The Yorkshire Terrier originates from the UK town of Yorkshire where they get their namesake. In 1885, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized these small but expressive pups as part of the toy group. Yorkshire Terriers were first bred as “ratters” or dogs that could shimmy into small spaces to control rat populations. While they are now the most popular dog in the U.S. for being a wonderful companion, they haven’t lost their sense of adventure or determination.
These dogs’ behavior is often described as loving and affectionate or stubborn and mischievous. It is best to begin training and socializing early to avoid any possible behavioral issues or bad habits. Terriers are somewhat easy to train and have an average intelligence of a canine. They do, however, need to be given frequent potty breaks while being trained. It may also be a good idea to get potty pads while your puppy is still learning. Be sure to also curb their barking when possible. Though they are small, their bark can be heard all over the neighborhood if you let them.
As with any pooch, you should research the Yorkshire Terrier breed before adopting a puppy. This can be done online or by speaking to one of our breeders. You should also research the best training methods for the breed as well as possible dietary issues.
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If you wish to adopt a Yorkshire Terrier be sure to do so from a reliable breeder or shelter. That way you will understand the health and behavior of your new family member.
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Yorkshire Terriers also need plenty of love and affection from you and your loved ones. These terriers thrive in a loving family and will become extremely loyal and be caring over time. These dogs can become very anxious and lonely when left alone for long stretches of time. This may make them destructive or difficult to train.
Be sure to socialize them immediately after adoption and work with them so they remain calm and collected no matter who is at the door. That being said, Yorkshire terriers are known for being wonderful watchdogs. Since they are prone to barking, they will be able to alert you of a possible break-in or the squirrel sitting on the porch.
Yorkshire Terriers have large personalities that contrast their stature. That being said, they are very happy in any space as long as they are with their owner. As a toy breed, Yorkshire Terriers are wonderful for apartments or small homes. They do need moderate amounts of exercise in order to stay calm and keep your home looking neat and tidy.
Yorkshire Terriers are generally healthy. They do, however, need moderate exercise and healthy food to keep them healthy and happy. These dogs (as many other breeds) need nutritious food filled with vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. They can be fed dry or wet food and should either be fed at east three times a day or free-fed throughout the day. This will keep their blood sugar level.
These dogs are prone to hypoglycemia if they do not eat. Be sure to purchase a food they enjoy. Otherwise, you are putting your pup at risk.
These dogs also suffer from eye disorders in their own age. Be sure to have regular vet checks that involve on your pooch’s eye health.
This dog is perfect for a new or first-time owner. As mentioned above these dogs are fairly easy to train and will be patient with their owner. Be sure to use positive reinforcement with these dogs because they are sensitive and can become stubborn easily. For best results, you should train your pup with the help of a local trainer. This way you both will have more confidence and knowledge.
These pups are somewhat hypoallergenic and rarely shed. This is perfect for any dog lover with allergies or sinus issues. That being said your pooch will still need to have their teeth cleaned and be bathed once a week. Brushing should be done every day or every other day.
As mentioned previously, this is a high-energy breed that will need to get rid of excess energy. This way, they remain relaxed and will keep your home cleaner and less chaotic. Yorkshire Terriers do adore being snuggled after a long day, however. They will always be happy to relax on the couch after a walk or curl up with you and a good book.
Yorkies are usually eight to nine inches in height and four to six pounds in weight.
Yorkshire Terriers live for 13 to 16 years.