About the Yorkshire Terrier dog

What is there to know about the Yorkshire Terrier dog? If you were thinking about buying a Yorkshire Terrier, what would you have to know to make sure you are buying one that is right for you and your family? These are the questions that this article will endeavor to answer as well as offering some other great general information about the Yorkshire Terrier dog.

The Coat

The first thing you need to know about the Yorkshire Terrier dog is that they have a very long coat that takes a lot of time to clean and maintain. Many people choose to cut the coat short so that they don’t have to put up with the constant brushing, while others choose to keep the coat long. These people are usually the ones who use their ‘Yorkies’ as showdogs and in competitions, a Yorkshire Terrier without a coat is like a person with no skin, it just isn’t right!

Health

The are many things you need to know about the Yorkshire Terrier dog and in relation to their health. One of the most common health concerns attributed to this breed of dogs is the fact that they are susceptible to cataracts when they reach an elderly age. This is a genetic trait that affects all Terrier breeds in general and it not limited just to Yorkies.

The second health concern you need to know about is the fact that they have certain genetic disorders that again linked to the Terrier breed of dogs. The first disorder you need to know about is known as liver shunt, which is where the blood bypasses the liver of the dog. This means that many toxins are not able to be dispersed through the liver, resulting in all sorts of complications.

Another disorder that affects Yorkshire Terriers, mainly when they are puppies is hypoglycemia. This is a blood disorder that tends to decrease the overall energy capacity of a puppy, it can result in death unless it is treated immediately.

There is of course one thing about the Yorkshire Terrier dog that is beneficial in the area of health and that is they are less likely to suffer from arthritis which is very common in dogs of a larger size. Due to their small frame, it is less likely that Yorkies will ever contract arthritis at any point in their lives.

These are just some of the things you need to know about the Yorkshire Terrier dog. There is of course a lot more and it is advised that you spend sometime researching before you decide to buy one of your own. One thing to consider is learning more about the history and origin of the Yorkshire Terrier.

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