How Much Does a Yorkshire Terrier Cost?

Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies for short, have been around for about two centuries, with the first record of appearance at around 1861. 

Thanks to their small, graceful frame that makes them easy to carry around, it’s not a wonder that celebrities rush in to have one.

Their popularity and cute appearance earned them a #9 ranking in “Most Popular Dog Breeds in the US” published by the American Kennel Club.

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Yorkies normally weigh around 4-7 pounds and a lifespan of around 12-15 years, provided that they are healthy and certified purebred when you received them.

Want a Yorkie? Pay up!

A Yorkshire terrier price can depend on various factors such as age, gender, and documentation, among others. If you plan to get one from a reputable breeder, expect to shell out around $1,000 to $3,000 for a regular Yorkshire terrier puppy on the average.

Of course, this price range only covers the purchasing of the dog itself. It does not include the expenses from keeping it alive and well for the next 12 to 15 years.

But you can still find as cheap as $400 for an 8 week old Yorkie puppy up to as expensive as $4,000 for a 9-week old that includes shipping fee at

One-Time Expenses

Once bought, there are some things you need to take care of financially. Thankfully, they can only be a problem at one given time.

  • Shelter to sleep or hide

Yorkshire terriers are proven to be difficult to housetrain. Because of their quaint appearance and cute frame, most homeowners let their misdemeanors slide. As the Yorkies grow, they will find that it is okay to thrash around your home. In this instance, crate training them is a better option than leaving them roaming around and destroy your possessions.

A typical Yorkie grows up to 8 or 9 inches from the shoulder to the ground. Your crate, then, must be 4-5 inches above its shoulders in order for it to move freely. Better yet, bring your pooch when you do crate shopping for you to have an idea if the chosen crate is good for it.

For your crate shopping, a decent crate would cost you around $15 to $60 depending on the size and materials used. The crate must not be too small that your dog cannot stand and move around inside, and not too large that it can take a potty on the other side of the crate and ignore it by moving on the other side.

  • Transportation costs to visit and bring the Yorkie

Choosing a reputable dog breeder may require you to travel across states just to check the quality of its breeding practices and the quality of the dog itself. Some breeders insist on transporting the Yorkie themselves in order to see your living conditions in which the pooch they labored and cared for will be staying for the rest of its life.

Others prefer hiring a pet transport system. Some travel services charge as much as $350 for air travel across the continental US, and it could shoot up to $950 for international flights.

In any case, consider the transportation costs involved in visiting the breeders’ area and in taking the Yorkie home. That includes fuel and fees for the transport system.

  • Papers to prove the Yorkie is legit

If the breeder you chose has not taken care of this yet, you might need to do it yourself. Or better yet, you have to question why it has not been done since official papers can solidly certify that the Yorkie is purebred.

It is important to note that undocumented Yorkies cost significantly less than documented ones–usually ranging up to $800.

Care and Maintenance Expenses

These include the things that your pooch needs in order to have a great quality of life under your care.

  • Food

The food cost you may incur for taking care of a Yorkie varies greatly. One, you have to choose if you prefer giving wet or dry food. The former, of course, would be more expensive to maintain in the long run because it would require a huge amount of wet food to give the daily nutritional requirements a Yorkie needs compared to dry food. For Yorkies, feeding them both may stop them from being picky eaters upon growing up.

The brand you choose may affect food cost as well. The more meat it contains, the higher the quality and the price. The good news is that at a little over than $10 up to $40, you can buy a decent bag of dry dog food, usually 7 to 10 lbs. pack that can last for about a month.

  • Veterinary care

If you got your Yorkie from a reputable dog breeder, chances are, it has completed rounds of vaccination against popular viruses and illnesses, including rabies. However, the shots may need to be maintained every 3-5 years depending on the season. These initial shots may cost you around $60 for the 5-in-1 (DAP + Parvo) vaccine, depending on the clinic.

Yorkies are prone to joint problems because of their tiny limbs in proportion to their frame. If fed too much, their legs might find it difficult to support them. Checkups to prevent them may require you to shell out as much as $40 to $60 depending on the veterinarian’s experience and quality of service.

As for spaying or neutering your dog, prepare $200 for the former and as much as $435 for the latter.

  • Cleaning supplies

Yorkies do not magically maintain their long mane all by themselves. Their hair is just like human hair; it must be brushed and cleaned. For this, you may need to give them a bath a week or as frequently as needed (if you bring them outside almost all the time, you need to bathe them more often).

A dog shampoo made from hypoallergenic ingredients can do the trick. However, be careful in choosing the brand. If the Yorkie developed an allergic reaction, switch it immediately. A good quality shampoo may start from $10 to $30 depending on the brand.

After bathing, brush their hair gently using a wide-tooth comb. Tangles can be a nuisance especially if the Yorkie loves skipping around the house. They might end up stuck at furniture or objects lying around. You can already buy one at only $10.

  • Miscellaneous

Yorkies may require only a small amount of exercise. Experts say that a 15-minute walk around the apartment or outside is enough for them. However, this does not mean that you should scrimp on the non-food supplies such as toys, harness, collars, and food bowls.

Choosing a dog toy may vary greatly on the Yorkie’s personality. Are they a biting type? A cuddly type? Do they love playing Fetch? Do they prefer moving around a lot or sit in one corner? Whatever their personality, finding the perfect toy is a must. Most dog owners rarely acknowledge it, but toys are an essential part of a dog’s growth and development.

Depending on the type of dog toy and the quality, prices may range from $1 to $45. The higher the price, the more assured you are that your Yorkie would not choke on them.

Yorkshire terriers are also good walking dogs despite their small appearance. However, this same quality they have makes them prone to bullying from older, bigger dogs. In this case, buying a secure harness gives you an opportunity to pull them away from a potential bloodshed from dog fights. A harness with a good quality can set you back about $13 to $22.

In choosing a dog harness, make sure to have one that avoids their throats and does not require being attached to the dog collar. Yorkies are prone to collapsed trachea because of their small frame.

Why So Expensive?

Thinking that shelling out $2,000 for a Yorkie is too much? Here are some factors that made the Yorkshire terrier cost like that:

  • Age

Buying it young is relatively more expensive because of the preliminary costs of vaccines, paperwork, and keeping it alive. Young Yorkies are very much prone to accidents and illnesses because of their fragile bodily systems and tiny frame.

  • Gender

Maintaining a female Yorkie is more expensive than a male one because of reproductive issues. Aside from spaying, females who are about to become mothers need more rigorous care from the time they carry their babies until the lactating stage.

  • Pedigree

As mentioned earlier, the more accomplished the parents, the more expensive the offspring because of their genetics.

  • Location of the Breeder

Some breeders may live far from you which could shoot up your transportation costs. As previously mentioned, visiting the breeder and checking out the puppies before buying is a must before splurging on a Yorkie in order to get your money’s worth.

Already Bought One? Here are Some Tips!

Before bringing your Yorkie home, make sure that your house is ready to welcome your new baby. That means laying down where the food bowls are, the crate or sleeping area, and the toys. If you have other pets, do not introduce the Yorkie immediately. Give it some time to adjust to the new environment before bringing in actual companions.

Now that you know the possible expenses you may incur for veterinary care, have an emergency fund specifically for your pet. Yorkies are very much susceptible to illnesses and bone problems, so having a special fund for them may keep you from being surprised when accidents happen.

Finally, make sure that the whole family approves of bringing a Yorkie home. Pets can sense fear and hostility, making them stressed and anxious. Ensuring that the household approves of it increases the chances of it growing up happy and healthy.

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