Caring for a Yorkshire terrier: Facts You Should Know

An Introduction to the Yorkie – A Little Bit about Its History

Yorkshire terrier

The renowned Yorkshire terrier is also known as Yorkie. It is the third most famous dog breed in the United States. At first they originated from the Yorkshire of England. During Victorian times, these little dogs worked in mines and cotton factories as ratters in order to control the problematic rats in great numbers. Furthermore they are very skilled in hunting small animals that live in burrows and dens, hence they became very popular and eventually they left those lifeless environments nowadays and finally moved to our homes growing up into society.

Due to its small structure and cute appearance the royal and upper class society of England begun to adopt the breed as a fashion statement. They liked to carry it everywhere in their arms or in their handbags showing off as it was believed it was a style quotient those days. Hence they were called lap dogs.

But Yorkies of today are very tiny than the Victorian dogs. People from America started adopting them and took them to their homes from England due its popularity, this is how they started to move in to America. And finally the American kennel club officially recognized the Yorkshire terrier in 1885.

A Few Stats about the Yorkie

The height of Yorkies height is measured between 6-9 inches at the shoulder and average weight of about 4-6 pounds. Yorkies haves silky and shiny coat that vary in different captivating colour combinations such as black and gold, blue and gold, blue and tan, black and tan etc. Some may have parti-colours; which means ‘different colours’ which makes them very attractive and unique.

Tips on Caring for a Yorkie

Here we list out some information to take care your cute, little, lovable Yorkies.

Foods that should not be given to a Yorkie

Yorkie Food

Studies and evidences shows that, some commercially available dog-foods are not good for dogs as we think. Hence home cooked foods are much better than the dog-foods that are available in the market. Basically you should have good knowledge on canine foods. Some of the foods for humans may cause serious ill-effects to canine.

Onion, garlic, chocolate, grapes, raisins, seeds, green potatoes, most bones, broccoli, yeast dough, coffee, greens, spoiled foods, corn, soy, raw eggs, raw fishes, nutmeg, avocado, highly fatty foods are the food items could cause potential health hazards for dogs. Even for Yorkies.

Yorkies have small and delicate digestive system, so giving them small meals in periodical intervals would be preferable. You can even offer them home cooked chicken, fish, lamb, beef, sweet potatoes with some rice and also boiled eggs are comfortable for their delicate stomach. Providing wet food along with dry foods of nutritional value is recommended.

Factoring in the Time and Expense of Owning a Yorkie Pup

Buying a Yorkie – Usually the Yorkie is an expensive breed, as it belongs to the toy group. Depending upon from where you are buying; whether from an animal shelter, or a rescue home or from a reputable breeders, the price could range anywhere from $50 – $1000. Some may even charge high, say $10,000.The reason for this varying prices includes the pup’s shots, training, possible neutering and so on.

Grooming – You have to brush your Yorkie’s hair every day in order to avoid matting and knots. Their nails are needed to be trimmed and the coat can be trimmed once in a month.

Food – Feeding your Yorkie doesn’t cost as much as other dogs do, as they consume in little amounts unlike the large breeds. So feed your Yorkie with nutritional food in little amounts.

Veterinary Care – Vaccinations, neutering, spaying and other treatments are required depending upon the dog’s health and sex of the dog. Female dogs are more expensive in terms of medical conditions.

Besides the Heat, Yorkies May Pant if they are anxious or suffering from any Illness

Like all other dogs, Yorkie’s sweat glands are located in its paw pads and around the nose. When the dog becomes warm or overheated it usually pants to cool down the system.

But sometimes they can exhibit more panting due to various health issues like circulatory or respiratory problems or suffering from seizures or may be feeling anxious.

Training Your Yorkie

Yorkie Training

Yorkie ranked 27th in obeying their master’s commands. Many researches proved that small sized dogs are able to recognise various commands easily, from their masters. Training a Yorkie puppy is not as difficult as other dogs do. Hence you can guide them easily, to follow some commands and instructions such as; stay, come, sit, and lie down, for the sake of avoiding behavioural issues.

It would take time and patience to make them understand. The habit of rewarding his favourite food as a treat can fetch you good response. Petting and caressing them frequently creates a positive effect from them.

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