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Yorkies are wonderful smart little dogs, and make a great pets for most families.
Article By Sharon Stajda
Yorkshire terriers make excellent pets, they are easy to care for, and are great little travelers. However, the breed does have some health issues. Yorkshire terriers or sometimes know as a Yorkie are smaller dogs originally from Scotland and England. The American Kennel association classifies them in the toy breed, meaning that they are small sized dogs. Yorkshire terriers typically make great companion dogs and will live somewhere between twelve and sixteen years and weigh under seven pounds full grown. If you think you might be interested in getting a "Yorkie" you should keep in mind that while small, this particular breed of dog needs a lot of attention and a lot of activity. They have long hair that sheds a bit, so you will need to be committed to daily grooming. The Yorkie has the reputation for picking fights with other dogs, and occasionally even small children. They do better with older children and adults, and a single dog environment. If you have other pets, they need to be socialized early in life to get comfortable with the other dog in the house.
Yorkshire Terriers Most Common Health Problems
Yorkshire Terriers can be predisposed to certain health problems. Keep in mind, the list below is a health problem that "can occur" in the breed. However, like in all dog breeds, this does not mean that every, and all Yorkshire terriers will experience any of the health issues I have listed below. The breed as a whole is known to be rather healthy. However, if you have a Yorkie or intend to raise one, it is wise to recognize the health issues that can arise. Please read the list below, and make yourself aware of the health problems that can occur.
Yorkshire Terrier Predisposed Health Problems
Bladder stones: may occur in a Middle-aged Yorkshire terrier. Symptoms can be difficult to note, due to the main symptom being blood in the dog's urine.
Heart disease: Yorkshire terriers are prone to heart valves problems. If the dog's valve fails to close properly, blood flows back into the dog's heart chambers, can cause the dog's heart to become enlarged. This problem can then leads to other more serious heart problems. Problems that can, as a result, constrict the dog's windpipe, which can then cause problems with an irregular heartbeat.
Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is most prevalent in Yorkshire terrier puppies. Hypoglycemia is a term for low blood sugar. Hypoglycemic episodes can be triggered by the dog not eating regularly, and also can be triggered by stress, digestive tract illnesses, and strenuous activity. Signs and symptoms can include; shivering or changes in the dog's gait, drowsiness, confusion or disorientation, In more severe cases a dog can experience seizure, coma, and even death if untreated.
Leg-Perthes Disease: This is a degenerative hip joint health issue. Signs and symptoms; this problem can start to appear when the dog is about 4 to 11 months old. The main symptoms can include lameness in the affected leg, pain, that can ranging from being mild to severe, and wasting away of the muscle that is involved.
Luxating Patellas: Luxating patella is a health problem in where the dog's kneecaps tend to slip out of place. This conditions can vary in vary in its severity. Signs and symptoms; may include kneecaps slipping discovered during veterinarian exam. which is know as Grading l. Grade ll kneecap slips out of place when walking or running. Grade three, kneecap slips out frequently enough to cause some lameness. Grade lV, kneecap slips and stays out of place.
Portosystemic; (liver) shunt disease: Some Yorkshire Terriers are unfortunately born with this potentially fatal congenital disease. This disease causes the dog's blood flow to bypass the liver. The liver is the organ that filters and cleans the blood, if blood is not filtered by the dog's liver, toxins will build in the dog's bloodstream, and cause very serious problems. Signs and symptoms of liver shunt disease will include, sudden weight loss, as well as poor weight gain; digestive system problems, urinary system problems, including excess thirst in the dog, and frequent urination. Other symptoms can include noted depression, increase listlessness, uncoordinated movements, and seizures activity, which as a rule will appear shortly after the dog has eaten.
.Eye disease, degenerative disease of the retina. This condition is, unfortunately, a condition that is inherited along the dog's breed-line and is incurable. The first symptom is night blindness, which is followed by a gradual loss of daytime vision, and to progress into the dog's total blindness.
Tip: When purchasing a Yorkshire terrier, make sure to purchase from a good breeder, and make sure the breeder can provide you with the dog's lineage, and that the lineage is of dogs that you can if you wish to check the lineage via the American Kennel Club.)
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Coat Care - Choosing The Right Shampoo...
Chose the right shampoo for your Yorkie
This may seem trivial, but choosing the right shampoo to bathe your Yorkie in is important. All dogs are different and come with unique coats and skin textures. Many dogs have very sensitive skin and need special shampoos geared to individual skin problems. As a rule, Yorkies will have fairly normal skin, the breed is not known to have predisposed skin conditions. Although I had a Yorkie some years ago and found my wonderful little guy to have very dry skin.
I have added a link to the cute photo to a great informational Web Site. A good site to pick up some tips on "how to choose the right shampoo for your pets skin type. I hope you will do your research, and make sure to prevent skin problem for your dog.
Traveling With Your Yorkie
One of the Pro's of the Yorkshire terrier breed is that the dog travels well. They make a great pet for a person that travels a lot and like to bring their pet along.
Traveling with your Yorkshire terrier can be an enjoyable experience for you and your Yorkie. The Yorkshire terrier is a great breed of dog for the dog owner on the go. The perfect little dog for pet owners that prefer to kennel their best little friend. When traveling with your Yorkshire terrier, the dog's health and safety should be the first priority. If taking an extended trip, perhaps out of your country, make sure to have your vet check that the dogs shots are up to date. It's very important that the dog's vaccination records are brought along on any trip. Keep in mind, If traveling by plane, a health certificate is required for all pets. If your dog is on any medication, be sure to have the amount needed for your stay. Make sure your dog has its tags on all of the time, in the case for some reason the dog is lost. Identification should always include your dog's name and your home phone number. It is also smart to bring along a current photo of your Yorkshire terrier.