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Old 06-29-2020, 04:26 AM   #1
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Maybe this is a weird place to ask this but I have been wondering lately if yorkies are my breed. Chibi, my first dog on my own and my heart dog was a yorkie mix. Molli is AKC but not from the most reputable place, I think we got lucky with her. Sheís 11pounds and feels very sturdy. She loves to play in the water and loves everyone. She was a great therapy dog for awhile, and I love that about her. I can trust her 100% to never bite me or my son or anyone. After our experience with Taco (young dog we adopted then had to give back) and how aggressive he was I worry about the yorkies tendencies to be nipppy. I also know many of them are tiny and fragile and thatís not what I want. Yet Iíve been doing tons of research and found the havanese sounds like a great fit for us but I look at their faces and I just donít feel the same joy in my heart like when I see a yorkie face.
Anyways sorry for the ramble but maybe someone will have insight.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:51 AM   #2
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It sounds like you are a Yorkie person but need a certain type of personality. Their aare certainly varied. Love your picture.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:23 AM   #3
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I think you're a Yorkie person but I'll admit from my experience, Yorkshire Terriers usually are a bit nervous around small children who seem so unpredictable to them, but so are tiny Poodles and Poms, Chihuahuas, Griffons, Pekes, etc. Toy dogs seem to sense their tiny bodies are at the total whim of any small child living around them and usually keep their distance unless they know and trust the child never to hurt them. Even total ham, attention-hog Tibbe, so eager for all the attention and socialization he could get, was a bit wary of little kiddos, although if they approached him, he turned to a jelly rather than getting tense, then moved away from the child first chance he got, haha. Still, I wouldn't like to trust any of the Yorkies or other fragile toy dogs I've had around a toddler, under a 5 or 6 yr. old child.
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"...same joy in my heart like when I see a yorkie face".

I so know what you mean about a Yorkie face. No dog face rends at my heart, pierces my soul and my joy the way that tiny, bright-eyed, alert, precious, special little furry Yorkie face does. Just something about a Yorkie face that totally owns me unlike no other breed I've ever seen, known or loved. Can't explain it but it's a connection beyond words, set in place I know not when but the first one I saw up close, I had to have. It's just a Yorkie thing.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:08 AM   #5
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I guess my experience has been completely different. Mine have never been nippy or aggressive. I wouldnít allow it anyway. I think most of the time it all has to do with training and many people donít train their yorkies and think itís cute when they behave badly. I make sure mine donít get aggressive by making sure to mess with them when they have food, I will randomly take their toy or chew of course I give it back but it keeps them from getting aggressive over things. Now saying that, sure mine get away with a lot and Iím not a drill sargent but training is a huge thing. My moms rescue yorkie was kind of food aggressive when we got him but we worked with him and he lost that. Penny and Ollie started getting very barky during this whole lock down thing and I have been able to get them to stop when I tell them thank you but it took a few weeks. Yorkies get a bad reputation for being stubborn but if you find the way they train best and work with that they are extremely trainable but you have to put in the time. Mine are definitely not fragile either Penny 16 pounds, Ollie 15 and Joey 14 pounds. They were unwanted because they were bigger. Penny absolutely loves kids but they all do very well with them. We had a family reunion and all of them were great with my 2 year old and 3 year old cousins. My 3 year old cousin wouldnít stop crying because he was being made to take family pictures so we asked him if it would be better if Penny came and sat with him and so she is in all the pictures with him lol. Mine are not the terrible stereotype people put on them but I have worked hard to make sure that doesnít happen. Joey is actually almost ready to submit his video to become a champion trick dog.
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Personally, I don’t think you should rely too much on what characteristics various breeds are “supposed” to have. I’ve fostered dozens of dogs over the past ten years. I’ve fostered chihuahuas who were mellow and laid back and loved everyone ... and I’ve fostered chihuahuas who would sink their teeth into anyone who startled them or touched them in the wrong way or didn’t happen to be their favorite person. And the same is true for every dog breed or mixed breed I’ve owned or fostered. Dogs are individuals, and you just never know. You can (usually) train them out of any really unacceptable behavior, of course, but their individual personalities are still going to be there under the surface and might come out under the right/wrong circumstances.

Jax is the first yorkie I’ve ever owned (although I did foster one once). I never actually intended to have a yorkie until he unexpectedly came into my life, so I didn’t have any preconceived notions of what he would be like. From what I’ve read since then, it’s difficult to know whether he’s “typical.” In some ways he probably is and in other ways he probably isn’t.

I have a Havanese, by the way. I’ve had her since she was a pup, and she’s going on 14. She’s AKC, but she’s probably not typical of the breed in some ways. I have to keep her trimmed short, because she has an impossible cottony coat. She barks, a lot. She hates everyone outside my immediate family. She’s one of those dogs who can’t be trusted around people, especially small kids, she doesn’t know, because she will wag her tail like the person is a long lost friend and then snap when they get close enough. I love her to pieces, but she’s a difficult dog.
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Personally, I donít think you should rely too much on what characteristics various breeds are ďsupposedĒ to have. Iíve fostered dozens of dogs over the past ten years. Iíve fostered chihuahuas who were mellow and laid back and loved everyone ... and Iíve fostered chihuahuas who would sink their teeth into anyone who startled them or touched them in the wrong way or didnít happen to be their favorite person. And the same is true for every dog breed or mixed breed Iíve owned or fostered. Dogs are individuals, and you just never know. You can (usually) train them out of any really unacceptable behavior, of course, but their individual personalities are still going to be there under the surface and might come out under the right/wrong circumstances.

Jax is the first yorkie Iíve ever owned (although I did foster one once). I never actually intended to have a yorkie until he unexpectedly came into my life, so I didnít have any preconceived notions of what he would be like. From what Iíve read since then, itís difficult to know whether heís ďtypical.Ē In some ways he probably is and in other ways he probably isnít.

I have a Havanese, by the way. Iíve had her since she was a pup, and sheís going on 14. Sheís AKC, but sheís probably not typical of the breed in some ways. I have to keep her trimmed short, because she has an impossible cottony coat. She barks, a lot. She hates everyone outside my immediate family. Sheís one of those dogs who canít be trusted around people, especially small kids, she doesnít know, because she will wag her tail like the person is a long lost friend and then snap when they get close enough. I love her to pieces, but sheís a difficult dog.
All dogs really are individuals. Having had 4 yorkies they all are different. All 4 never had something all in common except love for me . My best friend growing up was a lab mix who looked like a miniature lab and she absolutely hated water when the majority of labs love it. I have meet many yorkies over the years who were all different.
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I know they are all different..Iím just scared after our experience rescuing and I remember all the broken Yorkies I would see working at the rescue. And the health issues but Iíll probably have to find a great breeder. If any of my Texas friends have a breeder suggestion please PM me.
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I know they are all different..Iím just scared after our experience rescuing and I remember all the broken Yorkies I would see working at the rescue. And the health issues but Iíll probably have to find a great breeder. If any of my Texas friends have a breeder suggestion please PM me.
Generally people donít abandon perfect yorkies so the ones that get dumped either have health issues or behavioral issues. All breeds no matter where you get them have their own health issues. You might have less of a chance of health issues with a reputable breeder but I have heard of dogs with health issues that came from great breeders and I have even heard of Luxating Patella in show yorkies. The biggest issue you are going to face is most reputable breeders wonít sell their puppies to families with little children whether that seems fair or not. Reputable breeders generally give you exhaustive questionnaires kind of like rescues and that is one way you can tell if they are good or not.
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I know it's not 100% guarantee but this is why my preference is to go to a reputable breeder. The true Yorkie personality should *not* be timid, nippy, etc. Confident? Yes. Tenacious? Absolutely. But not aggressive. Good genetics can play a huge part in the dog you get but so can training and socialization. They should be fine with children if the owner knows how to teach the child to be around little dogs, or dogs in general. Tbh, most Yorkies I meet are super friendly. I've only seen a few that have "issues".
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I know it's not 100% guarantee but this is why my preference is to go to a reputable breeder. The true Yorkie personality should *not* be timid, nippy, etc. Confident? Yes. Tenacious? Absolutely. But not aggressive. Good genetics can play a huge part in the dog you get but so can training and socialization. They should be fine with children if the owner knows how to teach the child to be around little dogs, or dogs in general. Tbh, most Yorkies I meet are super friendly. I've only seen a few that have "issues".
Yes Iíve been learning a lot about how important the breeder is. My Molli girl is so sweet she was a therapy dog. Chibi was a yorkie mix and sweet to me but could be a little grumpy with strangers but he came from a not great place.
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