Archeological evidence now shows that the human and canine species have developed together throughout most of their existence. The domesticated dog, Canis familiaris, now comes in more than 300 purebred varieties worldwide, plus countless mixes of those breeds. Dogs developed for specific purposes have largely moved beyond those original tasks to become simply loving household companions.
The Yorkshire terrier is one such companion beloved by many pet owners. This is not an ancient breed, but it is one of the most popular. Not many Yorkies still hunt down rats — except occasionally as a sporting event — but they do appear regularly in conformation, obedience, agility, and freestyle competitions. Because of their size and portability, you may encounter them on airplanes and in shops, marinas, apartments, and condominiums. However, don't misjudge this little dog as a bashful bundle of fur you can pop in and out of your purse and use as a fashion accessory. Yorkshire terriers are only small when it comes to size — they have big personalities and require authoritative owners to keep them in check. In the right hands, however, the Yorkshire terrier can be a splendid companion for you, your family, and even your other pets.
This book will acquaint you with the Yorkshire terrier's “big dog in a little body” attitude, as well as the Yorkie's specific needs, so you can decide if this is really the perfect breed for you. You'll learn the breed's history, including how it switched from a rough ratter to a loving lapdog. You'll find tips on housetraining, teaching good manners, maintaining good health, socialization, activities, and more. This book will lead you through your Yorkshire terrier's life, from puppyhood to old age.
I have also included information for the specialized Yorkie owner. Do you hope to travel with your dog? Would you like to train your dog in a particular sport? Would you prefer to prepare homemade meals for your dog instead of buying commercial food? This book will guide you down all of these paths and more. The Yorkshire terrier is a versatile and intelligent breed that can be taught to fit almost any lifestyle. With the right equipment and training (not to mention time and patience), your Yorkie can become your ideal pet.
Before you acquire a Yorkshire terrier of your own, you must understand that while these creatures may be small, they're still dogs through and through. They might indulge in any of the misbehaviors to which dogs are prone, including barking, digging, and chewing. But they can also provide as much love and companionship as any bigger dog. Plan on spending plenty of time with your Yorkie — this breed does not tolerate isolation. Your dog will want to be a full member of the family, supervising every moment of the day's events. His antics may occasionally drive you crazy, but they'll make you smile even more often.