Yorkshire terriers are small dogs, only weighing about 5 pounds, but they tend to have large personalities. However, the temperament of the breed varies from dog to dog and depends largely on how puppies are trained and socialized. Most Yorkshire terriers are friendly and outgoing, and they enjoy being cuddled.
Yorkshire terriers are energetic and smart. If they become bored or are left to their own devices, they can become mischievous. To engage the dog’s mind and offer proper exercise, a Yorkshire terrier should be well-trained and socialized. Socialization, and exposing the dog to a wide range of people, animals, and situations, is particularly important when the dog is a puppy.
Because of their long coats, Yorkshire terriers will also require frequent grooming and should be brushed every day to remove any knots.
Yorkshire terriers can be fed any high-quality dog food. Older dogs can be prone to obesity, so it’s essential that a diet appropriate to the dog’s age is provided and that calories are taken into account. Owners can choose commercial food or create a particular diet for their dog at home using fresh ingredients.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a common condition in Yorkshire terriers. Dietary changes can sometimes help to reduce the symptoms, but a close eye must be kept on dogs that have this condition. Other comment ailments of the breed include hip issues, including dysplasia, skin allergies, and liver shunts. Medications or changes in the environment or diet can often help to treat these illnesses. Any dietary changes must be undertaken carefully, however, as Yorkshire terriers have sensitive stomachs and can be prone to diarrhea and vomiting.