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Everything You Need To Know About Yorkshire Terriers
They love to be loved! Our bubbly little friends are very interesting and here you can find out everything about them.
This breed originated in England but since then they have traveled the globe and are now an integral part of families all over the world.
Although they were bred for hunting it is hard to imagine them doing anything other than playing and enjoying life. Yorkies are a bundle of fun and if looked after properly will provide you with years of joy and companionship.
A good pedigree is capable of living for up to fifteen years and it is not surprising for someone to have two of them, after all they are cute! And looking so cute...you might want to take a look at our yorkie apparel to keep them warm or even all the lovely yorkie gifts!
They love to go everywhere you go and if they can't they snuggle up to something that reminds them of you. Have no doubt that your Yorkie loves you as much as you love them.
During the many years that you enjoy with your Yorkie you must remember that the most important thing is that you learn how to look after him/her. By doing this you are virtually ensuring that they live a long and healthy life.
They were originally bred to be something called a 'ratter.' This means that people used Yorkshire Terriers to hunt down (chase) and kill rats that were bothering people in their homes and neighborhoods.
This dog, also known as the Yorkie, was developed from mixed breeding (like many purebred dogs) of several other kinds of terriers. Now people are happy with Yorkies the way they are. They are the perfect little companion dog.
These days Yorkshire Terriers can do many different activities. They are not only good companions but they participate in obedience, rally, agility, conformation, go-to-ground (earthdog competitions), flyball, canine freestyle (dog dancing), tracking, and pet therapy. Yorkies also love to perform tricks.
Yorkies are very small dogs. They grow to be six or seven inches in height, and weigh about seven pounds as an adult.
At birth, the Yorkie's coat is black and tan, but that changes as the pup grows up. The black part of the coat will become a steely-bluish color! Notice how different the puppy on the right looks from the dog below.
The Yorkie's coat is very beautiful and luxurious. The hair on the back of the dog parts down the middle and covers his body very evenly. The hair, or fur, is very soft and silky. There is a lot of hair around the face, so many people tie it up into a bow to keep it out of the dog's eyes.
Yorkies love excitement. It doesn't take much coaxing to get them interested in doing fun things. They are smart and they have lots of energy, so giving them things to do is a very good thing and will keep your Yorkie happy and content, and out of trouble.
Yorkies enjoy hide and seek, fetch, games and other activities like agility, tracking, obedience, conformation, and earthdog competitions. Some even dance in what we call Canine Freestyle!
Spend lots of time with your new pup from an early age so he is comfortable with you. Roll him over, touch his feet, look at his teeth, and brush him gently. This will help him get used to being handled and he will be a better companion when he is older.
Like any small dog, the people in a Yorkie's life must treat him carefully and gently. Rough play with a puppy or even a full grown dog can be harmful.
Grooming Your Dog
You will need to groom your Yorkie every day with a brush and comb, or the hair will become tangled and matted. If your family can't groom him often, you may want to have a professional groomer do it, or even cut his hair shorter so that it's easier to handle.
Yorkshire Terriers don't need a lot of exercise,
but they should not lay around the house all day long
Adventurous Yorkies love a long walk once or twice a day. It's healthy for him to get out and move his muscles. Even if you have a yard, it's important to go for long walks. Exercise will keep your dog's heart strong so that he lives for a long time. Make sure he wears a leash, though, because some Yorkies like to chase things!
Going to a dog park, the beach, a mall, or to a friend's house is a great way to visit other dogs, and meet new people. This is called socializing and it helps your dog become a good citizen.
Know Your Breed
Having a tiny breed of dog is a big responsibility. Because the Yorkie is so small, he can be injured very easily. Things like falling, being stepped on, or bothered by other, bigger dogs can be a serious situation for such a delicate dog. Their bones can break easily.
The owner of a Yorkie has to make a commitment to be especially watchful and protective of their dog.
Because Yorkies are so small, take care that he stays warm, and out of cold breezes. Some people like to put sweaters on their dog to help them stay warm.
Yorkies are very brave and courageous, and they can be a little stubborn when they want something. They can act like a big dog in a small body. Starting obedience at an early age will help him become a good citizen, help him to have good manners, and keep him from getting into unsafe situations.
Yorkshire Terriers are lively dogs who sometimes enjoy barking. They think it's important to watch out for strangers and things that look and sound different. Your dog may need extra training so that he doesn't bark too much.
Because Yorkshire Terriers are small, they make great dogs for condos and apartments. They like to live in the city or the country.
Your Yorkie may be a little difficult to housebreak. But if you are kind, patient, and persistent, your dog will learn.
Yorkshire Terriers like to be social. That means that they like to spend their time with others: people or dogs. They get very lonely when left alone too much. Dogs that are left alone a lot can become destructive and bark too much. This is called separation anxiety. Try to make sure that your Yorkie has lots of company.
Feeding a Yorkie requires special care. Because he is so small, he can easily eat too much and gain weight. A dog that weighs too much will not be healthy.
It's a good idea to keep an eye on his teeth, because Yorkies can have dental problems if they don't get a nutritious diet.