What Is the Best Dog Food for a Yorkshire Terrier?
Yorkshire Terriers, or Yorkies as they are commonly known, are a favourite breed among dog owners and are in fact the seventh most popular breed of dog in America. The breed was originally bred in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire in northern England, to catch rats in cotton and woollen mills.
Yorkies are easy to train and make good companion dogs, although as they were originally bred as working dogs they do tend to be physically active and need a lot of mental stimulation to occupy them. Many people believe that Yorkies have a hypoallergenic coat that is less likely to trigger allergic reactions in humans. This is because they don’t tend to shed much fur, losing only small amounts when bathed or brushed.
As with all dogs, for peak health Yorkshire Terriers need to be fed a food that provides adequate protein and fat, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals. Yorkies are classed as Toy terriers and they have small mouths, so owners should choose a kibble dog food that comes specially prepared in small bite sized piece that are easier for small dogs to eat, or a canned dog food that is easier for Yorkies to chew. It can be a great idea to choose a small breed dog food that is specially formulated for small dogs or Yorkshire Terriers specifically, such as those offered by the Royal Canin and Eukanuba brands. The reason for this is that smaller dogs need a food that is more calorie dense, as they use more energy per pound than large dogs and therefore need to consume more calories.
Yorkies, like other breeds with a small jaw, can be prone to dental problems. Some owners think kibble is better than canned food for their dog’s teeth, but really the most effective way to keep their teeth clean is to clean them with a dog toothpaste and toothbrush. Tartar control biscuits and doggie dental toys can also help.
Yorkies can thrive on either canned or dry dog food, of a mix of both types. The main ingredient, even in a cheap dog food, should be a quality meat protein from whole meat like beef, lamb, chicken or fish, or from organ meat such as liver or heart. Yorkies can be picky about what they eat, so owners may have to try a few different brands and recipes to find the best tasting one that suits their dog’s personal preferences!
Many dog owners think the healthiest kind of dog food is one that closely reflects what pet dogs’ wild ancestors would have hunted in the wild. This is one reason why grain free dog food is so popular, as there is a perception that dogs wouldn’t naturally eat a lot of grains. However, grains are often replaced by other plant based carbohydrates, so owners who believe a high protein, meat rich, low carb diet is nutritionally best should be sure to check the ingredients list before they buy.
Yorkshire Terriers can be susceptible to digestive problems which may be linked to food intolerances, or skin issues which may be associated with food allergies. Owners of Yorkies with sensitive stomachs or skin allergies often report seeing a visible improvement in their pet’s health and wellbeing when they change to feeding them a grain free dog food, or a limited ingredient diet recipe that contains only natural ingredients and no potential allergens such as wheat, corn, soy or yeast.