Yorkshire Terriers are tiny dogs that offer huge personalities. For this reason it comes as no surprise that you would love to own one. While the looks alone are reason to want one of your very own, there is more to this dog than its cuteness. This breed is a member of the Toy Group of dog breeds. They are lively and full of fun.
The clue to where they come from lies within their name. In this guide you will learn everything that you need to know about Yorkshire Terriers. This includes where they come from, what it is like to live with one of these cute pups, and tips for caring for them. In addition, this guide will help you decide whether or not a Yorkshire Terrier puppy is the right choice for your family pet. Here are 15 things that you can expect when you bring one of these dogs home with you.
In the United States the Yorkshire Terrier is the ninth most popular dog breed. However, the origins of this breed lie within England in the county of Yorkshire, hence the name. While everyone can agree that this is where the breed began, the history of the breed is relatively short and full of things that many disagree about. Some of the facts that we do know about this breed are that the terriers first appeared during the mid 1800s in England.
They were bred from several terrier group members. In fact, there are many breeds that may have been involved and the exact terriers that were used to come up with this breed are not truly known. The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest dogs in the world and is appreciated for its tenderness as well as its small size, which are just some of the reasons that this breed is extremely popular.
2. Eating Habits
One of the most common questions asked about caring for a Yorkshire Terrier is how much they should eat. Since these dogs are so tiny, it is a common fear of owners that they will feed them too much. Obesity is a common problem with any breed of dog, but can be especially detrimental to dogs that are so small to begin with.
The amount of food that a Yorkshire Terrier will need depends on several factors. This includes how old the dog is, the weight of the dog, and the amount of physical activity that the dog is involved in. If you are unsure of the amount of food that your particular pup needs, talk to your veterinarian as they are in the best position to recommend the amount of food that your dog requires, no matter what stage of life that it may be in.
The Yorkshire Terrier may be quite small and look quite cute, but contrary to its size, this is one brave dog that has a lot of energy. Unfortunately, because these dogs are so small and have such a tender appearance, many owners of these pups fail to train them properly. Since they are so small, owners tend to believe that training is not important because they do not feel like this tiny pup will be able to cause much damage.
However, good training is important for any dog, no matter what size they may be. It is important to remember that good training is equal to a happier dog. Using a proper trainer will ensure that your dog behaves in the way that you want it to, at least most of the time. This will lead to a healthier relationship between you and your pup as you will each know what to expect.
One important aspect of training your Yorkshire Terrier is socialization. It is important to begin socializing your pup at a very young age. From the first time that you bring your pup home you need to teach it to interact with people as well as other dogs. Good socialization training will help reduce the chances of your dog developing fears of things like skateboards and bicycles. It is important to introduce your dog to your neighborhood.
This includes the other dogs that live in the area as well as your people neighbors. This will help your pup become more acclimated to their new environment so that they feel safe in the place that they live. Make sure that you start this socialization training on the very first day that you bring your pup home. The earlier you begin the socialization process the easier it will be to train your pup how to behave around friends and neighbors.
Yorkshire Terriers may be small, but they have a lot of energy. Think of this breed of dog as you would a toddler. You have likely seen a 2 or 3 year old running around with endless amounts of energy, with their tired parents just trying to keep up. When you bring home a Yorkshire Terrier puppy, you need to expect it to have a lot of energy all of the time.
Prepare yourself to take your pup on walks each day. In addition, you will want to make sure that you make time to play with your puppy each day. You will find that they rarely tire of playing fetch or simply just running around. These small and mighty pups are going to keep you on your toes, so make sure you are prepared to give them the attention that they need. If you are not capable of giving this attention, this may not be the pup for you.
One of the characteristics of the Yorkshire Terrier that you are likely familiar with is its unique bark. These pups tend to bark a lot. If your puppy is barking excessively it could be because of several reasons. One of the reasons is quite simple, poor socialization. Socializing your pup early should help with this issue. Other reasons that Yorkshire Terriers may bark incessantly include stress, boredom, and loneliness.
It is important to create a safe space for your pup where they feel comfortable. These puppies have a lot of energy, so they need to be entertained quite often so they do not become bored. In addition, they enjoy attention, so they may become lonely if you leave them for long periods of time. Simple frustration may also cause your Yorkshire Terrier to bark a lot. Try to note the times they are barking and learn what may be the cause in order to find a solution.
7. As a Family Pet
If you have children and are planning to bring a Yorkshire Terrier into your home it is important to make sure that you discuss with your children about being extra careful when playing with these pups. As mentioned, these dogs are really small. Since they are small in size, children often will want to pick them up and treat them like one of their toys.
It is important to make sure that your children know that this is a living and breathing animal and because of this needs to be treated with respect. It is important to set rules and boundaries for your children when it comes to your new Yorkshire Terrier. As long as these rules are in place and followed, you will find that these puppies are really great family pets. They enjoy playing and have a lot of energy, and can be quite entertaining to your children when properly cared for.
In order to keep your Yorkshire Terrier looking his best, it is important to make sure that you are providing him with regular baths. You should plan on bathing your dog at least once every month or so. Of course, this is just a recommendation. There may be times when your pup needs an extra bath, for example after a walk through the garden or if he goes out in the rain and the mud.
The amount of bathing that you provide for your dog will greatly depend on the lifestyle that he leads. Dogs that are outside a lot need to be bathed more than dogs who are indoors most of the time with the occasional walk on sidewalks through the city. Be vigilant about keeping your dog’s fur clean because if you do not they not only will smell bad, but may develop rashes or other skin issues.
9. Dog Shampoo
When it comes to bathing your Yorkshire Terrier it is important to make sure that you are using the right type of shampoo. You should only use shampoos that are designed for dogs. Any other type of shampoo or soap may cause your dog to have an allergic reaction. This can cause all sorts of skin issues and may cause your dog to become very ill.
Read the package of the soap that you choose so that you know exactly what you are putting on their skin. In addition, it is important to make sure that you are taking good care of the perianal area. The fur in this area has to be cut regularly otherwise feces may become stuck in it and cause the dog to become quite smelly and gross as well as causing issues with bowel movements. A simple trim as needed can help to keep this from occurring.
10. Knotted Fur
The fur of a Yorkshire Terrier is quite long. For this reason it is recommended to use a conditioner after washing the fur with shampoo in order to avoid the fur from getting knotted. It is also important to dry the fur well after it is washed. Using a hair dryer is recommended as this is the best way to quickly dry his fur.
Make sure that you brush the fur as you are drying it as this will help to keep knots out of it. It is important to make sure that you are brushing your Yorkshire Terrier’s hair regularly, at least a couple of times each week. This will help to keep it looking its best. If your dog continuously gets knots in its fur you can consider an alternative cut for their fur and possibly find other options in order to avoid those tangles.
11. Eye Discharge
When you bring home a Yorkshire Terrier, there are a few things that you should know about their health. One issue that many of the dogs of this breed may have is a discharge that comes from around their eyes. This discharge can be quite sticky and it is important to take care when you try to remove it. You should never simply pull on this mucous.
It is important to make sure that you soften it using some type of moisture such as water. This will help to easy the removal process. Make sure that you use enough water or other eye drop solution that is recommended by your vet to make the discharge easy to remove. Pulling on the discharge without wetting it first can cause you to pull the hair around your dog’s eyes, which can cause a lot of pain. Take care to remove the discharge as quickly as possible so that it does not cause other issues.
12. Dental Care
This breed of dog has a lot of tartar build up. For this reason it is important to commit to brushing your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. There are several ways that you can help to keep our dog’s teeth clean. When brushing your dog’s teeth you will need to be very gentle. You also need to introduce this procedure to your dog at a very young age so that it is something that they are used to.
Make sure that you only use a toothpaste that is recommended for dog’s. The toothpaste that humans use is toxic to dogs and needs to be avoided. There are special treats available that you can provide your pup with as well. These are often in the form of bones that will help to get rid of tartar buildup that occurs in your dog’s mouth. Make sure to carefully read labels before giving any type of treat to your pup.
13. Ear Care
The ears of a Yorkshire Terrier typically will not stand up at all. They struggle to make their ears stand up. This may cause some issues with your pup, but in most cases standing ears are simply not natural for this breed. If you want to help your dog stand his ears you can shave the fur located around the back of the ear.
This will make the ears weigh less, which will make it easier to stand. These dogs also have hair inside their ear. This hair should never be cut. It can be plucked out in order to promote the health of the ear. Ask your vet to show you how to safely pluck this hair from your dog’s ear. You should never do this yourself if you have no experience with it as this can cause your pet unnecessary pain, which is not something any pet owner wants.