Yorkshire Terriers are also known as Yorkies, are sweet cuddly dogs. The breed developed during the 19th century, the Yorkshire Terrier, originated in Yorkshire, a county in northern England.
Yorkies are small terriers that weigh up to seven pounds. They have a floor-length, silky coat of steel blue and a rich golden tan. Yorkies are brave, feisty, and sometimes bossy. Yorkies live long and have low-allergen hair just like humans. They are also fantastic watchdogs as they pay attention to everything! Yorkies are good apartment dogs; they are small and do not need a lot of space to exercise. They are sensitive to cold and prone to chills, so they need to be protected appropriately. Make sure that they have access to their blanket when they are feeling cold.
Yorkies should be eating high-quality dog food, whether it's dog food from the store or home-prepared, that has been suggested by your breeder or a veterinarian. It is crucial to introduce new foods into their diet slowly. Your Yorkie should be fed 2-3 times daily. When a Yorkie goes without eating for too long, they can experience an upset stomach, vomiting, or hypoglycemia, which can cause weakness, seizures, fainting, and even death if it isn't recognized and treated quickly.
Treats are good for training, but giving too many treats can cause excessive weight gain. Make sure to use healthy dog treats that are made with one ingredient! You can also give them small pieces of apple, they will love it! The average weight for a Yorkie is about 4 to 7 pounds, so adults may need anywhere between 150 and 250 calories per day. They also require a steady influx of energy to prevent hypoglycemia that can cause seizures and brain damage.
For the first three months, let your Yorkie eat freely. Then between 3 months and 1 year, your Yorkie should have scheduled meal times. Once your pup is old enough, we suggest a feeding schedule, it will make potty training easier by helping you predict when your little one will need to go outside or to use their pee pad.
Plan for 3-4 meals per day around:
Morning when your pup wakes up
Late evening about 2 hours before bed
Yorkies need to be brushed and their eyes wiped daily. To avoid eye irritation, you should trim the upper part of their hair or pull it into a topknot. Make sure to check their ears to see if they have any signs of infections. You can get them use to brushing and getting their ears checked by gently massaging and brushing daily at a young age. Make sure to brush your Yorkie before washing them; it is impossible to brush while their hair is wet. Begin at the top and work your way done while brushing your Yorkie to get all the knots out.
Yorkies need exercise daily, like going on at a steady pace or playing fetch with them. Going on a walk two times a day is likely enough for your Yorkie. They will enjoy walking around and taking in the scenery while they burn off some energy. Participating in dog sports such as obedience or agility will also provide beneficial activity to keep them healthy while challenging his mind.
Yorkies love their owners and are very intelligent and eager to please. We suggest that you introduce them into new situations and environments slowly. Yorkies are sensitive dogs and need a calm and happy atmosphere. Yorkies can sometimes be stubborn to train; we recommend that you start training your puppy or dog as soon as you bring them home. Offering praise and treats for good behaviour will work better than harsh corrections. Starting at an early age, Yorkies should be socialized to strange situations, people, or other dogs.
Yorkies are generally healthy dogs with a lifespan of 13-15 beautiful years. Yorkies may sometimes have a delicate digestive system, with vomiting or diarrhea due to food consumption outside of their regular diet. We highly recommend that you feed them according to their size and age, do not forget to add some fresh fruit for them to nibble on! If you have any questions about training your puppy or what to feed them, please let us know, we are here to help!