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Are Two Yorkies Better than One?

There are few things in the world as adorable as a Yorkie pup. Except, maybe, two Yorkie pups. That's why many a Yorkie owner who set out to adopt a Yorkie has come home with two. But is this twice the fun or double trouble?

Owning two Yorkies can be wonderful—if you can commit the extra money, time, and attention that both your new pets will require. These feisty terriers are not lap dogs or handbag dogs. Yorkies are constant explorers and extremely active. The good news is a second Yorkie may relieve you of some of the need to romp constantly with them, as they can keep each other busy.

The gender question

It's best to select a male and a female Yorkie, as they tend to get along well together. It's usually not ideal to have two females—two males tend to work better. If you do have two males, it's smart to have at least one of them neutered to minimize the dominance problems that often appear during adolescence.

Socialize early

To socialize your Yorkies, start early by exposing them to a wide variety of people and experiences. A good breeder will have started socializing the litter by getting them used to different household noises. You will need to continue this by helping your two puppies get used to things like the vacuum cleaner, washing machine, and dryer.

One-on-one training

When training two Yorkies, it is important that you think of each dog as an individual, so training them separately is recommended. This also gives them time apart so they get used to being alone. You don't want them to become distressed when separated—for example, if one dog has to be at the vet.

Keep in mind that all dogs need human company and benefit from a daily walk with their owner. So you must be prepared to spend time bonding with each dog. Otherwise, the puppies may bond more closely with one another than with you.

In the end, dogs can benefit from the company of their own kind. With the right approach, it can be a joy to watch the bond grow between two Yorkies.

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