The life expectancy of the Biewer Yorkies is between 12 to 15 years with a median age of 13.5 years. Female Yorkies live – on average – 1.5 years longer than males. While this is not considered an exceptionally long life expectancy, it is slightly longer how long domesticated canines live in general which is 12.67 in the United States and 11.08 in the UK.
It should be noted that the figure of 12.67 years is death by natural causes. When death by trauma and other means is factored in the number goes down to 11.1 years.
There are 2 main reasons why Biewer Yorkies does have a life span that is longer than the national average:
(1). Toy breeds live longer than medium and large breed dogs
(2). The Biewer Yorkies is a rather healthy breed. The majority of health issues that Yorkies contend with are not fatal.
There are many things that you can do to help your Yorkie live as long as possible. Care that you give from the day you bring home your puppy, through adulthood and into the senior years will have a great impact on your dog’s health and his or her life span.
(1). Vaccinations – With infection being a top cause of death for Yorkie puppies and a concern for older dogs as well, keeping up with vaccinations is important. Puppies should not be taken outside beyond the boundaries of the home’s property until 2 weeks after all puppy shots have been given. If other animals have access to the yard, the pup should be closely watched and not allowed to sniff at urine or feces of other pets or animals.
Speak to your vet regarding the possible need for Leptospirosis if you live in a high-risk area.
(2). Preventing Trauma – With trauma being such a huge reason for the death of so many Yorkshire Terriers (2nd leading cause for puppies and 3rd leading cause- 10.7%- for those over 1 year old) attention must be put on creating a safe environment for this breed.
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