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Yorkies have attitude, there's no question about it. So, if you don't mind a dog with
a mind of his or her own, and a dog who is, "well, I'm gonna do it my way, I don't care
what you say," then a Yorkshire Terrier might be for you.
Yorkshire Terriers are originally from England; the county of, no surprise, Yorkshire. That
area in England is pretty rugged, and here is a dog that was bred to go, in part, to
go after vermin in this rugged territory. Today, around 7 pounds; originally, though,
about twice and large, or larger. Yorkshire Terriers are wonderful companions, but they're
great little watchdogs too. Yorkies do come with a common set of problems,
which can occur even at a young time in their life. So before your little Yorkie puppy undergoes
any kind of surgery, it is important to have thorough blood work done to identify an underlying
liver problem. A portosystemic shunt can occur when they're born, and this will then predispose
them to difficulties with anesthesia. I like Yorkies because they are small, and
when I was younger I was afraid of bigger dogs. I like that she's really playful and
fearless with bigger dogs, she doesn't seem to know her size or care that she's smaller.
She's just a riot. Yorkshire Terriers have so many great qualities.
They are small, so you can bring them places with you. They are smart, so they're really
trainable. And they're really, really cute, so you can put bows in their hair and you
can show them off whenever you take them places. The other thing about a Yorkshire Terrier,
and this is something that we really have to make sure we keep in mind, they're probably
not the best dog for small children, and only because they look like little teddy bears.
And so kids want to just grab them and squeeze them and kiss them, and really not many Yorkies
really want to be grabbed and squeezed and kissed by little kids. They do present some
training challenges because of their size. Also, because they are known to be a little
bit more of a fearful dog, we need to be careful because they find themselves almost vulnerable.
So we want to make that we take lots and lots of steps to ensure that they are safe, that
they feel safe, that we've exposed them to all of the things in our life that we know
they're going to have to come across.