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Yorkshire Terrier Facts
                      
General Facts & Stats

                       
Yorkshire Terrier FactsThis breed is almost always referred to as a Yorkie.

With the AKC, this breed is in the Toy group.

Their life span is 12-15 years.   Because they are a toy breed dog, a 15 year old will be the equivalent of a 76 year old human.

Litter size will range from 5 to 8 pups with 4 being the average size.

They are the 3rd most registered breed in the U.S.

Weight and Size

Their adult weight will range from 4 to 7 pounds...There is no such thing as a Teacup Yorkie...any dog who is under 4 pounds when fully grown will either be: The runt of the litter or intentionally bred to be smaller than nature intended and prone to health issue.  Teacup is simply a marketing term.

The smallest dog ever recorded was a Yorkshire Terrier.  This dog lived in England and when she passed at the age of 2, she only weighed 4 ounces.
 
Yorkie factsColor


All purebred puppies will be born black and tan.  Color changes will begin to take affect at 6 months until there is a slow, gradual changeover.

The color of their adult coat will be blue and tan….with blue meaning a shade of black or grey that has blue tint to it, most often only noticeable in direct outdoor sunlight.

There are no solid colored purebreds…. Even if a dog appears to be solid blue or black, a purebred will have some tan or gold somewhere on the body.

Yorkie dog factsAppearance

They have very silky textured coats that, when left to grow long, will gracefully flow to floor length…this is known as the show dog look, and when done, long hairs on the head will be pulled back and held in place with a topknot and secured with a bow.

Many pet owners choose to have their Yorkie groomed into what is known as a Puppy Cut… the fur is clipped back to a length that one prefers… often ranging from 1 to 3 inches, giving the dog the appearance of being a puppy, no matter what the age.

Tails are often docked to a medium length. This is most often done when they are newborns, just 1 week old in most cases.  By the time an owner brings home an 8 week old pup, this will already be done and fully healed.

Ears will stand up between 3 and 6 months of age.   Some will not stand up and this is known as Floppy Ears… taping them can sometimes help, although there is no guarantee.

If ears are not standing up straight, it may be due to too much fur on them….a careful trimming can help.

Yorkie puppy factsGrooming

Due to the long hairs, tangles (also known as mats) can form quickly. For this reason, it is highly recommended to brush and then comb the coat at least every other day, with every day being optimal.  If a tangle is found,  time should be taken to work it out by hand (with canine leave in conditioner)….only if it cannot be worked out should it be clipped.

Brushing should never be done to a dry coat… this can cause split ends and broken hairs… It is highly recommended to use a mist of leave-in canine conditioner.

It is common for the fur around the anus to be clipped shorter so that feces does not attach to the fur.

Hairs that grow on the underside of the paw should be trimmed so that they do not grow passed the paw pads.

Baths should be given every 2 to 3 weeks, but brushing should be done much more often, every day or so.  Too many baths can dry out the skin, so they should be limited to the scheduled times and only deviate if the dog has gotten very dirty.

The area around the eyes should be cleaned each day….This is most often done with a soft, damp, warm wash cloth...And then dried with a soft washcloth. 

Yorkshire Terrier InformationBehavior and Temperament

It is a Yorkshire Terrier fact that most are very good with children and make great family pets.

While they can be happy living in apartments or smaller homes, they do enjoy a short brisk walk, preferably daily.

Some are more mellow than others.  Those that are a bit hyper will try with all their might to jump up and snuggle with you on the sofa...and bark if they do not get the loving that they crave.

Age and Milestone
Puppies begin to open their eyes at the age of 3 to 4 weeks.  This is also when they begin hearing well.

They will begin teething between 4 and 7 months old.

A female will enter her first heat sometime between the age of 6 months to 1 year….However, it is recommended to wait until the dam is 2 years old to begin any breeding.

It is a Yorkie fact that a pup will be considered an adult after the age of 1.

Newborns will gain 2 to 20 grams on the first day of their life.

Sight and hearing will be fully developed by the age of 6 weeks old.

                        


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