Yorkies vs. Silkies and Breeders vs. Rescue
Years ago, I lived out my dream of owning a Yorkie, but she was a disappointment to me. She lived for 11 years, and then she got cancer. As a puppy she seems ok, but has she got older problems began to develop. She did not like to be pick up, and refused to sit on laps. She refused to go for walks, and in spite of my trying to introduce her to walks, car rides, the beach, the park, she refused to do any of these things so I gave up. Then she refused to go into the backyard, there were some stairs she did not like or could not go up and down very well. She was too small, and she had so many health problems.
Finally, my vet told me she was overbreed. He said, they are trying to make Yorkie too small, and this leads to all kind of health problems. She had chronic yeast all over her body, chronic dry eye, and could not walk very well in her later years. She was trained to go on pads, and she was loving over all, I just feel that she could have been so much more, if she had lived to leave the house.
Now, I am considering a Silky because I think they are hardier, and then Yorkies however, I am still worried about the same problems. I noticed some Silky breeders on the web calling their dogs "tiny" and I find this very troubling. Could it be were are breeding a nation of sickly dogs under the name of having "smaller" dogs? I would rather have a larger, and healthy dog from 10 to 20 pounds then under 10 pounds. My Yorkie was 6 pounds full grown. I would never go under 10 pounds again.
I am thinking about either adopting a dog or getting a puppy. We also adopted two adult rescue dogs, and they did have psychological problems due to past abuse, that were really difficult. Our most successful dog was a Chow mix, but he was very destructive especially in his old age, he became very insecure. In fact, I had to stop working and stay home to monitor his behavior. He would destroy things when left alone. My dashhound mix began to bite people, and refused to be touched very often.
It is hard not be discouraged, but I do love dogs and I dont have one now, and we have a nice back yard with lawn. I would really like to get maybe a Silky or Poodle or some kind of mixed breed.
I would not buy a dog on the internet and have it shipped to me. This seems to be a cruel for the dog, and if they dog does not work out, do people really just ship them back?
My question is are Silkies healthier then Yorkies because of thier mixed genes, or have they also been breed to be smaller, and therefore likely to be unheathly? I would like to find a breeder who is not breeding Silkies or poodles for smallness, but rather for healthy and personality.