What Kind of Traits Does a Yorkshire Terrier Exhibit?
If you are thinking of adopting a Yorkshire Terrier, it is easy to find cute Yorkie puppies for sale. Of course, as with any breed, it is important to research what the Yorkie is like to live with rather than simply going for that breed because you find its looks appealing and its small size is suitable for your home and lifestyle.
The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier, or ‘Yorkie’ as it is more affectionately known, is a ‘toy breed’ with short hair and fairly high intelligence. Yorkies are very popular dogs and for good reason – they don’t shed much hair, making them a good choice for people with mild allergies to pet hair, and they tend to be calm around other animals, so if you already have other dogs or cats in your home they should blend in well. However, there are some challenges in training a Yorkie that you should also be aware of before you start browsing through all those adorable Yorkie puppies for sale in your area!
The Positive Traits of a Yorkie
Yorkies are all individuals, and the characteristics that are bred into them can still vary from dog to dog, especially depending on how you train and look after them. Overly spoiled Yorkies can be needy and delicate, but when raised well, a Yorkie is an inquisitive, energetic and lively dog that makes a great companion. A Yorkie’s natural curiosity makes it a great watchdog, as it will definitely let you know if something is approaching your home, but they tend to be calm and not especially nervous as long as they are socialized at a young age. Yorkies are spirited and love to play, and tend to enjoy the company of other animals – even trying to ‘boss around’ other much larger dogs.
The Challenges of Owning a Yorkie
As with any breed, there are some aspects of the Yorkie’s characteristics that require some extra care during training, and some traits that just aren’t for everyone. Yorkies are quite hard to house train, and in the early months it may be worth trying to use a doggy litter box rather than expecting your puppy to understand he is supposed to do his business outside. Yorkies might also need to be trained from a very early age not to bark at everything. The barking can be an asset when they are alerting you to something unusual, but when not well trained they can end up being a bit on the shrill, yappy side. Another thing to consider is that Yorkies are not one of the most comfortable breeds around young children.
Yorkies are cute and have plenty of personality. If you decide a Yorkie is the right breed of dog for you, then do some research and make sure you have a strategy for training your puppy and stick to it rigidly. Train him well and establish a good bond, and you will have a loving, adorable companion!
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