Yorkshire Terrier Life Expectancy: How Long Will Your
Like many small breed dogs, the Yorkshire Terrier can have a long life expectancy. The Yorkshire Terrier life
expectancy is estimated to be 12 to 15 years in the United States. There are some caveats to this normal age.
1. How long does a very small Yorkshire Terrier live?
The Yorkshire Terrier life expectancy for a very undersized dog that weighs three pounds or less, sometimes
called a “teacup,” is much shorter than normal. These dogs usually only live three to seven years. Because of their
smaller size they are more prone to all of the health problems found in Yorkies. They can also have problems such
as chronic diarrhea and vomiting. Dogs of this size are also injured very easily.
2. What other factors can influence a Yorkshire Terrier life span?
Obesity can often shorten a dog’s life span. It is estimated that 25 to 40 percent of the dogs in the U.S. are
overweight or obese, and that includes toy breed dogs. Obese dogs are more likely to suffer from diabetes,
breathing problems, problems during surgery, heart problems, gastrointestinal problems, and many other
Allowing your Yorkshire Terrier to become seriously overweight could shorten his life span. Even though a Yorkie
is a small dog, it is still important that you monitor his food intake and make sure that he gets regular exercise
3. Does spaying or neutering my Yorkie increase his life expectancy?
No. Yorkshire Terrier life expectancy is not increased by spaying and neutering. In fact, the latest scientific
research indicates that female dogs, in particular, live longer when they are not spayed. However, many owners
prefer to spay and neuter their dogs to prevent unwanted puppies. It is usually best to spay and neuter your Yorkie
sometime after s/he is a year old.
Evidence shows that dogs need the sexual hormones progesterone and testosterone in order to achieve proper bone
growth. Dogs that are spayed or neutered too young don’t have these hormones. This puts them at increased risk for
hip dysplasia, many kinds of cancer, and other health problems.
4. Are there other ways you can increase Yorkshire Terrier life expectancy?
Feed your Yorkie a good quality dog food that meets his nutritional requirements. Learn to read dog food labels
so you will know which ingredients are good ones. Keep your Yorkie’s teeth in good condition and have them checked
by your veterinarian regularly. Take your dog to the vet for regular check ups.
Starting when your Yorkie is about seven or eight years old, you should start having a senior wellness check
done each year so your vet can check his blood, urine, and run some basic tests to make sure everything is in
order. Use heartworm medication and flea preventive for your Yorkie to keep him free of harmful parasites. Keep him
bathed and groomed so he feels good. In general, the more you take care of your dog, the longer he will live. This
isn’t always true, but it helps to show your dog you care.
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