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Old 04-20-2015, 02:59 AM   #1
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After careful consideration we've decided to get another York (girl again). Recently some friends acquired their first Yorkie. We are all impressed with Crystal's kind and loving response to this little girl who did not have the rather pampered infancy that she'd enjoyed. They are such fun to watch together, similar to my wife's daughters mother and daughter pairing. I'm also conscious that when my wife visits her family in Europe for up to three months a year, a pair would also compliment each other for company and playing together. I'm at odds on whether to get a pup, or go for a young dog (say 6 months to a year old). There are so many beautiful little people in need of loving homes, that I'm very tempted to take one on. Crystal was a 're-home' at 20 weeks and has been a wonderful experience for us all. Any views and or experience welcomed please.
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After careful consideration we've decided to get another York (girl again). Recently some friends acquired their first Yorkie. We are all impressed with Crystal's kind and loving response to this little girl who did not have the rather pampered infancy that she'd enjoyed. They are such fun to watch together, similar to my wife's daughters mother and daughter pairing. I'm also conscious that when my wife visits her family in Europe for up to three months a year, a pair would also compliment each other for company and playing together. I'm at odds on whether to get a pup, or go for a young dog (say 6 months to a year old). There are so many beautiful little people in need of loving homes, that I'm very tempted to take one on. Crystal was a 're-home' at 20 weeks and has been a wonderful experience for us all. Any views and or experience welcomed please.
My last dog was a year old when I adopted him. He is very youthful now, even as he is about to turn 4. I really enjoyed having an older dog who was already pretty potty trained and sociable. I like the males better
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Hi Martin!

Well, what a wonderful (but not totally unexpected!!!) surprise!

I think the only thing I would be aware/slightly wary of is that the dynamic will change within your household. At the moment, when Irina's not there, you're top-dog (as it were!). You are her be-all and end-all - that may alter.

Also (as I've witnessed with Harry + my daughter's dog) all's wonderful while that dog is the visitor - but when he stays it's a completely different way of life.

Good luck to you all xx
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My first was a female. She would experience separation anxiety when we left her alone. Vet suggested getting another dog for company. Got another female she would not warm up to her (both spayed). My third (and last) is a male (neutered). They are best friends always together kissing and snuggling. Don't know if its common for a female to bond more with a male but that was the case with mine.
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Max joined us in August of 2013 when he was 12 weeks old. At first Toni took him to work with her everyday. Her boss was OK with this but it turned out the landlord of the business complex she is in wasn't. We did not want to leave him home alone for fear of anxiety setting in so we were able to get his sister Sasha (from the next litter) in April of 2014. Best move we could have made. They are inseparable. Play together, sleep together. etc, etc.

I don't have any experience in uniting 2 older dogs but I do know that Max "adopted" Sasha 5 minutes after she came home. Taking in a dog who may not have had the pampered life that we lavish on our furbabies would be a fairy tale ending for that dog, but there is no "wrong" choice here. Whether it be a new pup or a slightly older one, it sounds like Crystal is going to have another "best friend". Good luck !
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I received Duncan in December when he was 8 weeks old. Our older dog, who is almost 13, didn't want to play with him or have much to do with him. We didn't want him to be lonely or not have a playmate so in February, I got another yorkie, a female. The two of them are best friends. They play, eat and sleep together.

Funnily enough, our older dog, a female dachshund, took immediately to the female yorkie also. She also got along famously with the Dalmatian we had (who died last June) and they were like mother and daughter. I don't know if it was just because she had never been around a male dog or not that she didn't take to Duncan.

Good luck with your search for another yorkie. I am sure you will have lots of fun with your expanded household.
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My last dog was a year old when I adopted him. He is very youthful now, even as he is about to turn 4. I really enjoyed having an older dog who was already pretty potty trained and sociable. I like the males better
Thank you, I'm going to view a litter on Thursday from a KC registered breeder, mum is with them of course. My problem is I sometimes struggle physically to get out every day. Crystal is always brilliant with her 'pad box', but a male dog may struggle in that environ I thought?
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I got Toto at 8 and he's almost 10 now and as youthful as ever. He's the most comedic and dorkiest yorkie I've had or fostered. He was harder to pee train than the others, but I have had about an equal share of boys vs girls. I think it's just him.

Personally I would adopt first, but if you find a great breeder and the right pup, go for it!
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Max joined us in August of 2013 when he was 12 weeks old. At first Toni took him to work with her everyday. Her boss was OK with this but it turned out the landlord of the business complex she is in wasn't. We did not want to leave him home alone for fear of anxiety setting in so we were able to get his sister Sasha (from the next litter) in April of 2014. Best move we could have made. They are inseparable. Play together, sleep together. etc, etc.

I don't have any experience in uniting 2 older dogs but I do know that Max "adopted" Sasha 5 minutes after she came home. Taking in a dog who may not have had the pampered life that we lavish on our furbabies would be a fairy tale ending for that dog, but there is no "wrong" choice here. Whether it be a new pup or a slightly older one, it sounds like Crystal is going to have another "best friend". Good luck !
Thank you, I'm encouraged by Crystal's obvious happiness when she has her friend to stay, maybe a puppy would be advisable though?
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Thank you, I'm going to view a litter on Thursday from a KC registered breeder, mum is with them of course. My problem is I sometimes struggle physically to get out every day. Crystal is always brilliant with her 'pad box', but a male dog may struggle in that environ I thought?
All my dogs use pads, the males have no problems with that.
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The only time I regret getting 2 is when they both start the frenzy barking when you are trying to hear something like a tv show. Its a small sacrifice though and Ill always have 2 even if they do drive me crazy sometimes
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Hi Martin!

Well, what a wonderful (but not totally unexpected!!!) surprise!

I think the only thing I would be aware/slightly wary of is that the dynamic will change within your household. At the moment, when Irina's not there, you're top-dog (as it were!). You are her be-all and end-all - that may alter.

Also (as I've witnessed with Harry + my daughter's dog) all's wonderful while that dog is the visitor - but when he stays it's a completely different way of life.

Good luck to you all xx
Hi Sal,

We nearly adopted a mini 'Doxie' last year but the lady fosterer kept her in the end. Crystal's very good when our friends dog (Yorkie lady) is here and in fact is the 'pro-active' partner in play. My wife's daughters pair (mum & daughter) seem to attach themselves to whoever is free, i.e if Mum's available and dad has the other one on his lap, they automatically relocate. Alternatively they'll very often cuddle up together. Irina has wanted a 2nd York for over a year now, after experiencing these two when she stays. I'm off to view some babies not far away Thursday, but won't make a decision on the day.
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My first was a female. She would experience separation anxiety when we left her alone. Vet suggested getting another dog for company. Got another female she would not warm up to her (both spayed). My third (and last) is a male (neutered). They are best friends always together kissing and snuggling. Don't know if its common for a female to bond more with a male but that was the case with mine.
Thank you, it seem that boy and girl form a closer bond, I'll look at the boys maybe when I view some puppies Thursday...
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All my dogs use pads, the males have no problems with that.
Thank you very much, I suppose a pup would adapt fine then.
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I received Duncan in December when he was 8 weeks old. Our older dog, who is almost 13, didn't want to play with him or have much to do with him. We didn't want him to be lonely or not have a playmate so in February, I got another yorkie, a female. The two of them are best friends. They play, eat and sleep together.

Funnily enough, our older dog, a female dachshund, took immediately to the female yorkie also. She also got along famously with the Dalmatian we had (who died last June) and they were like mother and daughter. I don't know if it was just because she had never been around a male dog or not that she didn't take to Duncan.

Good luck with your search for another yorkie. I am sure you will have lots of fun with your expanded household.
Crystal seems to like some small breeds and not others, she definitely gets on well with other Yorks and just wants to play. I love having our friend's dog here, they both tear around and the looks and tail wagging are hilarious. It also wears them out so they sleep well.
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