8 weeks old is the minimum age that you should bring a Yorkie puppy
into your home. In the majority of areas, including the United States,
it is illegal to sell a puppy who is less than 8 weeks old. A breeder
may decide to hold on to a puppy for a bit longer, if they determine
that the pup is a bit underweight or needs more time to develop proper
This is in the best interest of the puppy and to have a
happy, healthy and well socialized Yorkie...A person should never “push”
to obtain a pup any younger than the breeder suggests. To do so, will
endanger the pup and will most likely lead to big veterinarian bills
How to Care for Yorkie Puppies
How do you provide the absolute best Yorkie puppy care ? By providing all of the basic needs, plus extra love and attention. One must remember that the world, basically, is a new place for discovery, learning and exploration. Some of this must be held at bay until he or she is old enough...Other, important skills must be learned...And you will be the teacher.
Yorkie puppies require a well balanced diet, this can be provided by a good quality puppy food. It is very important to think about quality...and to know what ingredients are in the meals. Usually, if one tries to save money, quality goes out and fillers come in. In general... A 1 lb. puppy needs 1/2 cup of food each day, a 3 lb. puppy needs 1 cup of food per day and a 5 lb. puppy needs 1 and ¼ cups of food.
Free feeding is suggested for the first 3 months of the dog's life... After that scheduled meals should be given (along with snacks). More detailed information can be found in our Feeding Section where you can learn all about needed nutrition and decide which method is right for you.
When a Yorkie is 2 and 3 months old, this is a very impressionable time. Your pup will look to you to show them the way around the world, how to react to things and what behavior is expected. A pup should be exposed to normal household noises; however a very noisy home is not best for the Yorkshire Terrier until they are accustomed to all that is going on. Do not blast a stereo or have lots of traffic coming in and out of your home. Allow your pup to slowly become used to other people, best done 1 at a time.
Time spent touching the puppy is very important. While many puppies will want to romp around and it may be difficult to get him or her to stay still, you can try to do so right after a good spell of exercise when pent up energy has been released and he or she is more calm.
Young puppies sleep a lot. On average, a puppy will sleep 13 hours per day. However even 18 hours is not abnormal. You will want your new Yorkie puppy to be as comfortable as possible. Investing in a high quality puppy dog bed is recommended. It is also recommend to lay down baby blankets in the bed, so that if your puppy has an accident, you can wash the blanket and put another one down.
Veterinary Puppy Care
If you purchased your puppy from a reputable breeder he or she will most likely have had the basic vaccinations required for her age.
If you got a free puppy, or pet-shop puppy (not recommend, as puppies come from Puppy Mills) it is best to assume that no shots have been given (unless you were given shot records) and start at the very beginning. Never assume that rescues will be up-to-date without proof on paper. Correct puppy care will include a full vet check up and any vaccinations your new baby needs. A normal schedule for puppy vaccinations is as follows -
It's very important that your puppy get all the above shots to protect him or her from possible fatal diseases. He or she will not be ready to take walks in the park or to be brought to any area (stores, etc) that other dogs may have been until all puppy shots have been given (and we suggest waiting 1-2 weeks afterward).
It's always a good idea to take a new puppy to the veterinarian you've chosen as soon as you can after getting them home.
The vet can do a thorough examination and that way if there are any potential problems. If purchasing from a reputable breeder, you will usually be asked to bring your new Yorkie puppy to the vet within a certain amount of time (usually 24 to 72 hours) to confirm that the pup is healthy...This is normally a requirement of your agreement to the health guarantee at the time of purchase.
Part of each of your day should consist of grooming and general daily health care needs. This will include bath time (which can begin at the age of 8 weeks) , brushing, combing (to keep the coat tangle free) ear care, nail care, trimmings and more. It is also suggested to use grooming time to check for any early signs of health issues with your puppy. You may wish to read our Grooming Section.
Yorkie puppy care includes being sensitive to a pup’s teething and providing all you can to help them through this time. This will include giving the puppy ice cubes and special teething toys which can be put in the freezer to make cold; a nice relief on the pup’s gums. To keep a puppy happy and entertained, rotating dog toys can be very helpful. It is suggested to have at least 3 sets of toys and allow your pup to have 1 set every week or so.
A Safe Home
Puppy-proofing your home is very important. Little pups are giant explorers! Curiosity is almost endless. It is a good idea to make sure that there are no electrical cords on the floor or any place that can be reached. These can usually be tied up and hidden behind appliances, too high for a puppy to reach. No small objects on the floor should be an enforced rule. In addition, beware of toxic substances. The most commonly found items right at the level at which a young pup can reach are cigarettes (which when ingested can cause fatal nicotine poisoning) and socks (believe it or not, a puppy can begin chewing on and then choke on a small sock). When one is preparing their home, this should be done as if you were child-proofing your home for a baby. Cabinets should be locked, liquids put up high, etc.
It is important to note that very small dog breeds such as the Yorkie can be easily injured when jumping off of furniture. It is suggested to have doggie steps or ramps from bed & sofa to the floor if your little one has a habit of jumping up and then down. If not, you will want to be sure train your puppy to not jump or climb onto objects that leaping down from may be harmful to the knees and/or hips.
Have a family meeting so that everyone in the home understands the importance of always being aware of what is underfoot. It is surprising how many little dogs are injury (sometimes severely) when an owner accidental steps or trips over them.
Be sure to read our Exercise section, as running around the home may not be enough. There is a fine line between providing enough activity for good health...without over exercising a pup which can lead to health issues and bone growth problems. Puppies love to eat and they love to run around. Left in a crate all day = one unhappy dog. Set aside time each day to allow your Yorkie to have a burst of exercise...It is suggested to stop any walking or play activity 1 hour before bedtime to allow him or her to enter a more relaxed state which will aid in more uninterrupted sleep.
More Puppy Information
What you must have on hand with any Yorkshire Terrier under 4 months old
What you must know about the downside to vaccinations to keep your Yorkie safe
Introduction to Home, Family & Other Dogs -Make sure you do this correctly
Fixing the 9 Reasons a puppy barks, understood & resolved
Professional House Training, Litter Box Training and Set-Backs, Detailed & Easy to Follow
Training the Older Yorkie
Odd Eating Habits
24 Behavioral Issues
36 Yorkshire Terrier Health Issues....And so Much More
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