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Should I get a Yorkie if I have children

    Should I get a Yorkie if I have children
 We all know that children really love dogs. If you have children you are probably wondering if it is ok for your family to adopt one of the most loved breed: Yorkshire terrier.

     And you’ve certainly heard about the myth that this breed is not recommended for families with small kids. Well, we’ll show you that this is only a myth and if you really love this breed you should go for it, even if you have small children.
Below you can find our arguments for getting a Yorkie and enjoying his playfulness:


     1. Yorkie is a great companionship


    Even if a Yorkie is not very friendly with some types of persons, including children that don’t treat them appropriately, you should know that if you grow him around children it can become a very good companion for a child. It can help your children to easily go through the ups and downs. Dogs are a great source of comfort for kids and they relieve stress and help people relax.


     A very well-known health psychologist Dr. June McNicholas of the University of Warwick studied more than 300 children between three and 14 years old in order to evaluate the benefits they had as pet owners. 85% of them considered their pets as friends. Furthermore, the studies revealed that children that owned pets registered better performance at school as they were more motivated.


     2. Activity and playfulness


     Even if they are known as apartment dogs, they need their dose of exercise every day - a good play sessions in the apartment or a walk around the house. So, your kids will enjoy plenty of play time with the pup.


     3. Learning responsibility


   A pet represents an excellent opportunity for you children to assume responsibility. They will learn to take care of Yorkie and will also learn how to empathize with him. And this comes along with an increase of self-esteem level of your children. In other words, it is a great opportunity for your children to develop.


    4. Keep the good health


   The studies have found that babies raised around pets develop their immunity and they get sick less often in the first year of life. That’s happening because they are exposed to pet’s microbes and their immune system develops. They are also less exposed to allergies.


    5. Keep the good mood


   Well, you certainly noticed that dogs keep the smile on your face even when you’re upset or exhausted. And, surprisingly, the mechanism works the same way for your children, too. The interaction between humans and dogs increases the level of serotonin, the happiness hormone and dopamine which builds the positive feelings.


   6. Increase the Emotional Intelligence


   Studies also revealed that kids with pets have an increased emotional intelligence – EQ which is linked to early academic success. Furthermore, compared to IQ, EQ can be improved over time with practice. And, guess what: dogs are really helpful in this respect.


    Do you still have any reticence regarding Yorkies? His long silky coat and his allure makes him one of the most glamorous dog. It is very easy to travel with him, so you can take it with you wherever you go. Yorkies are very affectionate towards their people so your children will be very happy with a Yorkie.

Give your children the chance to raise with a Yorkie and pay attention to the way you instruct them both to enrich their lives with positive interactions. They don’t like to spend time alone, so the company of your children would be perfect for him. But, watch out, you should never let children and dog alone, no matter what breed he belongs to.
You should teach your children to respect them and to act gently when they interact with a Yorkie. Of course you should also teach Yorkie to be obedient in order to keep him under control. He has to know which limits he is not allowed to exceed, so you have to pay attention to not spoil him. If you trained him well, you’ll have a friendly, well-rounded dog and happy children.

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