The Yorkie, also known as the Yorkshire terrier, is in the toy group of dogs. At 11 months old, she is close to being an adult at 12 months. Taking care of your Yorkie requires time, energy and money, but the investment is worth the love you receive in return.
Keep your Yorkie's water bowl full of clean water. Feed her a high-quality puppy food that contains whole foods and is free of additives and fillers. At 11 months, feed her two meals a day. She will weigh between 4 and 7 pounds once she's a fully grown adult dog at a year old.
Exercise your Yorkie by taking her for walks and playing with her. Because this breed is small, she doesn't require lots of exercise. Yorkies are energetic and enjoy exploring, so jaunts around the neighborhood and through the park will meet these needs.
Bathe your Yorkie with a nontoxic shampoo and conditioner. Having long, silky fur means she needs you to comb or brush her frequently, so set aside plenty of time to take care of these grooming needs. Keep her nails trimmed. If you don't feel comfortable completing this task yourself, have a local groomer do it. Your Yorkie needs lots of attention and interaction, and she'll get some of these needs met while you're bathing and grooming her.
Interact with your Yorkie daily, providing plenty of loving care, because this breed needs plenty of attention from her human family. Set up a comfortable dog bed or crate for your pup to snuggle in while resting and sleeping.
Puppy proof your home so your inquisitive 11-month-old Yorkie puppy can't hurt herself or damage any items. Give her safe toys to chew on, and she'll be less likely to chew your off-limits belongings. Also ensure that she can't get into any chemicals, pesticides or other harmful items inside your home or out in your yard.
Be firm as you train your Yorkie puppy, even though her personality is both persistent and courageous. Encourage and reward her when she follows your instructions.
Take your Yorkie to a qualified veterinarian if she is injured or sick. Follow the vet's instructions regarding at-home care. Become informed about specific Yorkie health needs.
- American Kennel Club: Get to Know the Yorkshire Terrier
- American Kennel Club: Yorkshire Terrier--Did You Know
- American Kennel Club: Yorkshire Terrier--Colors and Markings
- American Kennel Club: Yorkshire Terrier--Breed Standard
- It's a Yorkie World: Introduction to Grooming a Yorkie - Part 2
- Yorkie Info Center: Yorkie Puppy Care
- Give your Yorkie treats in moderation and as a motivator during training. Consider getting cute dog coats, fun toys and any other supplies for your Yorkie. You can buy these online and at local stores. Learn first aid skills so you can take care of various minor health issues.
- Contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic if urgent health concerns come up. Because your 11-month-old Yorkie is so small and fragile, closely supervise her if she interacts with children.
Judy Wilson has writing and editing expertise in health, technology, pets, business and travel. She has contributed to USAToday.com, SFGate.com and numerous other publications. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she completed Mini Medical School.