This small, toy-sized but sturdy dog sports a blue and gold coloured (some might say black and brown) coat. Its size makes it a great dog for apartment living or homes without a yard. However, Yorkies are active pooches so it will need a daily walk. The Yorkie is known for its lustrous and long coat, which does require a fair bit of grooming—daily in fact. The hair on top of its head can grow quite long, so you'll often see Yorkies with the hair of their head gathered into a band to stop it from going onto their eyes, or food bowl for that matter!
The Yorkie can live on very little food. It is very easy to overfeed a Yorkshire Terrier. Obesity is a serious state for the small dog and can lead to several nasty diseases, such as diabetes, joint problems, kidney failure, etcetera.
Yorkies need to be brushed daily using a brush and comb to ensure all tangles and knots are removed. If you've given your beloved Yorkshire Terrier a trendy topknot (as many owners do) it will need to be taken down, brushed out and redone. Leaving an elastic band in for days will destroy the coat. Hair under and around the tail should be checked for faeces. Teeth should also be brushed daily, as the Yorkie's small mouth leads to overcrowding and a tendency to teeth decay. Once you've got the daily grooming regime down pat, it should only take about 15 minutes. A bath is only needed about once a month.
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