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When puppies are born, they have no teeth because milk is the only food they need. Yorkie puppies have no molar teeth. Yorkie puppies will start to lose their deciduous or baby teeth when the permanent or adult teeth come in. The permanent or adult grow when the Yorkie puppies are 4 to 8 months old.
Yorkshire Terrier - Full Profile, History, and Care
By around 8 months old, those teeth should fully develop. Molar teeth will develop at around 6 to 8 months old. Yorkies and other small dog breeds may have problems if the deciduous or baby teeth do not fall out as the permanent or adult teeth grow. This is caused by the new teeth not growing right underneath the deciduous teeth.
If the puppy tooth does not yield to the incoming tooth, it should be removed because it can cause a malocclusion or bad bite. Sometimes the new teeth are forced to grow into an abnormal position and further cause a bad bite. The retained teeth may stay or fall weeks after the new teeth have developed. When necessary, the retained deciduous or baby teeth need to be removed surgically.
Like other small breeds, Yorkies are also prone to severe dental disease. Because they have a small jaw, their teeth can become crowded and may not fall out naturally. This can cause food and plaque to build up, and bacteria can eventually develop on the surface of the teeth, leading to periodontal disease. In addition, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body and cause heart and kidney problems. The best prevention is regular brushing of the teeth with a toothpaste formulated specifically for dogs. Human toothpaste is not recommended, because it foams more easily and may be swallowed.
What’s The History Of The Yorkshire Terrier?
Professional teeth cleaning by a veterinarian may also be required to prevent the development of dental problems. Low blood sugar in puppies, or transient juvenile hypoglycaemia , is caused by fasting too much time between meals. It is often seen in Yorkie puppies at 5 to 16 weeks of age. During a hypoglycaemic attack, the puppy usually has very pale or grey gums. Additionally, a hypoglycaemic Yorkie may have a lower than normal body temperature and, in extreme cases, may have a seizure or go into a coma.
Traditionally, the Yorkshire Terrier's tail is docked to a medium length. Often, a Yorkshire Terrier's dewclaws , if any, are removed in the first few days of life,  another controversial practice.
The Yorkshire Terrier breed descends from larger but similar Scottish breeds, such as the Skye Terrier and the now-extinct Paisley Terrier. In its turn, other breeds have been created from the Yorkshire Terrier, such as the Silky Terrier. Demand for unusual pets has resulted in high prices being paid for Yorkshire Terriers crossed with various other breeds, which are described with a portmanteau word made up of syllables or sounds from Yorkshire Terrier and the breed name of the other parent. Some of these such portmanteau-named crosses can be found on the page List of dog crossbreeds.
Two other breeds that look similar to the Yorkshire Terrier and have shorter hair are the prick-eared Norwich Terrier , along with its drop-eared relative the Norfolk Terrier. Another is the Biewer Terrier, which derives from the Yorkshire Terrier. Biewer in Germany,  was once considered a variation of the Yorkshire Terrier but has since been recognised as a separate breed by many kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club AKC.
The American Kennel Club and other kennel clubs do not acknowledge the Teacup as a variation of the breed or it as a separate variety. Breeding for "teacup" size is a controversial practice that is not encouraged by responsible breeders. They are bred to appeal with their puppy-like features, rather than bred to avoid health issues.
There is great risk to a dam mother during pregnancy who is too small; most of these litters are born as a result of Caesarean sections and have a high mortality rate. There are many health issues associated with teacup dogs, such as luxating patellae, heart disease, hydrocephalus , hypoglycaemia, chronic pelvic pain syndrome , open fontanels and seizures.
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