Look in the dictionary under the word “cute,” and you will find a picture of a Yorkshire Terrier. Even if you think you would never put a ribbon in a dog’s fur, you just might put a bow in your pet Yorkie’s fur. Another excuse for a ribbon is that their long top hair will get in their food if you don’t tie it up. They are toy-sized dogs, with silky, long fur which is colored brown, tan, and, what is called in the Yorkie world, steel blue. This dog is a terrier so it figures it would be a hunter type. Even though they are small their heart and courage is huge.
Yorkshire Terriers are bright, energetic, brave, smart, enthusiastic, alert, affectionate, and loyal. They make terrific guard dogs, as they are alert to sounds outside the house, to the door bell or someone knocking. Sometimes their barks are barks of greeting, or they can be barks that are meant to gain your attention. This breed needs plenty of affection and attention, and can become emotionally affected by a lack of either. A pet Yorkie is also very independent. They like to wander and investigate around the house.
They are not happy being locked in one room or being left alone for a long period of time. This can develop into separation anxiety. If you need to leave them alone you should crate train them or have some toys on their bed so they can be at ease when they are alone. If you plan on being gone for very long make sure they have plenty of fresh water and maybe some food.
Feeding your pet Yorkie is similar to feeding other dogs in that you would be better off by making them natural food at home. This way you can feed them the best and healthiest meat, vegetables and whole grains available. If you don’t have the time or inclination to prepare home made food, then purchase the best you can afford. Get natural food that doesn’t have fillers or artificial harmful ingredients. Always have plenty of fresh water available.
Training for your pet Yorkie, as with all dog breeds, will be more successful if it is started early and is consistent. Try to clear your head of any old style training tips and concentrate on the new, proven effective methods that are working excellently for dog owners. Try to catch your dog doing something correctly, and reward them for that. There are many natural treats that can be used as training rewards, so that while you are training, you are also contributing to the health of your animal. Be consistent, seek help online or with a professional obedience trainer, but persevere, and remember, the cute, little breeds can be somewhat difficult because owners treat them like children rather than as pack members.
Your pet Yorkshire Terrier will normally bond with older people and will often be somewhat nervous around youngsters. Kids need to be taught to not scare or tease the Yorkie and move slowly around them along with how to properly handle them. When they have learned all this, children and Yorkies will get along together very well.
Yorkies, for the most part, are fine with other pets in the house. Once they have assessed the situation they can usually settle down into a friendly relationship with other breeds and animals. They need chew toys, small dog beds, regular feeding times, water, and an established time for outside bathroom duties. It’s always a good idea to promote dental hygiene by offering natural dental chews to your pet’s regimen. Walking your pet Yorkshire Terrier, allowing him to breath the fresh air, and experience you as leader is all part of a holistic approach to keeping your Yorkie happy and healthy.
If you like small dogs with a fun-loving temperament, get that hair bow ready, and start your families’ happy adventure with a Yorkshire Terrier By feeding your pet Yorkie natural food, putting them on a good training regimen and making them comfortable in their home you will have a fun and faithful companion for a long time.