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Once you have had the chance to look into the adorable, lovable face of a Yorkie puppy it is hard to turn away.
There is no doubt that a Yorkie puppy is a cute and very lovable puppy, however, like any puppy or young animal, there is a considerable amount of time, effort and patience that will be required on the part of the owner to make sure the puppy turns into a healthy, happy and well behaved dog.
There are several important factors to consider when selecting or choosing a new puppy that really do need some careful consideration before deciding on which one is for you.
Taking the time to actually work through the pros and cons of getting a puppy as well as understanding the issues that a toy dog owner will face are all important in determining if this is the right breed for you and your family.
The Benefits of a Yorkie Puppy
Anyone who has ever seen, held or played with a puppy can quickly tell you the biggest benefit of getting a puppy: Their cute, loveable and energetic personalities are wonderful, and they bring a smile to everyone’¬s face.
Puppies are great for families and individuals that want to spend time with the young dog, to bring it up and train it specifically as the family wants and needs. Raising a puppy allows the owners to provide the training and socialization to make the puppy into a happy, healthy and well-behaved dog.
Subscribe now to our Free Yorkshire Terrier Newsletter report.Purchasing a Yorkie puppy from a reputable breeder or shelter ensures that the dog will be with the family for the longest possible time, as the breeder or shelter will confirm that the new owners can provide proper care, nutrition, and veterinary treatment for the life of the dog.
While there may be less expensive options for purchasing your puppy there are also far greater risks in buying from a backyard breeder or a pet store. It is not recommended that either of these options be considered as there is a far greater risk of health problems, personality and temperament issues, as well as an increase in the likelihood that the puppy would not be considered show quality, despite what you may have been told when you made the purchase.
Watching the puppy playing with its littermates will also give an indication as to its temperament as an adult dog. Puppies in the litter that tend to be more aggressive and assertive are more likely to be independent, and potentially more difficult to train as they grow. However the puppy that stays more isolated is usually more quiet and shy as an adult dog, and may have difficulty socializing and interacting with strangers. Both these situations need to be considered.
THE DIFFICULTIES WITH A YORKIE PUPPY
While the opportunity to train a puppy is a benefit, it can also be a difficulty for some people. The time and effort needed to successfully train a puppy is more than many individuals can manage, especially if they already have a family to raise and a job to go to every day. Raising a puppy is a lot like having a baby in the house, especially for the first few months. It is a twenty-four hour, seven day a week responsibility.
Besides training in the house it is important to socialize the puppy to new people, new environments and other animals. Puppies, just like children, go through difficult stages, and may damage or even destroy household items. It is important to be able to puppy-proof your home as much as possible, particularly during the chewing stage.
Housebreaking is another difficulty on the horizon with a new puppy. Housebreaking will typically be more challenging with a toy breed such as the Yorkie as their small size makes them harder to monitor, plus it makes it easier for them to slip out of sight to relieve themselves when you are not carefully watching. A breeder will often recommend crate training for housebreaking puppies, but this still requires consistency and time to complete.
As with all toy dogs Yorkie puppies will need to be carefully monitored and cared for as they are smaller and more likely to be injured that larger puppies or dogs. Children must be taught how to correctly handle a small puppy and many breeders with puppies for sale will not sell to households with smaller children, simple because it does put the puppy at risk of injury. This doesn't mean that small puppies cannot be in households with children, but it does mean that adults have to do some extra training and work with both the puppies and kids.
All the best.
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