Adopting a Yorkshire Terrier from a Yorkie Rescue is a great way to help save an animal. You don’t need to pay a high price from a breeder if you are up to the challenge of helping a puppy or often an adult dog who has usually suffered some type of neglect.
Often these dogs are simply no longer wanted by their owners or have behavioral issues that the owners could not handle. Sadly, many owners give up their dogs to a Yorkshire Terrier Rescue simply because they were not prepared and did not understand the normal, needed training that a puppy needs or the time that one must have to properly raise a Yorkie.
Finding the Right Dog Rescue Group:
You may find a Yorkie from a rescue group that specialize in this breed, or you may find a wonderful Yorkie to adopt from a group that saves all types of dog breeds.
These groups are those who help dogs saved during animal rescue operations. In these cases, the dogs have generally been removed from terrible conditions which include overcrowding, lack of fresh food and water, and complete neglect. Many times when this type of rescue effort takes place the number of animals taken from the neglectful owner many number fifty or more who may be unethical breeding dogs (backyard breeders).
Is Adopting a Yorkshire Terrier Right For You?
Rescue dogs do bring some challenges and extra work with them but are well worth the effort.
If you are considering bringing a Yorkie from a rescue into your home there are a few things you should consider:
The #1 challenge of adopting a dog is that you will have no idea what your new companion has survived. You will most likely receive little to no background information as it is often just not available. Rescue groups are often not allowed to provide information because of on-going police investigations...or previous owners may have abandoned the dogs...Or may willing to communicate important information. Many times the animal rescue groups don't know much because the large group of rescued animals are separated and taken in by different animal rescue groups from across the area.
When a dog lives for any amount of time under stressful conditions, it will affect that dog’s ability to deal with what you may think of as everyday, normal situations. Patience and a willingness to work around your Yorkie’s unusual quirks and given traits will help him overcome some of them and help you learn to accept the others.
Some Yorkshire Terriers may always be afraid of going to the groomers…Some may always be afraid of tall men who have deep voices…You will not know until you have time to see the behavior and the reactions to triggers of your new canine family member.
In once case, a dog was very afraid of the groomer…he would panic, drop to the floor and basically glue himself to his owner. After one groomer insisted that he be tranquilized before a grooming, the owners learned to bathe him and trim his hair at home.
In some cases, continual gentle coaxing from owners can help a Yorkie overcome some fears. Never be pushy, but do gently try with some things. In time you may find that your puppy who was terrified of the car now loves to go for rides.
But remember - Some behaviors are due to stress that is just to heavy to overcome…And an owner must accept this.
Owners who adopt a dog from a Yorkshire Terrier Rescue must be aware that their new pets, especially older ones, may be developed bad habits and extra patience is needed while working to break the habits.
Most rescue dogs are actually very intelligent…these animals must be smart simply to survive in such terrible conditions.
The adoption of an animal rescue pet brings along with it a few challenges but the rewards are great. Rescue dogs seem to understand that they were saved and are being given another chance. It is important to realize that you may need to devote a little more time to your adopted pet in the beginning but the reward is certainly worth it.