Are you thinking of owning a Yorkshire terrier? The purpose of owning a purebred dog, like a Yorkshire terrier is the predictable looks, temperament, and behaviors that they exhibit. The downside, purebred dogs might inherit genetic health issues from the previous generations. The top 5 Yorkshire Terriers – health issues are:
- Patellar Luxation: The knee cap slips in the joint, causing intermittent limping. The severity is graded l – IV. Grades ll and above will require surgery.
- Retinal Dysplasia: Characterized by folds or rosettes of the retinal tissues, it can cause blindness.
- Portosystemic Shunt (PSS): An abnormal bypass of blood flow, usually outside of the liver in small breeds. Symptoms are failure to gain weight and seizures. Surgery to close the shut is required.
- Tracheal collapse: Incomplete weakening of the cartilaginous rings causing flattening of the trachea. Symptoms are a goose honk cough, and gagging while eating or drinking.
- Legg-Perthes Disease: Degenerative disease where the growth or loss of bone is responsible for the breakdown of the ball and socket of the hip joint.
To protect yourself and avoid serious Yorkshire Terriers health issues, it is recommended that a CERF eye exam and OFA patellar luxation exam be completed prior to breeding any Yorkshire Terriers. Picking a reputable breeder is the most important thing that should be researched before obtaining your family pet. A reputable breeder will be able to provide verification that both parents have been screened. In addition, ask for a health guarantee. Most acceptable breeders will offer a replacement puppy if issues arise.