The silky coat (similar to human hair) needs to be brushed daily and professionally groomed regularly.
Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction with their people. Their long coat requires regular brushing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Yorkie is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Nicknamed the “tomboy toy,” Yorkies are bundles of energy and enthusiasm. They get along well with other dogs, but can be loners, choosing to investigate sights, sounds, and smells over romping around at the park. Yorkies are incredibly loyal to their owners and prefer to stay close by their side—but don’t mistake this for a need to be pampered. Their tendency to bark makes them reliable watchdogs, and their gentle nature makes them a good fit for families with children.
Yorkshire Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Yorkshire Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Yorkie can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.