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|05-20-2007, 11:17 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Adopting an older dog... advice: Pros & Cons
I'm wondering if anyone has advice or experience on adopting an older dog. I've had difficulty with purchasing puppies as I was recently scammed in purchasing a sick puppy. I was fortunate enough that I was able to get a refund but now searching again.
I'm thinking maybe an option would be to adopt an older dog. There is a 1 year old dog available for adoption from a breeder and he is supposed to be of quality as he is a biewer yorkie only reason for sale according to breeder is his testicles have not dropped. I don't expect to breed him so I don't think this is much of a problem.
Would greatly appreciate your input on questions I should ask breeder or things that I should take into consideration that I may not have thought of. Thanks.
|05-21-2007, 11:32 AM||#2|
Donating YT 30K Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Blog Entries: 6
I got Pixie in January and she was 13 months old. It was nice not having to go through the puppy stage again so soon as Cali was only 1 1/2. I wanted one that was a year so I would know health history and know what she would look like. I was not disappointed, Pixie was not housebroken but trained pretty quick to pads with a few accidents still. She is more nervous as she was at the Breeders in the basement where she runs her breeding program out of, but she is getting better. She is absolutley bonded with me and did so within a day as I was afraid an older pup may miss their owners. I would ask if the pup is housebroken and vet info and see in person if possible. I talked to the breeder and she was very honest about describing Pixie and I went to see her and she was just as the breeder described. I think from now on I will get an older pup.
Cali Pixie Roxie : RIP Nikki; RIP Maya;RIP my sweet Dixie girl 1/17/08
|05-21-2007, 11:40 AM||#3|
Donating YT 4000 Club Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
We have a Chi/Yorkie mix I adopted from the shelter for my mom.
The best thing was I already knew the dogs temperment, which you can somewhat tell from puppyhood but really isn't set until adulthood. She was already potty trained (woohoo!), and she had already gone through the puppyhood stage of chewing and tearing up stuff.
|05-21-2007, 02:45 PM||#5|
and Bernie's mom too!"
Join Date: Nov 2005
Good luck! Bernie was a year when we got him from rescue, and it's worked out great!
Ginger Bernie Fun Kitty
|05-21-2007, 03:13 PM||#6|
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Lancaster, PA
My Lucky was almost 3 years old when we adopted him. No puppy stage to go thru, no housetraining and he is the sweetest dog you could ever ask for. If you plan on getting that dear 1 year old Yorkie, since his testicles have not dropped and if you want to get him neutered, it would be a more invasive procedure than if they were allready down. Best of Luck to you. That is so... great your considering adopting an older dog.
|05-21-2007, 03:35 PM||#7|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
We wanted a dog that was between 6 months to a year and a half old, preferably over 9 months. Well, in February, we found a maltese and completely fell in love with her. She was 7 months old at the time. I can tell you that we have no regrets. Our yorkie had such a sick and hard puppyhood that we were just not wanting to go through that again. Being that age, she was already spayed, shots taken care of, microchipped, bloodwork done and checked out. She fit in perfectly and bonded with us and our yorkie very quickly. I love the fact that I got her at this age. She was exactly what we wanted from size to look to personality. I say go for it A one year old dog is still so young
Miko 's his Mommy