How to Care for Your Yorkshire Terrier

by R. Carnavale | February 12th, 2015 | Dogs, Pointers

yorkshire terrier (400x400)Your Yorkshire terrier is a cute little dog that thinks it’s a big one. Yorkies tend to act like they own the house they’re living in and bark at any dog, cat or person they’re not yet acquainted with. As for you, the owner, your Yorkie thinks you’re the most special person of all and it probably likes to sleep on your bed with you. Yorkies require a lot of TLC in order to thrive and you’ll want to learn how to keep your dog healthy.

Did you know that a long time ago, Yorkies were far larger? They used to weigh 12 to 14 pounds, but due to breeding, they’re much smaller, typically around seven pounds and eight to nine inches tall. Despite their shrinking over time, Yorkies still act like far bigger dogs and they want to protect their owners from animals and other people. Be prepared to act quickly in the event your dog decides to bite someone.

You should also protect your dog from bigger dogs and human bullies because your dog prefers to fight rather than to run away from trouble. In addition, while your Yorkie likes to play, when you have young children, you should train them to handle your dog very gently and supervise all dog-child interactions so that neither your dog nor your children gets hurt.

When it comes to food, do not overfeed your dog because it feels better and is a lot healthier when it weighs less than eight pounds. Never give your Yorkie chocolate or raisins because they’ll make your dog sick.

Yorkies like lots of attention, so you’ll need to spend a lot of time with your dog. You should take your dog for a walk outside at least once a day and let it frolic indoors or in the yard throughout the day. Obedience school is highly recommended for this breed to teach your dog how to behave when it grows up.

You’ve probably noticed that some of your Yorkshire terrier’s hair tends to cover its eyes. The remedy: Tie the offending hair with a ribbon so that your dog can see. Speaking of grooming, your Yorkie needs to be brushed and combed every day to prevent its hair from becoming matted. Try to spritz your dog’s hair with a 50:50 combination of water to conditioner to dampen the dog’s coat before you brush.

Yorkies should be bathed every one to three weeks using dog shampoo (not human shampoo because it will dry out your dog’s skin and coat) and then apply a conditioner. Rinse your Yorkie thoroughly with lukewarm (avoid hot) water and a washcloth because shampoo and conditioner residue will irritate your dog’s skin and leave waxy chunks in its hair.

You should use a wet, soft wash cloth on a daily basis to wipe off any urine that collects on your dog’s coat when it eliminates.

Trim your dog’s nails every two to three months and check its ears for redness, discharge or odor on a regular basis.

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