The Yorkshire Terrier is a small breed of toy with distinct features that include a long straight coat hanging down evenly on both sides from the nose to the tail. It is a compact and vigorous little breed with a well proportioned body. It has a rather small head and a proportionally sized muzzle with a black nose. The eyes are slightly round and dark with sharp intelligent expression while the small, v-shaped ears are carried erect and covered with short hair. The teeth form complete scissor bite. The body is characterized by a level back with a compact profile and is supported by straight forelegs and hindlegs. The tail is commonly docked and is also profusely covered with hair, a bit darker than the rest of the body. The long, glossy coat has a fine silky texture. The head, ears and muzzle are deeply coloured in rich golden tan while dark steel blue colours the coat from the back of the head to the root of the tail.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Yorkshire Terrier (also called “Yorkie”) was originally bred as a ratter, used for hunting and killing rats and mice. It was developed in Yorkshire County in northern England around the mid-19th century from breeds that came from Scotland brought by craftsmen during the height of England’s industrial revolution. Among the probable ancestors of the Yorkie include the Clydesdale, Paisley, Skye and Waterside terriers from where it got its small physique, long-haired coat and blue colour. Over time, the English Black and Tan Terrier was added to the mix which probably gave the Yorkie its unique colour pattern. These breeds were all working terriers that were extensively used to hunt vermin in textile mills and coal mines. The Yorkie was first displayed publicly in 1861 England and was known as the Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier. It was also once known as Toy Terrier which came in rough and broken-haired type. Its present name was officially adopted in 1874 although the breed has been around since 1870. A dog named Ben who was born in 1865 in the town of Huddersfield in Yorkshire County is generally recognized to be the foundation sire of the Yorkshire Terrier breed.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a highly energetic, intelligent, loyal and courageous little breed. The breed’s small size is packed with a big dog attitude, oftentimes bold and confident and always eager for adventure. Loving with it's master but very suspicious of strangers and aggressive towards strange dogs and small animals, of true terrier ancestry. However, it will go along well with other animals in the house that it grew up with. The Yorkshire Terrier makes a good watchdog as it tends to bark on almost anything; however, it can be trained to lessen barking.
The Yorkshire Terrier is an intelligent breed and is easily trained. It has a natural penchant to please its master but it is important not to spoil this little breed. It requires constant human attention or it will display destructive behaviour when bored.
The long coat requires daily brushing to prevent tangles and to keep its coat luxuriously shiny.
The average lifespan for a healthy and well cared-for Yorkshire Terrier is between 12 to 15 years. However, similar to many purebred dogs, the Yorkie is prone to some hereditary disorders. Chief among them is portosystemic shunt where the blood bypasses the liver resulting in “dirty” blood. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar content sometimes occur in puppies but rarer in adults. The breed is also prone to develop cataracts especially in its old age.
Dog food experts recommend a base diet that contains a mixture of beef, sugar beet, potatoes, wheat and barley.
Although it is a very energetic breed, it does not require a lot of exercise but it will do the Yorkie best if it is taken for regular walks or opportunities to run and play off-leash in an open but secured space. It is an excellent pet to have for someone who lives in an apartment or condominium. It is very active indoors and will do fine without a yard. It is sensitive to cold weather and prefers to live in warm climates.
It is generally a friendly breed but does not tolerate rough play, hence, it is more suitable to a family with older, more considerate children. Males can be quite territorial and will stop short of nothing to defend its property and family, which could even mean challenging larger dogs head to head.