The Yorkshire Terrier: ball of fur with the soul of a lion

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The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie is one of the most popular breeds at Gudog, only coming behind the cross-breed and the Labrador.

It was born from the union of various English breeds, like the Paisley Terrier, the Waterside Terrier and the Clydesdale Terrier.

As you well know, the Yorkshire Terrier is a very caring dog and very protective of their family, although slightly wary of other dogs. In many cases they usually stand up to other dogs that are much bigger than them, regardless of the consequences. They are very brave!

The Yorkshire Terrier is a very intelligent dog and very easy to educate. It is important to do it early enough so that they learn boundaries, since Yorkies usually become the “kings of the house” very quickly and impose their own rules on the family.

Yorkshire Terriers are warning dogs, not guard dogs. This means that they will warn you about something or someone approaching by barking. If you teach your Yorkie from a young age, you will correct their behaviour without a problem.

Their coat is grey or black and golden, long and silky. You simply have to gently brush their fur at least once a week to keep it clean and soft. It is also convenient to take them to the hairdressers every once in a while for them to cut their hair as it never stops growing.

According to the American Kennel Club, the Yorkshire Terrier is a hypoallergenic dog and recommended to people with allergies as they do not leave hair around the house. However, according to other, more reliable veterinary studies, dogs don’t produce allergies through their hair: it is their saliva and the dandruff that their skin produces that really produces allergies in some people.

The breed’s standards state that the normal weight for a Yorkshire Terrier is from 3.2 kilos, although in the past the average weight of a Yorkie was between 6 and 7 kilos.

In the last few years the Miniature Yorkie, Toy Yorkie or Teacup Yorkie have become fashionable. Although these types of Yorkshire Terrier are great dogs, be careful when you are getting a miniature Yorkie: in many cases they have malformations like achondroplasia (dwarfism).

Many “breeders” choose smaller dogs from the breed, not taking into consideration their illnesses and character, simply continuing to breed litters, in many cases even practising inbreeding. (Reproduction between males and females from the same family).

Are you thinking about getting a Yorkie?

If you want a Yorkshire Terrier (or want to add more to your pack), take these recommendations into account:

  • Don’t buy your Yorkshire Terrier from a pet shop

In many cases the dogs on display in shops have serious hereditary illnesses as well as behavioural problems.

The most common illnesses are dislocation of the kneecap, dysplasia of the retina, portosystemic shunt (their blood bypasses the liver and is not filtered from toxins), hypoglycaemia and gastrointestinal problems, as well as open fontanelles in toy Yorkies.

  • Socialise your Yorkie with other bigger dogs from when they are little

Sometimes Yorkshire Terriers can have problems when faced with dogs that are bigger than them. We recommend socialising your Yorkie from a young age with dogs of all breeds, sizes and characters possible so that they don’t have problems in the future. Coming up against a big, unfriendly dog can be frightening.

  • Don’t spoil them too much!

Although Yorkshire Terriers are small and affectionate, you have to let them be dogs. Don’t carry them along the street unless it is necessary and avoid saving them from all situations in the park when they are with other dogs. This way you will have a healthy, exercised and a dog that is sociable with other dogs and people. Because of their light weight, it is an ideal dog to take everywhere with you and on almost all forms of transport. However, if for whatever reason you can’t travel with them, remember that you have a Gudog dog sitter near you!

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