F&Q


1. How long do Yorkies live

Typically 12-15 years.  If your question is, How long do dogs live?  The life expectancy of the average dog is about 12 years, with a typical lifespan range of 8-16 years. However….each dog is unique….including yours.

2.  Male vs Female

Temperament

Most calls for pet dogs have people wanting a ‘sweet girl’. They don’t think females display alpha behaviors like ‘marking’ and/or ‘humping’. They believe that they are more docile and attentive and do not participate in fighting over dominance. Well this is not always true. In the dog pack makeup of all breeds, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order, and who compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as ‘humping’. Most fights will usually break out between 2 females. Males, on the other hand, are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily motivated by food (how true!!) and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often. And no matter what age, he is more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. The difference between sizes and sexes is minimal, if bred correctly. Neutered males can exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as ‘humping’, or ‘marking’ and lifting of legs. But once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear. Boys who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don’t ever raise their leg to urinate. The female will usually come to you for attention, when she’s had enough, she will move away. While boys are always waiting for your attention and near at hand. Females are usually less distracted during training, as she is more eager to get it over with, and get back to her comfy spot on the couch.  She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. Before deciding on male or female, give consideration to any other dogs that may be in or around your home.

3. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not

The official recommendations have changed!  I am posting below one of many articles available for every pet owner to consider and discuss with their vet and come up with a good vaccination protocol for their pet.

Only a few years ago, it was considered mandatory to bring your adult dog to the vet every year for his “booster” shots. And we’ve also been told that it’s a good idea to get all puppy shots rolled into a 7-in-one mega-injection….then repeat it after a few weeks….and then again after another few weeks. After that, we were told a yearly “booster” to keep them current.

We knew it must be true because the vets told us so. So did the vaccine manufacturers. The fact that veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers have a strong financial incentive for urging us to get lots of shots for our dogs didn’t seem to occur to us.

But times have changed. We consumers have our eyes open now. We know that what pharmaceutical companies, doctors, dog food companies and, yes, vets say is usually biased by what’s in it for them.

For many years we’ve been misled about vaccinations.  Let’s see what other experts – leading vets and researchers – have to say about vaccinations.

The right vaccinations will help protect your dog’s health – but unnecessary vaccinations can DAMAGE your dog’s health. A practice that was started many years ago that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. The immune system has a “memory.”  Once those memory cells have been shown what to do against a particular disease (by one successful vaccination), those memory cells will produce antibodies against that disease whenever they encounter it in real life – for years and years, probably for life. Booster shots don’t work when your dog’s system already has antibodies from previous vaccinations. Existing antibodies neutralize the booster shot. Veterinary immunologists tell us that vaccines need only be given once or twice in an animal’s life.The first thing that must change is the myth that vaccines are harmless.Veterinarians and animal guardians have to realise that they are not protecting animals from disease by annual vaccinations, but in fact, are destroying the health and immune systems of these same animals, there is no need for annual vaccinations and, second, they definitely cause chronic disease. It’s important to realize that too many vaccinations can cause problems seemingly unrelated to the purpose of the shot, and that the problems can emerge long after the shots were given. Immune system can be compromised, but so can virtually any other part of their body. Joint problems, behavioral problems,cancer Yes, and that’s just the tip of the iceburg. All from vaccinations.  So why are veterinarians still vaccinating every year? The majority of vets who practice holistic, alternative, or integrated medicine are not vaccinating every year. And some vets who practice conventional medicine take a step in the right direction by vaccinating every three years instead of every year.But the majority of conventional veterinarians still insist that your dog come in every year for his “annual shots.” Why do they do this? Remember that veterinarians are running a business, which needs to make money. Pets get sick on an irregular basis – can’t count on that. Annual shots bring income in on a regular basis. Profit margins from vaccines are high, plus you pay for the office visit, and if you pick up heartworm and flea preventative while you’re there, and maybe a bag of kibble….obviously it is in your vet’s best financial interest that you bring your dog in every year.

AVMA Journal:

The American Veterinary Medical Journal (#208) says:

“There is no scientific data to support a recommendation for annual administration of vaccines. Furthermore, repeated administration of vaccines may be associated with a higher risk of anaphylaxis and autoimmune diseases.”

The American Veterinary Medical Journal (#208) also says:

“There is little scientific documentation that backs up label claims for annual administration of most vaccines. In the past, it was believed that annual vaccination would not hurt and would probably help most animals. However concerns about side effects have begun to change this attitude. The client is paying for something with no effect or with the potential for an adverse reaction.”

4. Yorkies don’t shed

Because of the type of coat they have (no undercoat), they don’t shed as much as many other breeds.  So, Yorkies can be one of the best breeds for people who are allergy sufferers.

5. Yorkies tend to retain their puppy teeth

Yes especially the canines. When your puppy is around five months old, check his teeth often. If you notice that an adult tooth is trying to come in but the baby tooth is still there, take him to your vet. Retained baby teeth can cause the adult teeth to come in unevenly, which may contribute to tooth decay in later years.

6.  Yorkshire Terriers can have delicate digestive systems and may be picky eaters

Eating problems can occur if your Yorkie has teeth or gum problems as well. If your Yorkie is showing discomfort when eating or after eating, take him to the vet for a checkup.

7. A lover of comfort

The Yorkshire Terrier enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling into soft pillows.

8. Yorkshire Terriers

affectionately called “Yorkies” are tiny dogs with huge personalities. This is one of the most stylish popular dog breeds in the world right now and make good pets for several reasons.  These little dogs have a fiercely loyal and protective side when it comes to their loved ones. On the other hand, Yorkies can be the most cuddly little love-bugs!  These are small dogs that are bred to be companions.   They’re size makes them easy to carry around, walk on a leash, or hold in your lap. They’re especially good for senior citizens, people with medical issues, and those who may worry about the size and strength of a larger dog.  They adapt happily to apartment living. They can be potty trained to go indoors or outdoors.  They’re easier to travel with than larger dogs.  Yorkies usually fit within the weight restrictions placed on pets. They’re also usually less expensive to board than larger dogs.  Show dogs should weigh between four to seven pounds, but pet Yorkies can weigh as much as 12 to 15 pounds. A Yorkie who weighs less than four pounds is more prone to health problems, and more likely to suffer complications while under anesthesia.

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