YORKIE

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Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie” puppies, are irresistibly cute and have the ability to melt your heart into a million tiny pieces. Before you run out to your local Yorkshire Terrier breeder (or better yet, your local Yorkie rescue group) to bring this adorable pup into your life, there are a few things to know about the breed.

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the Yorkie is lively and inquisitive, physically and mentally quick, and spends much time trotting (or dashing) around checking things out.

Larger dogs may view him as a delicacy, so he must always be leashed or fenced for his own protection; in addition, he can be an excitable chaser of birds and butterflies.

A lover of comfort, the Yorkshire Terrier enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling into soft pillows.

Keen of eye and sharp of tongue, he won't fail to announce strangers, often in a high-pitched voice. Early socialisation is required so that he doesn't become too shrill.

Though he can be bossy and scrappy with other dogs, especially larger ones, Yorkies coexist well with other pets, but are typically overwhelmed by the roughhousing and mischief of small children. This is especially true of the smallest Yorkies -- larger individuals are sturdier.

Some Yorkshire Terriers are bright and quick to learn, while others are rather willful and opinionated. Yorkies often dislike walking on a leash and may dart to and fro until taught how to behave.

Housebreaking is notoriously difficult with Yorkshire Terriers, especially in cold or wet weather. Consider an indoor litter box, or a doggy door leading out into a small covered potty yard.

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