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 A little bit of information about Yorkshire Terriers: 

In the dawn of the 19th century, the Yorkshire Terrier, otherwise known as the "Yorkie", was being developed by Scottish weavers who later migrated to England and settled in the Yorkshire area. The Yorkie was initially bred to catch and kill small vermin in their underground dens. It was first registered as a purebred in 1885 and today is one of the most popular breeds of dogs. This intelligent breed comes with a big dog heart and courage, and is glad to act as a watchdog for its owner. The Yorkie needs to be treated like the dog it is, rather than just an adorable toy dog with a pretty coat. They are determined, feisty, and are very curious about the world around them. This healthy breed is long lived, with an expected life span of 12-15 years.

Yorkshire Terrier puppies are born with black and tan markings. As the Yorkie matures, their coats turn to steel blue and gold. Since the Yorkie has hair rather than fur, they are non-shedding and a low-allergy dog. The traditional Yorkie has long, silky blue and gold hair that is brushed straight down across its back, while the hair on top of its head is bunched in a topknot with a bow. A Yorkie needs to have regular grooming and a variety of hairstyles can be selected for this elegant breed. So whether you want a Yorkie that has long flowing hair or cut short, you must pick what is right for you and your dog.

Since the Yorkie is small, they do not need much room to run. They are well suited for small living spaces and can be potty trained to a potty pad, litter box, or outside. They are people dogs and accustom themselves easily to household routines. The exercise a Yorkie gets inside the house is sufficient, although a walk or trip to the park is something they always enjoy.

Care should be taken with Yorkies and very young children. Since Yorkies are small, they could be injured with rough handling. This is especially important with Yorkies who are young or very small. A larger Yorkie would be preferred for a family with young children.

The intelligent Yorkie breed is great as a companion dog. However, they can also be trained for many different uses as service dogs. For the owners who wish to compete with their Yorkies, obedience events, agility or flyball competition are available in many parts of the country.

Yorkies are well suited for people of all ages. Seniors love them because Yorkies are active and keep them on their feet. Middle-aged adults love them because Yorkies are inquisitive, intelligent and able to get their owner's mind off stressful work situations. Young adults love Yorkies because they are feisty and always ready for a game of Tug of War, etc. Children love Yorkies because they are a little bundle of energy ready to romp with their young owner. The wag of a friendly tail and the offering of a paw can bring sunshine into any heart. The brave-hearted Yorkie with its self-assured, important manner could fit into any home where a dog with a lot of spirit is desired. This lively dog will weave its way straight into your heart.

A few things to consider as you bring your new Yorkie puppy home:

Keep household cleaners and chemicals out of his reach.   Restrict access to plants that are dangerous to dogs:  poinsettias, azaleas, rhododendrons, dumb cane, Japanese yet, Oleander and English ivy.   Store breakable items safely out of the way.   Hide or cover electrical cords so he won’t chew on them.   Safely store antifreeze, engine oil, laundry detergents and lawn chemicals.   Keep toys off of the floor-since some parts may be small enough for your puppy to swallow.   Use a cover and/or protective fencing if you have a pool or hot tub.    

A List of Basic Supplies:

  • Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy Food, healthy treats (Eukanuba has several types)   
  • Stainless-steel non-tipping food and water bowls   
  • I.D. Tags with the contact information for yourself and your veterinarian   
  • A “breakaway” collar and a 6-foot leather or nylon leash   
  • An airline –approved home and travel crate (your first one will come with the puppy if he or she is shipped)   
  • Dog shampoo   (I like the hypoallergenic kind)
  • Brushes and combs   (a slicker brush is the type I recommend)
  • Cleanup supplies such as a stain remover, paper towels, deodorizing spray  
  • Chew Toys

An exercise pen for assistance in crate training (I recommend placing the puppy in the pen in a place where you want the puppy to potty for life.  When you take him outside, carry him and place him in the pen so he doesn’t go anywhere else.  Do this for a week or two and that will become his primary restroom.)  Another recommendation is to place your pen somewhere in mulch or someplace not in the grass so you do not have to clean the spot every time you mow in the summertime. These exercise pens are almost a necessity and can be found for around $35 on petedge.com.

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