those high demand little dogs.
Post # 10
She needs to keep looking.
Post # 11
Selling “designer” dogs is generally a sign that it’s not a very good breeder, yes. However if that was the ONLY choice, I’d still buy from them and not a pet store.
Has she tried contacting breeders in your area from the club website? That’s usually a good place to start. I just found this googling: http://www.ytca.org/breeder3a.html Even if they don’t have puppies currently, they can usually point you in the direction of someone who does.
Post # 12
@nonapkns: Yes, but I would still never buy a dog from a breeder I have no met. Most reputable breeders will not ship dogs.
I’m not sure why she needs to go the online route. Yorki’s are very commonly bred dogs and breeders can be found in every state.
Post # 13
Cant she find a local breeder who wouldnt have to ship? Or one that she can drive to? Do NOT get a puppy from a pet store. look up puppy mills. That’s where most, if not all, pet store puppies come from. They dont care about the health of puppies and they dont care who their puppies go to, as long as they have the $$. Buying a puppy from a pet store insures that more puppies are born in deplorable conditions with multiple health problems and genetic disorders.
A dog is a long term commitment. Doing ones research and finding a reputable breeder is a must. I dont think a five hour drive in each direction (for example) is much to ask for the best shot at the perfect puppy! Reputable breeders will let you see the puppies before they are ready to leave mom.
Post # 14
A Morki? There is no such breed. A Morki is a mutt with a fancy name and most likely a big price tag. Honestly, a dog from that breeder would be a tiny step above a pet store dog. Please tell your friend to look at reputable breeders if she won’t adopt a rescue dog. A reputable breeder only breeds for the betterment of the breed, not just for the money.
Post # 15
Breeder is better than pet store, but there are soooo many yorkie or maltese mixes in shelters. She should really keep looking to adopt.
Post # 16
She lives in LA, so yeah don’t really know why the breeder she found is so far away…. cheaper? Money really isnt a issue for her
I will have to ask her.