About Yorkshire Terriers

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Yorkshire Terriers are small breed dogs that are classified in the "toy" terrier in the group known as terriers.  They mature to between four (4) and seven (7) pounds and will be seven (7) to nine (9) inches tall. Affectionately known as Yorkies, these little guys were originally bred in the Yorkshire area of England by Scottish immigrants in the 1800s.  Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent, brave, active, playful, loyal and friendly.  Puppies are curious and playful and our Yorkies seem to like everyone.


Temperament: Size Isn't Everything

Yorkies normally are between 4 and 7 pounds when fully grown.  But they do not know that they are a toy breed and act the same as any other dog.  Many larger breeds seem to be intimidated by Yorkies and many times the Yorkie will become the pack leader.  By the way, Yorkies normally will get along fine with larger breeds.  If our Yorkies do not get along with any other animal, it is a temperament problem of the other animal.

A Word About "Tea Cup" Yorkies

The term "teacup", tea-cup", "miniature", etc., are sales gimmicks and are subjective terms.  Sellers advertise Yorkies they believe will mature to two (2), three (3), or even four (4) pounds as "teacup". Some profiteers (my opinion) who breed what they call "micro-teacup" Yorkies that top out at around one and half pounds market their undersized puppies for exorbitant prices ($9,999 for one). 

There is no official category of teacup,
micro-teacup, mini's, miniature, or teddy bear faced Yorkshire Terriers.  Although these these tiny designer Yorkshire Terriers can be registered through AKC, CKC, etc., their papers will describe them as Yorkshire Terriers only.  If you want to "Show" your Yorkshire Terrier at Westminster, AKC, or other official dog show, your undersized Yorkie will be immediately disqualified for being outside the breed standards.  There is an excellent guide to Yorkies posted at the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America.




***Please read these two links***


The Teacup Puppy Phenomenon


An Important Message About “Teacup” Yorkies at YTCA


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Color

New born Yorkies look amazingly like little Doberman Pincers with their short, silky, black hair all over and tan highlights around the face and chest. At around four weeks they lose the Dobie look as their hair grows. Yorkie hair (not fur) is glossy, fine, straight, silky, and is hypoallergenic. Adult Yorkies have steel blue to dark gray hair from the back of the head to the tip of the tail.  The head chest and legs being a bright tan color at the roots that becomes lighter towards the ends. This hair can sometimes turn out to be more silver than tan, depending on the parents.  Many will have a patch of white on the upper chest. The hair grows long like human hair and should be trimmed to allow freedom of movement.  Most keep the hair long enough to just touch the floor when the terrier is standing.  The ears hair can be trimmed to help them stand up, and the and paws and anal area hair be trimmed regularly for sanitation issues.


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Caring For Yorkies

Yorkies are easy to train, picking up commands and house breaking is easy when the owner understands that Yorkies are, first and foremost, dogs.  Dogs have a pack mentality and if you want them to obey you, you must be the pack leader.   This means when it's time to trim their nails, don't let them get away with pulling their paw away until you've finished.  Once they learn they can end the process by resisting, they never forget.  The same is true when giving them treats.



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Health Concerns

If your new puppy isn't feeling well, please call us IMMEDIATELY. We may be able to help.

When you take your new puppy home he/she will be a little stressed for the first day or two due to the new environment and other factors. Also, it is very likely that they received their shots either earlier in the day or within the past week.  Some issues that may come up as a result of this stress could be an attack of hypoglycemia, where the blood sugar is low and your puppy seems confused and lethargic. The puppy may throw up one or more times on the way and after arriving at their new home

About Hypoglycemia  An isolated hypoglycemic attack can occur from stress, such as weaning, teething, vaccinations, a change in environment (going to a new home), shipping, over-handling, fasting (forgetting to eat) cold temperatures, infections, intestinal parasites, vomiting, etc. An attack does not indicate a chronic problem, but can be followed up with your veterinarian if symptoms persist. Before calling or visiting the vet, try determining the cause and take the environmental conditions into account.  If you just took your puppy home, from us, it is very likely he/she just had vaccinations, that is two stressors right there.

Symptoms  It can be very serious, and especially in tiny Yorkie puppies, so be mindful of this and take note of the symptoms: Slowing down, acting listless, trembling or shivering, weakness, confusion and walking wobbly. Your first reaction to these symptoms should be to give your puppy a dime sized dose of Nutri-Cal, Nutri-Stat, molasses or Karo Syrup. Give no more than two doses in a day. One or all of these products must be kept on hand (do not forget to check expiration dates). If he/she doesn't want to eat, you can rub some on the puppy's teeth and apply it more than once.  The puppy should show improvement within 30 minutes to an hour.

Please call us if you suspect a problem with your new puppy from My Yorkie Heaven.  We may be able to advise you and possibly save you and your puppy a trip to the Veterinarian.

This information is provided for the protection of these tiny loving little puppies.  In all cases where you suspect serious injury or illness, please consult your veterinarian.

Training is very important to a dog's well being and longevity. We took our Yorkie male to a series of evening classes at our local PetSmart.  It was $99.00 for an hour each Friday night for eight (12) weeks.  By the time his (our) classes were completed and we followed up at home, the other Yorkies picked up on the same commands and responses that we had learned. Taking Bandit to a training class is the best idea we have ever had.  The class teaches how you should interact with your Yorkie in a way that he/she will understand.

House breaking calls for some discipline on your part.  Our puppies have to go whenever they wake up, either in the morning or from a nap. To train your puppy to "go" outdoors, you will have to keep an eye on them until they learn.  It's been recommended that you take them outside about once every hour and wait for them to go.  No playing, praising or treats, until they go.  When they do their business, it is the time for praise and bringing them back in.  They must learn that going out is for one purpose, and the purpose isn't to play around while making you wait.



Here are some links to some training and other good to know information.

Top 10 Puppy Training Tips
5 Tips To Easy Puppy House Training


Feeding Your Puppy

When you take your new puppy home, he or she will have been weaned and eating solid food. We feed our Adult Yorkies a high quality dry dog food.  For the puppies, we give them the dry dog food softened with a little chicken broth after four weeks.  Some have recommended mixing plain low fat yogurt with the food to add some nutritional value while softening it up.  Please remember that Yorkies have very small throats, and much like big dogs, they love to inhale their food and can become choked very easily.  Make sure that any food given to them is very small.  The Yorkie food we give our puppies is very small diameter and softened up a little.

Treats!

Our guys love treats, known as c-o-o-k-i-e-s to them (I think they know how to spell it as well).

If you give too many treats, it is a substitute for a meal.
 
The number of times you can feed your puppy at the table is exactly zero times.  It only takes one time to train a bad habit.

If you give him or her a treat while you are eating dinner, they will always remember that they can get a treat at the table - it's the easist behavior training ever. (see Food Safety, below). While it may be cute and convenient in the beginning, it will soon become tiresome and if you have guests they may not appreciate the attention at dinner. 


Treats are a great motivator when training your puppy and should be used exclusively for training. Natural food treats are best. We use use boiled chicken, frozen sweet potato slices, or carrots.  We do not use store bought artificial "treats".  

Food Safety

This information is provided for the protection of these tiny loving little puppies.  In all cases where you suspect serious injury or illness, please consult your veterinarian.

25 Foods You Should NOT Feed Your Dog
By M Bauer Pulis

Recently, much news was published about unsafe commercial pet foods. This news, of course, sounded an alarm among pet owners. But, unfortunately, this problem isn’t really ‘news’. It seems that incidents similar to this occur from time to time. Perhaps this is one reason more and more people are opting to ‘home cook’ for their pets. However, in order to properly home-cook for your pets, you should first have a basic knowledge of canine nutrition; and, even more importantly, a thorough knowledge of human foods that are harmful to dogs. Some foods which are safe for human consumption can be poisonous for our canine companions. E-dog-training.com has put together a list of 25 common human foods that are toxic to dogs. Of course, when in doubt, always check with your vet. Here is a list to get you started:
1. Onions (Both onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient Thiosulphate. But onions are more of a danger. Many dog biscuits contain *small* amounts of garlic – garlic contains less of this toxin so huge amounts would need to be consumed to be toxic. And, by the way, this poison builds up the system – it can be toxic in one large dose – or with repeated consumption of small amounts.)
2. Chocolate (Chocolate contains Theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs.)
3. Grapes (Grapes are dangerous because of an unknown substance which is toxic to dogs – affects canine’s kidneys)
4. Raisins (See above.)
5. Most Fruit Pits and Seeds (Contain Cyanogenic Glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning – though the fruit itself is OK.)
6. Macadamia Nuts (Macadamia nuts contain an unknown substance that is toxic to dogs.)
7. Most Bones should *not* be given (especially NO chicken bones) because they can splinter and cause laceration of the digestive system and/or become lodged in your pet’s throat – so they also pose a choking hazard.
8. Potato Peelings and Green Potatoes (Contain Oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
9. Rhubarb leaves (see above)
10. Broccoli (Broccoli is only toxic in large quantities.)
11. Green parts of Tomatoes or Green Potatoes(Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
12. Yeast Dough (Yeast Dough can produce gas and swell in your pet’s stomach – leading to rupture of the digestive system)
13. Coffee/Coffee Grounds and Tea ( are dangerous due to the caffeine.)
14. Beer/Wine/Alcohol of any kind (Alcohol of any kind could lead to coma or even death.)
15. Human Vitamins (Human vitamins, especially those containing iron, can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system as well as cause kidney and liver damage)
16. Moldy or Spoiled Food (though I think this goes without saying.)
17. Persimmons (Persimmons can cause intestinal blockage)
18. Raw Eggs and Raw Fish (Raw eggs and some raw fish can cause Salmonella poisoning.)
19. Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder (In large amounts these can cause an electrolyte imbalance – and severe electrolyte imbalances can lead to muscle spasm or even congestive heart failure.)
20. Mushrooms (Mushrooms may contain toxins which could cause liver and kidney damage)
21. Sugar-Free Foods (Sugar-free foods containing Xylitol have been found to cause liver failure in some dogs.)
22. Nutmeg (Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and central nervous system damage.)
23. Excessive Fatty Foods (Excess fatty foods can cause Pancreatitis.)
24. Avocado (All parts of the avocado and avocado tree are toxic to dogs.)
25. Diary Products (Dairy products don’t usually pose a great danger; but many dairy product have high fat content (see number 23) – and many pets are lactose intolerant – some pets more than others. Lactose intolerance leads to gas and diarrhea; though small amounts of yogurt and cheese are usually fairly well tolerated.) Keep these 25 toxic foods in mind when cooking for your dog. There may be other foods that your dog can not consume; so always ask your vet when you are unsure about anything concerning your pet. Please visit [http://www.e-dog-training.com] for more FREE tips, advice, and canine cuisine recipes. Happy Home Cooking!

Copyright 2007 – Article may be reprinted and/or distributed if links to [http://www.e-dog-training.com] remain intact in the body of the article.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=M_Bauer_Pulis



Other considerations

- Your puppy's ears will go up and down as they go through the teething process. But their ears should be up after they are a few months old. If they fold down in half some taping may become necessary.

- Your Yorkie should be brushed every day when keeping their hair long as it can become tangled and become a walking hazard and it can be difficult to brush out.  Also, the hair around buttocks should be kept short.  If left untrimmed, it can become matted and clogged which will cause problems for your dog. Trimming their hair a little will make everyone happier.  Learn more about grooming at the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America.

- Baby Teeth need to be checked at around 6 to 8 months.  Their adult teeth will be coming in and it is common that their baby teeth may not fall out on schedule. If this occurs, take your puppy to the veterinarian to get those baby teeth pulled.

- If you are going to spay your female, it should be done before they are 9 months old, males neutered as young as your vet recommends. If the males are not neutered they will mark territories when older.

- Most of the information I can find recommends giving them a bath at least once a month.

We treat our Yorkies with Heartgard Plus and FRONTLINE s once a month.


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