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Looking to adopt or purchase a toy Yorkshire Terrier

Hello,

We're looking to adopt or purchase a toy Yorkshire Terrier - girl.

Would anyone happen to know where or how I could go
about doing this in Switzerland?

For ten years we owned cats, even bringing our boy over
with us when we moved here seven years ago.

Our boy is no longer with us and recently we babysat a lovely
toy Yorkshire Terrier. I am not a dog lover by any means but
after taking care of this little girl for two weeks both myself
and my hubby were hooked and would love to have one of
our own.

Since returning her home a few days ago, I've been missing her
terribly . Sure I can go visit, but there is nothing like having a
little bundle of joy in your own home every day.

We don't want to rush this and at the moment are only doing
research before taking the plunge.

Any ideas?
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Old 26.02.2011, 14:20
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Re: Looking to adopt or purchase a toy yorshire terrier

The Switzerland-wide database of animals needing homes is here:

http://www.tierdatenbank.ch/cms/tier...unschtier.html

If you don't find a suitable dog listed today, keep looking every so often - dogs are added daily. (Which speaks to the extent of the homeless problem.)

It's very good that you are doing your research and not rushing in - taking a dog into your life is a big step, a great deal of responsibility, one you must be prepared to shoulder for the next 10-15 years, come what may. As you are thinking about sharing your life with a dog... this bit in your post popped out at me:

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I am not a dog lover by any means but
The thing is - one really does need to be a dog lover in order to live with dogs. When it's 2AM and I'm standing outside in the freezing rain because my ancient doglet's kidneys don't work as well as they once did, when I open the monthly bill from the vet and faint from shock, when my lovely sofa has been turned into a chew toy, when I can't see what color my floor is for the mud prints, when I realize that my entire wardrobe has morphed into colors I hate but that almost hide all the dog fur I can't seem to stop wearing...

... good thing then that I'm a dog lover.

I'd counsel some soul searching as to why you wrote that phrase, and really think through exactly what it means not only to love, but also to live with a dog.

Towards that end, have you taken the SKN course(s)?

If you are a first time owner, you are required under the TSchV, the federal animal welfare law, to take the SKN theory course before you acquire a dog. The course is designed to get potential owner to examine their ideas and preconceptions of dog ownership - to get one thinking about the reality - and to advise you of your responsibilities both under law, and morally.

So if you are a first time owner, best get that course out of the way before you go any further.

Additionally, all dog owners regardless of experience must take the SKN practical course within the first 12 months of ownership. So again, as you are soul-searching as well as yorkie-searching - make finding a good trainer a priority.

Are you aware of the other legalities surrounding dog ownership in Switzerland? You will need to pay the dog tax, have the dog chipped and registered with ANIS, register with the Gemeinde, and follow all cantonal laws. Be aware that most cantons also require you to carry liability insurance - speak to your insurer.

Also, if you rent, do you have a clause written into your lease allowing you to keep a dog? If not, you need something from your landlord in writing.

And lastly, I will always encourage folks to consider the rescue route, as there are so many wonderful dogs in need of loving homes. But if you choose to go to a breeder, please only go to one who breeds to the FCI standard, not the teacup/toy/mini craze, as there are health concerns arising from the fashion for miniturization. If you go to a breeder, please only go to one who breeds for health and temperament and for the good of the breed.

But once you have searched your soul and decided to join the dyed-in-the-wool dog lovers club - then, please consider rescue. The rewards are so very great.

All the best.
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Re: Looking to adopt or purchase a toy yorshire terrier

Hi Mellancolli

Thank you for your detailed reply.

And will seriously consider all that you have
said while I'm doing my soul searching and
research.
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