Is A Yorkshire Terrier Right For You?
want a pocket sized dog with plenty of spunk, then a Yorkshire
Terrier may be the perfect breed for you.
If you like small dogs with big dog attitudes, you
may want to consider a Yorkshire Terrier. These dogs are so sure
that they are just as big and bad as the other guy, that they
will not hesitate to take on a Great Dane. Of course, this
doesn't mean that Yorkshire Terriers aren't lap dogs. The Yorkie
can cuddle with the best of them.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a member of the
American Kennel Club's Toy Group. In the show ring, a Yorkie
seems to glide across the ground, since the dog's long, flowing
coat hides its tiny feet. Although Yorkies can be as small as
one pound, most breeders do not recommend trying to breed dogs
this tiny, and for good reason. When dogs are bred to be this
tiny, health is often sacrificed for size and weight. The AKC
calls for the Yorkie to be under seven pounds, but does not have
a minimum required weight.
Yorkshire Terriers have long flowing coats
of silver, blue or black hair, with tan on their heads and legs.
Yorkie puppies are all born with black and tan coloring. This
breed has dark, intelligent eyes.
The Yorkshire Terrier is an ideal
apartment dog. Of course, your Yorkie would enjoy having a yard
to romp in, but he can survive without it. In fact, some
Yorkshire Terriers do not go out at all. These dogs are litter
trained, instead. If you do not take your Yorkie for daily
walks, you should look for ways to help him get some exercise,
such as playing an indoor game of fetch. If you do have a yard,
be sure that there are no gaps under the fence, as Yorkies love
to explore. Since these dogs are so small and cute, a Yorkshire
Terrier doesn't always have a chance to get back home before a
passerby takes the little dog home, thinking it is lost or
Yorkshire Terriers are sociable little
dogs and enjoy being in the midst of all the activity and bustle
of family life. However, these dogs are not a good choice for
families with toddlers. This is not because Yorkies are
untrustworthy with children, but because they are delicate
little dogs and can be easily injured. A Yorkshire Terrier with
a good temperament will allow children to squeeze, poke and pull
on him, but it is unfair to subject a little dog to that
Despite the fact that a Yorkie is small,
you should still take your puppy to obedience classes. These
little guys have a tendency to become stubborn and set in their
ways without proper training. Also, obedience training may save
your Yorkshire Terrier's life if you are able to call him back
to you if he escapes out the front door.
Yorkshire Terriers have few serious health
problems. They do often have dental problems, such as retained
baby teeth. Other problems these little guys can have are
hernias and hypoglycemia.
Food for your Yorkshire Terrier will
probably be your smallest expense. These little dogs don't eat
much. However, you will have to be careful that you don't spoil
your puppy with soft food or he may refuse to eat dry food,
which will help you keep his teeth in better shape.
Most Yorkies should be groomed at least
three times a week to keep their hair from matting. Dogs with
silkier coats may only need to be groomed once a week. Also,
since Yorkies are prone to dental problems, you should brush
your dog's teeth several times a week.
If you want a pocket sized dog with plenty
of spunk, then a Yorkie may be the perfect breed for you.