1. The accessorizing
Blame it on small dog lovers like Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton, but everyone knows that Yorkies belong in a matching purse — at least some of the time. How else are you going to carry your pup around and show it off to all your friends?
2. The attitude
Small dogs must have decided this in their secret small-dog society, but your Yorkie is going to expect to be carried. Everywhere. Especially up the stairs in your house.
3. The bows
What is it about adorably silky puppy hair that makes you want to brush it and put a bow in it? Yorkie mamas know that the only way to keep hair out of a pup’s eyes is with a stylish clip.
4. The catlike reflexes
Sweet little Yorkies are lighter on their feet than you’ve been led to believe. BoConcept employee Iris Tok, owner of the New York furniture store’s unofficial mascot Max, says that Yorkies often act like cats. «Max loves to walk in slow motion, hunter-cat style,» Tok explains.
5. The doggie smiles
If you don’t think a dog can smile, then you haven’t met a happy little Yorkie yet. Tok adds, «Max can smile! He greets customers with a unique smile.»
6. The fashion
Don’t pretend you haven’t been shopping for tiny dog clothes online at 2 in the morning like every other Yorkie owner out there. Yorkies are the best kind of small dog to have because they love to dress up, and they look good doing it.
7. The fear
Think about living with someone a hundred times your size who could accidentally crush you at any moment, and then that shivering small-dog stereotype suddenly makes sense.
8. The hanging tongue
Look a little closer at that lovable Yorkie smile, and you may see something hanging out of its mouth. Nyong Atkins says most people don’t realize that Yorkies are known for having bad teeth. That grinning pup sticking its tongue out at you probably just forgot to put in its dentures.
9. The hiding
Pequeños perros pequeños siempre te ganarán en un juego de escondidas, así que no intentes ganar. Un perro lo suficientemente pequeño como para caber en una taza de té puede desaparecer y no aparecer durante horas.
10. The jokes
Is that a Yorkie or an Ewok? Easy, killer! You couldn’t find a smaller dog? Prepare to hear at least one million cliché Yorkie jokes during your first year of ownership, and don’t forget to practice your fake laugh.
11. The lapping
If there’s one thing small dogs are good for, besides living a life of cuteness, it’s curling up like a hot little circle in your lap. Cherish these snuggles or use your pup for warmth on a cold day — it’s all the same to your pooch.
12. The outbursts
Sleep like a baby for 22 hours a day and get carried everywhere you go, and you’re bound to work up some energy. Don’t be surprised when your Yorkie tears through the house and runs in circles, only to head back to bed.
13. The popularity
Just try to take one of the cutest dogs ever bred out on the street without someone stopping to pet it — I dare you. If you’re running errands with your Yorkie in tow, allow at least 20 extra minutes for the paparazzi.
14. The sleeping
If you’ve never felt your heart burst while watching a real-life stuffed animal sleep, then you haven’t owned a Yorkie.
15. The toy obsession