Yorkshire Terrier: Health Issues & Personality
Yorkshire Terrier:
It is best to choose a pup that is about two months old.  The smallest are the most beautiful and the most expensive, but they are also the most prone to malformation.  It is wise, therefore, to have your puppy examined by a veterinarian.  The tail should be docked at birth to half its length.  The ears straighten out between two and four months.  The Yorkshire Terrier needs a balanced diet.  Avoid food with a high sugar content, and do not be too liberal with meat.  The dog should be taken for a walk four times a day.  In winter and on wet days a raincoat is advisable.  The Yorkie's long coat should be brushed daily.  The hair should fall from nape to tail, dropping from a center parting running down the back.  The dog should be bathed every month.  The pompon on the head, denounced by some, is essential to avoid hair getting into the eyes and causing irritation.  It can be held in place by a simple slide pin, or, as is often seen, a ribbon bow.  In such a small dog the teeth are soft and should be inspected regularly for tooth decay, tartar accumulation, and diseased gums.
Average Lifespan Of The Yorkshire Terrier: 9-15 years.
Average Weight: 7lbs.

Inherited Health Disorders:
Extra Lashes
Dry Eye (KCS-Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca):
A lack of quantity or quality of your dog's tears, causing eye irritation.  If this condition is untreated, it can lead to ulcers on the cornea, and/or loss of vision.
Retinal Displacement (Dysplasia):
A type of retinal deformation.

Patella Dislocation: Small dogs are more likely to inherit this disorder, the equivalent of a dislocated knee in humans.  It can be corrected with surgery.
Yorkshire Terrier
Exercise Requirements: 1/5
Affection Level: 3/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 3/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:
Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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