that can be high-strung and, thanks to overbreeding,
is often beset by health problems that may require expensive surgery.
The likelihood that a casual buyer will become
disenchanted when the growing Yorkie — or any purebred,
for that matter — makes increasing demands concerns
Ms. Arden urges prospective dog owners to do
extensive research before purchasing a dog, and to make sure
that they have the resources and time to devote to the animal.
(THIS IS VERY GOOD ADVICE!)
She also emphasizes that the dog should be a good fit with the
owner's lifestyle: A towering great Dane is not a good choice
for someone who lives in a small,
cramped apartment. "I would like to see people pay more
attention to the characteristics of the dog, instead to what breed
is 'the flavor of the month'
or the one being carted around by some celebrity," she says.