You may think it’s strange to dissuade people from raising Yorkshire terrier dogs, but there are more than a few reasons why owning one might not be such a good idea. We, therefore, present this article as a cautionary piece. For the words, we write are meant to protect both the Yorkshire terrier dog and the hearts of owners who might discover the match was never meant to be.
Small Children and Yorkies Don’t Get Along
One example situation involves small children. In a nutshell, small kids and Yorkies make terrible bedfellows. Children who are just learning to walk, who like to slap things, throw toys, and let out shrieking yells when it’s time for a nap make Yorkies nervous and defensive. In addition, young children may interpret these small creatures as toys. If you’ve ever seen a 10-month-old child play with a toy, then you can understand why Yorkies make poor playthings.
Additional Pets in The Home Could Trigger Attacks
Another problem is the existence of other (non-Yorkie) pets in the home. Another toy dog **may** work out (emphasis on **may**), but cats, larger dogs, and any other animal that’s allowed to run loose will trigger a Yorkies’ instinct to chase, defend, and fight. It doesn’t really matter what size these pets are either. Yorkies will attack anything despite their opponent’s size, strength, or brute.
Want A Guard Dog? Look For A Different Breed.
Now even though they’re territorial, Yorkies do __not__ make suitable guard dogs. So if you’re looking for protection, you’re better off with a much bigger dog with both a bigger bark and bite.
Yorkies Need “Above the Top” Grooming
An additional reason why you may not really want a Yorkshire terrier dog is that of their grooming needs. A Yorkies’ hair could grow to be over a foot long if left to do so. What makes it so difficult to manage is that it must be brushed once a day. It takes 100 brush strokes every day, in fact, to keep a Yorkie the soft and silky creature it’s supposed to be.
Yorkies Cannot Bear To Be Left Alone For Long Periods
Yorkies aren’t appropriate for people who travel a lot either because Yorkies are “people dogs” in the truest sense. Their happiness depends on the amount attention they receive. Yorkies who feel neglected in fact will manifest his boredom, depression, and/or anger by redecorating his owner’s home — ‘angry dog style.’