Yorkshire Terrier Puppies
Have you been looking at Yorkshire Terrier puppies in your quest for a new dog?
Here’s everything you need to know about Yorkies to make a good decision!
Where To Get Yorkshire Terrier Puppies
If you’re committed to adopting, you can look around shelters. However, it can be difficult to find a purebred dog in shelters (especially one as popular as a Yorkie!), so you might have to settle for a mix or a dog that resembles one. You could also look for an older dog. Arthur…
You can also look at breed-specific rescues, though the requirements for adoption tend to be high. Rescues are notoriously picky in finding their dogs the best forever home. This might be easier for a Yorkie, however, as they have lower maintenance needs than, for example, a working breed.
Most people get their Yorkies from breeders though. While there’s nothing wrong with this, the best thing to do is ensure you’ve found an ethical breeder. Backyard breeders and puppy mills will churn out unsocialized and unhealthy puppies, leaving you with a lot of trouble down the line. While they can be tempting because of the cheap price tag attached, they’re best avoided, because the training and vet bills will certainly make up for it. Sometimes they aren’t even purebred Yorkies!
Make sure your breeder has AKC papers for the dogs, full health testing done on the parents, a spay/neuter contract in place and, perhaps most importantly, transparency and honesty when it comes to answering questions. You should feel comfortable asking them lots and getting a lot of information back in return. ZZ_ong…
Typically, Yorkies cost anywhere between $1500 and $3000, depending on their lines. Although this might seem steep, remember you’re paying for a well-socialized and healthy puppy! It’s worth it.
Yorkies are very small dogs, weighing around 7lb. They’re black and brown, with pricked ears, a long coat and compact body.
Yorkies are affectionate, but can be very demanding! They want lots of attention all the time so if you want a dog to be with a lot and truly spoil, the Yorkie may be for you. For those who want a dog who’s a little more independent and doesn’t want to be around their person all the time, a Yorkie may not be the best choice, sadly. Vitja…
Although they’re small, they have a surprising amount of energy! While their energy needs are moderate compared to other dogs simply because of their size, you’ll still have to walk this dog every day and ensure they have plenty of enrichment. They’re intelligent, but may need some patience when it comes to potty training. Their small size means it will take a while to gain bladder control!
They make good watchdogs, and are sure to bark and let you know if something is wrong. They can be very vocal.
Yorkshire Terrier Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Yorkies are prone to quite a few health problems, which is something to bear in mind. Pancreatitis and other issues can crop up. You can help avoid these by ensuring the parents are health-tested if you buy your puppy from a breeder, and keeping up with preventative vet visits.
Otherwise, you’ll have to keep up with the same veterinary needs as any other dog has. They’ll need their puppy shots as babies to protect them from parvovirus, distemper, and other horrible diseases that can be picked up from the ground and other dogs. Until they’ve had these, no taking them on walks. They’ll also need a rabies vaccine, and optional bordetella, which is a good idea to get as it protects them from kennel cough. Louis…
After all this, take them to the vet at least once a year for a check-up and booster shots. You should also keep them up to date on monthly flea and heartworm prevention.
When choosing a kibble for your dog, it’s important to remember the cheapest is not always the best. Many kibbles are full of fillers rather than nutrients, and this can be bad for your dog in the long run. Instead, make sure you’re asking your vet for advice and picking good food. Yorkies also do best on diets specifically for small breed dogs.
You should also avoid grain-free diets, which have been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Some owners choose to feed their dogs raw diets, but it’s important to do your research if this is your choice. Dogs have complex dietary needs and need more than just raw meat! Some subscription services will prepare the meals for you so you don’t have to do it yourself. Ralphie…
Yorkies don’t shed very much but you will have to brush them frequently to make sure they don’t get matted. They also may need some professional grooming to keep them in good shape.
Clean their ears and teeth regularly. You should also clip or file their nails when they start to tap on the floor. A lot of dogs hate this process, but you can provide lots of high-value treats to give them a positive association with it.