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Overview

The Yorkie originates from the UK township of Yorkshire where they get their namesake. In 1885, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized these small but expressive pups as part of the Toy Group. Yorkies were first bred as “ratters” or dogs that could shimmy into small spaces to control rat populations. While they are now the most popular dog in the U.S. for being a wonderful companion, they haven’t lost their sense of adventure or determination.

This dog breed’s behavior is often described as loving and affectionate or stubborn and mischievous. It is best to begin training and socializing early to avoid any possible behavioral issues or bad habits. The Yorkie is somewhat easy to train and has the average intelligence for a canine. However, Yorkies are small and they do need to be given frequent potty breaks while being trained. It may also be a good idea to get potty pads while your puppy is still learning. Be sure to also curb their barking when possible. Although they are small, their bark can be heard all over the neighborhood.

Temperament

Yorkies need plenty of love and affection from you and your loved ones. These terriers thrive in a loving family and will become extremely loyal over time. Yorkies can become very anxious and lonely when left alone for long stretches of time. This may make them destructive or difficult to train.

Be sure to socialize them immediately after adoption and work with them so they remain calm and collected no matter who is at the door. That being said, Yorkies are known for being wonderful watchdogs. Since they are prone to barking, they will be able to alert you of a possible break-in or the squirrel sitting on the porch

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Adaptability

The Yorkie is generally healthy. They need moderate exercise and healthy food to keep them fit and happy. These dogs (as many other breeds) need nutritious food filled with vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. They can be fed dry or wet food and should either be fed at east three times a day or free-fed throughout the day. This will keep their blood sugar levels steady.

These dogs are prone to hypoglycemia if they do not eat. Be sure to purchase a food they enjoy. Otherwise, you are putting your pup at risk. Yorkies can also suffer from eye disorders in their old age. Be sure to have regular vet checks that involve checking on your pooch’s eye health.

Health & Life Span

The Yorkie is generally healthy. They need moderate exercise and healthy food to keep them fit and happy. These dogs (as many other breeds) need nutritious food filled with vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. They can be fed dry or wet food and should either be fed at east three times a day or free-fed throughout the day. This will keep their blood sugar levels steady.

These dogs are prone to hypoglycemia if they do not eat. Be sure to purchase a food they enjoy. Otherwise, you are putting your pup at risk. Yorkies can also suffer from eye disorders in their old age. Be sure to have regular vet checks that involve checking on your pooch’s eye health.
A Yorkie generally lives for 13 to 16 years.

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