What to Consider Before Getting a YorkieWhen 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?
1. Yorkies Need Time and AttentionLike 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 HealthA 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 LevelYorkies 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 TalkativeThe 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.