Hi- been ages since I have posted, but I still lurk from time to time! Anyway, I have been thinking about adding a puppy to my home for awhile, and am really considering the english toy. Has anyone owned/own/know anything about them from experience? I've read tons about them in breed books- they sound like a nice, sturdy, less yappy little toy dog. I contacted some breeders from that are in good standing from the parent club and found out that one breeder has an 8-10 year old male that was rescued from a bad situation, that has really pulled at my heart. I am thinking of dumping the puppy idea and adopting him from this breeder instead! He sounds like a real sweetie, and I like the idea of adopting a rescue.
I know there are a ton of posts on here about pet store/puppy mill/designer dogs, etc etc......here is a quick story from my own experience. Almost a year ago I adopted a puppy mill rescue senior dog- he is a "yorkie". I say that in quotes because he is either a mix or the worst physical specimen of a yorkie I have ever seen. I love him to death, but it's the truth. This poor little one has had a rough life- He was used as a stud for almost 10 years in a mill in Oklahoma. He is almost 12 pounds (twice the size of the standard and not an ounce of fat on him), with drop ears and long, spindly legs. In addition, he has skin disease. I assume he has sired hundreds, maybe thousands, of "yorkies" and they can be found/were bought in pet stores across the country. I don't want this to sound like I'm preaching- I know lots of people who buy from pet stores and give the dogs great homes. But I think you should get what you pay for, and if you are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a yorkshire terrier, you should get a well-bred, healthy one that looks like the standard. Unfortunately, when you bu from a pet store this is not usually the case. I love my little guy and am glad he was rescued from that mill!