Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is one of the most popular breeds worldwide. Despite (or maybe thanks to) their tiny size and feisty personality, they seem to make the perfect companion for a variety of households – single people and the elderly, young and not-so-young families. But just how much does a Yorkie terrier cost?
I wanted to know so I did some digging.
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Yorkshire Terrier Price
The price of Yorkie puppies ranges from $300-$800. Purebred Yorkshire Terriers with pedigree papers cost $1,200-$2,000 from American Kennel Club licensed breeders and slightly less from unlicensed breeders. Teacup Yorkies cost $1,200 – $2,000 as well.
Yorkie Mix Cost Table
|Type of Yorkie Mix||Shelter Price||Local Breeder Without Papers||Local Breeder With Papers||AKC Licensed Breeder||AKC Championship Bloodline (i.e. ancestor won AKC title)|
|Yorkshire Terrier||$100-$200||$300-$800||$800-$2000||$1200-$2000||Up to $10,000|
|Teacup Yorkie||$100-$200||$1,200-$2,000||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed|
|Biewer Terrier (rare 3 color version of Yorkie)"}”>Biewer Terrier (rare 3 color version of Yorkie)||$100-$200||$3,000-$5,000||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed|
|Chorkie (Chihuahua + Yorkie)"}”>Chorkie (Chihuahua + Yorkie)||$100-$200||$400-$800||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed|
|Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie)"}”>Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie)||$100-$200||$850-$3,600||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed||NA – Not an official Breed|
Next up let’s dive deep into why different Yorkie mixes have different costs.
The Bloodline – Costs For Purebred Yorkshire Terriers
One of the most important factors influencing the price is whether a Yorkie is a purebred or a mixed breed. That’s why you should be careful, as, unfortunately, many breeders will try to get the advantage of an unaware buyer and sell him a mix breed Yorkie for a very high price.
What’s more, you’re risking high medical expenses as well, as mixed breed Yorkies may have a lot of health issues that will come after some time. The most expensive are pups of an aristocratic pedigree, and American Kennel Club champions.
In general, the more titles won by the lineage, the more expensive the puppy. So if you don’t care about the titles, and you’re not planning to become a breeder yourself, you may reconsider, as these pups can cost as much as $10,000.
If it’s a purebred Yorkie, he will need to have the right documentation as proof. Registration documents provide you with an insight into a puppy’s bloodline, as well as his name, kennel number, his siblings, parents, and a breeder.
American Kennel Club can give documents that are among the most respectable in the world, but there are also other registries. Such a document is a guarantee of a Yorkie’s health condition; that’s why Yorkies with papers tend to cost more than those without. The average price of a good Yorkie with papers is around $1,200-$2,000, while Yorkies without papers are usually under $1,200, but you have to be more careful with those.
Of course, even the healthiest purebred parents can produce a sickly puppy, and each defect should lower the price. There are some issues that you can deal with and give a home to a puppy that normally wouldn’t have a chance for one, but you should stay cautious. Some breeders may be aware of their pup’s health problems, but as long as they are not visible to everyone, they will try to hide them.
Make sure to ask enough questions if you come across a purebred puppy that comes from a good breeder, but the price is around $1,000. Inquire about the parents, the birth, and any medical conditions. It’s best always to visit the breeder, see their other dogs, and the environment they live in. Also, remember to check reviews if there are any available online.
The most reputable breeders are those who breed dogs with the best bloodline, aristocratic pedigree, and champion titles. If there’s a lot of information about a breeder, they are probably trustworthy, but when you find one that has no opinions online, you should be careful, even if it’s a little inbreeding.
When it comes to their looks, of course, they need to look well and healthy, but two factors influence the price of a Yorkie: their coat and size. There are standard Yorkie colors, plus, he needs to be silky and smooth. If it’s a bit coarse, the price will be lower. When it comes to size, for some reason, the smaller the Yorkie, the higher the price.
Yorkies are generally 4-7 Ibs, but tiny ones are in fashion right now. You have to be careful, though, as some breeders may sell you small dogs that aren’t even real Yorkies. There’s also something called a Teacup Yorkie, but they are extremely attached to their mothers and require a lot of attention, therapy, and training if taken away.
Also see our article on temperament – Are Yorkies Good With Kids?
How much should you spend on a Yorkie?
The prices vary. You don’t need to spend $10,000 if you only want a best friend that will stay in relatively good health. In general, you need to spend at least $300-$800 to buy a Yorkie. However, remember that in the case of dogs, in most cases, you get what you pay for.
It is possible to find a healthy, purebred Yorkie for a low price, but it is rather rare, so if a chosen deal seems too good to be true, be sure to inquire, as you may be right. Then, you can always consider adoption.
Not all Yorkies end up with good breeders and loving owners, so it’s not unusual to find a rescue Yorkie that can be adopted for as low as $100, or nothing at all. You should know that you will probably be dealing with other issues, but it’s always great to give a loving home to someone less fortunate, especially a dog.