Yorkie Puppy Development Stages from Birth To Maturity

yorkie puppy development stages

Yorkie Puppy Development Stages

Yorkie puppy development stages follow a pretty predictable sequence, but unlike with human children, they pass quickly through each of these phases. 

Yes, Yorkie puppies grow up fast. In the blink of an eye, your girl will become an adult, so as a puppy parent, you don’t have all that much time to lose. 

During those first few years of life, your puppy will undergo a lot of changes. Understanding  Yorkie puppy development stages can help you prepare for and feel as though you're giving her the best possible start.

Yorkie Puppy Development Stages

yorkie puppy development stages

Yorkie development Stages   WEEK 3

Newborn 0-3 weeks

New Yorkshire Terrier puppies are born weighing a few ounces, with their eyes closed. They're tiny and fragile and respond only to warmth, touch, and smell, Their mother bathes and nurses them frequently. The milk the mother produces is rich in essential antibodies that provide immunity that helps protect her puppies from infection. Tails are now normally docked. 

After the first week, a newborn Yorkie puppy is starting to develop muscles they need for standing. They begin crawling over their siblings and making a few noises. The eyes are still closed. Puppies are already gaining weight.

In week 3 eyes begin to open and the puppies are getting better at crawling about - although they still prefer to snuggle up to their litter-mates. The puppies are beginning to play and become more vocal. 

yorkie puppy development stages

Yorkie development stages WEEK 4

Socialization Period 4-7 Weeks

By week 4 our Puppies are becoming more adventurous and they've developed a stronger sense of smell. They're beginning to learn basic toileting and becoming aware of their surroundings.

In week 5 The pups are starting to show affection and their personalities are becoming more obvious as they wrestle and make use of their voices. Our puppies exhibit playful, aggressive and sexual behavior among themselves. 

Now its six weeks and our puppies fur is beginning to grow. The social order in the litter starts to form. The puppies that learn to get in and fight for their food become dominant. Faced with more aggressive pups than themselves others may become shy and develop wallflower personalities. They can begin to be given softened kibble. 

yorkie puppy development stages

Yorkie Development Stages  WEEK 7

Socialization Period 4-7 Weeks

This is one of the more exciting Yorkie puppy growth stages. By week 4 our Puppies are becoming more adventurous and they've developed a stronger sense of smell. They're beginning to learn basic toileting and becoming aware of their surroundings.

In week 5 The pups are starting to show affection and their personalities are becoming more obvious as they wrestle and make use of their voices. Our puppies exhibit playful, aggressive and sexual behavior among themselves. 

Now its six weeks and our puppies fur is beginning to grow. The social order in the litter starts to form. The puppies that learn to get in and fight for their food become dominant. Faced with more aggressive pups than themselves others may become shy and develop wallflower personalities. They can begin to be given softened kibble. 

yorkie puppy development stages

Yorkie Development Stages WEEK 8

Cutting Teeth  Independence Period 3 to 4 Months 

Your Yorkie is intelligent, curious and eager to learn. She's learning to come when you call and eager to please you. Your puppy is able to learn by association. What she learns now will remain with her all her life - good or bad - so make it good!

Your puppy is no longer a baby, but she's not really a teenager yet. She's in that no man's land and confused about what she can, or should, be doing!

One minute she ’s bold and brave and barking at the front door and the next she's hiding in her crate, or ducking behind your legs.

Your Yorkies teeth are beginning to show and she' s on soft food. Your Yorkies not quite ready for solids yet.

This is a really good time to enroll in some puppy obedience classes. Meet and greets have to be closely supervised since bad experiences will have long-lasting effects on a puppy of this age. If she seems fearful at times cheer her up by laughing, heaping praise on her, and treating every experience like its a game.

yorkie puppy development stages

Adolescence Period 4 months- 6 months

She's a teenager playful, curious and sometimes a little willful. 

By 5 months, your Yorkies house training should be well established, and she's averaging about four to six potty periods daily. These should gradually decrease to about three as she enters adulthood.

A 6 months old female is able to have her first litter. At your next veterinary appointment, you should discuss spaying or neutering your dog. 

Your little girl is losing her baby, or deciduous, teeth. They're falling out to make way for her adult teeth. An ice cube treat may be greatly appreciated now. Get some chew toys to ease her teething

This is one of the most challenging Yorkie puppy growth stages. She's a teenager and may be less eager to please and more likely to test your house rules.

6 months to a year

During this period, your pup's physical changes slow a bit. Energy levels might pick up and you may see a more loving side of your puppy's persona. Most dogs are house trained and in full control of their bladders and bowels by the age of six months. House training is mainly complete at this point.

Your dog will be nearly finished growing at this time.

Your puppy should have all of his adult teeth by six months of age. This means that teething is over and your dog may chew less obsessively. Remember that it is still normal for dogs to chew, so make sure you have healthy dog chews available. 

If your female dog has not been spayed, she will likely go into heat (estrus) between the ages of six and eight months. She can easily become pregnant at this time if she is with a male dog. She may also try to escape the house to mate.

Your puppy is past the optimum socialization window however that does not mean that socialization should stop. Your Yorkie is still exploring her environment and learning new things. Continue to expose her to new people experiences, places, and sounds.

Continue feeding puppy food then start the transition to adult dog food around 10 months.

Yorkie teenagers between six and 12 months of age often act as if they've "forgotten" their training. Stay consistent and firm. Continue with short training sessions, covering the old basics again, and mixing in a few newer, more difficult tasks.

yorkie puppy development stages

Adulthood 1 year to 6 years

Generally, by this time, she's settled into her grown-up personality. and fully acclimated to his place in the family. Your little friend should be in the best shape of her life. There's no reason this period of good health should not last depending on the dog. Regular exercise and training are important for her to retain that spark.

A Yorkie's life expectancy is between 9 and 15 years.

Around 12 is when they exhibit signs of seniority including slowing down and taking longer to get up from a reclining position. Take care when asking your Yorkie to go up and down stairs; pick her up to join you on couches or your bed.

Socialization and training continue throughout your pet’s lifetime because there are always new things to learn—or old lessons to revisit and practice.

Has this article been helpful? Please share with us any happy memories of your Yorkie puppy development stages in the comment box below this article. Thank you. 

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