Yorkshire Terriers: Things To Consider Before You Get One

cute Yorkshire terrierIt’s often said that we don’t chose the dog, the dog chooses us. While this is true when it comes to deciding which dog to select out of the bunch, you do have a certainly amount of flexibility when deciding which breed of dog to choose. Depending on your lifestyle and living situations, some breeds may be more suitable than others.

Every breed of dog has different factors to take into consideration. Size alone can count for a lot of the consideration, but other traits such as temperament, and trainability are also important to keep in mind when considering which breed of dog is right for you. Yorkshire terriers or Yorkies are a perfect example of this.

Things to Keep In Mind When Looking at Yorkies

Yorkies have a lot of personality in a little body, as a member of the toy group, Yorkshire terriers tend to be smaller and more fragile than other dogs. What they lack for in size the make up for in personality. Yorkies make for a wonderful lapdog, their small size means they don’t take up a lot of space and make for an excellent cuddle buddy on rainy days. Yorkies, while being a toy breed, are still terriers, which means they have a lot of energy and some excitable instincts which can make them difficult if not trained properly. Here are the most important factors to consider, when looking at a Yorkie.

Trainability- Many will say the fault lies in the owner if a dog isn’t well trained, and this is true in a lot of instances. Yorkies are, however, very willful and can be more difficult to train than other breeds. Yorkies are also notoriously difficult when it comes to housebreaking, which means you might need to get creative to avoid accidents in the house.

Fragility– Because Yorkies are very small, they’re more susceptible to injury than larger dogs. Yorkies can be seriously injured or even killed from jumping off the back of the couch or out of your arms. Because of this, Yorkies aren’t the ideal choice for homes with small children, or larger breeds of dogs.

Sociability- Just like people, personality in dogs will vary, however Yorkies are still a Terrier which can make them prone to being standoffish and overly suspicious in nature. Yorkies require a significant amount of socialization with other dogs to keep them from becoming shrillness or aggression.

Barking– Yorkies, by default, have very keen senses, coupled with natural suspicion, they make for a great watchdog, letting you know when anything is nearby. However, without the proper training, Yorkies can be more than a little excitable, sounding the alarm with every new sight and sound. Training them to stop barking at your command is crucial if you want any measure of peace and quiet around your home.

While these can be some negative traits in Yorkies, there are a lot of positives to them as well. With a sweet disposition and cuddly nature, they can be a perfect dog for helping to ward off depression. Because they don’t require a lot of exercise, Yorkies also make a great dog for older people. Yorkshire terriers are also one of the most allergy friendly dogs because they don’t shed nearly as much. All in all, the important thing to remember is to choose the right breed of dog for your lifestyle and let the right dog in that breed choose you.

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.