What do Yorkies usually die from?

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Yorkshire puppies under the age of 1 to 2 usually die either due to infection or trauma.

Adult Yorkies, on the other hand, are vulnerable to respiratory disease, cancer, trauma, and congenital disease.


When you take all kinds of dogs into consideration, an average litter ranges between six and ten puppies.

In the case of your little Yorkie, she is likely to give birth to three or five pups on the higher side.

However, some dogs can pop out one puppy depending on various factors.


Pulmonary fibrosis.

This acute pneumonia is so common to the breed that it is sometimes called "Westie lung disease." PF leads to scar build up in the lung tissue that makes breathing increasingly difficult for the dog, eventually leading to death.


Originally the Yorkie was bred for the purpose of catching rats in mines.

They were also used for hunting to borrow underground after badgers and foxes.

The ancestors of the Yorkshire Terrier are the Waterside Terrier, a small Scottish breed with a long blue-gray coat.


A Yorkie's life can be cut short by a variety of cancers, including ymphoma, mast cell tumors, mammary gland tumors, soft tissue sarcomas and bone cancer.

Congenital disease: With 10.5% of Yorkies dying due to Congenital disease, this is the 4th leading cause of death for Yorkies 1 year old and older.


20% died of cancer (most commonly mastocytoma).

Another 10% died of epilepsy.

Because of their short face, all Boston Terriers suffer from some degree of brachycephalic syndrome, which causes all kinds of health problems.


11.2% of the Yorkshire Terriers died from cancer.

The cancer is not amongst the leading causes of death for many small breed dogs, but it is for the Yorkies.

An adult dog can die prematurely due to different cancers, which include lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, bone cancer, mast cell tumor and mammary gland tumor.


Dog approved people food

  • Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines.
  • Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog's regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet.
  • Cheese.
  • Baby carrots.
  • Yogurt.
  • Salmon.
  • Pumpkin.
  • Eggs.
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