What to Consider Before Getting a Yorkie
When deciding on a dog breed, there are many things to consider.
- What kind of dog will you have space and time for?
- What dog has a personality that will best fit with your family?
One of the most popular small dog breeds is the Yorkshire Terrier or the Yorkie with many fun facts about them. As the name indicates, the Yorkshire Terrier was first developed as a breed in England and has been around since the middle of the 1800s.
The Yorkie may come in a small package but do not be deceived! Yorkies have a lot of energy and a contagious zest for life. Affectionately known as Yorkies, the Yorkshire Terrier is a small-sized breed of dog with a long soft silky coat colored in three variations of blue and gold, black and gold and blue with tan. They have the cutest trot and a personality that makes this breed one of the most popular household pets and purse dogs in the country.
Small in size but very big in heart, a Yorkie may or may not be the right furry friend for you. With all dog ownership come the huge responsibility of 24-hour care, health bills and ugh, training.
1. Yorkies Need Time and Attention
Like all dogs, Yorkies need to spend time with their people and even more than some breeds of dogs, a Yorkie loves to be on your lap, in your arms and near you as much as possible.
Yorkies are curious and active. However, they can be stubborn and snappy at times. As a result, they may not necessarily be the best choice for a family with small children because of this aspect of their temperament.
2. Grooming and Health
A pretty coat requires daily brushing otherwise the coat will tangle. For this reason, many Yorkies sport a short haircut for easy upkeep. Ears and anal glands will require care by a groomer or veterinarian on a regular basis. Vaccinations and yearly health checks are part of owning a dog.
Hair, hair everywhere! To own a Yorkie means to be committed to caring for the dog’s coat. They have long, fine and silky hair that needs continual brushing and care. They will need regular trimming. As a long-haired breed of dog, the Yorkshire requires more grooming visits and cost than a short haired dog.
3. Energy Level
Yorkies may be small, but they are mighty. They have a lot of energy and are very active. When they get tired they do sleep hard but when they are awake, be ready for action.
4. Vocal and Talkative
The Yorkie is known to be “yappy”, they love to let their little opinion be known with barks, yaps and excitement when visitors stop by. They are territorial and loudly defend their area. As a watchdog, this will be a great benefit. However, if barking could be an issue where you live, it will be important to employ intentional training.
5. Training & Living space
A new Yorkie puppy will need to be trained, housebroken and socialize which all require time and cost.
Yorkies are indoor dogs. They can go out for short walks on a leash but are primarily indoor animals. Since they are small, they don’t necessarily need a lot of space but it is important to be aware that they are not a breed that should live outdoors.
6. Yorkie Health
The lifespan of a Yorkie is about 14-16 years, however as a pure breed they can be prone to knee problems, dental issues, collapsing trachea, and several other conditions. It will be important to have check-ups with a veterinarian to keep an eye out for these possibilities.
With a little size pup comes a more tender body and lighter bone structure which is more easily injured by other pets and children at play. Plus an excited Yorkie is very good at jumping from the arms of its owner to shock everyone nearby with a flying act that can lead to a bad fall.
Is a Yorkie Bundle of Joy for you?
Before you decide to get a Yorkie, think about the amount of time you want to cuddle this little pal who will love nothing more than spending time in your arms. Consider the cost of grooming, food and doctor bills plus the exercise and training.
Although owning a Yorkie may have some challenges, they are adventuresome, curious, bold, affectionate and fun dogs. Learn more about the Yorkshire Terrier and mixed pups too, online at The Yorkie Times and feel free to ask questions in the comments below.