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When I started this site, I thought about writing some articles for the most popular breeds and their most adequate diet. However, I somehow gave up that thought because there are many, many popular breeds and because I realized that the differences between dog diets are not necessarily determined by breed, but by size, preferences, soft spots, genetic heritage, environment and other reasons.
A few days ago I’ve reconsidered it and I’ve decided to write posts only about my favorite breeds, and, on request, about others. What made me change my mind was this little sweetie that arrived in our lives. Her name is Puffy and she’s the cutest Yorkshire Terrier puppy I’ve ever seen. So, now I am writing this post mostly for her and I also intend to write articles on Akita Inu, Samoyed and Alaskan Malamute since these are my favorite breeds.
This post introduces Puffy and The Yorkshire Terrier breed and gives you some tips about Yorkshire Terrier puppies care.
As most Yorkie puppies, Puffy was born with black coat, and tan spots around the nose, above her eyes, on the feet and inside the ears. She has white stars on her chest and on the hind legs. From what I’ve read so far, her coat will gradually change, reaching its final color in about three years. An important characteristic of the Yorkie is that they have hypoallergenic coats, meaning they only lose hair when brushed. Since Yorkies do not shed, allergic people might not have any reaction to them, which is one of the things making this breed the second popular in the world. And of course, their cuteness.
Yorkshire Terriers’ coats are relatively easy to maintain, requiring only daily brushing and a bath once a month. The coat can be trimmed for easier movement. An adult Yorkie usually has a glossy, silky, straight coat. The color is something of a dark, steel-blue gray from his neck to the tail and rich tan, brighter than the rest, on the chest and legs . Atypical coloring might indicate a genetic affection and in these case, a health screening is recommended.
You don’t want to mess with a Yorkie!
It is said that Yorshire Terriers have a certain boldness and courage that strongly overcome their size. They are brave and full of energy. Dogs have no self-representation and this is why you might see tiny and brave little dogs like Yorkies taking on big dogs.
Puffy is extremely playful and very funny, doing all kinds of cute, comic scenes like stealing our slippers, barking while sleeping, tile slides and hiccups. Just take a look at her face? Doesn’t it say trouble? She’s lovely and all you can do around her is snuggle-snuggle!
Yorkies can live around 12-15 years and they are excellent for indoor life. However, they need a daily walk since playing will not cover the exercise needs. A Yorkie is prone to bronchitis, tooth decay, eye infections, cataracts, skin allergies and delicate digestion. However, most of them don’t have serious health problems unless they are somehow mistreated.
Here’s a short presentation of the Yorkshire Terrier, created by Animal Planet. It offers more details on the Yorkies’ origin, grooming and training needs.
Yorkshire Terriers’ Food
This little cuteness that has made my last days better is used to eating kibble. I don’t even know what brand she’s on, as the food came into a large, usual shopping bag. I really don’t like kibble or any other kind of commercial dog food because of the preservatives and fillers – ingredients with little or no nutritional value, used just for filling up the stomach. That’s why I am trying to switch her diet to something healthier like homemade dog food. I tried feeding her some pasta yesterday evening and she seemed to like it but she didn’t eat very much. Today I tried a piece of cooked chicken liver at noon and she liked it very much but two hours later a loose stool occurred. I assumed the chicken liver was to blame, I mean, not the new food itself, but the change.
Anyway, I have no intention of giving up and I’ll keep trying feeding her cooked meals. As far as I know, boiled chicken meat, organs like kidney and liver should be just fine. As for the vegetables, white or brown rice, green beans, sweet potatoes and peas should cover her requirements. Chewy, healthy treats like carrots and some bones from time to time will probably clean her teeth and keep away the tooth decay.
Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on the Puffy’s latest adventures!
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