Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like;
Afterwards, you can’t imagine living any other way. ~Caroline Knapp
The Yorkshire Terrier is a high maintenance dog.
Both in grooming due to their long, silky coats, and in attention. And while some (especially females) tend to seem independent, it has been noted that the yorkie needs and thrives on human interaction far more than any other breed.
Yorkies are prone to tooth decay; more than other breeds. They have just as many teeth in a much smaller mouth. Because of this, it is VERY important to have regular cleanings. I always have my groomer clean my babies’ teeth when they go.
It is also common to have to have some of their baby teeth pulled, as they have a tendency not to fall out when the adult teeth come in.
As a side note: If you don’t plan on breeding, spay or neuter your baby! This is also the perfect time to have them microchipped as the needle is larger. If you do plan on breeding, and have to take your baby in to have baby teeth done, have them microchipped then. Microchipping can save you a lot of heartache if your baby is ever lost.
If you can’t devote the time, attention, and interaction that these little dynamo’s need, then you should probably look for another breed. If you can, you will never find a more loyal friend than the Yorkshire Terrier.