The Yorkshire Terrier Dog

Following on from my last post, I decided to write about some breeds of dogs – I’ll probably stick to the popular ones and throw the odd one in every now again so as not to turn this blog into a Dog Breeds manual.

So lets kick off with my first breed post!

The Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are little bundles of fun to have around the house. They seem to have boundless energy and are surprisingly tough for their small size and “handbag dog” label that they seem to have acquired rather unfairly. This is probably thanks to their being a favourite with older women who love to pamper them. I’ve seen plenty of these little rascals trotting alongside their owner who has carefully brushed their locks to perfection and tied a little bow in the top of their heads!

Ok, pets can be pampered, but a bow in the hair?

Hair being the correct word here, as Yorkies don’t have true fur like most breeds of dog, it is more like our human hair and doesn’t moult in summer. This means it’s good news for houseproud owners who don’t have to go chasing around behind them with a vacuum cleaner to pick up all the dropped fur! The downside is that the hair keeps growing so has to be cut regularly, meaning lots of trips to the doggy hair stylist – all of which goes toward the unfair image that many people have of these dogs.

In fact, they are very tough, having been originally bred to catch rats and chase rabbits out of their burrows. Once one of these dogs gets a rat in its jaws, it will shake it’s head violently until the rat’s neck is broken. They are also themselves great burrowers and once they get into their heads that they have to dig out a rodent, they will dig furiously with their front paws without stopping until they have caught their prey – even to the point where their paws will bleed and they still will not stop.

So not such prissy pets after all!

They are, however incredibly fussy eaters. What to them may be a gourmet meal one day with have their noses turned up at the next. They do like variety and generally won’t eat regular tinned dog food, at least not for very long (see my previous comment!). They are, however very partial to whatever their owners are eating: So if you have problems feeding your Yorkies, just make a little more of whatever you’re having for your meal and give them the extra! Works like a charm.

Being such small dogs, most owners don’t bother with training, but this can be a mistake and lead to unruly behaviour and narky, ill tempered little scamps when taken for a walk. Training only need be basic just to make sure your dog knows that you’re the boss and will respond to basic sit, down, stay and heel commands.

Yorkies that get it into their heads that they are the alpha (male or female) of the family pack can be unbelievably naughty. Bad behaviour can start with ripping up shoes and anything else of yours they get their teeth into, to dragging you down the road on walks (they are stronger than their diminutive size belies) and trying to attack every other dog they encounter (no matter how big and ferocious). So stamp out any such behaviour as soon as possible by using some of the techniques I wrote about in my previous posts under the mini-series entitled “Tales From The Pack”.

Yorkshire Terriers make good family pets as they are good with children and small enough that they are unlikely to hurt them even when playing boisterously, unlike some larger dogs who wouldn’t knowingly hurt a child but accidents can happen due to their sheer size.

Finally, spend time playing with your Yorkshire Terriers, as they love to be the centre of attention and will reward you with hours of entertaining play (if you let them). Enjoy them as they are great little dogs to have as pets!

Terry Didcott
For Dogs

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2 thoughts on “The Yorkshire Terrier Dog

  1. claire love

    i have 2 yorkies and 1 greyhound whos old my yorkies are 7 monthes and 11 monthes the male is 11 mnths and then the female we want to breed with them we had the male 4 mths ago from a puppy farm but now knows how to play.the prob is he continuely barks at the fence in are garden weve looked but there is nothing there the neghbours have complained to the council about it we let him out in the morning and the first thing he does is bark bark and bark all the time we shout him and he doesnt listen at all he wont go for walk as hes to scared to go out and just cawors. when he goes out with the female yorkie there complete nutts together and wont walk propley they just want to play.but they play continuesly pinning each other down and play biteing for hours and hours everyday they do this the thing is i have 3 children which they are very good with but i just need them to carm down a bit the female grawols at the male if he moves when there in the crate at night or in for time out in the day 3 times or when shes eatting she snaps then once hes pushed her out of the way shell wait her turn im at my witts end with there continusly barking and running around ive had the female since 10 wks of age they do nothing but play fight which getts very tireing id be glad if u could help me .thanx also they have days where they very good in the house ie house trainning and others were they pee all the time the male is very protective of the female if i pick her up ie bathing her he crys continely and barks at me as he thinks im hurting her

  2. tel Post author

    Claire a lot of that behaviour is just puppies playing – its normal when you have two very young dogs that they play a lot.

    You don’t say if you’ve taken them to obedience classes – if you haven’t that is what you should do. There you’ll learn how to deal with them better and also to socialise them with other dogs.

    Next step is for you – become the pack leader. If the boy dog thinks he has to whine and cry when you bath the female, he thinks he’s in charge. You have to make it known in no uncertain terms that you are in charge.

    I wrote several articles in this blog in the series “Tales From The Pack” about how to do that so I won’t repeat them here. Have a read through and try these things out – they work but they also take time so you have to be patient.


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