The Yorkie Russell is a cross between two terrier breeds – the Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) and the Jack Russel Terrier. These are cute, small size dogs with proportionate bodily characteristics, and are covered usually with a long, soft coat. The dog has a round head, dark eyes, floppy ears, medium muzzle, and a bushy tail. They make great household pets and are suitable for living in apartments.
These are dogs known for their friendliness and loyalty, as well as their affection in store for their loved ones. Brimming with energy, they would show the same amount of zeal in the presence of all members in their families, including children.
The Yorkie Russells love attention, and would be sweet to anybody, who would give them some time. Those that are getting little attention from their loved ones can even end up being vocal, and would display their need for love by barking and whining. It might even get bored to the extent of getting destructive. If it is upset, it will signal you by retiring to its bed.
Though this little dog has an average level of intelligence, they are known to be smart and fearless. They can get along with other dogs, though some can be protective and territorial, and might try to show their dominance in the presence of bigger dogs, especially on meeting them for the first time.
This terrier needs average exercise to burn off their loads of energy. They love running and hopping around the house and garden, and it is your duty to support your dog’s instinct. Take it out for walking or jogging every day. They shed minimally. Hence, not much clearing up of hair is needed. However, since its coat is prone to get entangled easily, and pick up debris, brush your dog at least thrice a week. But to prevent this, a short hair cut is advisable. Seek help from a professional. You can bathe it with a dog shampoo at times when you feel necessary. Brush its teeth 2 to 3 times weekly. An otherwise hardy breed, the Yorkie Jack Russell mixes at times can develop dental issues, which they often inherit from their Yorkie parents. Joint problems might also be present in some individuals. Be aware of genetic issues.
Small Dog Syndrome is not uncommon with dogs of its size. To help them feel safe and comfortable with larger dogs, train them keep ‘distance’ from larger dogs, literally. It is for you to determine the ‘safe’ distance from which your dog feels calm from the larger one (say ‘20 feet’). Once determined, work upon training your dog maintain that minimum (20-feet) distance from the bigger one. Do praise your little one, as and when it succeeds.
To minimize separation anxiety engage the pups with such activities and toys that require brain power and thinking, including puzzle toys, buster cubes, kongs, etc. This will help them stay engaged, and at the same time get some good brain exercise.
If you think your puppy is seeking for your constant attention, and eventually barking and whining if its demand is not fulfilled, simply begin ignoring it or leave the spot for some time whenever you find such a situation is about to arise. By and by, the pup will come to terms with its attention-seeking behavior.
General high energy diet recommended for other dog breeds of the same size.