You are probably wondering what the best food is when it comes to feeding your Yorkshire Terrier.
Actually, the best food is one that your little friend enjoys and is nutritious for his health and growth.
The important factor is that this sometimes picky-eater enjoys the food and will actually eat it.
With this in mind, there are certain foods that are known to be better for his health.
Every Yorkie is unique and his tastes may be different from other dogs his age.
Young puppies should have several meals spread evenly throughout the day to avoid hypoglycemia. Kibble should be a small size that can be easily chewed and digested.
With his small jaw and mouth, it is recommended that the food is made just for puppies of his size.
Learn more about feeding puppies, in general, from AKC.
When weaning the Yorkie puppy who is 4 to 5 weeks old, you might want to follow this advice from the Yorkie Information Center:
“When you are transitioning a puppy from liquid to solids, you’ll want to start with a base of the same food that the dam (mother) has been eating.
This will help avoid possible digestive upset that can happen if too many new ingredients are introduced. Added to this is a quality canine milk replacer.
Do not use goat’s milk, cow’s milk or any other liquids. Every few days, a bit less fluid is added in and soon the young Yorkie will be on a fully solid diet.”
The following are some dry foods for your puppy:
- Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Food, Small & Toy Breed Chicken Meal & Barley Dry Dog Food
- Royal Canin Small Puppy Dry Dog Food
- Merrick Grain Free Recipe
- Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Natural Puppy
- Royal Canin X-Small Puppy Dry Dog Food
- Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition- Yorkshire Terrier Puppy
Feeding the puppy manufactured food calls for being aware of ingredients. Artificial fillers, flavors, preservatives, and chemicals can cause issues with skin and digestion.
By-products are not a good ingredient. Look for food that contains real meat and is easy to digest.
Wet foods for your Yorkie puppy might include:
- Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy Chicken Recipe
- Royal Canin Puppy Appetite Stimulation
- Nutro Small Breed Puppy Chicken and Oatmeal Stew
- Wellness Just for Puppy
Cesar Puppy with Chicken & Beef Dog Food Trays might be a wet food that those on a budget can appreciate.
As mentioned above, it is important that your little friend enjoys the food that you are giving him and will eat it.
Some pet parents of Yorkshire Terriers are able to cook homemade meals for their Yorkie friend.
According to the AKC,
“The Yorkshire Terrier should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval.”
Remember that your dog should have clean, fresh water available at all times.
You also want to be feeding your Yorkie food that has the nutrients needed for the enhancement of his coat as well as overall health. Every dog is different, so you should be considering:
- Level of energy
- Their age
- The health status
With a small mouth in relation to other breeds, when it comes to wet food, the Yorkie should be eating food that is smaller chunks and of a wetter consistency.
Some people with Yorkshire Terriers mix a bit of kibble with wet food to enhance the nutrient value.
A high protein and high-fat diet is essential for the Yorkie to maintain his level of energy.
Food needed is high in these two elements as well as vitamins and other nutrients.
Food should be of high-quality ingredients with little fillers; you want to be able to identify what the ingredients are that are listed on the label.
Some things to look for include:
- Protein should be listed as the first ingredient
- Grains should be whole and unprocessed
- Veggies should be about sixth on the list; often sweet potato is used as a thickener
The term “complete and balanced” means it has passed AAFCO approval
Here are a few wet foods that have been recommended:
- Nature’s Variety
- Blue Buffalo
- Royal Canin
- Natural Balance
- Taste of the Wild
- Merricks Grammy Pot Pie
Some things to avoid are:
- An unnamed animal source with terms such as “meat”
- Meat and poultry by-products
- Wheat gluten
- Animal plasma
- Molasses, sugar, and sweeteners
- Preservatives and artificial colors
If your dog is fussy or has health issues, making his food from scratch eliminates added preservatives and chemicals.
You can find recipes online that include meat, vegetables, and needed nutrients.
Remember that garlic and onions can cause stomach distress, so eliminate them from any recipes you prepare for your Yorkie.
Do not give your Yorkie pork, poultry or cooked bones, as they could splinter and cause damage or choking.
Bones have little nutritional value, and the resulting problems make giving them to your little dog a big “NO”.
Instead, find commercial chew toys that are safe and non-toxic that are made for little dogs.
As was stated earlier, the best food for Yorkshire Terriers is one that they like. Now you know what to avoid, as well as look for, where health and nourishment are concerned.
With a healthy diet and the right nutrition, your little furry friend will be loving, energetic and in the best of health.