Introduction

A small dog with a big personality, the Yorkshire Terrier is the most pawpular toy breed in America, and a constant favorite among urban dwellers around the world. This compact breed may be dainty, but long before they were the preferred pets of Victorian ladies, they worked as ratters in coal mines and textile mills. The Yorkshire Terrier is a terrier through and through, so you can expect them to have a feisty and tenacious personality! Don't let the Yorkie's petite size fool you; raising one is still a big responsibility, so read on for tips on how to raise a Yorkshire Terrier pup successfully!

Home Preparation

Bringing home a Yorkshire Terrier puppy requires as much preparation as bringing home a human baby. Before the newest, pint-sized addition to the family arrives, you'll want to already have puppy-proofed your home and yard for your pup's health and safety. Your curious pup will sniff and chew almost everything they'll find, so put away potential hazards such as personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and garden chemicals. Your Yorkie can also get stuck in a number of places; baby gates, a crate, and/or a playpen are helpful in confining your pooch for short periods when you're unable to watch them. Other things to purchase prior to your Yorkie's homecoming are puppy food, a leash, a harness, ID tags, a soft bed, food and water bowls, potty pads, and grooming tools.

Create a Schedule

Dogs do well on a routine, so it's always a good idea to hammer out a schedule before the big day comes. If you live in a multi-person household, figure out who will be in charge of which tasks, including walking, feeding, grooming, and taking the puppy outside for potty breaks. Even small canines need moderate exercise, and your Yorkie will enjoy short walks twice a day and an occasional game of fetch in the backyard. When it comes to food, it is recommended to feed your pup three to four meals a day as Yorkshire Terriers are prone to hypoglycemia if they don't eat frequently enough. Grooming your pupper's floor-length coat is impawtant, too—you'll have to brush it daily if it's not trimmed short.

What to Expect the First Week

The first week with your new puppy will be filled with busy activity as everyone in the household adjusts to this big change in your lives. Your pup will be teething during this period, so be sure to provide them with chew toys. Be patient with your Yorkie as they learn the do's and don'ts of their new home. Once they've settled in, you can expect to get lots of laughs and love from this sprightly breed!
Sleep
Sleep

Often

Your Yorkie pup will spend up to 18 hours a day getting some shut-eye.
Toys
Toys

Small But Sturdy

Yorkies are armed with tiny, but sharp teeth, so pick durable toys!
Training
Training

Moderate

Since Yorkies can be stubborn, consistency is the key to success!
A FREE Walk For A Healthier Pup
Give your pup some extra love and fresh air with this free Wag! Walk
Book a Walk
*Valid only for first time customers
A FREE Walk For A Healthier Pup
Give your pup some extra love and fresh air with this free Wag! Walk
Book A Walk
*Valid only for first time customers