Want to adopt a Yorkieor Yorkiemix ? These dogs are in your area!
Yorkie911 Rescue, Inc. says:
There are many things about Yorkshire Terriers that adopters need to take into consideration. Yorkies are wonderful dogs but not for everyone. They are one of the most affectionate breeds I have ever had the pleasure of being owned by but at the same time, can be difficult to handle. We often joke that they are like little Rottweilers as they think they are big dogs.
These are just a few of the things I discuss with potential adopters:
(1) They are notoriously difficult to housebreak.
(2) They’re prone to bad teeth (need dentals regularly after age 2) & bad knees (luxating patellas sometimes require surgery)
(3) They tend to attach to one person in the household and become protective over them
(4) They are better with older children (age 8+)
(5) They can be very vocal
(6) They need regular grooming
With all that being said, I cannot picture my life without Yorkies. They make me laugh on a daily basis. Watching them play with each other is like watching a comedy show.
Yorkies are not the foo-foo dogs people think they are. They were bred with a purpose - to kill small things that move quickly. These dogs are not good with small children. For everyone's safety they should not be around children.
Also, these dogs were bred to do their hunting in coal mines, so no one cared where they pottied. But people care now. They want housetrained dogs. Yorkies now can be very difficult to housetrain. Especially for people who work and are gone more than 4 hours. This is one of the biggest issues that adopters need to be aware of.
But if you are looking for a devoted dog that will be next to you and adore you, and you alone- a Yorkie is the breed for you.
Find a Yorkie available near you!
Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Yorkie puppy (or, gasp! find a Yorkie puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Yorkie puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Yorkie (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Yorkie puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Yorkie rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Yorkie adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Yorkie, even a Yorkie puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Yorkie puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Yorkie if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Yorkie would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Yorkie rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Yorkie you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Yorkie to their family!