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Posted by: Zoe | 2007/04/16

Yorkshire terrier

Can anyone give me info on miniture yorks? Are they really as demanding as everyone says. Do they need to be attended like babys 24hrs a day? i really need to know cos i intend getting one and dont want to have too much of a lifestyle change.
Also do you know of any breeders in the jhb area i can contact.
pls advise asap thx

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If you contact the Theriogenology department at Onderstepoort they may be able to give you the name of a mini Yorkie breeder. You can call them on 012-5298000.

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Posted by: J | 2007/04/16

Perhaps you can look in the Animal Talk magazine as there are a couple of breaders in your area. KUSA can also assist. A miniture +/- 1kg. Unfortunately because they are so small they do need to be looked after and special care is does have to be given. Due to their small frame they are a lot more at risk to injuries. As I am a yorkie breeder, people often phone and tell sad stories of the miniture yorkies getting trampled on accidentally, being sat on, broom falling on the dog, heart failure, being at a great disadvantage in a fight with a larger dog, children picking up and dropping them etc. Depending on your circumstances you might need to consider a larger yorkie +/- 2 - 3 kg yorkie if you dont want to change your lifestyle. There is not much of a difference but the weight and size makes the dog a lot more compatable to most homes. If you have young kids a 1kg yorkie will never be able to keep up with the environment and would say it is a definate NO NO!!! 1Kg Yorkies fit better in a home with older folk where there is more calmness as appossed to screaming and running kids. You get roughly 3 size yorkies, the miniture, medium and large (+/- 4kg - Not that big/heavy are able to play with kids - although will not fit in a hangbag when off to town, rather use a leash) Yorkies love affection and being pampered give 100% back. We have 12 yorkies of different sizes and will not change to another breed. If you consider letting your yorkie's hair grow thats the only thing that takes time and effort. The best brush to use with yorkies can be found in the pet section, it has fine steel/metal bristles as "thin as a pin" shaped in a "V" or "L". Please dont waste your money on the 2 in 1 brush with bristles (like a kitchen broom) on the one side and like a human hair brush on the other side - it really pull the dogs hair and is terrible. If you have had a maltese, long haired cat etc you will know to watch the bottoms as many a time they go for a poop and sit on it and hey presto a plug is formed and bowel movements become impossible - just cut the hair away and wash the bottom. Due to the owner's love the yorkie gets preferencial treatment and become fussy eaters - Any pup up until +/- 9mths needs to be feed at least 4 times a day due to them eating small quantaties (breakfast, lunch, supper and bedtime snack) and gradually take feeding down to 3 times a day and then twice a day. Feed a yorkie on a good pellet from your vet. A yorkie is not a bad choice - good luck you will not change to another breed.

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