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Stunning Yorkshire Terrier

Alert, confident, self-assured and at the same time cute – a Yorkie is an attention-seeker, but with those lovely looks and beautiful temperament, attentions come to them naturally. Here’s more about this awesome breed.

If you ask to define Yorkies in one sentence, it would say – ‘Big personalities in a small package!’ A well-groomed Yorkie will outshine all the breeds as they are one of the most attractive breeds.

Stunning looks…

A Yorkshire Terrier is a small breed of Terrier type. Yorkies are compact in size. Body is neat, compact and breed profilewell proportioned. It is interesting to note that the dog has a very alert personality with vigilant eyes. He has an overall self assured and confident mannerism. Weighing maximum 3.2 kg, his coat colour is blue-gray, black, and tan, which is long and hangs straight and parts down the middle. The hair is glossy, fine, straight and silky.

Good temperament…

They are very alert, energetic, active and over protective. They love attention and are an easy breed to train. This results from their own nature to work without human assistance.

Living with a Yorkie….

It’s fun to have such a beautiful breed around. They are a very proud breed and do not easily get friendly with new guest. They are perfect for small apartments too. They go very well with kids but we need to also make kids understand that they should not hit them while playing.

They demand lot of attention as it is their basic character. You might not take your eyes off from well-groomed Yorkie around you. They are perfect companion in the house especially because they are hypoallergenic. They don’t shed hair like other breeds and do not smell.

My Yorkie ‘Fredy’ can sense that I am home from long distance even if I am parking the car outside. He is so happy to see all the family members every time we go out and come back. He knows who has arrived and when. Even if someone arrives in the middle of the night he will react even before the door bell is pressed.

Pup care…

Eight weeks is the minimum age before which adopting the dog at home is not advisable. In fact, in case of Yorkies, one could even wait a bit more as they are a very tiny breed. The pet parent should also be very watchful of the food contents being fed to the puppy. However, the most important aspect about taking care of the dog is the personal warmth and care of the pet parent.

Exercise and play…

They are active little dogs. Play will take care of most of their exercise needs. If trained well, they can search anything you hide. They would love to run and look for rats. Running is their favourite fun time. Besides, daily walk is important for them. They need to go out and romp off lead in a safe fenced area.

Health problems…

Their digestive system is sluggish which can cause problems. Other health issues include bronchitis,breed profile lymphangiectasia, portosystemic shunt, cataracts and keratitis sicca, arthritis and dysplasia. Also, they are prone to catch lot of infections through skin, ears, teeth, and eyes with ears being the weakest point through which bacterial infection sets in. It is important to take necessary precautions to avoid your puppy falling prey to these disease and infections which can be a fatal blow to the fitness of the dog.

Tips to pet parents…

Yorkies are one of the best breeds for a house with children. If you are blessed with a Yorkie, then spend time in grooming and learning about the breed. Try to buy dogs from recognised breeders after understanding the basic standards of the breed.

If you have a good Yorkie then spend time in grooming and learning about the breed. Unfortunately in India, we don’t have much Yorkie breeders thus we don’t see Yorkie in shows. Try to buy dogs from recognised breeders after understanding the basic standards of the breed.

Fantastic Fredy…

At present, my Yorkie Fredy Mercury is among the top winning Yorkies in the country. I travelled all the way to Czech Republic to get Fredy. He is from one of the reputed Yorkie kennels of the world i.e. Stribrne Prani. His dam and sire are champions in more than 20 countries individually. I am making an effort to get this breed more recognised in India by importing, showing and breeding Yorkshire Terrier. I hope other breeders make their contribution too.

(For Yorkshire Terrier puppies and few grown-ups,
contact Saket Arora at: 9818305222, 9313285133 or arora.saket@gmail.com).
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Grooming needs…

Grooming a Yorkshire Terrier is quite a challenging task as this long-haired breed requires bathing, brushing, trimming and so on to make his coat elegant and healthy. Here are some grooming tips.

Bathing: Bathing is compulsory for every Yorkie, but the considerable point is the frequency which pet parents must decide according to the type of shampoo they choose. The shampoo should not remove natural oil from the dog’s skin and coat that can cause hair and skin damage. Using standard shampoo, Yorkie can be bathed once every 2-3 weeks.

Brushing: One of the most important tasks in grooming a Yorkie is brushing. Always use a spray conditioner to soften the coat while brushing. Brushing should start from the strands of hair and proceed on to the body. In case of tangle or mat in coat, avoid using brush, gently use your fingers to pull apart the tangled portion.

Tooth brushing: Yorkies are prone to tooth decay. Brush their teeth using toothpastes exclusively formulated for dogs.

Nail trimming: Yorkies require regular trimming of their nails. Difficult part in this task is that Yorkies have black nails which often defy where the underlying skin in the nail bed begins. It’s wise idea to get the nails trimmed by a groomer or vet.

Ear caring: It’s important to properly trim the ear hair of Yorkie puppies and some adults. Also, you can clean their ears at the same time. These tasks can also be done at home.

As long as trimming of your Yorkie is concerned, it is recommended to take him to a professional groomer.

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Stunning Shih Tzus!

Amongst so many dog breeds around the world, only a few can compare to the glamorous looks of a Shih Tzu, or his arrogant carriage or his undying love for his pet parent. He is a complete package of beauty, love and pride. Here’s more about these gorgeous K9.

The historical facts…breed profile

The Shih Tzu Kou means “Lion Dog” and they were known as “holy dogs” in Tibet. The first recorded history of this breed traces back to Tibet’s first recorded history in the 7th Century AD . The Shih Tzu gained its name and present form in ancient China and his ancestors are known to have originated in Tibet. In fact, Shih Tzu is a cross between Lhasa Apso from Tibet and Pekingese from China.

Though most of us might think of the Shih Tzu as a toy dog or just a lapdog, the breed actually comes under the Utility Group and the common trait of all dogs in the Utility group is adaptability.

The mesmerising look…

Shih Tzus are long-coated, gorgeous looking, small sized dogs. They are 10 inches tall and weigh no more than eight kg. Their large round eyes are widely spaced, and are almost in level with the nose. Their nose bridge is just about an inch long, and the hair growing on their muzzle grows upwards, resembling a chrysanthemum flower. They have a thick, dense, overflowing coat. They must have a warm, pleasant and friendly facial expression. They are slightly longer than tall. And their balanced gait is also a sight to be seen.

Shih Tzus come in a variety of amazing colours and markings like tricolour, brown and white, black and white, liver and white etc. The eyes and nose are dark, including their eyelids, but a liver coloured nose and a lighter eye is known in liver coloured dogs. And, a dog with symmetrical markings, with a white blaze on the forehead and on the tip of the tail is highly prized. The normal life span of a Shih Tzu is about 13 – 14 years.

The amazing demeanour…

Shih Tzus are very active, lively, independent, gentle and outgoing dogs. They are extremely intelligent and very easily trainable too. Potty training them as puppies is very simple and very quick. They crave for human companionship and hence make excellent pets for both adults and children alike. But sometimes they do have a tendency to get possessive of their pet parent, if that happens to be a single person. When a family is rearing them, they devote equal love and attention to all the members. They are normally indifferent to strangers but do occasionally bark to announce their presence. The Shih Tzu is a quick learner and his adaptability to any situation makes him simply adorable.

The puppy care…

Shih Tzu puppies are full of life and love. They make perfect play-mates. Potty training them as puppies is very simple and very quick. As a puppy , you must ensure that your little Shih Tzu gets a good balanced meal .

The amazing demeanour…

Shih Tzus are very active, lively, independent, gentle and outgoing dogs. They are extremely intelligent and very easily trainable too. Potty training them as puppies is very simple and very quick. They crave for human companionship and hence make excellent pets for both adults and children alike. But sometimes they do have a tendency to get possessive of their pet parent, if that happens to be a single person. When a family is rearing them, they devote equal love and attention to all the members. They are normally indifferent to strangers but do occasionally bark to announce their presence. The Shih Tzu is a quick learner and his adaptability to any situation makes him simply adorable.

The puppy care…

Shih Tzu puppies are full of life and love. They make perfect play-mates. Potty training them as puppies is very simple and very quick. As a puppy , you must ensure that your little Shih Tzu gets a good balanced meal .

Grooming is fun…

The best part of Shih Tzu, of course besides their glamorous looks, is that they hardly shed their coat. Their coat is almost hypoallergenic to people and hence make them excellent indoor pets. They love being made a fuss about and enjoy their grooming sessions.

Just as much as they are fun and enjoyable, they can be a bundle of mischief too. A good grooming session of an adult Shih Tzu in a show condition can take you 2-3 hours and after all the labour and hard work you have put in, he just takes a minute to roll in the mud or in a dirty place and look at you with those mischievous eyes, saying “Can we start the grooming procedure all over again please? I hate to be dirty”. Basically, he loves that undivided attention you shower on him and the bonding he has with you, during the grooming sessions.

Exercise is play…

Being a small dog, their requirement for exercise is very minimal. Just a short walk or simply running around the house or in the garden is more than a sufficient form of exercise for them. They love to play games, whether it is retrieving, or hide and seek or take my toy if you can.

Care for the eyes and teeth…

They do not suffer from any major health issues other than cataract in their eyes and tooth decay. A well-bred Shih Tzu will not have any hereditary problems.

No wonder then that Shih Tzu has become a very popular breed in India due to their gorgeous looks, adaptability and the fact that they have become the ideal apartment size dogs.

(Yashodhara is a proud owner of one of India’s finest and most reputed kennels called “YASHBANS”, which has been responsible for breeding some of the finest Dobermans, German Shepherds and Rottweilers earlier in the country. Today, however, the Kennel specialises only in family oriented and child friendly breeds like the St. Bernards, Golden Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, Miniature Pinschers and the gorgeous Shih Tzus. Her websites are www.yashbans.com and www.fuzzywuzzy.in; She has won coveted awards like the ‘Dog of The Year’, ‘Reserve Dog Of the Year’, ‘Breeder of the Year’, ‘Reserved Puppy of the Year’, etc)