The Yorkshire toy terrier or teacup Yorkshire is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. A ‘teacup’ dog of any breed is not a different breed; it is only a dog whose growth has been specifically restrained in order to appeal to the whims of people to whom smaller is cuter. Any dog that weighs less than 5 pounds in its adult form is guaranteed to have chronic health problems and a fragile skeleton. There is no difference between a toy or teacup Yorkie and a plain old Yorkie, apart from the size.
Due to their breeding and size, Yorkshire toy terriers are susceptible to hereditary birth defects, early tooth decay, gastro-intestinal problems and the female of the species struggles to give birth and may die during delivery, even with surgery. As well, due to their fragility, if they are stepped on, caught in a door, attacked by other dogs or dropped, it may be fatal fir them.
What makes Yorkshire terriers very appealing to dog lovers is their extremely small physique – thus classifying them as toy dogs. They originated from Yorkshire, in Northern England in the 18th century. Most people believe that they were bred by cotton mill workers to deal with the rats.
Yorkshire toy terrier puppies: What you need to know
Before even trying to make your way to the nearest pet store to find Yorkies for sale, it is important for you, as a prospective Yorkie owner, to know more about the dog.
Yorkies weigh about 3 to 6 ponds, and have a luxurious, extra-long, silky coat. Usually tan and dark, they have perky ears that stand up and large, shiny, inquisitive eyes. Show quality Yorkies are usually small and have their ears and tails docked.
These dogs are known for being quick both physically and mentally. Because of their inquisitive nature, Yorkshire toy terriers are unlikely to enjoy being walked on a leash. Despite their miniature size all Yorkshire terriers exhibit protective, courageous and determined traits. Their average lifespan is between 10 and 12 to 15 years.
Yorkies can be bossy and suspicious with strangers. It is therefore important to introduce socialization with people and other animals early on, since if training is left too late, they can be nasty and aggressive towards strangers. High pitched barking is also typical, thus it is important that your Yorkshire toy terrier be trained early on, so as to avoid problems in the future.
Caring for Yorkshire toy terriers
Being toy terriers, Yorkies can be quite fragile and one wrong move – shaking too much, holding them wrong or accidentally stepping or sitting on them – could injure or even kill these small, cute dogs. Owners must know all the time where their Yorkie puppies are just to make sure that they are all right. It is also for this reason that Yorkshire toy terrier puppies are not recommended around small children, due to the extra enthusiasm and lack of training on both sides.
Because of the many ailments that Yorkshire toy terriers are prone to, it is advisable to have them checked by a vet regularly. As well, their long silky coats need constant grooming and trimming. The Yorkie, while small and suitable for apartments, is high-maintenance and you must keep this in mind when adopting one. However, if you really want a Yorkshire toy terrier and are prepared to care for your pet properly, there is no reason why you should not end up with a healthy, happy, loving Yorkie