Yorkies, or Yorkshire terriers, are personable little dogs. Their size makes them a popular choice for apartment living. But is a Yorkie puppy the right choice for your apartment dog? Here are some pros and cons to consider while you look at Yorkie puppies for sale.
Pro: Yorkies are small, but sturdy.
Some small dog breeds are rather delicate. Miniature Pinschers, for example, are so delicate and dainty that they're easy to injure accidentally. Yorkies are less likely to deal with these issues. Even though they are tiny, they are built strong and hardy. This makes them an even better choice for apartments where you don't have a lot of space and may sometimes, despite your best efforts, trip over your dog. Of course you'll still need to be careful, especially when your puppy is young and tiny.
Con: Yorkies do need exercise.
Even though they are tiny, Yorkies do need some space to stretch their legs and run around. The average apartment does not have enough space for them to run properly, so you'll need to either walk them or take them to a dog park. As such, you will need to get your Yorkie pup used to visiting dog parks and walking on a leash when they are young. When they get enough exercise, they tend to be calmer and easier to manage indoors.
Pro: Yorkies are good with strangers.
In an apartment, there's not always room to shut your dog away when a friend comes to visit. So, you really want your dog to be friendly with strangers — at least when you're present. Yorkies are generally good with strangers, as long as you socialize them with humans when they are young. They'll welcome attention and care from people who visit. When you travel, you should be able to have a friend stay with your pup without issues.
Con: Yorkies are not always easy to potty train.
Potty training a dog in an apartment takes extra effort since you often need to go through two doors, and sometimes also down stairs. Yorkies are not the easiest breed to potty train, so you'll really need to stay focused on training during your first few weeks with your new pup.
If you're willing to put in the potty training work and take your dog to the dog park, a Yorkie pup can be the perfect choice for your apartment home. Visit a breeder, and pick the puppy who feels like the best fit for your family.