A young yorkie puppy require a lot of care and love. Giving love and attention is the easy part of caring for a Yorkie puppy. While they're not quite as fragile as they appear, young Yorkies need special care to grow up into healthy, happy, well-behaved dogs.
Growing Yorkie puppies need a lot of food and water when you consider their size. Until your puppy reaches 6 months old, they should have food & water available at all times. As the puppy passes their 6 month old, feedings should be scheduled regularly, with at least three small meals per day. Food should be high quality and made especially for puppies. Even though yorkie puppy is tiny, they growing quickly and needs the right nutrition for muscle and bone development. Dry food is best to help strengthen their teeth and avoid diarrhea, although a small amount of canned food may be given along with dry food.
We " free feed" all of our Yorkies, both adults and puppies. This means that they can eat whenever they want. After you get your new puppy you can change the feeding schedule to 4 times a day. You may want to wait 2 to 3 month so that the puppy can adjust to new environment and eliminate the stressful to them. We feed our Adult yorkie with these brand Blue Buffalo & for the puppies we feed them Eukanuba Puppy Dry food for small breed.
Please do not suddenly change the puppy food as it will cause Diarrhea or upset their digestive system. If you choose to change the puppy food, please wait till they at age 6 to 7 months old by slowly gradually adding in the new or other brand of food to the old food over 3 to 4 week period.
Hypoglycemia in Yorkie puppies is very serious. You must be aware of what hypoglycemia is, the symptoms of it and how to prevent it. Please read my page on Hypoglycemia for detail information.
Certain food are extremely toxic to yorkie. Please don't take any chances with your yorkie puppies health. Feed your yorkie only their puppy food and avoid feed human food as it will make your yorkie become picky eater refuse eating their dog food and always begging for human food. However you can feed small amount of scramble eggs daily to your yorkie as it can help healthy coat.
Plain yogurt is great for Yorkies digestive system especially when their tummy is upset or throws up. Give a little bit of plain yogurt to help restore the natural, good bacteria in their digestive track., make sure the yogurt contens NO artificial sweeter in it.
Here some harmful and toxic food need to avoid for your yorkie such as Chocolate/ Caffeine, alcohol, Avocado, Onion, Garlic, Mushroom, Grapes/Raisins, Macadamia nuts, Sugarless Gum, Anything with Artificial sweeter and etc.
Yorkie like to act tough, but Yorkie puppies can be easily injured if left unsupervised. Falls from couches and beds, or even intentional jumps, can hurt growing muscles and tendons. Small children's toys, rawhide chews and loose buttons or thread on stuffed dog toys can pose a choking hazard. Human food dropped on the kitchen floor can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Electrical cords are a chewing temptation. Yorkie puppies should be treated similar to human babies in regard to safety. They require constant supervision to stay out of trouble. Fortunately, they will eventually grow up and learn to behave, but in the meantime the world is a dangerous place for a puppy.
Be very careful of your new puppies neck. Never use a collar on your Yorkie puppy or adult Yorkie. Yorkie have very delicate trachea by pulling and pressure from a traditional collar against their windpipe will contribute to trachea collapse.
Always use body harness ( Not a Collar ) when walking your Yorkie on a leash. Always supervise children playing with your puppy to avoid neck break caused by picking puppy up by the neck or patting too hard on the head. Also supervise on bigger dogs who play with your Yorkie puppy.
Never leave a small puppy on a chair, bed, couch, or stairs unattended. Remember, a fall from as low as two feet high can be fatal!
Yorkie puppy especially the tiny or teacup Yorkie, should never jump off the furniture or your bed. They can easily fracture their fragile bones. Yorkie can also develop luxating patella ( dislocating knee) from jumping off furniture and may end up requiring surgery. Pet steps are available for Yorkie if you want your puppy to be able safely up and down from the bed or couches.
Never leave your puppy unattended unless it is in it’s playpen or a safe enclosure! There are many places that such a tiny dog can manage to fit in, and disappear from, not to mention get stuck under!
Loads of fluffy fur makes Yorkie puppies irresistibly cute, but also mean they need extra grooming care. They need brushed regularly, and fur around the genitals should be clipped to keep them clean. Toenails need clipped to keep them from getting tangled in the fur and from scratching you. Regular grooming also helps prepare a Yorkie puppy for the grooming he will need for the rest of his life.
You should accustom your Yorkie to being groomed and bathed at an early age. Grooming is a good opportunity to spend quality time together. Yorkie puppies can be low maintenance if you choose to keep their coats trimmed short, commonly called a “puppy cut”. If you choose to let the coat grow out, it will require daily grooming to keep the coat free from tangles. You should bath your Yorkie as needed, don’t “over bath” them because this can dry out the coat.
Tiny yorkies are capable of that long beautiful hair. It takes a lot of work to keep them beautiful, even if you decide to keep their coats short. You need to keep their rear-ends clipped short. The hair tends to get in the way when they potty. Eventually there is a build up and they will not be able to poop. This could be very serious and need to be watched even as adults.
Vaccinations: A Yorkie puppy is so susceptible to disease and Parvo until 2 full weeks AFTER their last round of vaccinations. Just because your yorkie puppy had their final vaccination, does NOT mean they are fully protected. I highly recommend not taking your new yorkie puppy out of the house in public place until 14 days after their last vaccine.
Always be aware of how the temperature effect your little Yorkie pup. They do not have undercoat to keep them warm or cool like other dogs does, so make sure to put a coat or sweater on your puppy in cold weather and provide shade and water for them in the heat or summer seasons.
While Yorkie puppies thrive on love and attention, it's important to remember to say "no" to unwanted behaviors right from the start. Young puppies may not understand at first, but they will catch on eventually. Also, you won't have to undo bad behaviors when they become an adult. It may look cute when they're little, but jumping on people, chewing on your things, excessive barking and nipping should be stopped right away or it will continue into adulthood and be even more difficult to stop.
Yorkie have a tendency to retain their baby teeth will grow in behind or beside giving them " double teeth " especially the canines tooth. You can supply your pup with a lot of tug toys to loosen those baby teeth naturally. It is common for yorkie puppies to retain their baby teeth. if this happens, have your Veterinarian extract the extra teeth so that the permanent teeth will grow in naturally and not crooked.
If by age 6 to 10 month, your puppy still have the double teeth, it is wise to have them extracted during the spay/neuter procedure so you don't have to put your puppy through Anesthesia twice. Consult with your vet.
The biggest expenses you will probably have as your yorkie gets older is their teeth, so be sure and put your puppy on regular dental care schedule and brush their teeth often and thoroughly or gave them dental chew daily. Small canine toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental chew are variety choice available from pet store. We recommend having the teeth professionally cleaned by your Veterinarian at least once a year.