Things You Should Know Before Buying A Yorkshire Terrier
When it comes time to purchasing your Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkies as they are often affectionately referred to, you need to be aware of all the pros and cons before buying. As with all breeds, the Yorkie has its fair share of problems and we will discuss these in more detail in this article and you should also be prepared to take your time when selecting a Yorkshire Terrier. This smart, loyal, affectionate bundle of fun makes a great companion, so let us look in more detail at this little pooch with a big heart.
First and foremost, as with all pure breeds, you should start by looking for a reputable breeder, i.e. a breeder that only specialises in Yorkies. It is not recommended that you purchase one from a pet store, because there could be a chance that the Yorkies have come from a puppy mill. (Keep in mind that puppy mills just breed dogs for the money and do not always have ideal conditions, which can potentially lead to all kinds of problems when you get your puppy home. Additionally, the same goes for back street breeders who are just in it for the money – avoiding these at all costs!).
Once you have found a professional breeder, you will be able to ask lots of questions, which the breeder should not have any problem in answering. A good breeder should ask *you* questions too, because responsible breeders always want to protect their dogs and their breed, and will not sell a puppy to just anyone without asking questions – they will want to know that their puppy will be going to a good home with a responsible owner, so might ask about your house, garden, children and more.
Questions that you should ask the breeder should be: can see both parents of the puppy? How long have you been breeding Yorkies? What type of health screening do you do? Will my puppy come with any health guarantees? Has my puppy been registered and vaccinated? Do you offer support once I take my puppy home? Do you have any genetic health conditions in your lines? What do you feed your puppies? And of course, how much are they? All of these questions are important, and a good breeder will be able to answer all of them for you.
Looking at some of the problems you may encounter in the Yorkie breed is important too. Firstly, the same as with any purebred dog, there may be some hereditary problems. Note that this does not mean your dog will get them, but it means that these conditions are more common in the breed. Patellar Luxation is one of these conditions, where the kneecap actually slips out of place. Collapsing Trachea can be another problem with Yorkies, and this is where the cartilage rings begin to deteriorate over time, leading to wheezing. Ruptured discs can be another problem that some Yorkies face, which can result in pain, weakness, loss of sensation, and the loss of the ability to urinate or defecate and – in very extreme cases – paralysis. This is also known as Intervertebral Disc Disease. However, be aware that many other breeds have considerably more things that can go wrong, and buying from a good, reputable breeder will ensure your chances of having a healthy terrier are greatly enhanced.
Other things to consider with Yorkshire Terriers, is that given they are so small, they are prone to injury. Although they can do well with other people, and even children if socialised well early on, it is not recommended to have them play with young children, due to the fact that children sometimes don’t realise how heavy handed they are. It is easy to fall, or step on a Yorkie, and you do have to be extra vigilant when there are other people around, especially young children. Grooming should be regular as their hair grows continuously, and does require regular brushing, or you can opt to cut the hair short as some owners do.
As with many smaller breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier is quite difficult to house train, and some owners never manage to fully house train this breed. With lots of patience and plenty of training you can get them to potty outside only. However, some owners use a litter tray or pads in a specific area of the house. What also makes it difficult is because they are such a small dog, only weighing in at 4lbs as an adult on average.
Another trait of the Yorkie is that they bark a lot, which can be a good thing of course as a warning dog. Having said that, they can tend to bark at every little noise or movement, which can get annoying to some. Although you may be able to keep the barking to a minimum with lots of training, barking is deeply bred into their characters. Lastly, separation anxiety is another condition owners see a lot with this breed, so they should not be left alone for long periods of time. They are very affectionate dogs and need almost constant companionship. Therefore, keep this in mind, when selecting this breed as your pet.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a great companion dog, loving and cute and full of energy, but everyone in the house will need to be committed to being extra careful around such a small bundle of fun. These 4lb Yorkies can easily be sat or stepped on if you aren’t careful, or tripped over if you are not aware of where they are at all times. These are probably one of the most fragile dogs out there, so as long as you are aware of this, and know up-front what is involved, you can enjoy your new Yorkshire Terrier for years to come. In addition, they do make it easy to travel with you almost wherever you go due to their small size, and quite often like riding in a purse or handbag too. Finally, if you use some of the tips we have suggested here today, and are careful where you purchase your Yorkshire Terrier from, this breed will definitely be a very pleasant pet to include within your family.