Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Yorkie
The Yorkshire Terrier, like any terrier, was originally developed to pursue and hunt down vermin like rats. During the Victorian era, this tough customer was transformed into a high fashion pet with a ton of personality. Now officially a toy breed-- and one of America's top ten most popular purebred dogs-- a well-trained, well-bred Yorkie can steal your heart. The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America (YTCA) sums them up with the phrase,"big dogs in little bodies." They may have some attitude, but they can be trained to make an easy-going, easy-to-carry pet for the owner who can offer loving guidance. They can be a bit yappy toward strangers, but this quality can also make them a good watchdog.
All Yorkies weigh less than seven pounds. If you're seeking an ethical breeder of purebred Yorkies, be aware that the YTCA states that reputable breeders don't breed "rare" colors nor do they advertise "miniature" or "teacup" sizes.
Appearance / health:
The Yorkie has a very long, fine and silky coat that parts along the spine and falls straight down on each side. The head is delicate, refined and flat; muzzle is of medium length; the teeth are regular and the nose small and black. Eyes are dark, luminous and animated, with dark rims; ears are triangular in shape, small and erect, with dark hair. The tail is docked to half of its original length, carried level with the back; limbs are straight, feet round, and nails black.
Yorkies require near constant grooming in order to prevent matting of their fine, silky hair. The hair on top of the head is quite profuse and is usually gathered and tied into a topknot. They are an extremely light shedder and are very frequently tolerated by individuals with allergies to dogs.
The Yorkshire Terrier is an active small dog requiring a daily walk if, for no other reason, to provide an outlet for any dog’s natural inclination (primal instinct) to walk. Otherwise, a good playtime, running through the apartment or house, will suffice for exercise for this busy little breed.
The “teacup” Yorkie which is being heavily advertised by unethical breeders is not a legitimate variation of the Yorkshire Terrier breed, and is exceptionally prone to severe physical, neurological, mental, and behavioral problems. These tiny dogs most often have far shorter live-spans than the normal sized Yorkie. Buying one of these “teacup” Yorkies is quite often nothing more than buying yourself a lot of veterinary expense and heartache. Know your breeder.
Behavior / temperament:
The Yorkshire Terrier is one breed wherein the key word is “socialization.” Take care not to pamper this little breed as doing so most often results in a neurotic, aloof, demanding and nippy little dog. Early and frequent socialization during puppyhood will reward you with a happy little Yorkie that is pleasant upon meeting other people and animals. The emotionally balanced Yorkie can be described as a confident, spirited, affectionate, vivacious, brave and intelligent little dog. Though often viewed as a companion to pamper, don’t forget that the Yorkie is a terrier and has many terrier characteristics, including stubbornness, willfulness and an independent streak. Yorkies make excellent little watch dogs, alerting their owner to anything out of the ordinary.
The Yorkshire Terrier is rated high in learning and problem solving, but low in obedience. They are extremely intelligent and learn easily; however, failure to show them that you are the boss and/or spoiling them will result in a small tyrant training you.
Yorkies do enjoy barking and can become nuisance barkers if not properly trained when very young when it is and is not appropriate to bark.
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Ideal for one person
The Yorkshire Terror, a ferocious personality packed into a tiny frame. We got our yorkie as a family dog. Well, she had other plans. She chose one family member and bonded hard. She was protective of her and wouldn't allow anyone to share a couch. Little but opinionated dog, picky with food, selective with people, but cute, cute, cute. They are a big dog tucked inside that tiny body. A bold character, high energy, they can do anything a big dog can do, but also fit on your lap. They need plenty of regular baths to keep their hair nice, and grooming too. These dogs are a perfect companion for one person but they aren't a well rounded family dog, and not great with small animals due to their high prey drive. I would recommend them more for a single-dweller so the dog never feels like it has to share..
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From Rachel_Muur_DVM 6 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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