While we are on the topic of scams with online shopping for Yorkies, the best defense tool you can have is an understanding of what tricks are out there. That way you will be able to spot a trap and get you and your wallet out of the situation before things go wrong for you. Here are 4 of the most common online scams when it comes to Yorkie adoption especially through online platforms.
The Pure Bloodline Scam
This is a common one and preys on the desire for high quality and purity. Unfortunately, not every Yorkie marketed as a pure breed is pure. Fortunately, there are several ways to spot a mutt.
The coat pattern is the easiest way and if the dog is advertised as pure does not have the black/blue and gold/tan combination then you are probably getting scammed.
The Ghost Puppy Scam
This is a very unfortunate one because you don’t even end up with a Yorkie to console you. Ghost scams are usually run on Facebook pages and online ad forums. The advertiser will usually post photos of a Yorkie and quote a specific price.
They are usually very flexible with bargains and might even slash the price by half.
However, the moment you make your payment they disappear.
The best way to spare yourself is to only work with reputable businesses whether it is a breeder or a shelter, and never pay until you have the dog in your hands.
Hidden Health Complications
Sometimes, the quality of the Yorkie promised does not exactly live up to your expectations. You might end up with a pure breed with more health issues and skin problems than you were prepared for.
This usually happens when the purchase process does not involve genuine health checkups. This will end up costing you more in terms of health expenses down the line.
Unethical Breeding Scams
This is not exactly a scam but it is something to look out for. Unethical breeding is a problem in the Yorkie trade business as breeders try and feed the demand for trendier and rarer types of the breed. For the sake of a clean conscience and the general safety of Yorkies, it is best to go with ethically bred options.