So you’re considering adding a Yorkshire Terrier to your family? Here is a snapshot to help you determine if it’s the
right breed for your lifestyle.
· The Yorkshire Terrier is a clever and energetic breed of dog.
· With early socialization and obedience training they quickly become a positive family member.
· The breed temperament is adventurous and affectionate; they can be highly vocal and wary of strangers. Owners must be aware that this cute toy breed possesses a terrier-like attitude and may not get along with other animals.
· Originally bred to hunt vermin, this energized breed requires daily exercise. Ideally they should have a fenced yard and be taken for regular leashed walks to release their energy.
· “Yorkies” easily adjust to apartment living with their family but will still need regular daily exercise.
· They are a light shedder but require daily grooming of their long soft coat. Some owners choose to trim the coat to avoid daily grooming. Usually has a topknot (long fall of hair collected into a ribbon or bow to keep hair out of the dog's eyes). Their teeth need to be cleaned regularly.
· This breed’s average life span is 12 to 15 years of age. Responsible breeders screen their dogs for orthopedic and genetic diseases before breeding them. Genetic defects found in some dogs of this breed include: patellar luxation, hypothyroidism and legg-calve-perthes disease.
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