Yorkshire Terrier:

 

The Yorkshire terrier is a small dog breed of Terrier type, developed in the 1800s in the historical area of Yorkshire in England. The defining features of the breed are its small size, less than 7 pounds, and its silky blue and tan coat. The breed is nicknamed Yorkie and is placed in the Toy Terrier section of the Terrier Group.


Yorkshire Terriers are worth every bit of effort we put in to them as they will reward you a hundred fold in enjoyment and unwavering companionship.


Yorkshire Terriers are truly unique in both their small size and their big personalities.


They are a toy breed, and a full-grown Yorkie will not weigh more than seven pounds. This makes them a great pet for those people that want a dog, but don't have space to take care of a larger breed.


Don't let the small size of a Yorkshire Terrier mislead you; they are a terrific watchdog and have the attitude of a full sized dog when it comes to protecting their territory.



Puppy coats


A newborn Yorkie puppy is born black with tan points on the muzzle, above the eyes, around the legs and feet and toes, the inside of the ears, and the underside of the tail. Occasionally Yorkies are born with a white "star" on the chest or on one or more toes. These markings fade with age, and are usually gone within a few months. A white "star" on the chest is generally an indication that the puppy will be a good coat grower in quantity, but not necessarially quality.

It may take up to three years or more for the coat to reach its final color. The adult dog's color cannot be exactly predicted.


Hypoallergenic coats


The typical fine, straight, and silky Yorkshire terrier coat has also been listed by many popular dog information websites as being hypoallergenic. In comparison with many other breeds, Yorkies do not shed to the same degree, only losing small amounts when bathed or brushed. All dogs shed, and it is the dog's dander and saliva that trigger most allergic reactions. Allergists do recognize that at times a particular allergy patient will be able to tolerate a particular dog, but they agree that "the luck of the few with their pets cannot be stretched to fit all allergic people and entire breeds of dogs. "The Yorkshire terrier coat is said to fall out only when brushed or broken, or just said to not shed. Although neither of those statements agree with what biologists, veterinarians, and allergists know about dog fur, allergists "think there really are differences in protein production between dogs that may help one patient and not another" meaning that some allergic people may not have allergic reactions to a specific dog, like the Yorkie.

Character


Well, the Yorkshire Terrier is a true terrier, and with this it has some natural hunting instincts. They are known for the intelligence and ability to figure things out. This comes from their amazing hunting ability, where in the past they were required to decide how to get to rats and other vermin that they were tracking.


In addition to being very intelligent dogs, they are also very loving and loyal pets. They bond quickly to caring and loving people, and enjoy being a part of the family.


Yorkies love to be petted and enjoy spending time with humans and are truly a joy to be around.


Yorkshire Terriers tend to bond more strongly with mature people or older children, and can be sometimes a bit nervous of younger children.


If younger children are taught not to tease or scare the Yorkie they can get along very nicely.


As with any small dog, young children want to constantly pick-up and carry the Yorkie, and the Yorkie may find this handling stressful if the children are not taught to hold them properly.


They are terrific at protecting the house, yard and other possessions, and will bark loudly if any strangers approach their territory. Due to their small size they are not too intimidating, but they are great at letting owners know if strangers or strange animals are around.


The Yorkshire Terrier is a good family dog. Despite its small size it is an excellent watchdog, and can be taught to bark and then stop on command. The Yorkie loves to interact with the family, and will quickly find a favorite spot on the coach or a lap to sit on.

Lifespam


Yorkshire Terriers are a long-lived dog, with a life expectancy of fifteen or more years. They are a very healthy breed, and have few serious conditions (especially when you follow some tips to ensure you buy a healthy well tempered Yorkie).


Yorkshire Terriers are able to adjust to new environments relatively easily. They do need lots of love and human attention, and they enjoy interacting with people on a continual basis.


Exercise


The Yorkshire Terrier will naturally keep itself exercised even in a small apartment.


They love to go for walks, but the distance traveled is not as important as the time out investigating a new area.


They enjoy playing and running, and are very athletic. They don't require a large yard, provided they have some opportunity to exercise daily. Yorkies do not do well in cold or damp weather, and should be kept dry and warm as much as possible.

Grooming


The beautiful long and silky coat of the Yorkshire Terrier takes less care than you may be expecting.


Weekly grooming and regular trimming of the coat is all that is needed to keep your Yorkie looking neat and trim. Professional grooming is not necessary , but may be beneficial for clipping and shaping of the coat.


One of the benefits to the Yorkies silky coat is that it is true hair, not fur like many other dogs. Because the coat is hair, not fur, there is little shedding and may be less problematic for people with allergies.


In addition the Yorkie has no undercoat, so is less difficult to bath and groom than other breeds of dogs.


Since this breed loves attention, grooming soon becomes a very positive event, and the dogs learn to enjoy this time with their owners and caregivers.










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