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The Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie,” is named for the English county from which he originally hailed. Historically they were a working breed, used for catching rats in clothing mills. They are now a perfect example of a toy breed and generally enjoy a life of ease. Like most terrier breeds, they are bold and brave, which sometimes gets them into trouble with larger breed dogs.
Yorkies make a great addition to a single-person home as well as homes with children, provided the children are taught how to handle a small dog. They are capable of growing a long, luxurious hair coat and therefore must be brushed and groomed often. Because of their coat, they are considered a good choice for people with allergies. Yorkies are full of energy and benefit from exercise each day.
While they make great pets for people who suffer from allergies, Yorkies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Yorkies are prone to include joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation; eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia and cataracts; liver issues such as portosystemic shunts; respiratory conditions such as tracheal collapse; and developmental problems such as cryptorchidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your brave Yorkie inherits more than just a bold attitude from his parents, you’re covered.