Yorkshire Terrier: Is it Right for Your Family?
Yorkshire Terriers are increasing in popularity given their adorable looks, big personalities, and loving companionship. But there are unique attributes of this breed that make it particularly good for certain lifestyles, but not as much for others.
Here’s a look at what to expect when bringing home a Yorkshire Terrier puppy, and how to make the decision.
Yorkshire Terrier Temperament & Characteristics
Yorkies are known for their companionable nature, making them excellent emotional support dogs. They grow very attached to their primary owners and love to spend their time in union with their families.
Don’t be fooled by the small size - these pups back a big personality! Yorkies will make sure you know they’re there, and that they need your attention. I've seen Yorkies approach and try to pick fights with large dogs like Boxers or German Shepherds!
Yorkshire Terriers are vocal dogs, and are quick to express this through vocalizations; this makes them especially adorable, but may not be best if you have noise-sensitive neighbors.
Yorkies pack a fair bit of energy and love to play; so if you bring home a Yorkshire Terrier, make sure to keep them well-socialized and entertained.
Prone to Separation Anxiety
The Yorkshire Terrier is a companion dog breed and so requires plenty of human presence and companionship. Keep that in mind when selecting the right breed for you.
Who Are Yorkies Good For?
Singles and Couples
Yorkies form strong bonds with their primary caregivers, making an ideal pair for singles and couples. They’re also small, easy to travel, and apartment-friendly, making them appropriate for the lifestyle of younger couples.
The loving personality of this breed makes it perfect for elderly citizens. Yorkies make excellent companions for the elderly and love to serve as lap dogs.
Families with Older Children
Yorkies can be sensitive, particularly to accident poking or prodding by a young kid. With that in mind, Yorkies are better companions for families with older kids, who understand how to respect your pup’s space and play safely.
If you live in a small living space, Yorkies with their small size and only moderate energy needs, can make a good match for your needs; with some short walks and play every day, your Yorkie can live a happy life.
Yorkshire Terriers have hair instead of fur, meaning that they are less likely to release dander which triggers allergies; as such, Yorkies make good options for families with allergy sufferers.
Who Are Yorkie Not So Good For?
Families with Younger Children
Younger kids are still learning their limits and boundaries; this means that a young child is more likely to accidentally overstep your puppy’s boundaries, for instance poking or irritating them.
People with Buy Lifestyles
Yorkshire Terriers are companion animals and as such crave attention from their owners. If you live a busy lifestyle and cannot provide such attention, this breed may not be best for you, as it may lead to unruly behavior by your pup.
Yorkies, like many other small breed dogs, are territorial. This means that they are more likely to exhibit alpha behaviors in the presence of other animals, especially dogs or cats. Socialization from a young age is critical if considering introducing a yorkie to your home with other pets.
Those Unwilling to Groom
Yorkshire Terriers need to be groomed frequently to avoid matting. This requires professional grooming services every few months. New owners should be well aware of and prepared for this requirements.
I’m Interested in Getting a Yorkie … Where Do I Look?
Shelter or Rescue
We recommend starting by searching at your local Yorkie shelter or rescue first. There are plenty of yorkies look for their new forever homes, and your decision can make a dog forever happy.
At Mawoo Pets, our mission is to create a future where every pet has a home, and every home has a pet. To this end, we have handpicked the most excellent breeders and safe processes to bring your Yorkshire Terirer puppy home.
To get started, you can browse our Yorkshire Terrier puppies for sale. You can then look for Yorkie puppies specific to your state or price range.
Ask friends and family with Yorkshire Terriers where they got their puppy from. Was it a breeder? If so, who was he or she, what are their qualifications, and what guarantees did they provide?
Ask questions to understand the intricacies of the breeder and to ensure you are purchasing from a reputable source.
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