Yorkshire Terriers have been a popular small dog breed for many years for various reasons. In England they were once commonly used as 'ratting' dogs (dogs that hunt and kill rats). Since then they have graduated to be one of the most popular dog breeds worldwide, even gracing the elegant floors of the White House during President Nixon's time in office. The Yorkshire Terrier is the most perfect example of a 'big dog in a little dog's body' breed. This is part of what makes them so lovable; as well as their miniature size and covetable coat of course.
Yorkshire Terrier Overview
The Yorkshire Terrier - or 'Yorkie' to his friends - has got an awful lot of confidence for such a small dog. Yorkshire Terrier puppies are some of the most commonly bought puppies in the UK; and for good reason. Combining long and soft fur with cute shoe-button eyes and a minimal need for outdoor exercise, Yorkshire Terriers make for great lapdogs and house dogs. You shouldn't be lulled into thinking, however, that Yorkshire Terrier puppies are easy to raise. Among their many characteristics Yorkshire Terriers are stubborn when it comes to house-training. Despite their miniature size they are also rather loud dogs, and love nothing more than a good yap from time to time. The Yorkshire Terrier combines its somewhat difficult traits with a vivacious and endearing personality, as well as being so good looking; there's a reason the breed is so popular after all.
Yorkshire Terrier Personality
Defined as a toy breed, Yorkshire Terriers defy the usual conventions. They're sharply intelligent, independent, and often stubborn. These qualities combined make them highly entertaining to watch, as well as a bit of a handful. Yorkshire Terriers are eager to please their owners, but will quickly get distracted if something more interesting takes their fancy. Because of this, if you are looking solely for a lazy lapdog, a different breed would be better. The Yorkshire Terrier does enjoy a good cuddle, but is also very mischievous by nature; puppies in particular. Completely unaware of their small size, they will happily take on a Staffordshire Bull Terrier if one crosses their path. Because of the possible danger this trait poses to the dog and owner, it's wise to socialise your Yorkshire Terrier puppy as early on as possible, and to train them not to be aggressive with other dogs.
Caring for your Yorkshire Terrier
In terms of exercising, Yorkshire Terriers are low maintenance dogs. They enjoy a good lengthy walk outdoors, but because of their small size can just as easily be adequately exercised indoors. As they're so active around the house they often wear themselves out during the day; making them a perfect fit for an owner with a busy and active lifestyle. As Yorkshire Terriers are so small they are prone to putting on weight if overfed. Being overweight can have negative effects on a Yorkie's health, so it's recommended to perform the 'hands on' test every so often to check their weight. Perform the hands on test by placing your hands on his back with your thumbs along the spine and fingers spread downwards. You should be able to feel his ribs without pressing down too hard. If you can't, you should reduce the amount of food and treats you are feeding him and increase his exercise. Yorkshire Terriers are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they can be born with or acquire certain health conditions. By only looking at Yorkshire Terrier puppies for sale that have been bred by knowledgeable and responsible breeders, you reduce your chances of getting a puppy with health problems.
Training your Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier puppies are willing and capable students. They respond best to plenty of encouragement, repetition and positive reinforcement. Though Yorkshire Terrier puppies enjoy the attention and rewards this brings them, their stubborn nature makes them difficult to house-train. The best way to deal with this is to be firm and consistent with them from the beginning, and to make it clear to them that they've done wrong whenever they have an 'accident' indoors. Your perseverance will be rewarded by a well-trained Yorkie. Yorkshire Terrier puppies - and adults - love toys. They love to play fetch with them and they especially love to chew them.
Buying a Yorkshire Terrier For Sale
As Yorkies are such sought-after dogs, not only in the UK but around the world, finding Yorkshire Terrier puppies for sale should present no problems. Because of their popularity, there are many disreputable Yorkshire Terrier breeders out there as well as reputable ones. It is vital that you ensure you buy a Yorkshire Terrier puppy only from reputable dog breeders like Teacups.co.uk. You should be wary of any breeder who seems more interested in making money than about the welfare of the puppies, and is not knowledgeable enough to answer your questions about the breed.
Ideally puppies should be kept with their mothers (and therefore the breeders) until they are between eight and ten weeks of age. If a breeder tries to sell you a puppy that is much younger than this, this should raise a red flag. Puppies that are taken away from their mothers too early have a much higher chance of developing health problems. For assurances look for a breeder who is a member of the Kennel Club and has agreed to abide by the club code of ethics.