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Yorkshire Terrier


Totally oblivious of its small size, the Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is always eager for adventure and trouble. While affectionate toward their master, they may be suspicious of strangers. As part of their terrier nature, Yorkies will bark at strangers or strange sounds. Early training is necessary to control their yappiness.

Yorkshire Terriers do have a soft side, however, and require attention from their family. They do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. Overprotecting a Yorkie is not recommended, though, as they can quickly pick up on feelings and could become anxious. They could be difficult to train as well, including problems with housetraining.

Yorkies are recommended for families with older children as small children can startle or tease them, causing them to nip. They don’t require much exercise – a short walk around the block or a quick play session is usually sufficient enough.

True to their terrier heritage, they can be aggressive towards strange dogs as well as small animals. But, if they are brought up with other dogs and cats, they tend to get along with them very well. They could become possessive of their owners if a new pet is introduced.

Major Health Concerns: The Yorkshire Terrier may have delicate digestive systems. They may be sensitive to medications and anesthesia. Due to their fragile bones, they can suffer from fractures. They may have herniated disks, spinal problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome, (a degenerative disease of the hip joint) and Patellar luxation, where the kneecap dislocates. They may be sensitive to cold and rain.

Interesting Fact: The Yorkshire Terrier has also been part of the development of many other breeds, such as the Australian Silky Terrier.

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