Why Yorkies Shake, Tremble and Shiver
This section is going to discuss the issue of a Yorkshire Terrier puppy or dog shaking. Some refer to this as trembling or shivering. It is usually a full body shuddering vibration. It may last for just a few seconds or it may last for quite a while, usually until an owner makes some sort of change that calms the shaking down.
Some Yorkies will shake for seemingly no reason, leaving owners confused and worried. Others will begin to shake under certain circumstances, such as being held in the air, leaving owners to wonder if their puppy or dog is truly scared of the movement, or the height…
We'll look into all of the reasons and situations that can cause a Yorkie puppy or dog to shake; in many cases, with some simply easy steps, the shaking can stop.
Reason #1 - Trouble Regulating Body Temperature
While it may seem obvious to some, it doesn't really cross the minds of others; however a Yorkie - and particularly a puppy or an older senior dog - can easily become chilled. Why? A lot of dog breeds have double coats - this means that they have a thick, dense undercoat and a longer, course overcoat. These double coats work together to provide insulation.
The Yorkshire Terrier breed only has 1 coat. This in itself means that this breed is not as protected during any chilly weather, windy weather, cold rain and certainly not against brutal, freezing temperatures in the winter.
Additionally, some dogs (most of them) have fur. The Yorkshire Terrier has hair
. What is the difference? A strand of fur (which is double composition) is thicker than a strand of hair (which is single composition). This adds to the fact that a Yorkie will feel the cold much more so than other dogs breeds with either a double coat or even dog breeds with a single coat of fur.