Male Yorkie vs Female Yorkie

In our opinion, female yorkies don’t make better pets than male yorkies nor do male yorkies make better pets than female yorkies. One has to understand the differences and decide which sex better suits their lifestyle. 

One reason people sometimes consider getting a female is that they feel a Female will be “sweeter� or more loving.
Another reason why a female is sometimes chosen is so that it can wear bows and  can be dressed up.  There is now a variety of choices of clothing and accessories for both Males  and  Females.  In the show ring, both Males  and Females  wear the topknot and a bow in their hair.  Most pet boutiques carry clothing for Males  as well as Females, including bows, hats, neck scarves,  leashes and harnesses, harness vests, shirts and coats .

We will take some of the common misconceptions of male and female yorkies behavior and discuss what we have actually experienced. In discussing these differences we will be speaking in terms of generalizations. These generalizations of female and male yorkies traits are like that of generalizations of female and male human traits. For every generalization there are always exceptions.

Are Female yorkies are sweeter and more affectionate that male yorkies?

Our experience is that male yorkies are usually more affectionate, exuberant, and attentive as compared to females. They seek your attention and are very attached to their people. They are like little baby always wanting to be babied .They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. when company comes over  have to put the females in another room until the company leaves. The female yorkie may be less likely to wage a dominance battle with you, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is much more prone to mood swings. One day she may be sweet and affectionate the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. (Sounds just like human females.) Most females will usually come to you for attention, but as soon as she has had enough, she will move away. Males are always waiting for your attention and close by.and there are exceptions to this (one of my females  Panda is a pet me pet me female everyone is her friend.

Are Female yorkies are more docile as compared to male yorkies?

In the dog pack framework, females usually rule the roost. Therefore they determine pecking order, and compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. Most fights will usually break out between two females. I don't even have problems with my  studs dogs being together except when a female is coming in to heat .(Subject all of its own) Females come into heat 2 times a year and can last 2-4 weeks 

Are Female yorkies are easier to train than male yorkies?

Because female yorkies are, more independent, stubborn, territorial and Males, on the other hand, are usually more affectionate and outgoing, attentive, and seek your attention more often.. They are very attached to their people.. They can also be more accepting of other pets.  Most Males  are easily motivated by praise, and are very eager to please which makes training easier. However, a male yorkie can be easily distracted during training, as they just want to get to playtime! And a un-neuttered male will be distracted by females in heat .( read about females heat)

Do Female yorkies display alpha behaviors such as “humping� and/or “marking�?

Females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as humping and in fighting.  Just as males will urinate on top of where another animal has, so as to mark, the female will follow this same pattern. Neutered males rarely exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as  "marking" or lifting their leg.  Males who were neutered early (by 5 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate since they no longer have the higher testosterone level of a unneutered dog.  The house training of a neutered male is no different than the house training of a female.

Some of the behavioral traits that we have discussed above are a result of having multiple yorkies. In a household that only has one pet may never experience these behaviors. Male or Female    No matter which you choose,  A Yorkie of either sex will be a wonderful friend  for many years, bringing you joy and unconditional love

The other factor one should take into account is that male yorkies tend to bond to the woman in the household and female yorkies bond to the man in the household.  But I have seen it both ways !

The Female Yorkie and Heat

When you have a female Yorkie, you may have many questions about heat. If you have a male Yorkie, you should be aware of what behavior your Male dog may suddenly show when a female in the heat cycle is even remotely close by. His behavior may seem puzzling to you; since he may be sensing something that is out of your line of sight. 

Owners wonder, " When does a Yorkie first go into heat? "  Others are looking for information as to how long heat lasts for the Yorkie and at what age a Yorkie will finally be done.  Does the Yorkie enter menopause?  How long does the heat cycle last and how often does it happen? 

Having a dog in heat brings up many issues; not only how to care for your dog when she is in heat, but also the subjects of ovarian cancer, and how to fend off male dogs that can sense her at this time from miles away. 

Also discussed will be how the Yorkie heat cycle works in conjunction with conceiving and becoming pregnant.  If you are wishing to avoid having newborn pups or you are attempting to breed your Yorkie, understanding the heat cycle is vital. 

You may be surprised to know that this applies to all Female dogs  of any age; a 14 month old Puppy and a 14 year old adult female Yorkie will both have heat cycle issues.

How Does This Apply If I Have a Male?
An un-neutered male Yorkie has a very strong, inbred urge to find and pursue a female dog that is in heat.  A female will usually not allow a male to mount her unless she is in heat; therefore once a female is in this stage the male will follow her to the ends of the Earth! 
The male dog is capable of walking for 2-3 miles to chase the scent of a female dog. This can be avoided if your have your male Yorkie neutered.  Until that time, beware of the strong urge your dog may have that is usually stronger than any training he has had to stay put at home!    If your male dog seems anxious, restless, keeps trying to look out the windows, rushes ahead or seems to walk out of control while you are walking him or he leaps and bounds at a fence...these are signs that he is having the urge to run.  Extra care should be taken to make sure that your dog cannot run away.  Even one second of having an open door is all he will need to take off in pursuit. 

What Exactly is Heat?
Heat is somewhat equivalent to the human female menstruation; however it does differ in many ways. 

What Age Does a Yorkie Go Into Heat?
A female will have her first heat cycle as young as 5 months old.  However, all dogs will vary.  If your Yorkie does not enter heat by the age of 14 months, this is a warning sign and she must be taken to the veterinarian for a checkup. 

At What Age Does a Yorkie Stop Having Heat? Will She Enter Menopause? 
This is one element in which the Yorkie differs greatly from humans.  A Yorkie may stop the heat cycle somewhere around 10-12 years old.  However, some female dogs never stop entering heat. An older dog having to endure this can be very rough on her body.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended to have your Yorkie spayed as soon as possible if you know that you will not be breeding her.  Spaying is best done as soon as possible.  Vets often spay even before the 1st heat cycle. 

How Long Does Heat Last for the Yorkie? 
Heat can last from 2 to 4 weeks.  Each cycle may be different.  For example, your Yorkie's first heat may last 2 weeks and her next one may last 4. 

At What Time During Heat Can My Yorkie Get Pregnant? 
Your dog is able to get pregnant at any time during heat; even the first day.  However, the most fertile days for your dog will be 10-14 days into her heat cycle.  During this time, she will usually allow any dog to mount her. 
If you are not planning on having Yorkie puppies or mixed breed pups, it is vitally important to keep her in the home as much as possible and when outside, have her on a short leash.  She will be releasing pheromones when she urinates.  Therefore, male dogs from literally miles around may sense her presence.  Any male dogs that are unleashed may be hanging around close to your home.
Never allow your female Yorkie to go outside alone, even for a moment!  A larger male dog may injure her and it only takes a few minutes for a dog to mount her and get her pregnant.  This is not a good time to go for walks in dog parks, etc. 

Will My Yorkie Bleed a Lot?
Yes and no.  Smaller dogs do not bleed as much as larger breed dogs; however the amount varies from dog to dog.  In any event, there will be some blood that discharges from her vagina and her vulva will become swollen.  You may not notice any blood; however if your dog is bleeding noticeable amounts you may put a dog diaper on her.  The discharge may be more of a pink color.  This is becoming a popular trend; as there is no reason to confine your dog to one room or spend each day cleaning up after her, when you can simply put a cute and decorative diaper on her to catch any discharge. 

How Often Will My Yorkie Go Into Heat?
Your Yorkie will enter heat approximately every 6 to 8 months; therefore you should expect this phase about twice per year. 

Should I Have My Yorkie Spayed to Stop Her Heat Cycle?

It is very strongly recommended to have your dog spayed.  In today's day and age, veterinarians are spaying dogs even before their first heat cycle.   Spaying your female dog will severely lessen her odds of falling victim to ovarian and mammary gland cancer.  Entering heat just 1 time, increases the odds of cancer by 16%!  If you are not planning on breeding her, spaying will help you have peace of mind that she will be safe from male dogs and there will be no unwanted pregnancies.  In addition, since a Yorkie is able to have puppies even as an elderly dog, it is very important to have her spayed.  A Yorkie older than 8 should not have to endure having pups!

I love my Female Yorkie and I what one JUST like her . 
Just one litter wont hurt !

Before  breeding your beloved pet( your family member) .... another thing you should consider is what can go wrong during the gestation period. There is always the chance that before, during and after whelping the mother dog can die. Just a few of the more common complications include uterine inertia, prolapsed uterus, eclampsia, metritis or mastitis. Make sure you have the time and ability in advance to take on Yorkshire Terrier breeding. As whelping draws near the female Yorkie should never be left alone and often assistance is necessary during whelping. You may need to stay home for several days before and after the whelping. The cost of breeding should also be taken into account. Make sure you have enough money saved up just in case a C-section is required,($800-$1400++) as it may be necessary for smaller breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers. Make sure you thoroughly know what the signs of trouble are and what steps you can do in order to resolve the problem. 

The final aspect of  that you should consider is raising the Yorkie puppies. Just a few of the problems you should educate yourself about include fading puppies, toxic milk, septicemia, primary atelectasis, herpes virus, cleft palates and hypoglycemia. There may be a chance that a birth defect is present when a puppy is born and if the defect is serious enough you may have to choose to put the puppy down. Would you be able to do this if it was necessary? Even if you can, it can also lead to complications for the female dog. (She can get very depressed and die) . If anything happens to the mother (gets sick ,can not or will not feed , dies )would you be able to take several days/weeks  off work in order to raise the litter. Would you be comfortable handling tube feeding or bottle-feeding if it is necessary? Feeding every hour around the clock for a week , 2 weeks . Once again you have to consider the costs involved. There is the cost of vaccinations, paying vet bills .

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