What Do Yorkshire Terriers Eat?

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PetCareRx recommends feeding Yorkshire terriers dry dog food with a small kibble made to fit in a toy breed's mouth. Yorkshire terriers require a high-quality diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. The primary ingredient in a Yorkshire terrier's food should be a protein like turkey, chicken, lamb or fish. Proteins made from non-muscle animal byproducts should be avoided, as up to 14 percent of it may be indigestible.

In order to provide Yorkshire terriers with appropriate amounts of energy and fiber, its food should contain carbohydrates like brown rice or sweet potatoes. Some Yorkshire terriers have sensitive stomachs, so avoiding corn or soy is recommended. It is important that the dog enjoys its food, as Yorkshire terriers that refuse to eat can quickly become hypoglycemic.

Feeding Yorkshire terriers crunchy, dry food helps to keep their teeth clean, which is beneficial because they are prone to dental issues. Yorkshire terrier puppies should have four meals per day, and adults should be fed three times daily, or free-fed kibble to maintain consistent blood sugar levels.

Because Yorkshire terriers are prone to hereditary hip and knee problems, it is important to make sure that the dog does not become overweight. Some low-calorie treats that PetCareRx recommends for Yorkshire terriers include cooked carrots or green beans, canned pumpkin and small quantities of cheese.