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.
wonderful watchdogs, little protecter, Big dog attitude, perfect lapdog, true companion dog, yorkie love
puppy mills, strangers, house breaking, Regular grooming, seizure disorder, bark, little kids
therapy dog certificate, small dog personality, pee pad indoors, regular dental cleanings
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..
From PetIQ Feb 23 2018 4:13AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 52 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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