What is the history of the Yorkie puppy?
The Yorkie or Yorkshire Terrier was bred and developed by the working men of northern England. They developed the breed to hunt rats and mice inside the clothing mills and mine shafts. These hunting dogs were able to get into badger and fox burrows where other dogs couldn't. The Yorkie is not a very old breed, yet the origin of the Yorkie is still not completely certain.
Originally the Yorkshire Terrier was a larger breed then we are accustomed to seeing today. Through selective breeding the breed has been miniaturized through the years. The AKC first recognized the breed in 1885 where it is part of the Toy Breed.
What is the Yorkie puppy Temperament?
Yorkies, while small, don't seem to know it. They are always looking for adventure and are energetic, brave, loyal and clever. The Yorkie is a wonderful companion, but due to it's larger than body size personality, can be suspicious of strangers and aggressive to other small animals and strange dogs. It's important to socialize this breed as a puppy to avoid these tendancies.
If not trained well, the Yorkie can become a classic "yappy" dog. Since the bark is their only way of communicating it will attemp to tell you what IT wants YOU to do. As a true terrier the best owners are ones who know how and understand how to be a good leader. This breed is not the best for children as the strong willed Yorkie can often get away with behaviors that would not be approved of.
What are the health concerns with a Yorkie Puppy?
Yorkies are prone to slipped stifle, bronchitis, eye infections, early tooth decay and have been known to have delicate digestive systems. Making sure to have your vet regularly clean their teeth, feeding them dry food and bones to chew will help avoid the tooth problems.
How much exercise does my Yorkie need?
Yorkshire Terrier puppies are active dogs that you should plan on walking daily. Because of their size, playing will take care of a lot of their exercise, but as with all dogs walking will help satisfy their primal instinct to walk and explore. If you notice your Yorkie acting hyper or overactive, it's a good sign your Yorkie needs some additional exercise.
How long will my Maltipoo puppy live?
With good vet care and proper food, you can expect your Yorkie to live about 12 - 15 years.
How much grooming will my Malitpoo puppy need?
Yorkies are known for their flowing coats. Regular grooming is needed. A clipped coat needs daily to weekly brushing to stay neat and unmatted. Plan on brushing your Yorkies teeth regularly to avoid tooth decay later in life. This breed will shed very little to no hair.