Yorkshire Terrier (or Yorkie) originated in the late 1800s and is descended from several old English terrier breeds, including the Black and Tan English Terrier, Paisley Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, and, most recently, Waterside Terrier. The breed originally was owned by working-class people and was used for vermin control as well as companionship, but it wasn’t long before this tiny terrier was appreciated by the upper classes and royalty.
Yorkshire Terrier is smart and doesn’t shed. Quite a popular apartment dog.
The Yorkshire Terrier is very much a terrier even though he is small. He carries his head high and projects an aura of selfimportance. Standing 8 to 9 inches tall and weighing less than 7 pounds, he is well-balanced and square. The eyes are dark and full of personality; the ears are small, V-shaped, and carried erect. The Yorkshire Terrier coat is silky and long and, in adults, falls to the floor. The hair is parted along the backbone from head to tail. The coat color is blue with tan on the head, under the tail, and on the legs. The tail is docked.
Grooming is a big part of a Yorkshire Terrier’s life, especially if you keep the coat long. The coat will tangle if not combed and brushed every day and again after outdoor play sessions. Many Yorkshire Terrier owners keep the coat trimmed to a shorter length simply for ease of care.
Yorkshire Terriers are active little dogs. They enjoy walks, play sessions, and hunting for critters in the backyard. Yorkshire Terriers can have difficulty with housetraining, but with supervision, persistence, and patience, it can be accomplished. Early obedience training can help channel this dog breed’s quick mind, giving the Yorkshire Terrier dog something constructive to do.
Photo: Yorkshire Terrier Puppies
Yorkshire Terriers are bright and intelligent but can be a little stubborn. They do have a mind of their own. Many Yorkshire Terrier owners teach their little dogs tricks, as the Yorkshire Terrier dog breed is a natural showoff and loves to be the center of attention. These dogs can also participate in canine sports. Many flyball teams want to include a small dog to keep the jump heights low, and ball-crazy Yorkshire Terriers make great competitors.
The Yorkshire Terrier dog breed is very attached to the family but can also become more strongly bonded to one particular family member, especially if more time is spent with that one person. They can be reserved toward strangers, but friends are greeted with enthusiasm. They can be good with children who are gentle and treat them with respect.
Yorkshire Terriers tend to bark at strange dogs and can put on an aggressive act, although they are too small to back up any threats. This behavior should be discouraged, as larger dogs could easily harm them. Health concerns include dental problems, hypoglycemia, and knee problems.
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My Yorkie is a generally sweet, VERY excitable two-year-old babydoll. I have one HUGE problem – for the first year and a half he was completely cool with my older pug (now nine) but for the last six months or so he has suddenly turned aggressive towards him. If I try to call my pug to me the Yorkie (only 4.5 pounds) will literally ATTACK my 16 pound pug, and will not cease until I can manage to beat him off with a magazine. I’ve tried jerking him up in the air but his teeth are SO deep into my pug he can literally lift him up in the air! It is for THIS reason that I have to hit him with a magazine (I HATE doing it but I can’t stop him any other way!) I don’t know WHY he suddenly became so aggressive and possessive of me, and I don’t know what to do to stop it. HELP!!
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It’s great to read all this useful information on dog training.
I have a concern though. How do you work with an older dog?
Training an older dog requires some accommodations, but it can be done!
There are a number of factors that influence how much and what your mature canine pal can learn, including:
Your dog’s training and behavior history. If your dog has learned how to enjoy learning and is engaged in an ongoing training program, he will continue to learn easily. Studies show that humans who continue to exercise their brains stay more mentally alert than those who do not. We have every reason to believe the same is true of dogs.
Physical conditions that limit his mobility. It seems obvious but we’ll say it anyway: If your dog has physical limitations, he may not be able to perform new behaviors that require physical exertion. Joint or muscle pain, arthritis, hip dysplasia, obesity, and heart problems are some of the more common physical conditions that can interfere with your elder dog’s willingness to try some new “tricks.”
Also, get an okay from your veterinarian before enrolling your senior dog in a physically vigorous training program.
Your skill as a trainer and commitment to your dog’s training program. They can’t do it on their own. The better you are at communicating to your dog – reinforcing appropriately and in a timely manner for desired behaviors – the easier it is for him to learn new behaviors at any age. The more consistent you are about working regularly with your dog, the easier it is for him to learn, no matter how much grey hair he has.
What you are trying to teach him. If your goal is to change behaviors that your dog has been practicing successfully (getting reinforced for) for a decade, your challenge will be greater than if you’re simply teaching new behaviors. Changing long-held classically conditioned (emotional) responses is likely to be more challenging than teaching new operantly conditioned responses, where the dog deliberately chooses behaviors in anticipation of reinforcement.
What methods you have used – and are using – to teach him. There is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that dogs trained with positive methods are quite willing to keep on learning – while those trained with physical and/or verbal punishment are more likely to shut down and less willing to offer new behaviors. If you want your dog to be an eager participant in the learning process well into his sunset years, be sure to stick with a positive training program.
Mental conditions that limit his cognitive abilities. Canine cognitive disorder, sometimes referred to as “Doggie Alzheimer’s” is a very real phenomenon. Clinical signs include those changes owners often refer to as “senility” such as: disorientation, “acting old,” increased sleep (especially during the day), altered interactions with family members, loss of housetraining, decreased ability to recognize familiar people and surroundings, decreased hearing, restlessness, decreased desire to perform favorite tasks (such as walking), standing in the corner, and barking aimlessly at inanimate objects.
Canine cognitive disorder can significantly limit a dog’s ability to learn, although there is a medication approved for this condition (Anapril) that can often alleviate symptoms.
To conclude, training an older dog requires some accommodations, but it can surely be done!
Natalie Portman is often spotted walking her cutesy Yorkie, Charlie, around Los Angeles.
Miranda Kerr and her Yorkshire Terrier, Frankie – Even with a dog and a baby to look after, model Miranda Kerr never has a hair out of place. How does she do it?
I am the owner and master of this Yorkshire Terrier dog – Adopted Enzo when he was 7 months old, He’s 9 months now and a sweet energetic little man! Yorkies are fussy little eaters tho!
I have a Yorkshire terrier named snookie no offence intended to jersey shore. She is my world.She has her funny moments, like one time she dove under the couch for Doritos chip, or when she accidentally walked into glass sliding door and then walked away like nothing happened.Though Yorkshire terrier are little dogs they have big personality. Snookie is very vocal and protective of me.