Yorkie Characteristics

Yorkie Training
How to Train a Yorkie

The Yorkshire Terrier (also called a “Yorkie”) originated in Yorkshire (and the adjoining Lancashire), a region in northern England] In the mid-19th century, workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire in search of work and brought with them several different varieties of small terriers.

Yorkie Facts

Country of origin England
WEIGHT Male Avg 7 lbs (3.2 kg); Max 15 lbs
Female Avg 7 lbs (3.2 KG; Max 15 lbs
Life span 13 to 16 years

Yorkie Temperament

The ideal Yorkshire Terrier character or “personality” is described with a “carriage very upright” and “conveying an important air.” Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, very overprotective, curious, and loves attention. Mentally sound and emotionally secure ones should normally not show the soft submissive temperament seen in lap dogs. Because of this, it is advised that a Yorkie would not be suitable for a home with typical young children—they are Terriers after all. Instead, they make ideal companions for older families with many more reputable breeders routinely only homing to families with children older than about 8 years for the comfort of the dog, but more so for the benefit of the child.

How to Train a Yorkie

The Yorkshire Terrier may be tiny but it has a big personality. This popular breed is not just cute; the Yorkie was bred for the purpose of hunting! Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent and can be very protective of their owners and territory, get your pup from a reputable breeder for best health. Training (potty and basic) is a must from a young age. Establishing your place as a reader is essential early on, since this breed can be bossy.

This dog needs a clear boundaries as well as short training sessions, since they can have attention spans that are short too! Verbal praise and yummy treats should be used liberally when your Yorkie pup obeys commands!

Loose Leash Training a Yorkie

A harness (lightweight) may be better for a Yorkie. Acclimate the pup to the leash slowly. Yorkies are so small that a lightweight leash is a must, as well. You can find more about leash training here.

Basic Obedience Training

Your Yorkie will learn basic training more easily in a distraction free setting, at first later, you must change settings and add distractions so your pup will obey everywhere you go with him.

Positive Reinforcement Training

Use positive reinforcement (praise) and tasty tiny treats! Make your sessions short and positive with multiple repetitions! Your Yorkie pup can do well being trained inside a clutter free room, since Yorkies are so small.

Even though Yorkies are tiny, they can have aggressive attitudes. That is, they often are aggressive and can be stubborn. Therefore, families with young kids should consider another breed of dog. These dogs live a long time so consider this when you get a puppy since you will be caring for the dog for 13-16 more years!

Yorkies are fun, loyal pet who are very devoted to their owners. They are fast learners, but can be  headstrong for such a little pup.

Video: 3 month old Yorkie learning how to sit

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