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The Teacup Yorkie, The Intelligent Teacup Yorkie

May 28, 2008
The Yorkshire terrier was first introduced to America in the mid-1800s. Since being brought over from England in 1872, the Yorkie has since gone on to win the hearts of thousands of dog lovers everywhere, and is now the second most popular breed in the U.S., topped only by the Labrador in terms of popularity. One of the most loved Yorkshire Terrier types is the Teacup Yorkie.

Teacup Yorkies are bright, energetic and good-natured dogs, although they aren't really considered to be a breed of their own. Instead, they are simply Yorkshire terriers that have been bred to be exceptionally small in size. What they lack in stature, however, they more than make up for in spunk and personality. Teacup Yorkies are well known for being full of energy, courage and loyalty. They get along well with other animals, but their boldness makes them likely to assert themselves as the leader of the pack when placed in a home with several dogs. They are brave, and will not back down from a fight, even with a larger dog. This makes them unsuited for homes with small children, as problems can ensue.

All Yorkshire Terrier types are known for being very independent, and the Teacup Yorkie is no exception. They can, at times, be territorial and do like to have their space. That being said, they're equally happy lying at their owner's feet or in warm lap.

When it comes to intelligence, the Teacup Yorkie has been ranked as being an above average working dog. They are very quick to pick up new commands, and take to training easily. This makes them wonderful competitors in dog shows, where understanding and carrying out their handler's commands are important. Add that to the fact that they are brimming with energy and it's easy to see why they're always a favorite in show. Because of their sharp, active minds, a large selection of toys is a good idea to keep them happy and occupied.

Another facet of the Teacup Yorkie's personality is independence. They are happy to either simply be near their owner, or to curl up in a warm lap. Unfortunately, it is their independence that makes Teacup Yorkies so hard to housebreak, a fact acknowledged and recognized by most breeders.

They are also fiercely loyal and territorial, and will make their owner aware of even the slightest possibility of intruders, even defending them if necessary.

Although they're not recommended for homes with small children, they should get along fine with children who are older. They even make great traveling companions when it comes time to take a family vacation.

If you're considering purchasing a Teacup Yorkie, be sure to read up on the breed. There are plenty of sites offering Yorkshire Terrier information that will help you in selecting a healthy puppy. Like all Yorkshire Terrier types, Teacup Yorkies can suffer from several health problems that are common to the breed, but researching both prospective breeders and knowing what signs to look for can help to ensure that you're adding a healthy, happy pup to your family.
About the Author
About the author: Susan Bailey is an avid lover of the Yorkshire Terrier and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Yorkshire Terrier . Among other topics there, you will find out more about Yorkshire Terrier Types plus a whole lot more.
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