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I have a mini Yorkie called Toby who is 11yrs old, I ended up keeping him after my Nan took ill and could no longer cope looking after him sadly before she had him he had been abused and had two of his ribs broken by a male which left him very scared around men so for obvious reasons it took him quite sometime to trust my partner he was also scared of dogs and we had two before he even came both alot larger than him an English Bull Terrier and an Olde Tyme Bulldog it took him around 4 months to settle in we have had him for nearly 2 years now and he is such a character and seems like a new dog.
Even though he is the smallest he is not scared to stand his ground and he will tell the other dogs off if they annoy him, my typical view on small dogs was that they was annoying and yappy this was before I owned a small breed and I would say Toby is not yappy at all, although Yorkies do require alot of attention and can become quite demanding, Toby often paws at my arm but I have learned to ignore this as this is there way of trying to own you, I know they are cute but they must learn that they are not in charge.
They will eat and eat if you allow them to so limited there food intake or they will become overweight they are very cheap to buy food for I get one large sack of food and this will last him for around 9 months sometimes more, although small in size they love exercise I advise atleast 40 minutes to an hour walk they do not need to be carried around if it is a cold day I would advise you to put a coat or something on them (I am not one of these people who dress there pets up) but they have thin hair and get cold easily, they love to play I find Kong do an extra small tennis ball which are perfect for this breed.
They are a fearless breed my EBT got attacked by a black Lab not that long ago and Toby came flying across the field to her rescue he started nipping at the black labs ankles, they really do believe they are bigger than they are, they have the typical terrier attitude, I would say not to have rodents near them as they have a natural instinct to want to kill them.
You must be firm with them it is all to easy to look into there deep brown eyes and think of how cute they are but this is where most people go wrong they must have boundarys like any other dog.
They are very intelligent and are easily trained at the age of 11 Toby is still able to learn new tricks, they are perfect for all the family as children can walk them without the fear of being pulled over although always supervise.
They love cuddles and Toby will often go from one person to the next just to get attention and a fuss this breed is great with kids although as they get older they can become slighly snappy so do not let children or adults persistantly pick them up as you may have an angry terrier on your hands.
They have quirky personalitys and will make you laugh Toby often rubs himself all over the carpet or when you speak he will sit and tilt his head from side to side as though he understands every word.
With age they are prone to tooth decay so keep an eye on this regular brushing should help prevent this, they are also quite prone to cancer so any strange lumps or bumps should always be examined by a vet, they have very fragile bones and quite often get under your feet just ensure you look around before you step.
They have hair instead or fur the colour is steel blue or silver which looks magnificent in the sun with black and tan so they are perfect for anyone with allergies, they must be brushed atleast once a day or there fur will become untidy and matted.
Toby needs his eyes cleaned on a regular basis due to them getting quite gunky alot however this is resolved by using warm salted water to rinse them every day, they are prone to sneezing and hacking (like coughing) alot this is normally due to the hair around there nose and mouth so keep it trimmed to help this problem, all in all they are fantastic little dogs and fit into any family home very nicely.
I got my Yorkshire Terrier, Misty when he was 9 weeks old. He is now 8 years old. I had always had big dogs before, German Shepherds and Dalmatians', but moved to a smaller house around the same time I lost my last dog, and decided to get one to fit the surroundings, so to speak.
I have several friends who have Yorkshire Terriers. Like a lot of people, I was under the impression that they were yappy, snappy dogs. However, I started spending time with my mate's dogs and found different. Found them to be very playful and gentle, so decided to go for it.
I got him from a breeder in Ayrshire. When we went up we were still just thinking about it and had no intention of buying that day. There were three left of the litter and as soon as I laid eyes on them I just fell in love. They say that you shouldn't choose the dog, you should let it choose you, and he certainly did that. He was the one who showed off his personality the most when we were there, even though the breeder told us he was usually the shyest. Decided there and then to take him and it was the best decision I have ever made. At the time he cost £275 but they are now roughly £350-£400.
We made a bed up for him in the car for the 2 hour drive home, but he didn't go in it once. Instead he preferred to lie on my knee the whole way. And he is still a big souk who loves nothing more than a cuddle on the couch. Once we got home we just let him take his time in getting to know us and explore his new home. For a couple of hours he just wandered around sniffing everything, and settled really quickly.
He has proven himself to be very intelligent and easy to train. Speaking to my friends, it seems that intelligence is a Yorkie trait. He had one minor accident in the house that first night, and after that started going to the door when he wants out. No mishaps, minor or otherwise since and we had to do practically no work in house training him - he did it all himself!
He also learned all the usual tricks very quickly. In the space of half an hour he learned to give a paw and to bark when you ask him to.
As I said earlier a lot of people are under the impression that this breed are yappy dogs, but he and all his Yorkshire Terrier friends are the exact opposite. Obviously he will have a bark if someone comes to the door or if he gets over excited, but most dogs do. It's not a problem at all though as as soon as we tell him to, he stops barking and just sits with his tail wagging.
We took him to the vet for checkups etc when we got him, and other than ear mites, have had no problems, although the vet did say that a lot of dogs of this breed have problems with their knees, so check that if you see one you are thinking of buying.
The only real problem we had was he was a really fussy eater who would eat nothing but chicken, roast beef etc. As you can imagine this worked out very expensive and lasted for about 2 years before we managed to get him onto dog food. Although he is still fussy with expensive tastes and will turn his nose up at anything other than the most expensive food. This is apparently common in this breed and in small dogs in general. Probably our fault for spoiling him.
Although they are small they do like a lot of exercise, and you need to be prepared for this. As young dogs, they are full of energy and I used to have to take him out at least twice a day for roughly an hour a time. Now he is older I have managed to cut this down and he only manages half an hour now before he is shattered.
They also need a lot of grooming. I keep him clipped short, but if you intend on showing them you will need to put a lot of work into keeping their coat healthy and tangle free. Even though he is short, he still needs grooming every day to stop his hair knotting. My friends and I all find that it is much easier to groom when the dog is tired and will be much more cooperative.
On the whole Yorkshire Terriers are very loyal, loving, intelligent dogs who love to play but love their cuddles just as much (on their terms). I would say to anyone thinking about getting a Yorkie, don't be put off by the stories about yapping and snapping, in my experience and a lot of other peoples, they are not true. This dog will be your friend for life and like most dogs, offer unconditional love, no matter what.
SOME INFO ABOUT YORKIES
Yorkshire terriers were originally bred to catch vermin, and were commonly used in factories, homes and mines to do this job. These dogs are still known to love hunting things, which I can certainly vouch for. He's forever bringing in dead birds, mice etc and trying to hide them somewhere in the house! Not a pretty sight believe me. Some of the popular health problems that Yorkie are known to suffer from are bronchitis, problems with the spine and poor digestion. So far (fingers crossed) Misty has only had a couple of chest infections and a dodgy knee. He also has colitis (problem with the bowel). Apparently Yorkshire terriers really dislike the cold. We have our central heating on most of the time and he can always be found lying beside the heater having a nap.
If you're looking for a small dog, I can definitely recommend this breed!!
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We never had a dog as a pet when I was growing up, both my parents worked and said that it would be cruel to the animal to not have any company during the daytime, I was at school and they were at work so it was something we never had the pleasure of owning. When I set up my own home with my wife the topic of pets came back up again and after much discussion and deliberation we decided that we would like to share our home with a pet but didn't know what breed of dog to go for.
My wife's parents had the year before bought a Yorkshire terrier puppy and its mother was pregnant again with another litter. We telephoned the breeder and made arrangements for us to go and view the puppies after they had been born with the intention of just looking and had decided that we weren't going to make a decision straight away.
We were wrong. As soon as we saw the litter of 8 puppies we knew that one of them would be finding a new home with us as soon as they were old enough to leave their mother. All 8 of them were adorable, small, black bundles of fur each of them yapping away and any one of them would have made an ideal pet but one seemed more boisterous than the others and pushed his way to the the front, nudging his brothers and sisters out of the way and generally drawing attention to himself. "He looks like trouble" I said to my wife and we knew then that he was the dog for us, they say that dogs choose their owners not the other way around and that little bundle of fur definitely chose us, we knew his name straight away - Barney (as in Barney Rubble - Trouble) and we fell in love.
Barney came to live with us when he was 8 weeks old and from us first seeing him to us picking him up to bring home he had grown. His big, black ears were massively out of proportion to the rest of his head and his puppy paws were huge, he was clumsy and often fell over his own feet but his tail would not stop waggling and he constantly licked us. He settled in immediately and we began the task of house training him, within days he knew that he had to go outside when he needed to 'go' and soon picked up on letting us know when he was ready. I can honestly say that apart from a couple of times when we weren't quick enough at getting him outside he became house trained in a matter of weeks.
Mightily proud of his achievements Barney was a clean dog from the start and knew that when he was good he would get a reward, we never scolded him or shouted at him and within no time he was as much of the family as we were. It was never our intention to have a pet as a replacement for children, but after we discovered that we could not have children of our own it was inevitable that our focus and attention would be directed towards Barney. He of course loves this and is definitely one pampered pooch, although saying that he is not spoiled nor is he a child substitute for us; he is our pet and gives us as much love as we give him.
Barney is nearly 8 now and is still as boisterous as he always was and still thinks he is a puppy. He is demanding at times and even naughty on occasions but he adores us and we him, he likes nothing more than to sit with one of us on a night-time and nudges our hand for us to stroke him and when he has had enough attention he will just lie down next to us and go to sleep.
He will sit expectantly at the drawer in the kitchen where he knows his treats are kept and if we try to ignore him he will bark to get our attention or run up to us whining. He of course knows that we will eventually give him what he wants, although when he has been particularly naughty he is made to wait on his bed and then stares at us with large, puppy dog eyes.
Although I say he is sometimes naughty, they really are only minor misdemeanours really, he hates the postman (just like me!) or anyone knocking on our door and goes ballistic if he hears someone outside. He is territorial, nasty to other dogs and doesn't trust children or anyone who lunges towards him wanting to stroke him. Unfortunately because he is little and looks so cute children do want to pat him if he is seen when he is out on a walk, and we have to warn them to be careful of him as he gets too frightened if a sudden movement is made towards him (he would never bite anyone or intentionally hurt them but just doesn't like strangers and gets frightened of people he doesn't know)
I am always concerned that he will be cornered somewhere when he is off his lead and try to protect himself against what he sees as a danger and my worst nightmare is that he is accused of nipping someone when all he wants is to be left alone. We do try and keep him on his lead at all times though and only let him off when he is in a large open space so we do minimise this risk, however I would hate him to be put in that position and I do worry about him.
In my experience Yorkshire Terriers are playful, energetic and full of character. He is a big dog trapped in a little dogs body and can be as fierce as a lion one moment and then as timid as a mouse another. All bark and no bite would be a good description of Barney, he is full of life and energy and is affectionate to anyone he knows yet he would defend me and my wife to the limits of his existence if he had to.
If anyone was considering buying a dog then you can't really go wrong with a Yorkie, they are intelligent, happy and fiercely loyal and will give you and your family an endless supply of love and fun. Being such a small breed they need a little but not too much exercise (too much seems to wear them out a lot) and enough food to keep them satisfied (Barney eats as much as he wants, but never overeats) and if allowed to will just happily follow you around all the time and expect to sit with you and watch the television before dozing off to sleep.
Although it may seem a strange thing to say (well, type) I would never have another Yorkshire Terrier once Barney is no longer with us (dreading that day and the thought) no other dog could replace him for me and once he has gone we won't have another. My wife agrees with this and we have discussed what we would do if anything was to happen to him. He is an integral part of our family and is irreplaceable to us and that's one of the cold hard facts of dog ownership; they may start out as just a pet but often they become as much a part of your life as your nearest and dearest so you really should bear this in mind when selecting a breed of dog to share their life with you.
Like any animal they are prone to illness and health concerns, Yorkshire Terriers are well known for occasionally having problems with their windpipes especially as they get older, so collars are definitely not recommended. We have a harness for Barney that fits over his front legs and shuts under his tummy and his lead is attached to a metal ring that is between his shoulders on his back, this stops any additional pressure being added to his throat. Cataracts can also affect older Yorkies so do be aware that this could occur, responsible dog ownership and common sense should be adopted when owning a pet and if there are any concerns then obviously consult your vet.
In conclusion I would certainly recommend a Yorkshire Terrier as a pet for anyone, young or old. They demand only that you give them back what they give you and that is love, affection and companionship. Often scatty and daft but fiercely loyal and trusting a Yorkshire Terrier will love you till the day they die and all they want to do is to be with you. Don't consider this breed if you haven't got the time to be with them as they will pine for you when you are not around, they will mix with other dogs happily if introduced early enough but really they only have eyes for you.
Thanks for reading my thoughts on this wonderful breed of dog, Barney is very special to me as you can probably tell and I would hate to be without him. Yorkshire Terriers of course get 5/5 Dooyoo stars from me as a choice of pet and if you have the time to be with them they will enhance and fill your life with love and happiness.
In 2007 I purchased my first dog, he was a tiny toy yorkshire terrier priced at £300. At the time he weighed just 2lbs but now at his fully grown weight weighs around 7 and a half pounds (still tiny). My yorkie was quite difficult to house train but this could be because when he was a puppy I lived in a flat and he had to use a balcony when he wanted to go outside. However when we moved to a house he quickly learned and became fully house trained.
Although my dog is extremely loyal and affectionate with those that he knows well such as my self, he does become quite aggressive around strangers. Although this is just all noise and he does not bite. This can be a little embarrassing on walks when he is persistently barking but I have met many yorkies who do not do this and so this behaviour is not necessarily representative of the breed.
Another point to make is that my dog does seem to be ill with tummy upsets quite a lot of the time which the vet has told me is common in yorkshire terriers. Most of the time this just means cleaning up a small amount of vomit but occasionally can be a little more serious and requires veterinary attention which obviously incurs a cost. In my case this means £21 for the vets time plus the cost of whatever treatment is provided. I am told that this is quite a reasonable price and so when considering buying a yorkie please also take these sorts of costs in to consideration.
One really good advantage of owning a yorkie is that if like me you are usually allergic to dog hair you are less likely to have a reaction to this breed as their hair is very similar to human hair.
In summary these tiny dogs make fantastic companions and have very strong characters. They are perhaps not for everyone but I personally wouldn't choose another breed.
When I moved in with my Girlfriend she came with a small and furry friend, a toy Yorkshire terrier named 'boo' so with out much further ado I shall review him:-
The Yorkshire terrier first and foremost is an ideal companion for those people who are allergic to dog hair. The Yorkshire terriers fur is closer to human hair and less likely to cause irritation to the skin, throat and chest. This also means they molt (sp?) less which is always a benefit if you have any carpeted areas of the home, as they will require regular but not constant hovering.
Yorkshire terriers are a small breed of dog which also makes them ideal for people living in small houses such as bungalows or flats as they don't take up much space. They do however run around a lot, jump on the furniture and bark at everyone who walks past, this however could once again be my luck and is probably just my dog.
They are a loyal breed, something that he never fails to illustrate on walks attempting to savage anyone who has the audacity to come near you or look at you. For that matter actually just anyone who has the audacity to inhale the same air as him is fair game for a little chase in his mind, and rightly so too, because he is after all spoilt rotten.
So if you like me want to be embarrassed in your local park, irritated by constant barking and woken up every morning by a soggy dog smelling tongue to the fact, get yourself a Yorkshire terrier, you wont regret it.
But in all seriousness, they are a lovely breed of dog and make excellent companions, and despite his minor flaws we still love him very much. Please note this review is only my experience and you should always think long and hard before purchasing a pet as they can live for many years and need a lot of care.
When I was a toddler and looked a little disappointed when given a tiny gift, my mother would always say, "All the best things come in small parcels, you know." True enough, and in the doggy world, they don't come much smaller than Yorkshire terriers.
At long last, I can write a review about those tiny pooches and introduce you to Mollie, my little Yorkie. But first, a little about the breed and its origins.
Yorkshire terriers are one of the smallest breeds of dogs in the world; though not a particularly ancient breed, when compared with others.
Its' ancestors, the 'Scottish Waterside Terriers,' were introduced into Yorkshire in the mid 19th century, and the Yorkshire terriers, developed from them.
Despite their Scottish connections, Yorkshire terriers are an English breed, originally bred for their small size to catch rats and hunt underground for foxes and badgers. They were initially called 'Broken-haired Scotch Terriers,' because of their close links with their Scottish ancestors. But as the breed improved over the years, they were renamed Yorkshire terriers (Yorkies) and are now even smaller than their forefathers, albeit only slightly.
Yorkies are categorised as 'Toy-dogs,' Their height, from ground to shoulder, varies but on average they stand about 9 inches tall and approximately 13 to 14 inches from neck to tail, although there are smaller models, like Mollie, she only stands 6.5 inches tall.
The average weight is between 5 and 7 pounds (2.3Kg - 3.2Kg).
History has recorded much smaller Yorkies; one born in 1943 was a mere 2.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches long - about the size of a baby rat I would think. It lived for almost two years. The normal life span is between 10 and 15 years.
They have cute, pointed ears which stand erect until the dog is frightened, ill or in pain, it is then they seem to disappear into the sides of the head. However, when greeting another dog or person, the Yorkie's ears flag up and down signalling in unison with its wagging tail.
Their gorgeous brown eyes are round rather than oval, in shape.
COAT COLOUR VARIATIONS:
Interestingly, ALL yorkies are born black and tan, it takes two to three years before the coat reaches its true and final colour.
The four officially recognised adult colour variations are: Black and Tan; Blue and Tan: Blue and Gold and Black and Gold.
Because they do not shed hair in the same way as some breeds, their silky coats can grow long enough to reach the ground, but should be kept much shorter, unless they are being shown in some dog competition.
Personally, I think they look much cuter when their fur is clipped - their features remain puppy-like. I am not keen on seeing the hair on their heads pulled back and tied in ribbons either, so often I have seen it pulled so tight that the little dog's eyes bulge.
Yorkies have many heartwarming traits; they are intelligent, sociable, fun loving, very brave, self-willed and also, I'm sure, have a highly developed manipulative nature; this being a significant trait in most terrier breeds. Some call it stubbornness. They almost bully you into submission by their sheer persistence.
Let me expand on that last trait, with one example of Mollies many manipulative ploys.
Incidentally, with a Yorkie in the house, you will not need a clock to tell you when it is time to get up, go for a walk, eat, or even retire.
Mollie is my cuddly, little 8 year old Yorkie; well practiced in getting her own way because she rarely gives up on her quest for whatever she wants and will use her pal Moses to back her up and fight her corner, if need be, especially when she thinks her message is missing its target.
For example, she will remind me fifteen minutes before their usual feeding times, that I should be heading towards the kitchen.
She begins by giving one or two low, throaty grumbles - half growl, half groan - this is quickly followed by a short, high-pitched 'yip,' a furiously wagging tail and pleading eyes, just to complete the effect; all of which are almost impossible to ignore; but if I do, she runs to Moses, who until then is sitting quietly somewhere or gazing out the window, and draws his attention to her by giving another yip, but this time followed by a couple of hefty, imitation sneezes. Moses will then look straight at me in anticipation,obviously having got the message, loud and clear in the sneeze, that it is time for action. Is it for a walk, is it for food, or playtime?
Either way, hyped up for action, he prances around making a big nuisance of him self, whilst Mollie, by this time, has melted into the background, secure in the knowledge that it won't be long before HER demands are met; for believe me, it is impossible to ignore them when that happens.
She doesn't always get her own way, especially when it comes to choosing which route we take on our walks. Whilst she will make it perfectly clear that she will want to go in a different direction, does not demand in the same way as she does for food, playtime or time to get up in the morning. So for those who were beginning to suspect her to be a spoilt, disobedient dog, I can assure you she is normally very obedient.
She does tend, however, to wait for the second time of telling before reacting to my commands; almost as if to make sure she had heard right the first time.
Spoilt? Well- Okay, maybe a bit.
SOCIABILITY and LOYALTY:
Mollie is a classic example of a loyal and sociable dog; it can be a tad frustrating at times, especially when out on our walks. She insists on greeting everything that breathes, and there are not many who ignore her friendly approaches.
Yorkies are very affectionate, loyal and good with children,yet can be intolerant of overly boisterous children, and may let them know in a snappy way, that they do not like their ears being pulled or being roughly handled. (Can't say I blame them.)
They are excellent watchdogs; nothing passes our home without me knowing about it.
Whether or not it is instinctive - having been bred to hunt rats, foxes and badgers, - Yorkies are not usually compatible with cats, which I suppose are similar to their ancestral 'prey.' Mollie, seems to be an exception to that rule. Cats breathe and are therefore potential friends.
In my experience, from Yorkies that I have kept and also from those I have known, I find they do not seem to grieve as other dogs grieve when their owners or doggy pals die.
When my Cocker spaniel (Monty) died, I thought Mollie would be just as devastated as myself, for they were rarely apart and she would curl up beside him at every opportunity. But, Oh- no, Mollie just went about her usual routine, happy as Larry. It was almost as if he had never existed. Yet Monty grieved terribly when his previous little pal died.
Her nose was most definitely put out of joint a few months later, when I introduced Moses, then a puppy, into the fold. His herding instincts came to the fore and Mollie was his new-found sheep; so her recently acquired 'top-dog' status was lost to this young bully, and although she accepted him into the home, it was a year before she would accept him as a buddy, and curl up to to him as she had with Monty. It was about then that she began employing his help in her manipulative antics. She was a good teacher, he, a quick learner.
Although Yorkies are small and very active around the home, they still need regular exercise, about 20 minutes a day will be enough to keep them fit and healthy.
Mollie prefers to amble around fields and woodlands, rather than take a brisk walk. In fact I don't think the words 'brisk,' and 'Mollie,' have ever before shared the same sentence.
As with all breeds, each has its individual set of common, or not so common health issues. Yorkies have their share. The two most common are cataracts and tracheal collapse. I am reluctant to list all the possible ailments because I feel it might give the impression that all Yorkies will suffer multiple problems. Some may, some may not. My other Yorkie Misty, didn't suffer any of the listed ailments, Mollie however,is developing cataracts and sometimes suffers mild episodes of tracheal collapse.
Tracheal collapse is an unpleasant, and not uncommon problem in Yorkies therefore, certainly worth a mention here. It is a condition where walls of the trachea are weakened and tend, occasionally, to collapse, causing the dog to gasp for air; the effort to inhale results in a honking sound. Excitement can sometimes bring on an attack, which can last from a few seconds to perhaps a minute or so.
It is therefore recommended that harnesses, rather than collar and leads, be used for ALL Yorkies,because the trachea of most toy-dogs are far more fragile than those of the larger breeds.
Another interesting problem which can occur in young puppies and the very smallest of Yorkies, is hypoglycaemia - a lowering of their blood sugars, caused by too long a fast between meals, although other factors such as stress, cold and tiredness, will also lower their sugar levels.
In such small animals, the muscle mass is not enough to store normal amounts of sugar, so will need more regular topping up to prevent the hypoglycaemic attacks.
Yorkshire terriers make ideal pets for old and young alike. They are exceedingly brave, affectionate, loyal, trusting and feisty little bundles of fun. Strong-willed but obedient. Good watchdogs, whose only emotional requirements are that you return their loyalty, trust and love; give them a good home and leave room on your lap for them to relax on, in front of the telly. I wouldn't be without her.
December:2013 Mollie is now marching along in her 13th year, not as sprightly as when a pup, but still enthusiastic, she has developed cataracts, and has adapted very well to the condition... better than I would.
Hi there, dooyoo friends. It is Mayan820 here.
--- Introduction ---
When I saw this category, I just had to write something. I am, of nature, not really an animal person and the fact that animal hairs, in general, but cat hairs in particular, give me the most terrible hay fever, certainly does not help me to try to change this age old aversion. When I, however, first came in contact with a Yorkshire Terrier, I just fell in love with this breed straight away. When I saw all the hair on this above mentioned Yorkie, I must admit that I was worried.
I thought that I would just have the most terrible fits of hay fever very soon after touching him, but to my utter astonishment I did not even sneeze once, even though I held this little one close to my face and even kissed him on the back of his head. It is only later that I learned that Yorkies' do not lose their hair at all, that it is like human hair.
My wife and I now have two Yorkies, one called Benjamin and the other Toby, Benjamin being Toby's father. They are just like children. They know exactly what you are doing, because they are watching you intently the entire day. They are very, very lovable, but they do need a lot of attention. They absolutely love their walks at the beach. I am guilty of not taking ours there often enough.
--- Appearance ---
The Yorkshire Terrier is so small at birth that it will easily fit into the palm of your hand or into a standard size tea cup. The new born puppies are completely blind until they are approximately 10 days old. They need to stay with their mother so that she can wean them for a period of about 6 - 8 weeks, before separating them from her. At birth and for a good 40 - 60 days after that one can see very little evidence of the beautiful human hair they will begin to develop after this period, just like human babies.
It is almost impossible for me to find the words to describe these beautiful little dogs, so I have decided to record a website address here, where the reader can view not a few photos of them (from puppies all the way to the full grown Yorkshire Terrier), i.e. www.picsearch.com/pictures/animals/pets/yorkshire ter... Their colour at birth should be black, and as they grow older the colour of their heads, lower legs and paws normally turns into a beautiful copper colour. The latter is the classic Yorkshire Terrier colour. As they grow older the deep copper will fade somewhat and the black often turns into a kind of steel grey colour.
The sizes of the full grown Yorkshire Terrier does vary a bit, depending on the sizes of its mother and father, but even the biggest ones will barely become heavier than about 5 kilograms, the average being about 2 - 3 kilograms. As they grow up, their hair will become their crowning glory, that which will set them apart from any other dog, so one should never ever cut a Yorkie . . . not their moustaches or anything else on them . . . more about this later.
--- A short Yorkie story ---
There was this incident with Heidi (this is my wife's youngest daughter from her previous marriage, when the former was still very married to the latter's father) when she was still a young working woman, living in her parents' house. This whole episode made me laugh when my wife told it to me . . .
Heidi's first husband just decided one day he had enough of his marriage and left for the U. K. Heidi was angry and traumatized, but above all, she was lonely, the latter to such a degree, that she told her mum, on more than one occasion: "I need something to love!" My wife, who has bred Yorkshire Terriers for, just about, her entire life, knew exactly who to contact in order to find out about a little female Yorkshire Terrier puppy, as a companion for her desperately lonely daughter, and when one became available, told her daughter (who, by now, loved these adorable little things so very much) the glad tiding, right away. Heidi immediately set off to purchase her new puppy, from her own money, and, apparently, just gave this new acquisition to the Ashmole family one look, and said: "Her name is . . . Angel."
Well, Angel was a real chewer, and subsequently chewed everything in sight, something which drove my very neat English wife up the wall. Heidi would come back in the late afternoon from her work, and straight away call out . . . "Where is my little Angel?" At this her mother would, apparently, just snort in absolute disgust, and say something to the effect of . . . "Some angel she is! She's just downright naughty!"
Heidi played with Angel at every possible opportunity, and sometimes until late at night, when reasonable people had gone to bed, long ago. Her parents' bedroom not being too far down the hall from her own, they, obviously, got disturbed by the noise all this playing with the young Angel caused, until her mum went to her room one night and said . . . "For goodness sake, Heidi, can't you just for one moment stop fiddling with that dog. She is not a toy, you know!" The rest of the dialogue between mother and daughter went something like this:
Heidi: "Yorkshire Terriers are toys."
Celia: "What? Don't be so silly!"
Heidi: "They are! The dictionary says so . . ."
Well, suffice to say, the dictionary was consulted the next day and the following entry was found under Yorkshire Terrier, i.e. "small shaggy toy kind" (The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Fifth Edition, page 1518). From that day onward everyone in the Ashmole household knew that Yorkshire Terriers were, indeed . . . TOYS.
--- Some notes on . . . coat care ---
Because the Yorkshire Terrier have human hair, it makes perfect sense to treat it as such. They need to be bathed regularly . . . preferably once a week. Wet them thoroughly with lukewarm to warm water (but not so hot that it will burn them). I use a small plastic beaker for this, which I just fill a couple of times with water of the desired temperature, and then pour it out over them) and put some nice shampoo on their coat. Now you can just give them a good old fashioned rub, in exactly the same way you would wash your own hair. You can, by all means, also use a conditioner on their hair, after the shampoo. When the latter activities have been performed to your satisfaction, you can rinse them, thoroughly, squeeze the excess water from their coat and put the entire package in a nice big and dry towel.
After having dried them, you can dry them with your hair dryer with its setting on warm. Be careful to bring the dryer to close to their hair; if you do, you will burn them, just like you would if you do the former when drying you own hair. Just about 8 or 9 out of 10 Yorkies will not like this weekly process, at all, but this is the secret with them . . . exactly like children they will get into a routine, if you go through these motions week after week, from the day they pretty much open their eyes. If you create this routine with them, from the start, they will not only get used to it, but actually turn up for their regular bath (I kid you not!), which they will never do if this is only a "once in a blue moon" thing.
The combing of the Yorkie's hair is very important. It is exactly the same as combing your young daughter's hair. Very few young girls like it when their mums call them in order to perform this hair combing ritual. This is exactly the same with Yorkshire Terriers. The reason for this is rather simplistic . . . combing out knots in hair can be a very painful business, and the closer the knots are to the skin, the harder it is to get it out without really pulling at the skin, the latter being the action which causes the pain. The vast majority of Yorkies will try to disappear when they see you with that dreaded comb in your hand, but again . . . if this is an activity which you have performed with them, on a regular basis, (say, at least once, but preferably twice or more times per week), since day one, so to speak, you will hardly have any knots to comb out, in the first place, and the Yorkie in question would have had the time to get so used to this combing, that he/she would actually come to ask you for it, and even get quite upset if you should, somehow, dared to have forgotten such a critical appointment .
I have neglected to regularly comb my Benjamin's hair, the inevitable result of which was that he became so knotted right on his skin, at the hairs' base, that I had no option left but to commit the ultimate sin with regard to Yorkies (i.e. to even bring a scissors near their beautiful hair, never mind cutting any of it), which was to cut these dreadful knots out. He would never have allowed me to comb these out . . . I certainly tried, but had to abandon it, soon afterwards. After I had made little incisions in the knots, it was, of course, much easier to comb the knots out, but much more hair was, so obviously, lost this way. My Celia was not impressed with me, at all! "I told you this would happen when they are not combed regularly", she told me, and again . . . "O. k., you have now butchered Benjamin, but you do not come near my little Tobie with those scissors, I tell you,now!"
In the words of my dear wife . . . "do not dare to start anything with Yorkshire Terriers, which you are not prepared to continue with, until the end.", and this is exactly the point as far as coat care, with regard to these little toys, is concerned. If you do the above mentioned activities regularly, from the start, their coats will not only be maintained, beautifully, but you will have saved yourself not a little bit of, unnecessary, additional work . . .
--- Feeding ---
Our two Yorkies are fed a small dish of tinned food, of middle to upper range quality, (One thing I can not take, is to give our Yorkies tinned food which smells so awful that no human being can endure it. Here in South Africa we do have a brand like this, called "Boss", but needless to say, I will not buy this very questionable dog food for our precious Benjamin and Toby, ever.) every day, at approximately 17:00. I mix the food with about half a slice of bread, per serving, in order to stretch the tinned food a bit, because the price of the latter just seems to have escalated during the last year or so.
During the day time we fill one bowl with tiny dog biscuits. These you can purchase at just about any supermarket these days, and the quality of most brands are quite good. The former leads to the funniest scenario, i.e. . . . they always go to have some of these biscuits at the very same time, which, inevitably, means that only one of them can have some of it at a specific moment . The other one then just sits there and watches my wife and I, when we are there, with that, almost, pathetic look on his face that says . . . "Can you see this injustice done to me? Do you think that this is fair? Do something, already!" Concerning this picture, Celia says: "This is a classic example of . . . poor little old me!"
This is pretty much it, as far as feeding our Yorkies, is concerned. They, of course, will love any tit bits from the food you eat, but once you start this business, they will expect it every time, and not only from you, but also from all your guests. The latter, in my humble opinion, amounts to nothing less than spoiling them, and again, it is no different from spoiling your child. They also love bones, and I think it is very good for their teeth, but I would avoid ever giving them chicken bones, because if these get stuck in the wrong place, it can easily kill them.
I think the specific type and manner of feeding of these little "toys" depends heavily upon their individual owners. I don't believe there is a right or a wrong kind of food ( . . . unless it is human food we give them to eat, every day. Concerning the latter, a local Vet said to my wife . . . "Dogs should eat dog food. They have a different digestive system to humans. We might think we do them a favour by giving them human food, which they will love, but we actually dont!) and neither a right or a wrong way to go about the former. It is really a question of . . . what works for you (their owners), as Clint Eastwood loves to say in his movies.
--- Is the Yorkie prone to any common sicknesses? ---
As a norm Yorkshire Terriers are healthy and hearty dogs. If your Yorkie do show any of the following symptoms, i.e. lethargy, weakness, severe trembling, seizures, twitching, loss of appetite, lack of coordination, dilated pupils, apparent blindness and in more severe cases, coma (may Hashem/G-d forbid!), it may, very well, be an indication that it suffers from a condition called . . . hypoglycemia (or in every day English . . . low blood sugar), and if so, this needs to be monitored in order to prevent any further complications. Hypoglycemia is caused by low concentrations of glucose in the blood, and is apparently more common in toy dogs under the age of 3 months.
A veterinarian may conduct several tests in order to diagnose hypoglycemia, which I will not get into, here. Suffice it to say that the above is, seemingly, the most common disease the young Yorkie puppy might fall victim to, but, to date, I have not seen it in any Yorkie, yet, and believe me, by now, I have seen not a few!
A more common problem, in my experience with Yorkshire Terriers, so far, seems to be with the mother being unable to deliver one or more of her new litter of puppies. This difficulty is called dystocia and can be caused by any one of the following occurrences: 1) A too narrow pelvis, 2) a situation in which the uterus becomes "worn out" during the labour process, causing a condition called uterine inertia. When the latter occurs, the uterus can not contract, making it impossible for the puppies to be pushed through the birth canal. 3) The puppies, themselves, can also be the cause of dystocia, in that they might be too large to fit through the birth canal, or even lie in such a position as to prevent easy passage through the canal.
--- What do these little creatures cost? ---
Yorkshire Terriers are very costly little dogs, for which you will pay anything from ₤ 270 for a male, and, approximately, ₤ 380 for a female puppy. One reason for the above is that they have very small litters . . . you will hardly ever see litters of more than 3 puppies, but the norm is around two or even only one. The other factor, I believe, you pay for is the fact that they do not ever lose any hair, and lastly, you just pay for . . . the entire package.
Concerning the latter . . . you will hardly ever receive a more delightful, beautiful and entertaining little package than this one! Yes, it is expensive, but these little toys are worth every British p you will pay for them, and as far as children are concerned . . . you will not purchase them anything they will love as much as a Yorkshire Terrier, ever!
--- Conclusion ---
In their little minds they are definitely not dogs, but rather human beings, and they can be rather indignant if they are not treated as such. Once you have had a Yorkie as a pet, no other breed of dog will do as a replacement once they have passed away. Owners of these little dogs will quickly tell you that they are not interested in any other breed. If at all, they will ONLY replace their former Yorkie with another one.
We love our little Benjamin and Tobie. They are so good and very obedient. Benjamin is also very brave. It is sad to think that they will die one day, but while they are still with us, we will certainly enjoy them to the fullest.
I have had my little yorkshire terrier, Waggle for six years now. In them six years he has shown me nothing but loyalty, love and fun, and I love him as a member of the family, not just as 'the dog'.
In past experience, Yorkshire Terriers are known to be quite shy, timid dogs but mine certainly isnt! He's constantly play fighting with my border terrier and loves to be rough.
I rescued Waggle from Ireland after he was tied to a pole, starving and half dead, the farmer said he would throw him down the well if nobody took him, so we did! And it is one of the best things ive ever done.
Ive found yorkies to be trained fast and friendly, they never seem to be vicious in any way and always listen when you tell them off. They learn from their mistakes fast and learn their names etc fast too.
Apparantly a healthy Yorkshire Terrier is only meant to live till about Fourteen, but treat it with love and respect, give it daily walks and good quality food and water, then you have a much higher chance it will live for even longer!
I absolutly love my dogs, they should be treated as members of the family, and my Yorkshire terrier is indeed, a member of the family.
I am going to write this review because I love Yorkshire Terriers and I did have one called Rosie but sadly had to have her put down a few years ago.
They are one of the smallest dog breeds in the world and originally they were bred to catch rats in the mines. They are very energetic and Rosie was no exception to this she was a devoted companion and a very good guard dog.
The' yorkie ' arrived in UK back in 1861 they were known as Scotch Terriers but in 1870 it was decided to call them Yorkshire Terriers because the breed had improved so much since coming to Yorkshire.
They stand about nine inches tall to the shoulders and weigh between five and seven pounds some breeders dock their tails but I believe that this practice is not so popular today, Rosie had her tail docked before we bought her but I personally think that if God gave a dog a tail then who has the right to remove it.
They are not shy dogs by any means and love to bark so it is very wise to train them from the start, its ok to bark when protecting the home but not all day long.
We used to leave the radio on for Rosie if we left her alone because she used to get a bit lonely and then would sit on the back of the chair in the bay window and bark at everybody that innocently walked passed.
They are normally very good with children but it is best if they grow up together or show a child how to play with the dog properly I believe a Yorkie wouldn't think twice about snapping at a child if a child unintentionally hurt or teased it.
Don't let this put you off the breed I never once witnessed our Rosie snarling at any of the grand children, the postman yes......she really disliked him!!!!!especially when he pushed brown envelopes through our letter box....see I said they were an intelligent breed.
Yorkies dislike rodents of any kind this is part of their natural instinct and cannot be trained out of them.
When we first got Rosie we used to leave her in the kitchen at night just until she learnt not to widdle on the floor but we also had our daughter's gerbil in its cage on the work top.
Now Rosie was only three months old so you can imagine the size of her, so when said daughter came running in to our room crying that 'Her gerbil had vanished and Mums new addition to the family had eaten it!' we were quite surprised...
We hunted every where but no gerbil, the family were very quiet that day I took Rosie out for a good walk because every one was glaring at her and muttering gerbil murderer etc.
Later that day I emptied the flip top kitchen bin and noticed that the bin liner had all little claw marks on it...........further inspection to inner bin bag and I found one frightened little gerbil covered in potato peelings and damp tea bags, the dog must have frightened it and it landed in the bin.
Rosie was off the hook thank goodness and daughter got a lecture on keeping the cage door firmly closed in future.
You will need to give your Yorkie the exercise it requires. Although their small size may lead you to believe otherwise, the Yorkie needs to run and be taken for at least a good 10-15 minute walk every day.
They do not eat a great deal and it is important not to over feed them we had a lot of trouble with Rosie at first she would only eat cooked chicken and this is not good for a dog all the time.
She would not eat dog food and dog biscuits were too big, the vet told us to give her cat food and cat biscuits of course are smaller. I always thought that you couldn't feed a dog cat food but apparently you can its cats that should not eat dog food.
A healthy Yorkie should live to about fourteen years so getting regular check ups at the vets is very important they are prone to liver and eye problems.
Yorkies don't malt but they need daily grooming to prevent matting I used to keep Rosies hair quite short on top of her head she looked cute and it was so much easier to handle.
Their claws can become quite sharp if they don't get enough walking and we used to regularly cut them ourselves after getting the vet to show us just how to do it.
The cost of these dogs can vary, from a good reputable breeder expect to pay between 450 and 500 pounds but in my opinion well worth the money for all the pleasure you would get from your new four legged friend.
I said at the beginning that Rosie had to be put down, she was a healthy little dog and full of vitality but unfortunately she jumped off the sofa one day and cracked her head on the coffee table this led to a massive bleed and left her paralysed from the neck down.
It broke my heart at the time but maybe one day I will find another Rosie.
Thank you for reading.
I have already written a review about my poodle Max, so I thought it was only fair to write one about my other little dog Pendle.
Yorkshire Terriers are also known by the name Broken Haired Scottish Terrier.
Yorkshire Terriers were originally bred as ratting dogs and were used to go down small holes and chase out anything in there such as rats. This instinct is still clearly visible in these dogs as we can tell from our little yorkie who is always squeezing into small gaps and he will chase anything that moves!
The Yorkshire Terrier breed was developed in the 1800s and results from various crosses of the Dandie Dinmont, Maltese and Skye Terriers.
Yorkies are very small dogs and are usually around 9ins (23cm) tall (short!) and they weigh in at around 7lb (3kg)
Yorkies are usually black and brown in colour. Their colours and markings come out more as they grow up. When they are born, yorkies are mostly if not completely all black.
Pendle is my 3 year old yorkie. He is tiny and extremely cute.
We got Pendle when my family went up to Manchester for the day. My parents went to a dogs home to show my little brother all the dogs, but while they were there my mum fell in love with this 8 week old fluffy ball of cuteness!
I had always imagined yorkies to be yappie and snappy little dogs that you trip over every 5 minutes. So my initial reaction when they showed him to me was along the lines of whats that and Why do you want one of them?
However before you start thinking thats really nasty, within hours of watching this little dog playing and trying to get our other dog to play with him, I had fallen completely in love with him!
As Pendle started to grow, so did his hair! Yorkies are known for their grooming requirements, and are often seen with long silky hair and occasionally the stereotypical bow in the top of their hair. As he grew Pendle changed his hairstyle more often than me! He has had it long but it flopped over his eyes, so my mum thought it was great to put a little bobble in to hold it back, Pendle had other ideas about this though and he went into the garden, straight under a bush and managed to get the bobble out! The other disadvantage of the longer hairstyles I they can get very dirty, very quickly and thats when they start to smell. Pendle has had his hair short and spiky in a variety of styles. At the moment he has it longer on his body and short and spiky on his head, with longer ears.
As I mentioned in my poodle review, it is my mum who grooms our dogs. Yorkies dont require loads of grooming, but they do require some on a regular basis. We give Pendle a brush once a week and trim his hair every few weeks to keep it under control. We also found that he is calmer the more often we groom him. At first he used to try and chew the brush or the scissors, or he would just fidget a lot. However he is much calmer now, and you can cut his hair with ease and he will quite happily sit on your knee and go to sleep as you brush his hair.
I have heard mixed things about yorkies and their eating habits, some are very picky eaters and others will eat anything!
Pendle can only be described as the doggy version of the human dustbin and that is a doggy dustbin he will eat anything in sight. I have a feeling this is to do with our other dog as he will eat most things so Pendle seems to copy because he doesnt want to be left out. The only strange thing we have noticed about Pendles eating habits is he will not eat out of his bowl or even go near it if you are in the same room, but if you are in a different room he will get a mouthful of food and bring it into whatever room you are in and happily eat it in front of you! Luckily we feed both the dogs Iams dry dog food, so its not too messy!
Yorkies can have very sensitive stomachs so you will need to be careful what treats and snacks you give them. We have found if you give him a plain rich tea or digestive biscuit he is fine and enjoys it.
Chocolate is a big no no! Human forms of chocolate contain an ingredient which is said by vets to be poisonous to dogs, so as well as this reason we dont give him chocolate as the one time we did.... Lets put it this way.... cleaning up was not a nice job! The doggy Chocolates you can get are fine as an occasional treat but in small quantities.
Yorkies are very intelligent dogs and they are very quick and willing to learn almost anything you want to teach them.
Pendle mastered sit, lie down and shake paws within a week and walking on a lead was simple as we took him out with our other dog and he happily walked alongside him.
House Training was a problem at first, but with some patience and a little help from puppy training scented spray from the pet store this was soon mastered too!
As with all dogs you will need to spend time with them and have some patience to train them properly, remember this is all very new to them and they dont speak your language!
Being small dogs yorkies do not require much exercise, a short walk each day is quite sufficient or even a lengthy game of fetch in the garden!
If however you do feel like a long walk, yorkies will quite happily walk all the way with you. I take both our dogs for a walk around our local area and up to the local field and this takes around 40 minutes, by that time the poodle is very tired and will sleep all night, but Pendle always seems quite eager and ready to carry on further!
Yorkies are very playful dogs if you are willing to spend time playing with them. If you leave them to play on their own they wont play, they will come and sit with you.
Pendle loves to play ball games and chase anything around the garden. His favourite two games at the moment are chasing balloons around, we got these really small balloons for my little brother to play with at Christmas, but I think Pendle prefers them, he will chase them around for ages, barking at them and jumping on them until they burst, then he will come and bark at you until you either give him another one or pick him up and fuss him until he forgets! His other favourite game is chasing your foot around; if you slide it around the floor he will chase it for ages!
Pendle mixes fine with other dogs, especially his best buddy Max. We have also introduced him to friends dogs which are much larger, such as a Labrador retriever and they played happily together. I would always recommend that you fully supervise your dog when they are playing with strange dogs just in case they are not quite as playful as they seem!
The only problem we did have with Pendle and Max living together was because they are both male they are very territorial, so we did have the problem of little legs being cocked where they shouldnt be. My mum solved this by getting a special cleaner which deters them and is not harmful to them or us.
Yorkies are commonly mistaken for being quite snappy little dogs. I would say this is very out of character for Pendle. The only time you could ever question this is when he gets way too over excited, so we try not to let him get that excitable as we dont want him to get snappy as we have my little brother who is only 2 and loves Pendle to bits.
At the moment Pendle is only 3 so he is still a baby. I am however led to believe that if looked after properly yorkies can have very long lives. A lady I used to work with had a yorkie who lived to be 19 and her elderly neighbour had one who was around 20 when he died. So from the sound of it weve hopefully got Pendle for a long time yet.
*Is This The Dog For You?*
At the end of the day I would defiantly recommend a yorkie to anyone who is prepared to look after a dog. They are very loving, loyal and playful dogs. They are not snappy unless you really tease them, but if you want to have a dog to tease I would say dont bother getting a dog at all, they are not toys!
Yorkies are very intelligent and quick and willing to learn, so you wont have to spend ages on the same thing. They require little exercise and due to their size they are great if you dont have a big house.
As with any pet I will say research into what you are buying into, and realise this is a long term commitment. Be sure this is the pet for you and you have the time and patience to look after it and if you do decide to get a yorkie then congratulations you now have a new best friend for life!
Ok, thats about it now, so Ill end with this cute little rhyme someone told me when I was little.
A Little Dogs Prayer.
A master who is firm and kind,
And understands a doggy mind,
A walkie and a meal each day,
Thats all I ask for when I pray.