Dog Talk: Yorkshire Terriers

Bella, Chendo and Beastly – sweet Yorkie puppies – were born in October 30 and visited our hospital for the first time.

The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie, is one of the most lively and inquisitive breeds of the dog community.  They are both physically and mentally quick and love to be active. They are boisterous and make themselves known to others.

They are a delicate breed, small boned measuring 8-9 inches in length and weigh 4-6 pounds. Their fur has three colors and can take about three years for  the final steel blue and tan color to appear. Yorkie’s hair grows fast and can cover their eyes,so grooming is essential.

Yorkies tend to retain their puppy teeth. When your puppy is around five months old, check his teeth often.

Little Dogs With Big Attitude

Every Yorkshire Terrier thinks that he’s tough stuff and bigger than he actually is. The Yorkie is very brave, and a great watch dog; he will let you know of any intruder or visitor. Yorkies tend to be high strung and need constant training. Unfortunately Yorkies don’t do well with house training, some owners use a litterbox or potty yard- at least their poop is small!  Yorkie of any age needs lots of attention and time with family.

Delicate Play Suggested

Yorkie’s enjoy taking a short walk with you or playing outside, but since they’re very active while indoors, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep them well exercised. Yorkies are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions, like:

The bladder stones typically appear in dogs less than 6 years of age and are often the result of portosystemic shunts (abnormal connection between the portal vascular system and systemic circulation). Just as in humans, bladder stones cause pain. Immediate care is required by a veterinarian to prevent complications such as severe infection and kidney failure.

Congenital hydrocephalus (buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain) is caused by birth defects. Severe hydrocephalus may cause depression, loss of coordinated movement, eye abnormalities, vision problems, seizures, and skull enlargement.

Congenital patellar luxation ( patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint (knee). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place, either in a medial or lateral position) is caused by anatomical defects of the bones that make up the knee joint. Surgical correction of this condition is very rewarding.

Hypoglycemia happens when a Yorkie puppy’s blood sugar is too low. Some of the signs may include weakness, confusion, a wobbly gait, and seizure-like episodes.

As with any pet, be sure to consult a veterinarian for medical advice.

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