Known for being great city dogs, Yorkshire terriers are ideal for apartment environments. They can be a bit skittish at first, so slightly older children who understand how to handle small animals are preferable. Having the patience to devote to a Yorkshire terrier puppy is key, as they’re an intelligent, affectionate breed that loves being with their humans.
They enjoy learning new things, so take the time to get to know your Yorkie puppy’s spunky personality and don’t hesitate to train them in basic obedience and fun tricks.
Getting a Yorkshire terrier puppy
Choosing to adopt or go through a breeder for your new Yorkshire terrier puppy is a personal choice that requires research. Thankfully, there are many resources out there to help you find a rescue or breeder that offers healthy, ethically sourced Yorkshire terrier puppies.
Knowing what you’re in for when you get a Yorkshire terrier puppy is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. Whether you find a responsible breeder or are planning on adopting, it’s up to you to be prepared for an energetic and friendly addition to your household.
Adopting Yorkshire terrier puppies
It may be surprising to know, but adopting a Yorkshire terrier puppy is possible. According to the AKC, most breed rescues report that a majority of their rescue dogs come from individual owner surrender, with the most common reasons being a change in lifestyle or the breed not being right for the owner. This means that there may be many dogs and puppies out there that are looking for a new forever home.
The main difference between a breeder and a rescue is that a rescue may not always have young puppies to choose from. The benefit, however, is that most are mandated to only adopt out dogs that have been microchipped and spayed/neutered. This means you may end up with a dog that’s already been housebroken, and doesn’t need these common medical procedures. You may also find a Yorkshire terrier mix that has all the traits you want from the breed, but with a little extra thrown in.