The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed that packs on a massive charm. It’s one the cutest dogs in the world! However, what you may not know is that Yorkshire Terriers make up for their small size through their fearless personality. So if you want to know more about Yorkshire Terrier puppies and how to care for them, check out our dog breed guide below:
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Yorkshire Terrier Personality:
- Personality depends on how they are raised
- Likes attention
- Very attached
- Barking problems and separation anxiety
- A challenge to train
There’s really no general personality for Yorkies. Their personalities usually depend on how a pet owner raises them. Pamered Yorkies then to act like little divas. If you don’t spoil them, then they’ll be more independent and always in high spirits.
If there’s one thing to note about Yorkshire Terriers, it is that they love the attention. Yorkies are really cute dogs and they’re known as “purse dogs,” because they’re usually paraded around in a fashionable dog carrier purse.
— Mypuppy Pride (@MyPuppyPride) July 10, 2017
Training Yorkshire Terrier:
On the other hand, despite loving the attention, there are also Yorkie behavior problems to watch out for. This small-sized dog breed gets easily attached to their owners. They are described as little shadows as they would follow their owners room-to-room. It’s not a bad thing, but it does when the dog develops separation anxiety, even when just being left alone for a couple of minutes. For this reason, Yorkies are not recommended for families who are always out for long hours.
One more behavior problem with Yorkies is their excessive barking. Always suspicious of new people and environment, they tend to bark incessantly even at little movements or soft sounds. Because of this, Yorkies are not ideal dogs for apartment living, unless trained properly.
— Animal Behavior C (@AnimalBehaviorC) April 25, 2017
Nonetheless, these behavior problems can be corrected with proper training. It is imperative that you start training a Yorkie while it’s still a puppy. Despite the incessant barking and tendency to snap, you need to expose them to different environments while they’re young. This will help them become more independent and aware of the different situations they can get into. It’s good for their mind and emotions.
At the same time, you have to train them to keep calm as much as possible. Teach them a command to stop barking. If you’re someone who can’t really stay at home the whole day, teach them to be more independent as well.
Do take note that it is a challenge to train Yorkies due to the stubborn nature of terriers. When training them, keep the sessions short as they get bored easily. Change up the activities that you do and always praise them when they do great and reward them with treats.
Size and Color:
- Long silky and glossy hair
- Must not weigh more than 7 pounds
- Body hair must be dark steel-blue color
The Yorkshire Terrier has a small stature and beautiful long hair. During puppyhood, it is evident that Yorkies have tan points in their coats, but this will change once they become adults. Yorkies have flat heads and their muzzles are medium in length. They have dark eyes and rims and they have a black nose. Their ears tend to be erect and is triangular.
How big and heavy do they grow? Regardless if its a male or female Yorkie, this breed has an average height of 7.5 inches (shoulder) and must not weigh more than 7 pounds.
As for the Yorkie’s coat, it is silky, high gloss, and straight. It is very important to look at the color of the coat for adult Yorkies. Its body hair should be dark steel-blue color. Their coat do not mix with bronze and black. The tail hair must be a darker shade of the body hair color. As for the hair on the head, chest and lower half of their legs, the coat must be golden tan. Yorkies have darker roots that go lighter at the tips.
- Moderate physical activity
- Prone to dental problems
Yorkies are small dogs, which means that they don’t stock up on energy as much as the bigger dog breeds. This doesn’t mean the Yorkie can go days without exercise. A daily walk is needed, but it doesn’t need to be a vigorous physical activity. If you don’t feel like walking, playing with them in the backyard will suffice.
— Yorkshire Terrier (@Yorkshire_Guide) March 19, 2017
The low requirement for physical activity makes them a good pet to have in an apartment (as long as they’re trained). Just show them love and affection and they’ll do great! On the other hand, if you live in a home with a yard, don’t forget to put your Yorkie on a leash as they always have the tendency to pick fights with other dogs.
As for Yorkshire Terrier health problems, the most common are hypoglycemia, Legg-Perthes disease, skin allergies, retinal dysplasia, kneecap dislocation, collapsed trachea, pancreatitis, dental problems and Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis.
Pooches deserve a happy birthday! Look at this Yorkie, doesn’t she look ecstatic?
Feeding a Yorkshire Terrier:
Yorkies must be fed a high-quality diet to make sure that they retain their glossy and silky coats. Yorkies are small dogs, they only need small food portions. Every meal must compose fiber, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates.
— Yorkshire Terrier (@Yorkshire_Guide) July 2, 2017
How much should you feed a Yorkie then? If he weighs 3 to 7 pounds, the daily calorie intake is 150 calories for inactive dogs and 200 for active dogs. Give adult Yorkies three meals a day. For Yorkie puppies, you should feed them around 400 calories to promote growth and proper health. Give puppies four meals a day.
Life Span of A Yorkie:
The average lifespan for a Yorkshire Terrier is 12 to 15 years. https://t.co/ovmhGJ7VNq
— Morkie Nation (@MorkieNation) June 6, 2016
They may be small but they have plenty of years to share with you. The average life span of a Yorkie is between 12 to 15 years.
Yorkshire Terrier Grooming:
Because Yorkies tend to have long hair, those with soft hair are more prone to having hair tangles. Prevent this by grooming your Yorkie daily. Yorkies with silky hair, brushing three times a week is okay. By the way, it is the owner’s prerogative to grow or trim their Yorkie’s hair for easier maintenance.
— John Cosstick (@DogCareArticles) July 1, 2017
Other grooming needs include weekly ear checking, weekly tooth brushing, and monthly nail trimming. Take note that Yorkies are more prone to dental problems when they grow old, so maintaining its dental health is very important.
The price of Yorkshire Terrier Puppy:
The price for Yorkie puppies varies depending on several factors like lineage, coat, gender, and size. If you want a purebred Yorkie under the American Kennel Club and with papers, the price per puppy is $1200 to $1500. If you plan to get from a backyard breeder, the price will be around $300 to $800 per pup. This doesn’t come with papers. If you’re looking for teacup Yorkies, you’ll fork over $2500 to $5000 per puppy. If you choose to adopt one, you’ll spend $100 to $800 for the adoption fee.
History of a Yorkshire Terrier:
— The Yorkie Times (@TheYorkieTimes) July 9, 2017
The Yorkie is known to be a fashionable accessory. The original Yorkie actually works as a ratter. This means that this dog breed actually hunts and kills rats and rodents in mines and mills in Yorkshire, England. Over time, it turned into a competitive show dog and more of a companion dog for humans.
The Yorkie became part of the AKC’s Toy Group in 1885. The other names of the Yorkie are Halifax Blue-and-Tan Terrier, Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier, and Yorkshire Blue-and-Tan Terrier.
— My Little Puppy (@mylittlepuppy_) May 11, 2017
Smoky is a Yorkshire Terrier puppy that was deemed to be an American war hero in World War II. She was actually found in a foxhole and she went on to become the first therapy dog for the injured and wounded American soldiers. Smoky didn’t stop there. She also helped string communication lines between soldiers in different outposts stationed in the Philippines.
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