You met the Yorkshire Terrier Breed and it was love at first sight!
Although a small, pretty looking dog, the Yorkshire Terrier has many qualities that are unknown to those who have not researched the breed. Yorkies are bold, active and surprisingly brave for being such a small breed. They are stubborn, difficult to housetrain and can be assertive towards other small animals & unfamiliar dogs. It is always a good idea to introduce a Yorkie to another animal with caution. Yorkies are also known for barking excessively and being excellent watch dogs. They have a great sense of hearing and will bark when they sense danger and alert their owners when visitors arrive.
THERE ARE A LOT OF GREAT THINGS THAT MAKE THIS BREED SO POPULAR....
The Yorkie has a bold personality and seems unaware of its small size. They are devoted to their owners, and become very attached to their family and are not always ideal for the very elderly or small children with their lively and exuberant nature. Most will prefer to share your bed if you allow. They are tolerant of older children, provided they are not treated like toys and have their own space to which they can retreat. Full of energy, they can keep up with kids, but because of their small size, toy breeds like the Yorkie can be injured relatively easily by falls, other animals, or human clumsiness, so they need more supervision with the smaller children and are usually not recommended for this type of family. They are eager to play and get into any trouble they might find. They have a mind of their own and this feisty, sweet little dog doesn't like to do anything he makes up his mind not to do! Even though this breed is categorized as a toy breed, there is a lot of terrier in them. They like to be busy, inquisitive, and bold. While a toy breed, and at various times a greatly pampered one, the Yorkshire is a spirited dog that definitely shows its inner personality.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Yorkshire Terrier didn't begin as the fashionable and glamorous breed that they are today. These were working dogs used to control rats and other pests in textile mills and coal mines. Their ancestry dates back to the early 1800 in Yorkshire, England, and in the late 19th century the Yorkie made its popularity to the United States. Since then is has remained one of the most desired breeds.
The standard for this Toy Breed is 5lbs to 7lbs. However, because of poor breeding practices that continue to take place, you will find a wide range of Yorkie sizes: from 3 lbs to 20 lbs. No matter what size, Toy Breeds such as the Yorkie are inside dogs, they do not and should not live outside. By leaving your Yorkie outdoors and unattended, you are risking theft of your dog (regardless of whether you have a fenced in yard), being picked up and killed by a hawk, eagle or other large bird and/or your dog could dig its way out of the backyard.
YORKIES ARE ADVENTUROUS LITTLE DOGS....
Although they are a small breed, they require a lot of exercise which includes but are not limited to walks and play time. The need plenty of attention and playtime is a great way to exercise and interact. It is always a good idea to keep various toys around for them to play with. They will mostly enjoy any game that interacts with their owners. They love room to run but should stay in a restrained area with the many hazards available to such a tiny animal. It is important to keep them on a harness and leash or within a closed off area where they cannot escape when you can not pay close attention. Being such a popular breed it is best to always keep these dogs within sight, as a lot of dog owners have toy breeds that never get them returned if lost or stolen. It is also a great idea to have them micro chipped for extra safety.
Yorkshire Terriers are very intelligent, but they can also be a little stubborn. They are fairly quick to learn with positive and consistent training. They may tend to get bored and it is important to make it a fun, positive experience for them. One way to teach your Yorkie new tricks is by holding a small treat in your hand. Treats and lots of praise tend to work well with Yorkies. It also helps to have a good sense of humor because they will try to "outsmart" you. Obedience training classes are also a great way to bond with your Yorkie while teaching them commands. Attending training classes will help you learn the best ways to deal with their dog's individual personalities. Also another positive of training classes is the social aspect. This teaches your new Yorkie how to focus on you, as it's owner.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO GROOM & CARE FOR A YORKSHIRE TERRIER?
The Yorkie's coat comes in a variety of colors and textures. It is non-shedding and good alternative for people with allergies. To keep the coat smooth and clean you need to brush them almost daily. Grooming can take a lot of time to brush, bathe and detail-groom this breed, so it is not uncommon for the Yorkie to be sporting a puppy-cut trim. Probably the main concern for maintaining a Yorkie's coat is keeping it from getting matted. When bathing it is important to use a conditioner and a moisturizing shampoo made for dogs. You should plan on bathing a minimum of once a month but this really depends on the environment in which they are kept. Yorkies do not have an undercoat to keep them warm in the winter, so they need a sweater or coat when going out in the colder weather.
BREED HEALTH CONCERNS
The Yorkshire Terrier breed has been known to have various types of health problems which include bronchitis, lymphangiectasia, Portosystemic shunt (Liver Shunt or MVD), cataracts and are prone to skin allergies. They may not respond well to yearly shots and may get injection reactions such as inflammation or hair loss. Genetic disorders have also been found in Yorkies which include but are not limited to hypoplasia of dens, Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome, luxating patella, tracheal collapse, bladder stones and occasionally seen Progressive Retinal Atrophy . It is important to keep you Yorkie(s) current on your States required immunizations and regular teeth cleanings. Due to their size, they can be susceptible to fragile bones. High falls or jumps can lead to problems with joints. The "smaller" Yorkies can be even more prone to health concerns and behavioral problems.
We are a Rescue so many of the Yorkies & Yorkie mixes that we place will vary in size, age and may have pre-exising health conditions like the ones aforementioned. We generally do not get puppies. If you are searching for a Yorkie puppy, we can provide you with information for reputable breeders who will interview you and put you on their waiting lists. Please understand that Yorkie911 Rescue does not provide cheap Yorkies for those who want a Yorkie but think they can not afford to purchase one from a reputable breeder. Our responsibility and priority lies in ensuring that all of the Yorkie's needs are met and he/she is matched with the best home environment possible.
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