If your Yorkie is a picky eater, there are some foods that may appeal to your little dog.
It is known that many Yorkies are picky eaters; this can be frustrating for the owner of this cute little dog that is so active.
Because they are sensitive, Yorkies like to make an investigation of their dinner before eating it. Some call it a “refined palate.”
Considering that the Yorkshire Terrier breed arises from courageous dogs that hunted rats in mines and mills during the 1870s, the cuddly lap dog of today is allowed to have some personality quirks.
It is assumed that your picky Yorkie does not have an underlying health problem.
Hot weather, inactivity and a chaotic environment can all have an effect on the appetite of a Yorkshire Terrier.
Make sure he is taken for walks to get fresh air and increase his appetite.
Ditch The Table Scraps
One thing to be aware of is that you should not be feeding your Yorkie table scraps.
This can make him even more fussy; why eat dog food when there is much better stuff available?
The smart Yorkie stands his ground when he wants table scraps instead of a real dog food with its nutritional value.
Some Recommendations for Picky Yorkies
There are all types of Yorkies as there are all types of food to please this picky eater.
Not all owners agree on the best dog food, although there are recommendations of some of the foods that have worked in getting the picky Yorkie to eat and ingest the nutrients that are necessary for health (read our post on how the best food for Yorkies can help improve your Yorkie’s health).
Some of the dog foods recommended for a picky Yorkie include:
- Fresh Pet
- The Honest Kitchen -dehydrated
- Ziwi Peak -freeze dried raw
- Tripett canned green tripe
- Merrick – grain free
- Nature’s Variety
- Earthborn Holistic
- Royal Canin’s Yorkshire Terrier
Some owners have had very good result by adding the canned green tripe (Tripett) to high grade kibble and mixing it thoroughly to moisten the kibble.
The fresh meat approach as well as freeze dried food has had success with other picky Yorkies.
Some Ideas From the Kitchen
Suggestions have been made to add cottage cheese or boiled egg to their food. One owner added cottage cheese to boiled chicken.
Baby food mixed with kibble was reported by another owner of a picky Yorkie.
One idea is to put a high quality kibble into a blender, turn it to a powder and then add low sodium chicken broth.
Making a mush, warm slightly. Gradually lessen the liquid and mushiness until the dog is on dry food.
Many dogs will get excited when they see something special being made for them.
Other suggestions to make kibble more palatable include topping it with plain fat-free yogurt, fat free cream cheese or scrambled eggs.
Kibble should be small in size, in case there are chewing problems.
If your Yorkie is refusing store bought food, it may be time to give him a home cooked diet.
You can incorporate foods that are healthy and leave out the spices, salt and overly fatty ingredients.
One idea is boiled chicken, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, without any spices. This is healthy, and dogs that are picky can enjoy it.
Just make sure he is getting all the nutrients that are needed.
Even if he is being fussy regarding food choices, make sure your Yorkie always has enough water. If he eats less at mealtime, offer him treats that are healthy.
Some Other Causes of Lack of Appetite
Sometimes health conditions can cause what seems like pickiness on the part of your dog.
A tooth may be bothering him or something else is the problem, causing him to lose his appetite.
Some signs to watch for include:
- Not drinking water
If you think your dog might have a health issue, schedule a visit to the vet to have him checked out. Often, the first sign of a health issue is refusal to eat.
Making sure your dog is healthy, even if he is a picky eater, will ensure that the right choices can be made regarding a diet that he will eat, enjoy and thrive on for many years to come.