Things to Know Before Owning a Yorkie
Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are typically quite small with a fine, silky coat that will grow quite long unless clipped. This proud little breed will usually display a pitch black, button sized nose and perfectly erect V-shaped ears. Of course Yorkie mixes such as the Dorkie and the Yorwich may retain some of these characteristics or may have quite a different appearance dependent upon the mix! Yorkies and Yorkie mixes that that have inherited the straight, silky coat will require frequent brushing and occasional clipping.
This little breed was intended to be ratters in fabric mills with the responsibility for hunting small vermin throughout the factories. So it is important to remember that they may instinctually chase small dogs and other critters that wonder onto their terrain. These tiny terriers should be kept on a leash or allowed to roam only in a securely fenced area.
Those who share their home with a Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie mix frequently describe them as intelligent, inquisitive, adventurous, and even a little bit stubborn. This bold little terrier sometimes remembers its origin as a vermin hunter. They may become demanding and even 'nippy' if not properly socialized with other animals and small children. But they can also be extremely loyal and affectionate.
Yorkies can exhibit a true terrier personality – a lot of dog in a small package! This is a breed that may seek adventure to the point of occasionally getting itself in trouble. But you can satisfy a Yorkie’s need for activity with a moderate amount of exercise such as a daily walk, and some indoor activities that include plenty of interaction with people.
The Top 5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Yorkie from a Pet Store or Yorkie Breeder:
- Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Yorkie dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Yorkie breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
- Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Yorkies. There are also Yorkie rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Yorkies. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
- Be a Hero - Selecting a Yorkie rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Yorkie dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Yorkie dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Yorkie Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Yorkie focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Yorkie focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!
- Little Paws Yorkie Rescue - Rogers, AR
- Coppercloud Ranch Pet Rescue - Scottsdale, AZ
- Wren Yorkie Rescue - Oakland, CA
- Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue - Oakley, CA
- Fuzzy Pup Yorkie Rescue House - Long Beach, CA
- Breeder Release Adoption Service - Bon Carbo, CO
- Rocky Mountain Yorkie Rescue - CO
- Frank W. Jones, Jr. Yorkshire Terrier Foundation - Madison, CT
- Yorkie Friends Rescue - Cocoa Beach, FL
- YTRN of the Emerald Co - Navarre, FL
- United Yorkie Rescue Florida -
- Yorkie Haven Rescue - Tinley Park, IL
- Yorkies Inc. placement service - Taunton, MA
- Safe Hands Animal Rescue - Minneapolis, MN
- Yorkshire Terrier RescueNetwork Inc. - Litte River, SC
- Yorkie Haven Rescue, Inc. - NC Location - NC
- Vickie's Maltese & Yorkie Adoptions - Winston Salem, NC
- Rescue Me Yorkie Rescue - Cinnaminson, NJ/li>
- Yorkshire Kingdom Rescue, Inc. - Dallas, TX/li>