If you are in the market for a Yorkie, it won’t take you long to discover that the Yorkshire Terrier is an expensive breed: reputable breeders can charge anywhere from $800 to $10,000 for each pup.
And because Yorkies belong to the ‘toy group’, the female typically only whelps 1-4 puppies at a time (which is in contrast to larger breeds, which can birth upwards of a dozen puppies at a time). So if you are on the hunt for Yorkie, read more below about the different elements that play a factor in how Yorkies are priced.
How much do yorkies cost with papers?
In order for a dog to be considered purebred, his lineage must be documented through a recognized breed registry. In the U.S., the most well-known, reputable, and popular breed registry is the American Kennel Club. Other breed registries exist, but none is as selective as the AKC.
If you are searching for a Yorkie that is pedigreed, then finding a breeder with AKC registered puppies is the first step. AKC registered puppies are undoubtedly the most expensive out there, but that’s not to say that you cannot find a healthy, loving companion for a lesser price that is not as expensive as a true purebred.
The cost for a purebred Yorkie with AKC registration varies drastically based on the many factors below, but on average, an AKC licensed breeder will charge around $1200 and $1500 and up per puppy. Additionally most breeders request a non-refundable deposit (of around $200-$300) during the application process.
The $10,000 price tag mentioned above is usually unheard of for a typical person looking for a companion animal. Usually, this price tag is only associated with the most elite bloodlines that will be used in champion-line breeding or as a show dog in the most exclusive competitions.
How much do yorkies cost without papers?
A pet quality pup will cost you $300 – $800 and up. One of the best ways to spot a backyard breeder is based on the price of the puppy. While reputable AKC breeders charge around $1200 – $1500 for a typical companion Yorkie, backyard breeders usually range on the lower end and are always more than willing to negotiate on price if they feel a sale is likely.
Even if you are looking for a pet without any papers, be sure to go with reputable breeder who does not cut any corners when it comes to puppy’s health. Since Yorkies are prone to many health issues you want to be sure you are getting a healthy puppy. Paying a little more upfront will save you more in the long run in veterinary bills.
If you aspire to own a Yorkie and wish to avoid disreputable breeders, but the price is a little too high, consider rescuing a Yorkie. Whereas you may come out several thousand dollars to purchase a Yorkie from a breeder, respected adoption and rescue organizations instead charge an adoption fee that can range from as little $100 to $800. While it would nice for recue organizations to simply give the dogs away to good homes, they of course have to cover their operating costs, facilities, and supplies. Read more here about finding a Yorkie for little or no money.
How much do teacup yorkies cost?
Breeders often use the tagline “teacup” as a means to charge a higher price for a puppy, but in actuality, you should pay less for this undersized dog because it does not conform to the breed standard and will inevitably cost you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in vet bills. Online breeders attempt take advantage of those who are unaware that teacup Yorkies are not a true breed of dog, and can charge upwards up $2500-$5000 for these miniature pups.
If you are in search for a petite Yorkie, do your research and find a reputable breeder—if they use the term “teacup”, it would best to avoid them and go with a breeder who acknowledges the health risks associated with breeding tiny dogs. You will be able to find a smaller Yorkie that still conforms to the breed standard. Just remember that anything smaller than 4 lbs means the puppy is likely inbred, and this lack of genetic variation can lead to a suppressed immune system, physical mutations, and behavioral problems.