Teacup Yorkshire Terrier Puppies — The Smallest Companions
These tiny dogs are courageous, eager to please and active little friends that are always ready for fun.
The Yorkshire Terrier used to be much larger than our current teacup sized companions today. They were once used as working dogs to help eradicate unwanted pests. Today, the Teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppy is an adventurous and lively little friend who easily fits into today's urban lifestyle as a family companion. Highly intelligent, willing and eager to please his owner and always by your side this little dog is versatile in many competitions from agility and flyball to rally obedience. At the end of the day, though, he is content to just be with his family.
Difficult to train
Even though he has a high intelligence and eager to please, the Teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppy can be considered a challenge to train simply due to his size and energy level. An incredibly large number of adult Yorkies are found in shelters and rescues with a plethora of behavioral problems from fear aggression due to a lack of socialization to poor potty habits from not being properly trained as a puppy. The reasons for both of these are divided almost equally between poor breeding practices such as puppy mills and backyard breeders to simply the owner not training the puppy correctly.
When the puppy is given a calm but authoritative owner who is dedicated to positive reinforcement training with no punishment or correction the Teacup Yorkie will thrive and become an ideal companion for that person. If the puppy is left to only be spoiled, carried instead of being taught leash manners, and not treated in the same way any other sized breed of puppy should be then he may develop the unwanted and dreaded small dog syndrome in which multiple behavioral problems arise.
Most rescued Yorkies suffer from small dog syndrome to some extent. Many exhibit resource guarding behavior in which they may act protective over toys, food, treats, beds, and even people. Unfortunately, humans seem to think this behavior is cute in a little dog while it causes an immense amount of stress and pressure on them to guard what they feel is a rare source to come by. Dogs with this behavioral issue, especially Teacup Yorkshire Terriers and even puppies tend to have trust and bond issues with their humans due to a lack of understanding and training.
Even though the Yorkie puppy can live upwards of 15 or more years, he is plagued with health concerns that can cost a small fortune in both your wallet and heart. Slipped stifles, bronchitis and eye infections are some of the most well known issues along with tooth decay in even young dogs. Providing dental care on a daily basis with tooth brushing along with yearly dental cleanings may help prevent your puppy from losing his teeth at such a young age.
Genetically, problems such as malformed skulls tend to happen to puppies as well as difficult births and labor. The smaller the dog, the more health concerns that tend to crop up. Before you purchase a Teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppy from a breeder, ask about the genetic health screenings their breeding dogs underwent prior to being bred. Any good, reputable breeder will be happy to talk at lengths with you about the genetic health of their dogs as well as provide proof of results from any testing or screening.
If you choose to adopt a rescued or shelter Yorkie puppy, keep in mind that many probably come from less than stellar breeding situations including puppy mills. These dogs tend to carry the worst of genetic diseases, but many still live long and full lives in health. When considering this breed, make sure you are financially and emotionally prepared to care for them and any health conditions that you may be faced to deal with in the future.
Your pocket puppy
If you can provide the needed training, exercise and health care that your Teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppy requires, he can be an amazing best friend. ON the market today it is easy to purchase carriers fit for small dogs so that your pup can easily travel with you when you're on the go. While they make perfect pocket puppies, keep in mind that they still have four legs that they need to walk on to be well balanced emotionally, mentally, and physically.