My Yorkie is afraid of EVERYTHING. Me, my family members, certain objects, ever loud farts! It annoys everyone because he runs everytime someone comes within 5 feet of him. Everyone thinks that he might have been abused but he wasn't, at all. The lady said he's just always been timid but why? Are all yorkies like this? How can I help him NOT be so afraid. He's 3 yrs old.
Yorkies, like most toy dogs can be very nervous creatures. My experience with my mother's dog somewhat resembles yours. My mother's dog is a 3 pound Yorkie and he is 2 years old. He is constantly alert and fiercely protective. If another person attempts to get near him to pick him up he always runs away… he does not like to be a lap dog unless it is his choice. At times this may come across as being afraid, however I have also seen in this dog confront and nip at much larger dogs (my 65 pound boxer) without hesitation. Is your dog like this? Or does he/she always hide in all circumstances? I have come to the conclusion that my mother's dog has a "Napoleon" complex and his erratic barking and skiddish actions are really a way of "protecting" my mother. Yorkies are of course terriers and these dogs were bred originally to hunt rats and small rodents. They are hard-wired to be little hunters and killers… I don't know if this will help your situation at all… but at least it will give you a picture of how other toy yorkies can behave. Tags: Yorkie