Lifespan of Yorkshire Terriers

The lifespan of yorkshire terriers if you chose a good breeder (which I’m sure you have after following our advice) and got a good quality, healthy yorkie, it can live between 12 to 15 years.

The yorkie life span is much longer than other breeds, which is an important thing to take into consideration before buying or adopting a yorkie.

Taking a Yorkshire Terrier home is the beginning of a commitment that should not be taken lightly.

Therefore if you do not think that you can commit for 15 years it might be better to postpone buying a yorkie until you can be sure that you are sure you are ready to do so.

Yorkies need lots of love. Throughout their lives they love cuddles and pampering!

Now that you know what the lifespan of Yorkshire terriers is it is also important to take into consideration that as they age they will become more prone to illness and injury so more trips to the vet might be in order. It might be a good idea to look carefully into pet insurance. A yorkie is very likely to develop arthritis with age which can cause it pain. However, there are arthritis medications available, which can ease the pain for your yorkie and improve their life.

Because of the lifespan of Yorkshire terriers it is more likely that their bodies will give out before their health. This can cause the yorkie to suffer, and be in a lot of pain due to things such as arthritis, losing their hearing or sight or even losing their appetite. This means that you will also be faced with the difficult decision of putting your dog to sleep. Even though this is a very difficult decision to be faced with, however it is sometimes the most humane thing to do rather than see it suffer any more.

I hope this has made you think carefully before deciding to buy a yorkie. It is very important that we give them good homes for all of their years not just when you first get it.

Remember the lifespan of a Yorkshire terrier can be up to 15 years, make sure you can give him the best life you can for all of his life. The more love you give him the more he will give back.

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