Can Yorkies Get Along With Big Dogs? (Solved & Explained!)

Yes, Yorkies can definitely get along with other dogs, but it’s best to get them used to being around other animals at an early age.

Socializing is a very important part of a dog’s life and if a pup has been weaned early, then they don’t know how to deal with other animals or even how hard they should bite when playing. This is something that they generally learn from the other puppies and from their mother.

If your own Yorkie has trouble getting along with other animals, then you will need to socialize them a bit yourself or hire a trainer to help you. A good way to do it on your own is to get your dog’s attention when another animal is near and show them a treat, telling your dog ‘sit’.

When they sit, give them the treat, and make them sit a little while before introduction to the other dog. Your Yorkie will notice that you are calm, and this will help them to be clam as well, and repeat practice will slowly make them more relaxed when there are other animals but you are there as well!

For the remainder of this article, we’ll address common questions about Yorkie aggression and what you can do. These are collected from popular questions that are trending as you read this – so stay with us and get the answers to the questions that everyone is asking about this week!

Why do Yorkies bark at big dogs?

Yorkies are very territorial and they tend to be quite vocal about it. Despite how they act, they likely understand that they are small dogs and this makes them feel the need to be more aggressive.

Unfortunately, this can go poorly for them, so you need to keep an eye out for larger dogs that they haven’t met before. This way you can try to avoid conflict from starting in the first place, as a large dog can easily hurt of even kill your brave little Yorkie.

Are Yorkies aggressive to other dogs?

Yorkies can be quite aggressive when it comes to other dogs and even small children. This can end poorly, with someone getting hurt or worse, and is often the result of very little socialization as a pup. When your Yorkie is young, they learn from their mother and the other puppies about getting along with other dogs.

This includes sharing, how hard to bite, and introducing themselves to outside dogs. If your Yorkie tends to get aggressive around other dogs, then a little socialization training is a good idea before it becomes more of a problem. Check with your vet regarding socialization trainers or start socializing them a little on your own.

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Play with other dogs at a local dog park can help your dog to relax a little or making friends with a friend’s or neighbor’s dogs can help even more. They should also meet your friends, and giving them treats for your dog can help endear them to your pet very quickly.

Once they’ve calmed down a little and gotten used to other people and animals, your dog will bark less and subsequently be in less danger when new dogs or people are around.

Why do Yorkies hate other dogs?

It’s not that they hate them, but rather stress and anxiety, along with feeling the need that they must protect you and their territory. Small dogs, such as Yorkies, often ‘puff up’ and bark excessively in order to compensate for that stress.

Spending more time around other animals and people can help and you can help as well. When your dog gets stressed, tell them to ‘sit’ and show them a treat. When they calm and sit down, give them the treat, and your relaxed attitude will help your dog to feel a little safer around the new people and animals.

Will a big dog try to hurt my Yorkie?

While many large dogs are friendly and gentle, this is definitely not the case with all of them. As such, when you are walking your Yorkie you should try to go around or better yet, avoid larger dogs completely whenever possible.

Yorkies sometimes can’t help themselves when it comes to barking at bigger dogs, as their stress and desire to protect you will make them more aggressive in the hopes of scaring away the bigger dog. Unfortunately, all it takes is one strike from a bigger dog to harm your Yorkie or worse.

For this reason, it is best to avoid larger dogs that your Yorkie has not befriended already unless the owner is present to help ensure that both dogs can meet each other safely.

Should you pick up your Yorkie if you see a big dog?

No, do NOT pick up your Yorkie if you see a bigger dog. The other dog may take this as an aggressive act and could attack both you and your dog.

Instead, you can try moving your dog away far to the side and out of reach or simply turn around and go the other way if you cannot convince the owner to move away while you do the same.

What dogs do Yorkies get along with?

Interestingly enough, Yorkies seem to get along quite well with herding breeds. Labradors, Mastiffs, and Golden Retrievers are all good examples of dogs that Yorkies just seem to naturally like to hang out with. Likely it is the docile nature of these shepherding breeds, but whatever the case, Yorkies seem to get along quite well with herding dogs.

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How do I get my Yorkie to be nicer around other dogs?

One easy trick that can help your Yorkie to get used to other dogs is to keep some treats at ready, and when your Yorkie sees another dog, immediately tell them to ‘sit’. When your dog does, give them the treat, along with some praise and love.

Get them to sit for a little while before they meet the other dog and you will see a huge difference, plus your dog will learn from your actions whether or not a new dog should be viewed with caution.

Are Yorkies jealous dogs?

Yorkies are definitely jealous little dogs and you’ll notice it when anyone else tries to command your attention. They’ll nose at your hand for you to pet them, try to get you to play, jump up next to you, or even sometimes bark at you!

This is fine, but if your dog is a little too possessive, then you might want to get them to spend a little time around other animals and your friends, so that they are a little less codependent or possessive of you.

Do Yorkies think that they are big dogs?

No, but it’s hard to tell from the way they bark at anything larger than them. This behavior is actually quite common in small dogs, who are aware that they aren’t gigantic but brave enough to turn that stress into aggression in hopes of scaring the other animal off.

Proper socialization training is a good idea, as not all other animals will take this behavior kindly!

Can Yorkies get along with a housecat?

Yes, Yorkies can get along with and even become best friends with a housecat, though this will depend on the temperament of both animals and it might take awhile. Be patient when introducing them and install a baby gat in one doorway so that your cat has a room where they can escape the dog.

Over time, they’ll learn first to tolerate each other, and eventually if you are lucky then you might find them playing like the best friends they have become!