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What I look for in a Yorkie

August 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Wow, its been a loooonng time since I’ve written in here, and I apologize, but I’ve been pretty busy.  I’m going to really try hard to keep up with some good stories and articles in the blog.  Anyhow, for this post, I’ve decided to write about what I usually look for in the Yorkie breed.  I know my opinion is going be different from many people and I’m sure I will hear from many people how I’m so wrong, but this is my blog…so you’ll have to deal with it.  All Yorkies are wonderful and they come in many different shapes, sizes and colors.  This is just the look I prefer when I look for a Yorkie.

worlds cutest yorkie

 Weight: Don’t quote me on this, but I believe that the typical AKC standard weight for the Yorkie breed is anywhere from 4 -7 lbs.  This is probably the biggest and most important subject people bring up when looking for a Yorkie.  Most people want to find the smallest Yorkie possible.  I totally don’t agree with this as the determining factor when shopping for a Yorkie, however it is a fact that many people desire a smaller ‘teacup’ sized Yorkie when looking for a new pet.  Obviously, a healthy Yorkie, whether ‘teacup’ or large, should be your main determining factor when buying a new puppy, but many people get sucked into the fad of having a teeny tiny dog.  Either way, for me, I like my Yorkies to be about 3-5 pounds.  Its a sturdy enough weight where you don’t have to handle your dog like your fine China, but still close to the AKC standard Yorkie weight.

LOOK:  For me, I love the extreme baby doll face.  This means that the snout or nose does not protrude a whole lot, and looks more ‘smashed’ in or flat. Not many Yorkies have this look because it’s tough to breed, but it sure looks super cute!  It makes them have an actual baby doll face.  Next, I like my Yorkies to have a square cobby body.  I like them tight and compact looking when it comes to the torso.  As for the legs, I prefer shorter legs.  So if you think about what I just described, my Yorkie would pretty much look like a round ball with a flat face!  Okay, kidding aside, I just described your typical baby doll faced Yorkie with a cobby body.  If you see these terms used on Yorkie breeders’ websites, you now know what it means.  Again, its not easy to get this look and I haven’t seen many breeders out there that can produce this look.  But believe me when I tell you…these little things are SUPER cute when all of the above are present in a Yorkie.  Don’t be surprised to pay an arm and a leg either.

Anyhow, this is what I like when I look for a Yorkie.  I don’t want anyone to think I’m a Yorkie snob, but everyone has their preferences. This is a beautiful breed and Yorkies I think Yorkies make superb pets.  Perhaps some of you can post your comments on what you look for in a Yorkie.

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