All About Yorkshire Terriers – From a Shih Tzu’s Perspective
I love them!
Fashionable, relatively simple, cute and small, easy to carry because they don’t need a large space, the Yorkshire Terrier can be an alternative for one of your favorite pets. But there are more about them that you should know. All about Yorkshire Terriers. Well, let’s get to it, shall we..
Where Are Yorkshire Terriers From?
Quoted from Wikipedia, “Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire county, Northern England in the mid-19th century.” Originally bred from Scotch Terrier, they had been improved in Yorkshire and so the name Yorkshire Terrier was then given. In 1885, the Yorkshire Terrier first recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club).
He is considered active, but quite calm manner and can live side by side with other pet. He could also be a playmate for children (but not recommended for children aged under 8 years old). The kids will love it, Yorkie will enjoy it, especially young Yorkie.
Like any other dogs I know, the temperament and behavior of a Yorkshire Terrier are unique depend on the way they are raised and trained. But they do have generally inherited personality.
Yorkshire Terrier Personality
Affectionate. They require the attention and affection of its owner or people that are familiar to them. The experience of interacting with people, better yet with a new people and new things, will bring a good influence to Yorkshire terrier. With so, they will still have the healthy sense of awareness and will prevent them from having the attitude of over suspicion or hostility against strangers.
Active, energetic. Fairly active physically and mentally, smoothly Yorkie would get around your home checking you out, checking things out with a sense of inquisitive (this reduces your task getting him to work out).
Brave, smart, alert. The Yorkshire Terrier is a smart, brave dog, unaware of their own small size. With their active nature and keen senses, they can be too quick to bark (and don’t have any idea when to stop in some cases) if they meet a stranger or foreign things. As a good Yorkie should be, you have to train them so they can also quickly stop barking when you tell them to. They can be part of a good alarm system at your home.
They do not need too much physical activity or sport, but they simply need interaction with people. Attention and affection. And selfies, I find they are really good posing in front of the camera. When you take them outside for a walk, don’t be surprised by how many people will tell you how cute they are.
Do Yorkshire Terriers Shed
This breed of dog is one of the types of which has a coat that doesn’t easily shed. Even for the type that has a long hair. The Yorkie’s coat should be silky to touch and have a nice shine to it.
Blue, diluted dark color, dark steel blue
Tan, tan color darker at the roots and slowly lightening at the tip
Black, dark black hair color
Gold, darker tan color
Grooming. For healthy and best appearance, it is definitely you need to regularly brush and combing them regularly. It will also give Yorkie some sort of relaxing and massage experience (I guess). Baths should be given once in every two or three weeks. A good grooming can prevent skin problem issues and also thinning hair.
However, I find a Yorkshire Terrier is also very cute with the short coating (yes, Yorka..! You should try it.)
Yorkshire Terrier Health Problems
- Average Height Of Yorkshire Terrier: 7 – 8 inches
- Average Weight Of Yorkshire Terrier: 7 pounds
- Life Expectancy Of Yorkshire Terrier: 11 – 15 years
As a small size dog, they quite vulnerable to injuries because of falling from a relatively high place, injured by dogs who are larger from them, or perhaps injuries due to carelessness by humans, like getting a step on or sat on by the couch.
Some of the top health concerns of Yorkshire Terrier are:
Retinal dysplasia. Irregularity of the retina of the dog’s eyes, affects the dog’s vision.
This health problem is usually inherited. Some dogs with mild cases can adjust well to this condition. Sometimes you couldn’t notice the symptoms for mild cases. For moderate to severe cases, dog’s can have trouble with their vision. Your dog might seem confused, stumbled or bumped into objects. Complete physical tests should be performed to diagnose this problem.
Collapsed trachea. Narrowing or collapsing trachea or windpipe.
Symptoms: trouble breathing, noisy breathing, coughing. Take your dog to a veterinarian for diagnosis and probably x-rays. Treatments usually are steps to reduce the trauma to the dog’s windpipe such as keeping a dog out of extreme cold temperature, irritants like smoke or air freshener and take some medications.
Hypoglycemia. Fast drop of blood sugar level.
Can be inflicted by stress, lack of nutrients. Early birth to 4 – 6 months old, Yorkie puppies are usually vulnerable to this problem.
Symptoms: shaking, muscle weakness, fainting, seizures.
- For first help, stabilize your puppy’s body temperature. Using warm heating pads or warm cloth. Give your puppy honey, rub it on their gums. Always ready to contact your breeder for any potential health problem situation like this.
- Immediately take him to your vet.
Allergies. Many dogs are prone to some allergies. So could your Yorkie. Usually allergies inflicted by these three ways:
- Everything that touches your Yorkie’s skin or coat. Could be from the outdoor environment, the shampoo you use, certain fabric material or other chemical you use in your house like cleaning products.
- Some dogs can have allergies to one of hundreds of elements in nature. It could be something like pollen, grasses, dusts, or maybe cigarette smoke!
- Dogs can be allergic to some food materials and/or manufactured foods like preservatives or coloring.
- Symptoms: coughing, itching leads to severe itching, hair loss.
- Get help. Immediately recognize unusual symptoms and consult your veterinarian. Or perhaps your breeder, if you adopt your Yorkie from a breeder.
- Find the cause. Your vet usually has some ideas about this. It could be a starting point. You might want to keep a record about what your Yorkie is eating. Or maybe materials he uses like shampoo. Activities, where does he spent his time lying, on the floor or carpet with certain fabric material.
- Eliminate the identified cause. Could be something like setting boundaries for your Yorkie on some area in your house. Changing their shampoo or their meals.
Some Yorkshire Terrier health problems are inherited and many are caused by their environment. Some are easily prevented and some just unpredicted. Knowing the symptoms or unusual behavior or your Yorkie is important to quickly treat the problems. Always ready to contact the experts such as your breeder and your vet. And maintaining clean and healthy environment for you, your family and your pets.
Do you find the Yorkshire Terrier as your favorite pet?
Sometimes finding the right pet is not an easy thing. Reading this article means you have considered to have a Yorkshire Terrier as your pet. Great! I mean you do some homework before deciding to adopt one. That is wise. Well, before you leave Yorka have a question for you.
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