Despite their dainty size, Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies, have more than enough character to spice up any home. Although sassy and bossy, these loving companions are fiercely devoted to their owners, making them a great addition to any family that understands what these puppies need.
These playful pups pack much personality into a small package. If you are looking for a pet that craves lots of love and affection, enjoys going on walks, and is hypoallergenic, then the Yorkie is right for you.
They are true terriers as glamorous and precious as they may appear: tenacious, happy, and suspicious. Training them early in socialization and obedience is recommended to ensure these lovable puppies grow into affectionate, well-behaved dogs.
Once they become adults (1-year-old), they will not be as rambunctious as they had been, but still, they require lots of playing and socializing to keep them happy and healthy!
As their name suggests, Yorkshire Terriers originated during the industrial revolution in Yorkshire, England. It is believed that Scottish factory workers brought along with the various breeds of terriers to help prevent rat infestations in the mills. Over time, the Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier, and Skye Terrier were likely crossbred with other much smaller breeds of terriers, resulting in the luxurious, tiny dog we now know and love.
Over time, as the species evolved, Yorkies were often carried in hunters’ pockets and released to track down other small animals. These terriers were small in size but rather forceful and believed to have loved the thrill of the hunt. During the Victorian Era, Yorkies were associated with the upper class and royalty due to their luscious locks, which differentiated them from other breeds. Their compact size allowed them to be toted around, as they often are today.
Since then, the popularity of Yorkies has ebbed and flowed, yet the breed has stood the test of time. Now voted one of the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds, Yorkies have an outstanding reputation for their loyalty, courage, and of course, their silky coat.
The first few months of your Yorkie’s life will significantly impact their personality. Overall intelligent and energetic dogs, some Yorkies are quiet and cuddly, while others are outgoing and mischievous. While it is important to ensure your puppy’s safety, coddling them excessively will result in a very fearful and anxious dog. Additionally, puppies that are not shown healthy boundaries from an early age will grow increasingly disobedient and exceptionally yappy if not correctly trained.
At their best, Yorkies are bold, courageous, and independent lovebugs. While they may not be your typical lapdog, most enjoy receiving lots of affection from their family. However, it is important to teach young children how to handle such a small dog correctly.
If you have other pets in the house, that is not a problem! This bright breed will even get along peacefully with other animals if efficiently socialized early on. Although Yorkies can be bossy and tenacious, they do well with other dogs and cats when properly trained. Yorkies that are not accustomed to socializing are known to go after unfamiliar animals, believing they are much more significant. It is beneficial to teach them how to behave around new furry friends from an early age.
Yorkies make amazing show dogs if you feel inclined to lead them down this path. Their intelligent nature allows them to succeed in obedience and agility challenges. Jam-packed with energy, it is a good idea to channel your dog’s vitality into something productive, such as learning new tricks.
Yorkies do not require much space to live comfortably due to their compact size. They are great apartment pets, as owners do not need to worry about their dog needing a large area to run and play.
While some Yorkies have long coats, they do not fare too well in colder weather. It is a good idea to train your puppy to use potty pads, as it may be too cold for them to go outside to do their business in the winter. If you must take your Yorkie out, it is worth investing in a coat for your little pal.
Yorkies are known for their long, silky, human-like hair. Although their coats appear effortlessly beautiful, it does not come naturally! Whether you choose to keep your furry friend’s hair trimmed short or let their hair grow down to the floor, it is going to require a decent amount of maintenance.
Many Yorkie owners choose to keep their puppy’s hair trimmed nicely and short out of convenience. Even so, a short-trimmed Yorkie still requires bathing and brushing several times a month. Long-haired Yorkies require daily care and attention. Gently brush your puppy’s hair every day to prevent stressful tangles and matting. On the bright side, these pups don’t shed!
Another part of the grooming process that is often overlooked is their teeth and ears. Small dog breeds are known for having dental issues. It is important to brush your Yorkie’s teeth weekly and schedule a professional cleaning at least once a year to prevent excessive tartar and dental loss.
Like humans, dogs need to have their nails trimmed to prevent pain or discomfort. Trim your Yorkie’s nails once they have gotten out of the bath to make this process easier. Dogs’ nails are sensitive and filled with blood vessels, so if you are uncomfortable trimming your Yorkie’s nails, take them to a professional to get this done.
To stay healthy both physically and mentally, Yorkies require daily exercise. Whether walking around the neighborhood or playing a game with the family, it is beneficial to both you and your furry friend to let them get their energy out. A short, daily walk is more than enough to keep them happy and healthy. If your Yorkie has more energy to spare, consider obedience or agility classes which will provide them with the perfect amount of physical and mental stimulation.
The quality of dog food is essential; make sure to spare no expense in getting your puppy the proper nutrients they need to live a long, healthy life. Like humans, each dog is unique and requires a special diet based on its size and weight. A good starting point is ½ to ¾ cup of high-quality, dry dog food per day, divided into two separate meals.
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