The Yorkshire Terrier appeared in the north of England in the 19th century.
It is a small-sized breed, with a weight between 4 and 15 pounds and a “big dog” attitude, strong terrier instincts that has the tendency to bark at strangers. It is an alert watchdog despite its tiny size. It is well-proportioned and has a silky coat which is black at birth and is clearing to steel blue with tan head and legs by one year.
It can be either friendly and outgoing or unfriendly and aloof and can become spoiled and uncooperative if it is not properly educated.
It is important that your Yorkie knows there are limits to respect and to teach it since puppyhood. Yorkie is intelligent but a little difficult to train because of its temperament and basic terrier nature. It is bold, independent, tenacious and it performs best what it enjoys doing. You should allow it to follow its natural bents.
Socialization makes it confident and outgoing and helps it get rid of fear and shyness. It is important to take it to new sights, to discover new smells, sounds and sensations. Introduce it to all kind of new persons and animals to get used with changes.
It is also recommended to join a basic obedience class to learn how to train it in a group situation at 6 months. It will learn to come when is called, sit and stay and how to learn other commands. All these will be helpful for its further development. It is essential to teach your pup the rules you want it to live by. Teach it how to be courageous and encourage it to deal with new things. Use rewards and praises when it has desirable behavior and ignore the behavior which is not ok.
Yorkie is well suited to apartment living and active indoors. It is sensitive to cold and wet climates and prefers warm climates.
It needs to be groomed regularly, especially on eyes, ears and beard areas. Brush it daily to avoid tangles. Pay attention to its teeth and nails, too.
Take your pup to regular walks and let it get exercised. Physical activities will improve its digestion, circulation and attitude.
Yorkie should be fed according to certain parameters such as size, age, build, metabolism and activity level. Always measure its food and feed it twice a day to avoid the overweight. It can only store small amount of energy because of its size and needs frequent snacks.
It is prone to patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy or hypoglycemia during stressed periods. Take it to vet for regular checks in order to prevent these issues.
Lone Star Pups sells Yorkies in the major cities of Texas such as Dallas, Austin, Houston, Waco, Killeen and in Shreveport, Louisiana. We ensure all our puppies are healthy, both physically and mentally.