No, the Yorwich is not a sandwich. It’s a pup that is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Norwich Terrier. This combination results in a shaggy, feisty ball of fur. The Norwich Terriers have a long and storied history as one of the oldest dog breeds on record. Originally bred as fox hunters, they ran foxes out of their dens for their masters.
Yorkies, on the other paw, had more humble beginnings as rat hunters in mills. Yorkies quickly caught the eye of English royalty, who elevated the small dogs to the noble status that they still enjoy today.
The combination of the two breeds results in a dog that is both affectionate and playful. The typical Yorwich has low energy and only needs about 30 minutes of exercise per day. They like to play in short bursts and then spend the rest of the time curled up snoozing in the closest lap they can find.
Shopping with your purse-sized pup is a great way to work on Fido’s socialization skills. Your pup should, at the very least, be comfortable around humans and not get snippy. You can shop in any weather and, depending on what you buy, this activity can be cheap or very expensive.
Given that you will be carrying your pup around most of the time, this activity can continue for longer than the 30 minutes of the other activities. But be sure to pay attention to your dog’s stress and hydration levels. Bring bottled water and a collapsible dish. Only take your dog into stores that are pet-friendly, even if you think no one will notice a dog in your purse.
You probably won’t find a swimming pool that allows dogs (though some have "dog days" at the end of summer), so you will either need your own pool or a nearby body of water. If your pup has never been swimming before, don’t just throw them into the water and hope for the best. That could traumatize your dog and break their trust in you!
It may help your dog if you get in the water with them. Swimming in your own pool or at a local dog-friendly park keeps this activity cheap and easy. Don’t let Fido swim for more than a half-hour because those little legs will tire easily.
If you’re looking for a less strenuous exercise for an older Yorwich, a brisk morning walk is a great option. It gives your pup some much-needed fresh air and gives you some bonding time. The best part is walking is free! Morning walks are especially beneficial in hotter seasons or climates. You don’t have to worry as much about Fido getting heat stroke from overexertion.
You need a safe area to walk your pup if you don’t want to go to a park, or if you don’t have any local dog-friendly parks. However, if your dog is a car chaser, walking near roadways is a bad idea.
Puzzle toys are a perfect way to work your Yorwich’s brain. Harking back to their hunting days, the interactive toys will use your pup’s natural instincts to find the treats you’ve hidden in the toy. Be careful not to use this activity every day or your dog will pack on the pounds.
If your Yorwich’s fur is getting a bit unruly, schedule a beauty day at your local dog salon. After they bathe your pup, they will trim the hair and nails. Your pup may leave the salon with some pretty pink bows or a paisley handkerchief. Either way, they will likely prance around proudly and show off a little afterwards!
Yorwiches are delightful little dogs that will light up any room they prance into. Their minute size means they only need a half-hour of activity per day to keep them at their ideal weight. Swimming, morning walks and shopping are easy ways to keep your pup healthy and happy. The dogs are hypoallergenic but still need to be groomed regularly because their fur grows so quickly.
To keep them mentally occupied, try puzzle games. You’ll be surprised by their intelligence. The puzzle games will also let them use their inherited problem-solving skills that made their ancestors cherished hunters. But the Yorkshire Terrier part of them might turn them into a bit of a diva. That's okay -- they were, after all, the dogs of royalty!