Yorkie Buyers Please Beware


It is truly a sad time when there is need to write this page to warn people who are searching for a yorkie puppy for sale. Unfortunately many people were uninformed on their first attempt to adopt a yorkie puppy and to put it nicely, they got screwed.

Here are some tips to help protect yourself and tell you some warning signs you should look for and what to avoid when you are searching for a yorkie puppy to adopt. 

Please don't buy your yorkie on impulse and know who you are buying your puppy from. You will save yourself both money and heartbreak.

I’ve seen people that bought a sick puppy and now the person they bought the dog from won't answer their phone, much less refund their money.

There are three kinds of breeders: Scammers, Backyard Breeders/Puppy Mills and Quality Breeders. In most cases, none of them will want you to come to their home, but for very different reasons. In the first two cases, the condition the dogs are in and/or their living conditions are deplorable, or the pup does not exist and they are trying to sell you on a cute puppy picture stolen from the internet. For the Quality Breeder, the first consideration is the wellbeing of the mom and her babies. Some moms are stressed when strangers are in the house and this can cause milk to dry up or aggressive behavior as she seeks to protect her babies. Puppies are susceptible to many diseases that can be carried into the home with shoes. Even a small dot of bird poo on the bottom of a shoe can lead to a fatal disease that will rip through the entire litter. Additionally, there is great risk to the family and the pups with many who use the excuse of looking for a puppy to “case” your home for future breakins, or worse those who will assault you and steal the puppies to resell for profit. 

So the question is, how do you know the difference? Technology makes so much possible. Ask to face time with the breeder and puppy you are interested in. You can even ask them to show you where the puppies sleep, and both parents. Ask for photos of the breeder holding the puppy with an item you designate in their hand. Many things can be slapped on a photo that already exists, but a photo of the breeder holding the puppy with the item you identified is a far greater challenge.

Must know tips!

1.   Ask for I.D. You have no idea if the person is who they are claiming to be. So many people have bought a yorkie and were given a fake name. They had no recourse to find who really sold them their very sick dog. 

2. If you are meeting the seller in a neutral location, write down the make and model of the vehicle and the plate #.

3. Before buying a puppy from someone, do a Google search of their name, then do another search or their business name, then their phone number. Doing these Google searches will return Yelp reviews, Facebook profiles, Rip Off Reports and many times, tons of shocking information.  Right click on the puppy pictures and search them on Tineye and google. Surprising how many of those pictures are sourced from the internet. If the picture is protected so you cannot do the search, another redflag.

Please take the time to do your homework before buying your puppy and don't make an impulse purchase. Get to know the breeder, if they have a FB page, are they updating it with new pictures? Ask the breeder what vaccines have been given and at what age? Is the breeder asking you questions, or just pushing to get your money? A good breeder will want to assure her puppy is going to a good home and will interview the buyer, just as you should interview the breeder.


Many scammers will give you a US location when they are really located overseas. They promise you a purebred teacup yorkie puppy for a cheap price! (WARNING #1, no breeder can guarantee a size, so ask about the genetics of the pup. How big were the parents and ask for pictures. Reputable breeders will NEVER use words like teacup or micro, instead they will say the estimated adult size is  such and such. Does the price seem too good to be true? It probably is. Breeding Yorkies is very expensive. A breeder may invest a couple thousand dollars in a litter of one or two puppies.  Some scam artists will even go as far as to setup a website with a stolen credit card to make themselves appear to be a legitimate source to purchase a yorkie puppy!


Here are some things to watch for in yorkie puppy scams.

1.    They want payment through Western Union or through a money order.
        I promise if they are asking you for Western Union, it is a scam! They use Western Union because it cannot be traced back to them and you cannot recover your money as you would with Paypal or a credit card.
(the exception is overseas purchases where Western Union is often used)

2.    They won't let you pick up the yorkie puppy and the Yorkshire puppy must be shipped.


If you are buying a yorkie puppy for sale off the internet or are having a yorkie puppy shipped to you please do the following: 
1.    If possible, ask for references or have someone check the yorkie breeder out. Keep in mind references can always be phony. Scammers often have family members or friends give fake recommendations. And who would give you an unhappy client as a reference?

3.    Have all guarantees, contracts and papers written in agreement as to what the terms are and what recourse you have for genetic issues, or receipt of a sick puppy. (Keep in mind there are some things that can affect a puppy due to the stress of transition, such as hypoglycemia and coccidia, these are normally not covered in a contract, but indicators and how to resolve them should be clearly explained to the buyer). 

4.    Speak with the vet that the breeder is taking the yorkie to for their vet check. As the vet for any genetic issues present in the parents, and the general health of the puppies. All dogs must be vet checked before going on a plane, and should have been vet checked at least once before leaving the breeder.

5.    Have your yorkie vet checked as soon as you pick up your puppy. You should do this even before bringing them home, especially if you have another dog.

6. Are they willing to sell you a yorkie under 10 weeks of age? Most likely a BYB/Puppy Mill. Many sold under this minimum age pass away soon after receipt. No ethical breeder would risk the life of their babies.


How to avoid a yorkie puppy scam:

Beware of free or cheap yorkie puppies for sale! Yorkshire terriers are not cheap. There is a lot of time and money in yorkie puppies. If it sounds too good to be true then it usually is!

* Never purchase a yorkie puppy over the Internet without talking to the yorkie puppy breeder on the phone! Responsible Yorkshire terrier breeders will want to talk to you first too! 

* Beware of anyone promising to deliver a Yorkshire terrier puppy within so many hours of payment. Most common is 24 hours. It takes much longer to get a yorkie puppy vet checked and booked for a flight to be properly shipped.

* Ask for a vet reference. This is better than using references given to you by the yorkie breeder. A yorkie breeder can always give you names and numbers of friends and family members. If you talk with a vet this is a place of business and is more reputable. Ask the vet if this client exists and if they are a dog breeder they would recommend.

Do NOT send payment via money order or Western Union. These payment methods offer no fraud protection. It is much safer to use PayPal or a credit card. If you are scammed you can do a charge back and the credit card company will refund your money. The credit card company will then pursue legal action against the yorkie scammer.

Tips to spot a yorkie scammer posting:

Cameroon Africa. If it has to do with Cameroon it is a scam 100% of the time, no question about it!

Payment via Western Union or money order. An honest yorkie breeder will never ask for payment through Western Union. They will accept PayPal or credit cards and are in good standing with their merchant account.

~ Unable to post multiple photos of the yorkie puppy in question. Don't believe any excuse they may have not to send you photos.

~ A Yahoo email account. The majority of yorkie scammers use Yahoo for some reason.

~ An invalid phone number. Make sure you call and speak to the yorkie breeder. With Google Voice it is easy to have a phone number with any area code. If the scammer does have a phone number they generally don't answer the phone. Their bad English and accent is a dead giveaway.

~ Misspellings and awkward, backwards English. There is just something not right with the way they write and word things.

~ They often have their email watermarked on the photo of the puppy they are selling. This is to fool the classified ad, many classified ads don't allow email addresses to be posted due to so many scammers.


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