Too many people acquire a toy breed without understanding how incredibly fragile a toy breed is. You can seriously injure a Yorkshire Terrier by stepping on him or by sitting on him when he's curled under a blanket or pillow, where he frequently likes to sleep. And Yorkies can seriously injure or kill themselves by leaping from your arms or off the back of your sofa. A larger dog can grab a Yorkshire Terrier and break his neck with one quick shake. Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your tiny dog. Yorkshire Terriers must always be kept on-leash -- they are just too easy to injure when not under your complete control.
As a behavioral consultant, I put the Yorkshire Terrier on my Top 5 List of "Hardest Breeds to Housebreak." If you live in a cold or rainy climate, housebreaking will be especially difficult, because Yorkies hate both the cold and the rain. A COVERED potty area is strongly recommended. Sometimes a doggy door is necessary so your Yorkshire Terrier can run outside the moment he feels the urge in his tiny bladder.
Some Yorkies are friendly and outgoing, but many have the standoffish or suspicious nature of a true terrier. Thus, Yorkshire Terriers need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their suspicion can become shrillness, or even nastiness.
Don’t be fooled by the appearances of this little dog. They may be preened and pampered, and as cute as a button, but they have a terrier’s temperament.
They are busy, inquisitive and sporting. Very playful and energetic, they will love to chase a toy around inside and run about outside.
They can be inclined to bark quite a lot, and be stubborn. They are also not known for being a good breed around small children. Despite this, they are intelligent, territorial and excellent watchdogs.
I just got a Yorkie who is 13 months old. I was told he was house trained and for the most part he is he pees outside but he will poop in the house and I can’t figure it out. I love her as she stays with me all the time. Her name is Bella
We just had to say goodbye to our little Yorkie Tiger. He was 17 years old but he was getting blind and losing his hearing and his sense of smell. He went down fast as he could not stand on his legs they would collapse under him he lost alot of weight and he would not eat very much. He had a cough which I could never understand why the vet was not concerned about it. The day we had to let him go his breathing was hard and he could not move. He fell over when he was let out to do his business. He only had his four canine teeth left but I am not sure if that is what brought him down. I just dont know what happened to him and I am so distraught over his passing. He was a good dog he never barked he never whined and he loved us so much. We miss him so much but it was a good 17 years. I just wish we had answers as to why he died.
The Yorkshire Terrier has a big personality, despite its small size. They are mischievous, spunky, and they seek out opportunities for adventure. They are full of energy and courage, and they are very loyal, clever, and determined. While they are sometimes leery of strangers, they are very affectionate with members of their own family. They do not like to be teased or pestered, and they generally get along best with older, more considerate children. They can get snappish if they are frightened or surprised. Like many other terrier breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier can be aggressive towards strange dogs and small animals. While this breed can sometimes be a bit stubborn, they are generally responsive to commands and easy to train. They like to bark, but they can easily be taught not to do so.
The Yorkshire Terrier is well-suited to life in a small household or apartment. They are a very active breed indoors, and they do not require a yard. This breed will benefit from regular physical activity and exercise, and they enjoy having the opportunity to run around and play. This breed is sensitive to harsh weather conditions and prefers a warmer climate.
The personalities of individual Yorkshire Terriers depends a lot upon how they are raised. Some are more spirited and plucky like a terrier, while others are delicate divas who require the royal treatment at all times. Yorkies are what usually comes to mind when someone says, “Purse Dog,” as well-to-do ladies have enjoyed carrying their Yorkie friends around in their handbags or under their arms for hundreds of years. These little dogs soak up attention and do not like to be left without companionship – even if your are only traveling to the kitchen. Owners say their Yorkies follow them from room to room like little shadows. They are excellent companions for the elderly who have the time to focus all of their energy on their dog, but can be just as happy in families of all sizes.
Yorkies are moderately easy to train. They are terriers, and that means they have a stubborn, independent streak. Begin training early when your puppy is amenable to the process, and always conduct sessions with lots of praise and treats. Keep the sessions short, as Yorkies bore easily and try to vary the activity as much as possible.
House training a Yorkie ranges from easy to difficult, depending on the individual dog. Some Yorkies do not like the rain and will refuse to step outside when it is wet. Some just don't like to be told what to do, and others pick up on it in a matter of weeks. Puppy pads and canine litter boxes can help keep your carpet clean throughout the process. Some owners never get rid of the pads or boxes, because their Yorkies never fully give in to house breaking.
I have had my baby for 4 years now :)
I do his hair myself. But I've noticed I need to do his hair every 4+ months. Depends on your dog, though.
My boobah has been raised to be able to handle long hours at home alone (8 hours for work) but my boyfriend takes him to work every day now so I'm not too sure if he would like spending time alone at home anymore lol.
The energy of your dog really varies from dog to dog but typically yorkies are high-energy. I would say 1 long walk and 2 shorter walks would suffice - they are little, after all. But don't forget playtime!! This is very important to them.
Each yorkie is their own. That's what is so wonderful about them - they all grow and develop uniquely. So have fun figuring out who your baby is going to be :)
My baby is going to be 9 on Monday, but you would think he’s still a puppy. He’s got so much energy all the time!
We live in the Midwest so around March/April we’ll get a “summer cut” and have him shaved. We have to keep this up every 4-6 weeks and do so through early-mid November, or until it gets cold. In the winter we can get away with getting him cut every 2 months or so, but we prefer to keep his hair on the shorter side. Since he’s so low to the ground, his hair easily gets full of mud and snow if it’s too long. For baths, we don’t have a set schedule - just whenever he needs one.
We try not to leave him home for an extended period of time. My husband and I both work full time, but my husband can go home for lunch to let him out. Typically the longest he’s home alone is around 4 hours, but he has gone longer and been fine. We also leave his food and water out for grazing and have not had an excessive issue with accidents - maybe one here and there if he’s not feeling well.
Being in the Midwest, it’s difficult to get out for walks every day in the winter. We also both work full time and my husband is a basketball coach so he’s gone even longer during the winter. In the summer we usually take one walk every day (around 1 mile) and a longer one on the weekends. Every now and then on the weekend in the summer he’ll get more than one a day. During the winter I have to actively make time after work to play with him (he loves to be chased) or else he’ll get restless and agitated, and then the barking starts.
My yorkie is 8, had her since she was a puppy. She is definitely a stubborn little thing and age is not a factor when it comes to energy.
I try to cut her hair at home because she has bad separation anxiety and she doesn't like strangers touching her or doing anything against her will. She's very stubborn. You have to keep up around the eyes because they get crusty and nasty.
I try not to leave her home alone a long time. I work full time and go and let her out during my lunch. If I'm gone for a long period of time she likes to pee on the bathroom rug.
Oh jeez, she has so much energy!! Nothing slows her down. In the summer she expects about a mile walk or longer a day. She demands it, will whine when I get home from work until she gets what she wants. I sometimes take her to the park and let her run lose, she just runs in circles like a maniac. She would never want to stop running, but when once she settles down she will sleep like a baby.
She is very opinionated. If she doesn't get her way she will let you know. She is very vocal, not necessarily barking but always grunting/growling at me to get my attention. They are a very smart breed (must be the terrier in them) and will manipulate you. Make sure to set your boundaries to show them whose boss! And keep up with the exercise so they don't become bored and destructive.
My girl was a very naughty puppy, always getting into trouble. Now that she's older though she has calmed down alot. We went to obedience school when she was about 4 and she was top in her class! She just loves to play and explore outside, but when inside she's mostly a lap dog