The Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers have big personalities built into a small package. They have absolutely no idea how small they really are.

Even though Yorkies are small and cute it is a good idea to establish some type of leadership role with them. Although Yorkies are well known for being the ultimate house dog (this is my opinion) they really do enjoy being outdoors.

Yorkies have no undercoat and they do not shed but they do need routine brushings to keep their hair coat nice and shiny.

If you have no intentions of taking your yorkie into the show ring and do not feel that you have the time for the brushing routine that you really should be on, then the “puppy cut” is the thing to do. Either learn how to do it yourself or your local dog groomer can do the job for you. Yorkies look very good when they sport the puppy cut. They feel better to.

The height of the Yorkshire terrier is approximately 8 or 9 inches tall. Their weights range from 4 to 7 pounds. Yes some are bigger and some are smaller but the 4 to 7 pound range is standard and what every reputable Yorkie breeder should be shooting for.

Some breeders try to raise the teacup yorkies. While according to AKC standards there is no such thing as a teacup Yorkie some people intentionally breed them to be very small. Breeding tiny yorkies to tiny yorkies is a recipe for disaster. The puppies are so tiny that it can be very difficult to keep them alive. These yorkie puppies that are bred to be 2 to 3 pounds at their mature weight will have a higher tendency to end up with hypoglycemia or other forms of health problems.

Yorkie breeders who breed for the AKC standard will still have a puppy now and then that will stay small but they are much healthier.

Yorkie puppies are born black and tan and there colors change as they grow older.

Yorkshire Terriers are among the top 10 breeds in the entire world as well they should be. And the reasons are as mentioned above: they are small and do not take up much space, they do not shed and they will love you when times get tough.

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