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Yorkie, or Yorkshire Terrier, is one of the most popular small dogs. Yorkshire Terriers are popular in both show and companion roles. Yorkies are bold, but do like to please. Yorkies are famous for cuteness, endearing size, color, and silky coat. Tinier Yorkies can sit in the palm of your hand as babies, and some Yorkies now are too tiny to be healthy and long lived.
As Yorkie puppies grow older, coat color can change from black to blue or silver. More people think Yorkies are cuter than any other breed. Show owners keep the coat long and parted. Yorkie coat is shiny, smooth, and silky. Yorkshire Terrier owners often keep coat short to reduce maintenance problems. Yorkies are non-shedders, which makes them highly desirable for those who hate dog hair on their furniture and clothes. Yorkies are also a hypoallergenic pet, popular with those who have allergies. Yorkies are playful, and mentally healthy specimens love people. Yorkies love to cuddle. Yorkies are a good lap dog, and will sit in your lap for hours.
Yorkies don't need excess exercise, and they are very sociable. Yorkies are proud prancers, and mentally healthy specimens do OK with proper house training routine. Most Yorkies like adults or older children better than young children. Yorkies are loving, loyal, and bond quickly. Yorkshire Terriers love being part of a family. Yorkie puppies should be potty trained through crate training, and having time to spend with them when the Yorkie puppy comes home can help. A couple of weeks home with the Yorkie will get you off to a good start. It is good to have other family members help with the training, as long as they do the crate training routine correctly. Crate training is the best way to housebreak your Yorkie. Yorkies taught to pee on pads often become confused and urinate on the other pad later; your rug:( Playing TV for your Yorkie while you are not home will help him be content. Yorkie puppies also need toys, with a nylabone being my favorite safe toy. When you get the Yorkie puppy home, be sure to inspect each room for safety issues. Remove poisons, such as plants, prescription and other meds, chocolate bars, electrical cords, drapery cords, and anything that could fall or turn over and injure a baby Yorkie. Trash cans, and anything that can be swallowed should be removed. Yorkshire Terrier puppies should be supervised when playing in your home. It is fun to watch them play and explore! Yorkies typically love families and are a good intruder alert. Yorkies love to sit on laps and get petted, and many like to play fetch.
Most Yorkies like car rides and tagging along with owners. Most Yorkies weigh 7 lbs and less, with larger specimens typically being healthier and living longer. A Yorkie's coat is similar to human hair. Yorkshire Terriers don't have an undercoat. Yorkies will lose small amounts of hair with baths and grooming, but they don't shed like most dog breeds, so there is virtually no hair loss in the home. Yorkie food expenses are minimal due to their tiny size. Yorkies can be sensitive to dietary changes, so new foods should be mixed in and changed slowly. Traveling with a Yorkie is easy because they are small. Most Yorkies do get along with other dogs. Large dogs can easily hurt a Yorkie, so caution should be used when they play together, especially since some Yorkies have a big dog attitude and may act aggressively toward even a giant dog. Some Yorkies are great dogs, and other Yorkie bloodlines have been severely damaged by too much line breeding and inbreeding, resulting in some specimens being so tiny they die quickly from liver/kidney problems, while some are mentally retarded.
The best way to make sure you get a mentally and physically healthy Yorkie type pet is to buy a Yorkie from a bloodline not subject to excess line breeding, or buy the mix, or hybrid. While their physical characteristics may vary, Yorkie mixes are always otherwise a great dog.