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 Yorkie Teething

teething Yorkie puppy 5 months old
5 month old Rex
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Yorkie Teething From Start to Finish

Milk Teeth

Yorkshire Terrier puppies start to grow their puppy teeth at about 1 month old. They will have 28 puppy teeth once they have all grown in.

Puppy to Adult Change

At the age of 4 to 7 months, they will begin to lose those puppy teeth.

These teeth will be replaced with 42 permanent Yorkie teeth(12 more, now that they have room for them all!). A general schedule of when a Yorkie puppy grows and loses their teeth is:

At 4 months old, the incisor teeth grow in
At 5 months old, the canine teeth grow in
At 6 months old, the molars grow in

By 8 to 10 months old, the puppy should have all permanent teeth fully grown in. 

Each puppy is unique. Some may be very late or very early bloomers. However, if your Yorkie has not grown his or her puppy teeth by the age of 2 months or if they have not grown in any adult teeth by 11 months old, do bring him or her to the veterinarian so that a check-up can be performed to spot any potential issues with teeth, gums, bite, bone structure and proper growth rate.

Sometimes a puppy can have a double row of teeth, if a milk tooth is stubborn and stays in place while the canine tooth is trying to emerge. If this happens, removal by the veterinarian may be necessary. It is a relatively simple procedure since the puppy tooth will have a very small, thin root. If this is done early enough, the larger more permanent tooth usually moves into its proper position. 


It is important to note that regular dental care is decay, plague and tarter buildup can affect the proper alignment and health of the permanent teeth. Please see the Dental Care section if you need information regarding this grooming issue.

Help With Teething Issues

When your puppy is teething, he or she will have an overwhelming urge to chew on anything and everything that they can get their mouth onto. They do not have control over this. One should be understanding and patience...And remember that this is a very temporary stage in relation to the entire life of your Yorkie.

It will be your job to:
  • Safe-Proof your home so that you Yorkie puppy does not chew on anything dangerous
  • Provide teething relief to help with the itching and the discomfort
  • Make sure that all electrical cords out of reach
  • Keep all shoes out of reach - a puppy can chew on and choke on shoe laces
  • Keep small objects off of the floors...Never underestimate a teething puppy....Everything is up for grabs...Therefore, take shoes, pocketbooks, small throw rugs, remote controls, computer wires...anything that can be picked up and moved...And place them up high, out of reach.
  • Lock lower cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom; you'd be surprised how innovative a puppy can be if he is searching in curiosity to find something to chew on.
teething Yorkie puppy
Providing Relief

1) Offer ice cubes. Not only do dogs love playing around with the sliding ice, the cold helps to soothe their gums. Plain is fine...If you wish, you can add a bit of low-salt chicken, beef broth or real fruit juice (orange, apple or raspberry) to the water before freezing it.

2) Offer teething specific dog toys. There are now available a huge assortment of dog toys especially designed for the teething puppy. These chews are often made to be put into your freezer to make them cold and will have projections so that the pup can easily maneuver them into the crevices of their growing teeth and rub it against their gums. Some of the best teething toys will have several different textures, so that a puppy can experiment with which one happens to feel good at that particular moment. 

Note: It is completely normal for a teething puppy to constantly have a toy in his mouth; and this is a good thing! Encourage this and give praise.  Keep toys clean, always accessible and keep offering new ones on a regular basis so that your pup will have continual interest. Be sure to bring teething toys with you everywhere... when taking your pup with you to run errands, when visiting at someone's home, even when out on walks so he can chew away while taking a rest.
Teething on Your Hand VS Toys

A puppy going through this phase simply needs something to chew on...If a chew toy is not readily available, they will be quite happy with your sock (while it is on your foot), your hand, etc. . 

It is important to train your puppy to not do this. It can become a habit and therefore he or she may continue to do this even when the discomfort is gone. Once the teething stage is done, a puppy that was allowed to chew on their owner may then continue to bite, chew and gnaw indefinitely. 

Any time that your Yorkie bites down on you:

1. Say "Ouch ! " in a strong, firm tone (but do not yell loud enough to scare them- the goal is to startle him or her a bit and to cause them to pause). Puppies are used to their litter mates "Yelping" loudly when they are bitten too hard during play time. You can train your Yorkie to know that a bite = pain for you. Make sure to say this in a tone that implies that it really hurt (even if it did not) and pull your hand up toward your body.

2. Immediately give your puppy an approved and appropriate teething toy. When he bites down on the toy, offer great words of praise.

3. Be patient. This stage for dogs is relatively short. Remember that you have more control over this than your dog does. If you consistently show your Yorkie that he is not allowed to bite you and you offer lots of good, quality teething toys, you can help your puppy control himself.
When a Puppy is Teething He May:
  • Bite you
  • Nip at your heels when you try to leave
  • Lick or chew themselves to the point of obsession
  • Bark like crazy if they do not get their way
  • And many more odd behaviors!
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