Yorkshire Terriers are small dogs with beady eyes, ankle-length hair, and a hairpin on a small head. Having a Yorkie and wearing it under your arm or in your purse is very stylish.
But deciding to get yourself such a pet, do not forget that the Yorkshire Terrier is not an original toy, but a dog, a living creature with its own character and characteristics that require careful care and attention. Potential owners have many questions, many of which you will find answers to in this article.
Where do Yorkshire Terriers come from?
Small terriers first appeared in Scotland, they were brought to Yorkshire, England, Scottish weavers.
What is the size and lifespan of a Yorkie?
The weight of an adult animal must not exceed 3.175 kg. The height at the withers is not limited by the standard and can reach 28 cm. Novice dog breeders are advised to be very careful in choosing what we call mini-Yorkies since, in this group of animals, dogs with signs of degeneration are often found. And the point is not only in a spherical head, bulging eyes, an open fontanelle, a humped back, a weakened type of constitution, but also in the fact that among this category of animals, various hereditary diseases are much more often observed. And the life expectancy of very small specimens is often short – from 2 to 6 years, while Yorkies live an average of 12-14 years or more.
What is the color of the Yorkie?
According to the standard, the Yorkie has a steel color with a special shade from blue to dark blue and golden-red hair on the head, legs, chest, and under the tail. When choosing a puppy that is black with gold spots, you should first focus on the color of the parents.
Is Yorkshire Terrier’s coat hypoallergenic?
Yes. While no dog breed is completely hypoallergenic, Yorkshire Terriers are great options for people with pet allergies because they have hair, not fur, and don’t shed.
Is it really easy to keep a Yorkshire Terrier clean?
Of course, since it is enough to teach a dog from puppyhood to “walk” in a certain place of your apartment and take it outside at a time convenient for you.
Does grooming a Yorkshire Terrier require professional skills?
Absolutely not, it is enough to comb the coat and clean the eyes daily. However, if the hassle with long hair is burdensome for you, cut your dog’s hair, unless of course, your Yorkie will not participate in exhibitions.
Do Yorkies often suffer from dermatitis and other skin diseases?
Not more often than other dogs. It is enough to regularly comb, wash, keep the bedding clean, treat the animal from endo- and ectoparasites, feed it correctly, and get vaccinated on time. This advice applies equally to any purebred dog that lives in your home.
Are there any peculiarities of feeding a Yorkie?
In principle, no. At your request, you can feed it with meat, vegetables, fruits, cottage cheese, small amounts of rice or buckwheat porridge, or use ready-made feeds in which all nutritional elements are perfectly balanced: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, and trace elements. It is convenient, practical, and easy to digest.
Are Yorkies aggressive?
This tiny terrier, due to its hereditary inclinations, is aggressive towards mice, rats, and sometimes towards strangers. He is a hunter and guards. But the Yorkie has a very plastic psyche and he easily adapts to the lifestyle and behavior of his master. Surprisingly, at the same time, the Yorkie has a very strong character and grief to the one he disliked. Fortunately, this is extremely rare.