If you are considering buying a Yorkshire Terrier, consider rescuing one instead. These tiny, lovable dogs are recognised for their small stature and big personalities. Best known for their long grey and white coats, Yorkies require little exercise but need a lot of interaction with their owners. If you have the time to devote to a Yorkie, rescue a Yorkie in need.
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Locate a Yorkie rescue organisation. There are national organisations such as The United Yorkie Rescue and The Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue (see Resources) that aim to adopt pets out locally and list available Yorkies on their websites by state. Check both places first to see if there are available Yorkies in your area. Ask your local Humane Society about local Yorkie rescue organisations. They will be able to direct you to them.
Fill out an adoption application. Most Yorkie rescue organisations require you to complete an extensive questionnaire. Be ready to answer questions about your home, your children, your other animals, your experience with dogs and your reasons for rescuing a Yorkie. Have a list of personal references as well as veterinarian and dog groomer references. Most Yorkie rescue organisations require them.
Pay the required adoption fee. Many Yorkie rescue organisations require you to pay a fee before you adopt a dog This fee goes towards the cost of food, veterinary care, neuter or spaying, microchipping and other relevant supplies. Fees are typically between £97 and £455.
Puppy-proof your home. Before you bring home your rescued Yorkie, make sure your home is safe for the dog. Move all poisonous plants, insecticides, medicines and cleaning products out of the Yorkie's reach. Encase electrical chords in flexible tubing that is available at most hardware stores. This prevents electrocution if your Yorkie chews on a chord.
Know how to care for your rescued Yorkie. Brush your Yorkie's coat daily and bathe him frequently. Remove the mucous from around your dog's eyes with a warm, wet cloth when it is present. Check your dog's anal area to make sure that faeces are not matting his hair. This is a common problem in the Yorkshire Terrier breed.
Tips and warnings
- Contact a Yorkie rescue organisation several months before you intend to adopt a dog. Yorkshire Terriers are a very popular breed and many rescue organisations have lengthy waiting lists.
- Most rescue dogs have been abandoned by their owners. It may take some time for your dog to bond with you. Give your dog the time and space he needs to adapt to his new environment.
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