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A big dog in a small body
Member Name: BestBullies
Date: 09/06/12, updated on 09/06/12 (110 review reads)
Advantages: small in size, cheap to look after, fun, great family pets, loyal and loving
Disadvantages: Prone to cancer, tooth decay, attention seekers
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.
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