Adopt a Yorkshire Terrier - No Breeder Needed

The Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie”, is arguably the most popular pure breed dog in the U.S. and Canada. It is extremely tiny, between 3 to 7 pounds, and is one of the few breeds that you’ll see in a carrier on a plane. You’ll also see them poking out of purses in high-end retail shops as they are a popular shopping trip companion of the stars.
 
Energy, Temperament and Personality
The Yorkshire Terrier is a very active dog that craves attention. Combine this with an over-protective streak, and you get a boisterous and vocal companion. Even though they are small, they are confident dogs. 
 
Family and Children
The size of the Yorkie makes it ideal for apartment living, but we don’t recommend the breed for families with babies or small children. They can be nippy around kids if not properly socialized. Also, their size does not go well with a small child that may fall on or play rough with it. However, as with all breeds, this does not mean you can’t invite one of these dogs in to your family. Just take these important concepts in to account when doing so.
 
Coat
The coat of the Yorkie should be straight, silky, and soft. When the dog is a puppy, it will have black and tan parts near its muzzle and feet. This will change over time as it grows its adult coat. Since this breed does not shed to the same degree as many other dogs, it has been deemed “hypoallergenic” by many sources. However, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic. But, all things being equal, this breed will be much better for those owners with allergies that just can’t live without a dog. Consistent brushing will also help to keep the pet hair and dander in the air of your home to a minimum. Some people consider this breed to have “hair” since so little hair falls out that they need to be trimmed over time. 
 

Unique Health Issues
While there are a few health issues consistently seen in Yorkshire Terriers including distichiasis, hydrocephalus, hypoplasia of dens, Legg–Calvé–Perthes syndrome, and luxating patella, the health of their teeth is one of the most important. Their extremely small jaw tends to negatively impact the growth of their teeth. This means that they can grow in incorrectly and promote bacterial growth, which can lead to periodontal disease. Due to this, one of the most important things you can do for your Yorkshire Terrier is have regular dental cleanings. This along with the other potential health conditions makes purchasing pet health insurance a necessity. Many plans partially cover dental maintenance work along with many other types of health “maintenance” issues on top of their emergency protection. See who we recommend here (http://www.petsearchparty.com/services/pet-insurance). 

Featured Yorkshire Terrier Rescue Organization
Our featured rescue organization for Yorkies is the Rescue Me Yorkie Rescue in New Jersey. If you live in the Northeast of the U.S. and want to rescue a Yorkie, contact them. Otherwise, use our custom search or the the quick links at the bottom of this page to start your search.
 
No Need For Breeders
Due to the popularity of the Yorkshire Terrier breed due to the celebrity relation, there has been a lot of over-breeding.  This means there are a lot of these lovable dogs in shelters or rescues near you.  Since many places have shots included in their adoption fees, you can save a life and money by not going to a breeder.  Start with the links below or use our custom search.
 
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