I am going to get a puppy, a yorkie. I can get one from a litter that only had one female,and drive 4 hours round trip to get her or pay more and get one from a litter who has litter matesand is 20 minutes away. Seems to me there are pros and cons to both. Will you help me name them. Thanks!
This is Miya our 4 lb pomapoo and Tyson our 95 lb boxer playing together
I have never had a single pup litter, but my boss has had many. I personally have never seen any difference in a well socialized pup. You have to do the socialization, and alot also depends on the way the breeder kept the pup. If they isolated it from mom with no other doggie interaction, it may not know how to be a playful puppy around other dogs.
I would also wonder why they are so cheap, or is the person near you expensive. Yorkies not only have alot of health problems, but can be very hard to housetrain. Did the expensive person do health testing, and the cheap one didn't? What about a health guarentee or contract. Price shouldn't be your biggest concern, health and proper breeding should be primary.
The only true difference I have noticed is the singleton puppy is generally more attached to human contact and less independent, also has less manners around other dogs until it is taught how to behave to them.
Unless this breeder did as i would, and use other dogs in the house to socialize and train puppy manners...bite inhibition, etc since there were no littermates to help out.
I agree that the health and contract are more important than price though.
My miniature schnauzer was a single pup. He seemed very well behaved in that environment and spent alot of time with his mother. Since I have had him we have socialized him alot and he seems the same as our other dogs in that aspect. As far as being more attached to humans due to being a singleton, I'm not sure if that is a factor. He is very attached to me, but my husbands dog is very attached to him and she was from a litter of 9. So, I don't know. Good luck with either pup you decide on.
Sometimes single pups are larger than normal due to a non competition for the milkbar. I had a 2 pup litter and both pups were tanks. I saw one at the dog show yesterday...at 6 months of age he was bigger than his full grown, full sister who is 19 months old. YIKES that's alot of Dobe.