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Old 01-21-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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I would approach this with the attitude of getting as much information in various sources as possible. Getting a dog (and breed) should not a quick decision as your family will live with this choice for a long time to come. We adopted a dog through Hart,and at times it was a little frustrating, but we ended up with a dog that was perfect for our family.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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I bought a yorkie around Thanksgiving from Pine Haven yorkshire breeder in Fredericksburg. I researched the breeders in the area and narrowed it down to a couple, then made my choice. I didn't see my puppy until I went to pick him up. With that said, I couldn't be more pleased with my dog.

Jasper is the happiest dog I've ever had. He has a wonderful personality. He weighs about 4 lbs now at 4 months old, but he is the fastest little thing. You should have seen my son chasing him this morning ... trying to retrieve his underwear Jasper had taken! LMAO

My son loves this little dog. Yorkies are great with kids. On being hypoallergenic... I'm not sure on that since it wasn't a quality I was looking for. I do know that yorkies don't shed like other dogs. I brush him and I have yet to see a hair come out! They have hair rather than fur. I know all about shedding since one of our other dogs is a pug.

I was able to see Jasper's mother in person. His father came from the breeder's mentor who also breeds yorkies. I've also been in contact with people who own Jasper's sisters and brothers from previous litters. If you have any more questions, just send me a direct message.

Here's a pic of Jasper aka J-Man aka Doodle Bug
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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If you want to guarantee a dog who likes children, I'd highly, highly recommend looking for a 2-3 year old adult dog. By that point the animal's temperament is established and it will be clear if it is a child friendly dog. Most of the local rescues around here utilize foster homes, so you could find a dog who's been in a family setting and get to know its true personality.

Also, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. It's a marketing tactic. People are allergic to poodles and yorkies just like they're allergic to labs and shepherds. You need to go and meet the individual dogs (or their closest relatives) and make sure your allergies are okay with them if it's a big concern. Understand that "non shedding" mixes like doodles and such will still shed 90% of the time, so again if that is a big concern you need to meet the individual dog if you're adopting a mix.

The fence shouldn't be a concern. The rescues I've volunteered for in the area are very aware that a large portion of the city lives in apartments and townhomes and places without yards and adopts to them anyway. They do often frown on invisible fencing, so a better approach would be to share how you're going to make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise on leash, in the house, in a safe fenced in area, doing dog sports, etc.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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If you can't decide between a yorkie or a poodle, get a yorkiepoo!
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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If you choose to go the breeder route, the best route is to always start with the breeder referral list of the AKC recognized parent club of that breed.

Yorkshire Terrier Club of America

Yorkshire Terrier Club of America

The Poodle Club of America

Welcome to PCA!
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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If you can't decide between a yorkie or a poodle, get a yorkiepoo!
If you choose a mix, please please get one from a shelter/rescue. Unless you can find a breeder of mixes that does all requisite temperament and health testing (which would be a minor miracle!), provides a health guarantee and requires you sign a return clause, their poor breeding practices are just contributing to the overpopulation problem
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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If you want to guarantee a dog who likes children, I'd highly, highly recommend looking for a 2-3 year old adult dog. By that point the animal's temperament is established and it will be clear if it is a child friendly dog. Most of the local rescues around here utilize foster homes, so you could find a dog who's been in a family setting and get to know its true personality.
I was going to say...neither poodles or yorkies are really reknowned for being good with children; but that's a great idea!
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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If you can't decide between a yorkie or a poodle, get a yorkiepoo!
I was wondering if they would be a porkie or a yoodle.
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