Frequently Asked Questions about Yorkshire terriers

  1. Female yorkies are sweeter and more affectionate that male Yorkies. True Or False?
  2. Female yorkies are more docile as compared to male yorkies. True Or False?
  3. Female Yorkies are easier to train than male Yorkies. True Or False?
  4. What are Teacup Yorkies?
  5. Are smaller Yorkies as healthy as larger Yorkies?
  6. Will you sell me a very small Yorkie?
  7. Will my Yorkie be housebroken?
  8. Will my Yorkie always be black and tan?
  9. How big will my Yorkshire terrier get?
  10. How old does my Yorkie have to be before coming home?
  11. Will my puppy have all of its vaccinations, including rabies?
  12. Will my puppy be wormed?
  13. Do you ship or are you able to deliver my Yorkie to me?
  14. How much does shipping cost?
  15. How much should I feed my Yorkie?
  16. How often do I feed my Yorkie?
  17. Do Yorkies shed?
  18. Will my Yorkie need to be groomed?
  19. How often should I bathe my Yorkie?
  20. What kind of Shampoo/Conditioner should I use?
  21. When should I start to bathe my Yorkie?
  22. Is crate training cruel?
  23. Why do you early spay and neuter your Yorkies?
  24. What about vaccinations?
  25. Why are silver Yorkshire terriers hard to find?
  26. The breeder didn't’t dock my Yorkie’s tail. Can it be docked now?
  27. Should I get a Yorkie the same sex as my current dog?
  28. What do I do when my puppy is biting me?
  29. Why are your older puppies/dogs as expensive as younger puppies?
  30. We purchased our current puppy/dog from a breeder or pet shop and are having a terrible time housebreaking it. There are several issues we are having and have no where to turn – can we call or email you?

 

In Conclusion

When you purchase a Mistibleu puppy or dog, we stand behind them 100%. We are happy to answer questions that our clients have sometimes YEARS after they have purchased their puppy or dog from us. We strive to offer the very best dogs, customer service, and after purchase support. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions not answered here.

 

 

  1. Female yorkies are sweeter and more affectionate that male Yorkies. True Or False??

    In our experience, male Yorkies tend to be more attentive and more accepting of other pets and children. Females tend to be more independent and protective of their family members (including you!) These are generalizations; individual personalities will vary.

    Another interesting fact about Yorkies is that males tend to bond better with women in the home, and females tend to bond better with men in the home. Again, this is a generalization, but one that is something to consider.

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  2. Female yorkies are more docile as compared to male yorkies. True Or False?

    In the dog pack, there is always an alpha male and an alpha female. Both alpha dogs determine the pecking order and compete to maintain and/or alter that order of their particular sex. Regardless of whether your dogs are whole or have been neutered or spayed, the most common fights are between two females.

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  4. Female Yorkies are easier to train than male Yorkies. True Or False?

    Female Yorkies tend to be more independent. Male Yorkies can be more easily distracted during training, as they just want to get to playtime! While some generalizations can be made, it’s important to remember that each dog is an individual, and their training needs may not reflect generalizations.

    The behavioral traits that we have discussed are as a result of many years of monitoring, living with, and experiencing multiple Yorkies. Some of these behaviors may never occur, particularly in a household that only has one pet. As stated before - we can’t say it enough – each dog is an individual, and has individual personality characteristics – just like people.

    As a new Yorkie owner, you best understand your needs and expectations of your companion. Males and females both make excellent pets; it is just important to recognize that there can be differences, and to be knowledgeable about these when deciding on your new life companion. Please don’t hesitate to talk to us about each dog’s individual personality! We will do our best to match you with the puppy of your dreams.

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  5. What are Teacup Yorkies?

    Teacup Yorkies refer to the “extra small” Yorkies that are occasionally produced. As they are not within the AKC standard of 3-7 pounds and ARE NOT recognized by the AKC, we do not promote nor breed for this size of dog.

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  6. Are smaller Yorkies as healthy as larger Yorkie?

    There are no guarantees in life. However, every Mistibleu Yorkie comes with a one year guarantee for hereditary heart defects as well as Portosystemic Shunt (liver shunt.) Our experience has shown us that very small Yorkies can be just as healthy as 4+ pound Yorkies. However, they do have special needs due to their smaller size and require more attention to detail (see the next question).

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  7. Will you sell me a very small Yorkie?

    Smaller Yorkies have special needs. If you would like to discuss those needs, we will be more than happy to discuss them with you.

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  8. Will my Yorkie be housebroken?

    We have developed a system where we begin training our puppies as soon as they are able to walk. We train them to use a dog litter box with paper in it for their elimination needs. Many Yorkie owners have found this to be very handy if their lifestyle deems that their puppy cannot go outdoors for a variety of reasons (living in a big city, traveling, predatory wildlife, etc.) The longer the puppies are with us, the more consistent they are with using the litter box. If you are interested in learning about the system, please don’t hesitate to discuss it with us.

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  9. Will my Yorkie always be black and tan?

    All Yorkshire Terriers are born black and tan. However, as they age, the head generally will change from black, to silver, and then to gold. The body will generally change from black to a slate blue/silver/gray color. Some Yorkies go through their change more quickly than others. Remember, they’re all individuals! By around their third year, most Yorkie should have attained their adult coloration.

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  10. How big will my Yorkshire terrier get?

    Our goal is to breed Yorkies that conform to the AKC standard of 3 to 7 pounds, though we do occasionally have puppies in the 2 to 3 pound range.

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  11. How old does my Yorkie have to be before coming home?

    We like to send our puppies home with their new owners no sooner than 16 weeks of age. All of our puppies are altered prior to being placed; we do not alter them until they are over 2 pounds. They also will have all of their vaccinations, including rabies, prior to being placed in their new homes. Smaller Yorkies may not be placed until closer to the 5 to 8 month age range due to this issue. The cost of the spay or neuter and vaccinations are included in the price of the puppy.

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  12. Will my puppy have all of its vaccinations, including rabies?

    Yes, you will receive a health certificate with your puppy stating that a licensed veterinarian has examined the puppy and that the puppy is in good health. You will also receive their immunization record indicating which vaccines have been given.

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  13. Will my puppy be wormed?

    All of our puppies are wormed prior to them being placed with you.

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  14. Do you ship or are you able to deliver my Yorkie to me?

    Yes; however, shipping depends on the size of the Yorkie, and the distance they need to travel. We are at times able to arrange courier service. Please feel free to call or email us to discuss these options.

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  15. How much does shipping cost?

    Currently, the cost of shipping is approximately $200, but may vary. We do not mark up shipping costs.

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  16. How much should I feed my Yorkie?

    Yorkies do not required a lot of food. Generally, the will eat approximately ½ a cup per day for the first year, then approximately ¼ a day there after. Keep in mind that this is only a guide; the overall weight and age of your Yorkie is what determines the amount of food required. The side panel of the dog food bag can be helpful when in doubt.

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  17. How often do I feed my Yorkie?

    We do recommend that you feed your Yorkie 2 – 3 times per day. As a toy breed of dog with a small appetite, they can become hypoglycemic (see Yorkie health page for more information on hypoglycemia). Feeding more frequently helps to avoid this condition. Yorkies under 6 months of age or Yorkies that are smaller than 3 ½ pounds as an adult should have food available to them at all times.

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  18. Do Yorkies shed?

    Yorkies’ hair is much more like human hair. Our hair falls out, but we do not shed. This is similar to Yorkies.

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  19. Will my Yorkie need to be groomed?

    Yes, you will need to groom your Yorkie. There are various “cuts” that your puppy can get at the groomers; some require more maintenance than others. It is important that you decide for yourself the amount of time and money you wish to spend on grooming and maintenance.

    The puppy cut is what they will receive prior to going home with you. Though it is a low maintenance style, your puppy will still require daily grooming so as to not become tangled.

    Keep in mind, some dogs LOVE having a bath, and some do not. With a little patience and persistence, most Yorkies will learn to enjoy and comply with being bathed.

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  20. How often should I bathe my Yorkie?

    Your new Yorkie should be bathed every two weeks if you maintain a puppy cut. If you have decided to keep your Yorkie in full coat, we advise that you bathe your Yorkie once a week.

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  21. What kind of Shampoo/Conditioner should I use?

    We use and recommend Crown Royal shampoo and leave in conditioner. These are pet friendly products. Do NOT use human shampoos or conditioners as they may irritate your Yorkie’s skin and eyes. These products can be purchased from Show Dog Store.

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  22. When should I start to bathe my Yorkie?

    We recommend allowing your new Yorkie to settle into its new home for a few days before you start bathing them.

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  23. Is crate training cruel?

    No. Dogs are den animals by nature. If their crate is accessible to them at all times, you will find that they go in it when they want to sleep or get away from any commotion that may be going on. The crate is not to be used for punishment and should not be used to lock your Yorkie in it for long periods of time. They should only be used for short periods of time – for example, going out to dinner.

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  24. Why do you early spay and neuter your Yorkies?

    Our veterinarian has had many, many years of experience working on small dogs and has the special equipment that toy breeds require. We also like to make sure that their spay/neuter goes well and that the puppies recover prior to going to their new homes.

    Many people are under the misconception that an owner should wait until the dog is sexually mature prior to being spayed or neutered. Many years of research by both ourselves and top veterinarians have suggested no ill affects from being altered at a younger age. However, if a dog reaches sexual maturity before they are spayed/neutered, some of the behaviors of whole dogs – such as marking their territory (which could occur with both males and females) – may NOT go away after they are altered. By early spaying and neutering, the risk of the new owners having “potty problems” is drastically reduced.

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  25. What about vaccinations?

    What we have found over the years is that there is no standard vaccination protocol for canines. Even veterinarians do not always agree as to what the right vaccine protocol should be. However, please keep in mind that the same amount of vaccine that is given to a 100 pound dog is given to a 5 pound Yorkie. As a result, there can be a larger number of reactions and even deaths in smaller dogs versus larger dogs.

    One vaccine that we do NOT recommend is the Lepto vaccine. It has caused a number of recorded deaths in toy breeds. We also do not recommend giving multiple vaccines at one visit, regardless of what your veterinarian says. We recommend that they are spaced out at 4-6 week intervals. The Rabies vaccination is required by law, but only needs to be given every three years. Click this link to get more information regarding vaccine reactions in all toy breeds.

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  26. Why are silver Yorkshire terriers hard to find?

    Most breeders are trying to breed to the AKC standard which calls for a slate blue body color. From time to time as breeders try to get the correct coat color they do produce what is known as a "Silver" Yorkie. Yorkie's can also be more of a slate blue or black coloring. Some people actually prefer these colors to the traditional blue and gold colors .

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  27. The breeder did not dock my Yorkie's tail, can it be docked now?

    Most breeders have their veterinarian dock the puppies tails when they are a few days old. If your puppy does not have a docked tail and you want to have it docked now you need to consult your Veterinarian.

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  28. Should I get a Yorkie the same sex as my current dog?

    The answer to this question is dependent on whether your current dog is dominant or submissive. I would be happy to discuss your situation with you and help you decide what is best for your household.

     

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  29. What do I do when my puppy is biting me?

    Young puppies, regardless of breed, play with each other using their mouths. While it may seem “cute and harmless” when they’re small, their bites will become more painful and damaging as they get older. If your puppy starts to bite your hands during play, this behavior needs to be discouraged, and other acceptable behavior encouraged. Here’s what we recommend:

    If your puppy starts to bite, keep your hands, fingers, arms, etc. out of their mouths. Stop playing with them immediately. Instead, give them an appropriate toy (you can even place it directly in their mouth) and walk away. Never allowing them to bite you will help ward off this unwanted and unacceptable behavior.

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  30. Why are your older puppies/dogs as expensive as younger puppies?

    Many larger breeds of puppies are ready to go to their new homes at 8 weeks of age. However, this is not true of toy breeds, including Yorkies. Our Yorkies are bred to the standard of 3-7 pounds; at 8 weeks of age, most of our puppies are less than 2 pounds. From our experience, Yorkie puppies are still very immature at this age. We still supervise them continually as they are still learning about their world and environment. We monitor their eating habits, socialization with ourselves and other dogs, etc. because part of our goal is to send only well adjusted, stable puppies to their new homes.

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  31. We purchased our current puppy/dog from a breeder or pet shop and are having a terrible time housebreaking it. There are several issues we are having and have no where to turn – can we call or email you? biting me?

    Young puppies, regardless of breed, play with each other using their mouths. While it may seem “cute and harmless” when they’re small, their bites will become more painful and damaging as they get older. If your puppy starts to bite your hands during play, this behavior needs to be discouraged, and other acceptable behavior encouraged. Here’s what we recommend:

    If your puppy starts to bite, keep your hands, fingers, arms, etc. out of their mouths. Stop playing with them immediately. Instead, give them an appropriate toy (you can even place it directly in their mouth) and walk away. Never allowing them to bite you will help ward off this unwanted and unacceptable behavior.

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