Why choose a toy Yorkie dog?
This breed is good for apartments, but do need to go outside quite frequently. Yorkies must have some way of working off their pent up energy else you will find them running laps around your house. Yorkshire Terriers need daily walks. These tiny dogs are best with adults but will do fine with older, more responsible children. If your Yorkie teacup does not have a human as a “pack leader” then the dog will do better with other dogs. The Yorkie teacup is a very adventurous dog. This dog is also very energetic, faithful, daring, and clever. They also make a marvelous companion. Puppies can be easily trained, but can have a hard time being housebroken. The average size and weight of a fully-grown toy Yorkie is about 2 to 4 lbs and 5 to 6 inches in height. Yorkshires shed little to no hair.
Where do these tiny dogs come from?
Yorkshire terriers originated in North England by men who needed dogs to hunt rats and mice in small places, such as badger and fox burrows. The dogs from this time period were much bigger than they are today. Many people now buy these lap dogs to make a fashion statement however this should obviously never be the sole purpose of owning one.
How long do they live?
A toy Yorkie dog’s life expectancy is 12-15 years. See below for health concerns.
What are some common health problems?
Yorkie teacup dogs are prone to suffer from bronchitis, slipped stifle, eye infections, fussy digestion, early tooth decay, and reduced tolerance of anesthesia. These dogs get paralysis in their legs caused by herniated disks or other problems with their spine. Dropping the dog will break their delicate bones. Female dogs have problems delivering even small puppies since they are so small themselves. Sometimes delivery requires a cesarean (c-section). To help prevent tooth decay, bad breath, and gingivitis, chew sticks or rawhide bones will help keep teeth strong and clean.
What amount of grooming is required?
A Yorkie needs to be groomed regularly. A short coat needs daily brushing and combing. Long-haired dogs, however, need hours of grooming and cutting to make it look good. Yorkie teacup dogs have a lot of hair on the top of their heads so it is recommended that you wrap the hair in a band to get it out of the dog’s eyes.
Interact with this tiny Yorkie dog by typing in commands…
I have found 16 commands that it understands: sit, stand/beg, lie down, jump/leap, roll over, play dead, walk, fetch, sneeze, speak/bark, circle, vogue, dance/boogie, shake, lick, and kiss. There may be more commands to discover.
Author: Brooke Gammill