Dogs have proven to be man’s best friend(companion) and playmate over time, with different and unique traits suitable for different individuals.
Below is a list of few dog breeds that starts with letter Y and Z;
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1. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier breed of dogs, also called Yorkie, originates from England. This breed is a toy dog, small, smart, and fiercely dedicated to its owner.
They were used for hunting rats in Northern England. This is one of the smallest dogs of the terrier dog breeds; its medium size is 7 pounds (3.2kg).
Though small, the Yorkshire terrier is mentally sound, curious, very active and protective, also fond of attention.
They adapt quickly to all surroundings he finds himself, travels well, always on the go for an adventure which makes him a perfect travel companion.
This breed barks a lot, especially when a stranger comes close to its environment. This makes him a very good watchdog.
Like every dog, the Yorkshire terrier has specific health issues: cataracts, bronchitis, hypothyroidism, collapsing tracheas, and leg fracture.
You must take them to the veterinarian for regular checkups and professional cleaning.
Yorkies have long and silky hair, regular grooming is essential, regular baths and daily brushing are recommended. As small dogs, they should not be overweight.
Avoid over-feeding them. Quality dog food is recommended to keep their coat healthy and shiny.
Yorkshire terriers have a life span of 11-15 years.
The yorkinese, also called Yorkingese, is a small dog that weighs 5-12 pounds, with a long coat, dark round eyes, bushy tail, tiny feet, delicate and silky hair that flows down his body.
Despite being small, he is an active dog, intelligent, independent, courageous, loyal, outgoing, bold with a lot of energy, affectionate, loving with his family, makes a great lap dog, moderately good with other dogs but not so much with strangers.
Their suspicion of strangers and alertness make them good watchdogs.
The yorkinese have common health issues like; collapsing trachea, patellar luxation, cataracts, Legs-Calve-Perthes disease, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism. Proper care should be given to their eyes, ears, teeth, and nails.
Even though this breed can exercise indoors, you must take them out to get fresh air daily, a good walk, and playtime daily. The yorkinese have a life span of 12-15 years.
The Yorkillon, also called papa-shirt and papa-shire, originates from France. Yorkillon is a small dog that weighs 3-9 pounds.
This breed has a short muzzle, large ears, medium-sized eyes, silky/fluffy soft coat, and black, white, brown, and golden colors.
The Yorkillon is clever, lively, intelligent, friendly, extremely devoted to their families, loving, and intelligent.
This breed has proven to be man’s best friend, friendly to both children and toddlers. They are playful and fun, make great playmates with children.
They get depressed and anxious when the attention they seek is not giving to them. Though stubborn, but easy to train with patience.
As an apartment dog, this breed needs to exercise outdoors more than twice a day.
The Yorkillon is a healthy breed but has few inherited health conditions from their parents; hypoglycemia, patella luxation, mitral valve disease, Legge perthes disease, Porto-systematic shunt (PSS). The life span of the Yorkillon is 12-15 years.
4. Yakutian Laika
The Yakutian Laika is a working breed that originates from the Yakutia region of Russia Siberia.
This breed is used for hunting, herding and also makes a good family companion. They were used as sled dogs.
The Yakutian Laika is an active dog, affectionate, hardworking, bold, friendly, energetic, lively, and sociable dog close to a man.
This breed is a versatile dog with a strong hunting drive, a great sense of smell, vision, hearing, soft and gentle to humans and aggressive to predators, and good eyesight.
They get easily bored and destructive when left alone for long.
This breed is known for its wolf-like appearance, triangle-shaped ear, thick double coat, wedge-shaped head, long-fluffy tail, almond-shaped eyes (blue or dark brown), and wide nostrils.
The Yakutian Laika is a healthy breed, but like other dogs, it may develop specific health problems, including eye abnormalities, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, gastric dilation, and arthritis.
As active dogs, the Yakutian Laika needs to eat high-quality food to support their level of activity. They need daily exercise and activities to be happy, long walks, and playing with family members around the house.
The Yakutian Laika is a very healthy dog that has a life span of 10-12 years.
Yorkie-poo is a small designer dog created to be a small, hypoallergenic dog easy to take care of, healthy, calmed temper, lively, spunky, and a petite body. The Yorkie-poo is an offspring of a Toy poodle and a Yorkshire terrier.
This breed is kind, intelligent, gentle, enthusiastic, affectionate, friendly, and a great companion dog. They can run fast and jump high.
They love to receive attention and meet new friends, bark a lot to make their presence known, and are not good for people who can’t tolerate noise.
Early training will help to reduce the level of their unnecessary barking. The Yorkie-poo is a clown in disguise, always ready to entertain.
The Yorkie-poo is a playful pooch that often thinks they are bigger than their normal size. They make a good apartment dog but still require a walk per day and dedicated playtime.
The Yorkie-poo has common health problems with the Yorkshire terrier and Toy poodle, including dry eye, keratitis, cataracts, retinal detachment, endocardiosis, and hypoglycemia.
They need proper brushing more than twice a week due to their long coat to prevent matting and tangling and monthly baths from maintaining healthy skin.
The Yorkie-poo has a life span of 10-15 years.
The Zuchon is a new dog breed that originates from the United States. This is a small breed dog that weighs 5-15 pounds.
This breed is a small designer dog half the Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu and sometimes called the Teddy Bear Zuchon.
The Zuchon is an adorable hybrid that brings joy wherever he goes, is sweet, friendly, and trainable, makes a great companion regardless of your living condition (small or big apartment).
They make great family pets, are hypoallergenic, love kids and other pets, and rarely bark. The Zuchon have a spunky and live personality and are always ready to please you.
Very intelligent and can understand human behavior, which makes them a perfect dog for people seeking companions.
They are very intuitive, non-aggressive, and an excellent watchdog. The Zuchon has a soft and silky coat that is curly and wavy; their fur hardly sheds.
They are small in stature (6-12 inches), have a cute black nose, big eyes, beautiful flapping ears, and a domed skull.
This breed comes in different colors ( grey, white, cream, silver, black, and tan).
The Zuchon is a healthy dog but has some inherited health issues from the Bichon Frise or the Shih Tzu, which include; immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, patellar luxation, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, brachycephalic airway syndrome, atopic dermatitis, etc.
Regular walks of 30-45 minutes a day are enough to keep the Zuchon healthy and fit. Always feed this breed with high-quality food that is designed for small and active dogs.
The Zuchon is an active dog that has a life span of 15-18 years.