Yorkshire Terriers are a very small breed with unique nutritional needs. Trying to feed them the same stuff you would feed to a Rottweiler will not allow them to reach their optimal health.
In this quick guide you’ll learn more about what a Yorkshire Terrier needs most in their diet, what health problems you should be most aware of as you choose their diet, and our top 2 picks for best dog food for Yorkshire Terriers.
Your Yorkie should have a high protein, high fat diet to help prevent and manage hypoglycemia. These two nutrients help keep blood sugar levels more stable. Carbs burn too quickly causing sharp spikes and equally sharp drops which will make a hypoglycemic pooch very sick.
Fat is also important for keeping that long Yorkie coat shiny and smooth. Look for healthy fats from fish, olive, or nuts. You don’t have to completely cut out carbs but definitely make sure that any carbs present are from complex carb sources (such as sweet potatoes, whole grains, and so on).
Not every Yorkshire Terrier will experience all or any of these conditions but they are at higher risk for them so it’s good as an owner to be aware of them.
While there is no 100% guaranteed prevention method, a healthy, balanced diet and plenty of exercise are your best defense against illness. Making sure your Yorkshire Terrier is getting the nutrients it needs to keep its body strong will give him a much better chance of fighting off any illnesses that try to harm him.
Follow these basic guidelines for nourishing your Yorkshire Terrier:
When switching to a different brand, always do it gradually to avoid digestive problems. Start by mixing about 20% of the new food with 80% of the old brand of food and gradually increase the amount of new food over the course of about 3-4 weeks.
Royal Canin makes a lot of great breed specific dog foods that cater to the unique needs of each breed.
This one is rich in the healthy fats your dog needs and has a kibble shaped to perfectly suit your dog’s jaw shape and size. It is for adults, though, so hold off until they are at least 1 year old to start them on this food.
The EUKANUBA food for Yorkshire Terriers is also rich in essentially healthy fats and also contains other vitamins and minerals that your Yorkie needs for their coat.
It’s also rich in protein sourced from lean chicken meat.It does use corn which is not the best carb but there is also plenty of whole grains as well so they make up for it.