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Back in the day, these tiny hunters were bred to catch rats, which explains why Yorkies are quick on their feet with a strong prey drive. Though nowadays you’re more likely to find Yorkshire Terriers curled up on a warm lap – they never turn down a cuddle puddle.
Yorkshire Terriers are not known to be great around children, but if you start training them early, they'll be a friend for life. And while we’re talking about early training: potty training these “tomboy toys” can be quite the challenge, so consistent training is absolutely key.
Though small, Yorkshire Terriers are high maintenance pups. They require lots of playtime to expend energy – and the best part is they don’t require lots of room to zoom! They’re great apartment dogs, but they can be chatty so you best warn your neighbors. And don’t forget to groom them often to keep their human-like hair best in show.
As pure breed dogs, Yorkies are at a higher risk for certain health and genetic conditions. Hydrocephalus and luxating patellas are two of the most common issues to plague this pet. Being a small breed, Yorkies are at a much higher risk for periodontal disease than many other breeds. Get them used to a tooth brushing routine when they’re young to help prevent stinky breath, tooth decay, and other dental diseases.
These little beasts can have quite the Napoleon complex and sometimes push the limits by trying to keep up with the big dogs. Protect them from injuries by providing ramps for them to use to get on the couch and bed and supervise play with larger pets and family members.
When Tinky lost the ability to stand on her own, the vet didn’t think she’d make it. But Tinky’s pet parents had Embrace and were able to afford the treatment to get her back on her feet.
Vet Bill: $6,685 Embrace Reimbursed: $5,251
Risk Factors and Costs for Common Yorkshire Terrier Health Issues
From entropion to patellar luxation, here are some common Yorkie health issues. Information based on Embrace claims data.
Estimates based on claims paid by Embrace Pet Insurance.
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Average Cost to Insure Your Yorkshire Terrier
For comprehensive accident and illness coverage, the majority of our Yorkshire Terrier pet parents pay between $22 and $49 per month.*
Pet insurance may cost more or less depending on where you live, your dog’s age, and what policy parameters you choose.
Policies for Yorkies can cost more than those for mixed breed dogs because they are much more likely than mixed breed dogs to make claims for hereditary conditions that are expensive to treat.
*Insurance cost based on a 3-year-old male Yorkshire Terrier with a $10,000 annual maximum, $500 annual deductible, and 80% reimbursement rate.