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Yorkie love! Nothing compares to the unbridled, enthusiastic love of a fun and fuzzy Yorkshire terrier. They’re packed with personality and zest for life, and they make wonderful companions for those lucky enough to become their family. Want to know more about this sprightly toy breed? Yorkie people have these breed facts memorized.
Yorkies are super-active
These little guys are bundles of energy! Whether it’s a healthy romp in the yard or a walk around the block, they need some time every day to run and roam. You can keep the pace easy when you walk them, however, so those little legs don’t get worn out.
Yorkies + apartment living = success
Yorkshire terriers can make great apartment dogs. Though they’re bouncy, they’re small, so you can even exercise them indoors if you need to. Caveat: be sure to work on their barking tendencies with good training and socialization, because Yorkies can be noisy.
They’re a tad difficult to potty train
Like many little humans, Yorkies can be tough to potty train. Some pet lovers have found success through crate training (which can help dogs feel safe and secure), and by taking them out regularly for potty breaks. Make sure to give them lots of encouragement and love instead of scolding them for accidents.
Yorkies are fashion-forward friends
There’s no other breed that can pull off a smokin’ style like a Yorkshire terrier! Dress them up or down, and accessorize them in everything from dog hoodies to crystal-encrusted collars. Your Yorkie deserves to be glamorous.
They may be tiny, but they’re fierce!
Though they’re only pint-sized pups, Yorkshire terriers have big personalities. They’re always willing to stand up for themselves (even against dogs double their size), and their spunky temperament has earned this breed the nickname “the tomboy toy.” Confident and courageous, a Yorkie won’t back down…and that’s one of the reasons we love them.
Yorkshire terriers can peacefully coexist with kids
Yorkies are known for not being great with young kids, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible to have a Yorkie and young kids living under the same roof! Willow was a year and a half old when my first baby came along and she was four years old when my second baby was born. It wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine at every moment, but Willow has learned to respect the kids because I have taught them (and still teaching them) to respect her. The only time she has ever snapped in warning is frankly when one of the kids deserved a warning. She gives my three year old kisses and loves a good belly rub from her! They play tug-of-war and fetch and are great friends. I don’t allow my one year old around her too often, because he is still rough and does not understand yet how to be gentle enough. Bottom line is that your dog looks to you for their comfort and protection. If you can’t provide that for them they will feel like they need to protect themselves. Being such a small dog, the only way they know how to protect themselves is give a warning snap to try and tell someone, “I am uncomfortable, please stop.” If the dog has elevated to an aggressive bite than he/she has already reached their limit and does not feel protected. This can be prevented, so please watch out for your dogs signals. Some are more tolerant than others. Learn your dog, and help keep him comfortable in his environment! ☺️
Yes, Yorkies have gotten a bad rap when it comes to coexisting with kids. This might be due to a Yorkie’s size and a child’s tendency to play rough. Children need to be taught that even small dogs must be respected and handled gently. Your Yorkie also needs to be redirected if she snaps or growls at your little one and rewarded for behaving around kids. With persistence and training, Yorkies and kiddos can truly bond and make a magnificent, mischievous team.
Yorkie hair is similar to human hair!
Known for glossy, shiny strands, these dogs need to be brushed out regularly, which is the only way to avoid mats and tangles. Alternatively, keep their hair sassy and short (you just might want to hit up a professional for the job). It is true that Yorkies don’t shed much, which makes them great for people with allergies. But be warned: no dog breed is actually 100% hypoallergenic since they all have dander, which is typically the true cause of allergies.
Yorkshire terriers have humble beginnings
You’d never know from their fabulous looks (and attitudes), but Yorkshire terriers were actually bred to catch rats in mines and textile mills. My, how far these little guys have come.
Yorkies need extra dental care
Unfortunately, Yorkshire terriers are prone to dental problems and will generally need to visit the doggy dentist a few times during their lifetime to deal with tartar and other issues.
Brave little dogs
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Have you ever heard of the dog Smoky? This courageous Yorkie was a World War II hero who parachuted out of airplanes and went on more than 100 missions. Once these missions were over, her owner Corporal Bill Wynne took her to visit injured soldiers, making her one of the first known therapy dogs. Learn more about the incredible Smoky here.
Yorkies won’t turn down a cuddle party
A lover of all things comfortable, the Yorkshire terrier enjoys cuddling with loved ones and snuggling into everything soft and fluffy. They typically bond intensely to one person and give them lots of extra affection. Lucky!
Yes…they can get a little loud
Yorkies were bred to alert humans to the presence of rats in textile mills, so they know how to use their lungs. On the plus side, Yorkies make excellent guard dogs because they’ll always let you know that someone is approaching. On the other hand…there’s that shrill Yorkie bark. As with any dog, if you take the time to train and socialize your pup, you should be able to get the bark under control.