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Yorkshire Terrier: Temperament, Exercise, Grooming, Health (Yorkie)
Also known as: Yorkie
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About Yorkshire Terrier
Country of Origin, History of the breed
As a hunting group, terriers
were brought up to have a feisty nature and
a high level of courage and tenacity to be
able to chase small, burrowing animals over
a long distance. The Yorkshire Terrier too
was bred for all these qualities, to chase
and kill rats, mice and other vermin.
As its name suggests, the
Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire
County and the neighboring Manchester County.
In the mid-nineteenth century, craftsmen from
Scotland who came to Yorkshire for work, brought
with them several different varieties of small
long-coated terriers, generally known as Scottish
Although the specific breeds that
make up the Yorkshire Terrier are not known, some
breeds are commonly thought to be its ancestors.
The Scotsmen seeking employment in and around Yorkshire
is believed to have brought with them certain terrier
breeds such as the Clydesdale, Paisley, Skye and
Waterside, some of which are now extinct. The Yorkie
was first brought in the United States in the year
1872 and was one of the first twenty five breeds
to be approved by the American Kennel Club. At the
time of the Victorian era, the Yorkshire Terrier
gained particular popularity among the Americans.
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A General Appearance of
One of the first things to notice
about a Yorkshire Terrier is its hairy, long coat
and a small but well proportioned body. Though a
toy breed, the Yorkshire Terries exudes ample intelligence
and vitality, which reflects its activeness. Short
and erect, the Yorkshire Terrier has a small head
with a prominent set of eyes, and a short muzzle
with a deep black nose. Their ears are v-shaped,
pointed and should stand erect. Both front and hind
legs are straight,with elbows neither turned inwards
nor outwards, when viewed from front or back. Yorkshire
Terriers have a small, straight tail and a slightly
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Male : 7 - 9 inches
Female : 7 - 9 inches
Male: 4-7 LBS
Female: 3 - 7 LBS
Temperament of the Dog
Despite their small structure,
the Yorkshire Terrier has an attitude that is so
exuberant and courageous, it would lead us to believe
that the dog is not aware of its actual size. Though
a toy breed, this dog displays ample courage and
alertness which makes it a perfect home guard. This
is also because of the fact that the Yorkshire Terriers
owing to their origin(as a vermin hunter, ratter)
have an acute sense of hearing.
Although Yorkshire Terriers usually
live peacefully and in harmony,even with outside
pets, they can be at times very territorial, especially
the male yorkies. This is why introduction of a
new pet cat or dog should be done very carefully.
In case you are planning to keep a hamster or a
rat(as a pet) along with your Yorkshire Terrier,
drop the idea!
Due to their hunting instincts,
your Yorkie is sure to devour your other pet, unless
of course you plan to watch over like a hawk.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
A Yorkshire Terrier is undoubtedly
an indoor pet and rightly so, considering some of
its basic characteristics. Firstly, the yorkie has
a small, light body structure and is surely very
easy to carry and barely takes up any space. Despite
having a hairy coat, the yorkie hardly ever sheds,
making it a true blessing for those of us allergic
to dog hair.
Moreover, the dog is swift, alert
and yet graceful, and is sure to inform you of just
about any intruder. If you do not have a big house
or a very spacious backyard, you can still keep
a yorkie, for this is one breed that needs hardly
Also, the Yorkshire Terrier is
above all a fairly well behaved, peaceful dog, tolerant
of other pets around them and it is precisely all
these qualities that make a yorkie one of the best
loved indoor pets.
Are they suited to homes
Yorkshire Terriers are usually
fond of people and children. But owing to their
size and the fragility of the structure, it is best
for Yorkshire Terriers to be monitored when interacting
with really young children. Moreover temperaments
differ among yorkies and some may not prefer children
like the others. However, if handled with care and
a lot of love, yorkies are sure to give you back
the affection and be great companions.
How to take care of the Yorkshire Terrier
It is needless to say that
puppies would need extra care right from the
time of birth till they are old enough to
move around the house freely on their own.
Update yourself on various puppy diseases
such as Toxic Milk, Hypoglycemia, Fading puppies
etc. From the time they are about 8 weeks
old, puppies would need proper vaccination
at regular intervals, talk to your vet and
schedule appointments as per your pup's requirements.
Be sure to remove all possible
hazardous things from your pup's reach, such
as moth balls, detergents, bleaches, aerated
cans, plastic scraps, fruit pits and foodstuffs
such as chocolates, bones or play items like
balls, batteries etc.
Keep your puppy well protected
and make it feel safe. Often plastic or fiberglass
crates or cages acts like an indoor home to them.
Buy one that does not have any sharp edges but is
comfortable at the same time. However, do not leave
your puppy on its own before you have accustomed
him to be in that way.
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Yorkshire Terriers tend to be
a little hard to train, than some other breeds,
as a result of their very nature to work without
human interaction or assistance of any sort. This
independence and free-spirited nature of Yorkshire
Terriers make them rather difficult to house-break.
However, consistent training will result in your
Yorkie learning a great deal. All you really need
to do is be patient and invest sufficient time and
energy into training your dog.
Exercise needs of a yorkie is
relatively simple and it readily acquires the activity
level of its owner's. Moreover, a Yorkshire Terrier
hardly requires rigorous exercises, owing to its
frail, miniature structure. However, if the place
where you live does not have a harsh weather, it
is okay to take your yorkie out on walks frequently.
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Yorkshire Terriers require ample
bathing and brushing to help their coat be clean
and silky. A dry, tangled coat needs to be first
wet with warm water and slowly worked out with fingers.
Soft pin brushes with a rubbery texture is a good
grooming device. Brush hair daily or weekly,(depending
upon your dog's need) with a metal comb that has
long teeth, to ensure you cover the entire length
of the coat.
Be careful not to break your dog's
hair in case it is tangled or feels dry. If you
must blow dry your dog's coat, then make sure you
dry them under low to medium heat, since their skin
is far more sensitive to heat and burns easily.
The area around and under your dog's eyes needs
to be cleaned of the mucous and dried on a regular
basis. Use a damp soft cloth or cotton wads to gently
clean under the eyes.
To keep your Yorkshire Terrier's
ears perfectly erect, trim them every few weeks
carefully,along the contours, so as not to ruin
its original shape or cut the ear leather.
Excessive hair needs to be trimmed from significant
areas such as the rectum (to help your pet keep
clean at all times) and under the paw.
Grooming your dog yourself,
at your home and at your convenience will help
you build a strong bond with your Yorkshire Terrier.
You will not only save yourself the hassle of taking
him to a groomer regularly, you save some money
Steel blue colored body and tail
and a rich deep tan around the 'headfall', with
the base of the ears and the area around the muzzle
darker than the rest of the face. The tan color
should not extend to your Yorkshire Terrier's back
Three important things to note
about your Yorkshire Terrier's coat are color, quality
and quantity. Moreover, Yorkshire Terriers do not
have an undercoat, unlike most other dogs.
A good coat means hair that is
soft and silky with ample shine and lustre. All
of its body hair, particularly the head hair (known
as the head fall), the hair on their muzzle should
be long, with a rich tan color. While hair in between
their paws maybe clipped to give a neat look, the
hair on their ears needs regular trimming to help
them stand erect. Yorkies hardly shed their coat
but what you need to care about is messy, tangled
Although most photographs of Yorkshire
Terriers show them in long coats, it is only one
of the styles. If you fail to regularly groom, shampoo
or condition your dog's long coat, it will be a
mess. To keep your Yorkshire Terrier's coat short,
you may give your dog a short crop - more popularly
known as the 'puppy cut'. This one is no doubt relatively
easy to maintain, but you'd still need to groom
Cautions about Breeding
Before you decide to breed your
dog, it is important that you educate yourself on
the various conditions that may arise, and be prepared.
Is your dog a healthy example of its breed? Several
infections transfer through breeding, therefore
please ensure that the Bacteria Cultures and Brucellosis
Tests have been performed on both the male and the
female dog. Check the female dog additionally for
diseases such as the Luxating Patella's, Cardiomyopathy,
or Hypothyroidism, which are very much a reality
of breeding. Above all, ask yourself if you have
the time or inclination to find out about probable
Complications do occur, and it is best not to take
anything, especially your dog's health for granted.
Do not leave your Yorkshire Terrier alone close
to her whelping time, and make sure you stay with
her for a day, both before and after she gives birth
to her young ones. Educate yourself more and more
on raising young puppies and ask your vet about
conditions such as Scepticemia, Toxic Milk, Hypoglycemia,
Fading Puppies etc.
Once the puppies grow up to be
eight weeks old, vaccines need to be monitored at
regular intervals until they are about four months
old. Please remember that breeding your Yorkie will
need ample time, money and the best care from you
as the owner.
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Life Span: Between
12 to 15 years.
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