By Brent Mayabb, DVM (Royal Canin USA)
Formulated specifically for Yorkshire Terriers
The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, as it's commonly called, is a small breed dog originally developed in the United Kingdom in the 1800s. Its ancestors are from Scotland and were used to hunt rabbits. Today, the Yorkie is a beloved pet with many unique attributes from its characteristic coat to its terrier personality. At Royal Canin, our researchers have developed a food for this special breed. Yorkshire Terrier 28
provides specialized nutrition for this popular dog.
Perhaps the most notable trait of the Yorkshire Terrier is the coat. The coat is unique in that it does not shed, but instead grows continuously, much like human hair. Another distinct feature is that there are no secondary hairs in the follicles, and thus Yorkies have no undercoat. The hair and skin can require up to 35% of the daily protein intake. To provide adequate nutrition for this constant hair growth, Yorkshire Terrier 28 provides high quality protein that is particularly high in sulfur-containing amino acids (which necessary for hair growth). It also contains an increased amount of trace elements like copper and zinc, which are essential cofactors for hair growth. Other nutrients of importance are vitamins and lipids. Yorkshire Terrier 28 provides both Omega 3 and Omega 6 unsaturated fatty acids. Biotin and vitamin A are also augmented.
Yorkies have a high incidence of dental disease. The accumulation of plaque gradually leads to tartar formation. The results are gingivitis, gum recession, and tooth loss. These problems occur even in Yorkies as young as five years. To help improve oral hygiene, Yorkshire Terrier 28 provides some innovative solutions to the dental problems. Royal Canin has developed a unique kibble that encourages more chewing. The size and shape provide a kibble that is easily grasped and chewed. The kibble is extruded longitudinally which allows the teeth to penetrate further into the kibble before breaking causing a "brushing" action. A calcium-binding agent helps prevent tartar formation as well.
Like many small breed dogs, Yorkies exhibit exceptional longevity. With this increased life span comes the increased prevalence of age-related diseases. Heart disease, renal disease, and arthritis are not uncommonly reported. Yorkshire Terrier 28 provides a complex of antioxidants to combat free radicals and slow the ageing process. Vitamin E, vitamin c, and polyphenols from green tea and grapefruit have been added. Glucosamine and chondroitin are also present in this formula to slow cartilage degeneration associated with arthritis.
Yorkies have a reputation as fussy eaters. Royal Canin has added the Exclusive Savor to Yorkshire Terrier 28 to provide exceptional palatability for those picky pets. High quality ingredients, taste and aroma enhancers, unique kibble design, and packaging designed for freshness are all features of this system.
Although no longer considered a hunting dog, Yorkshire Terriers are no less important in the homes of their owners today than in the UK two hundred years ago. Yorkie owners and breeders alike laud the merits of this extraordinary dog. At Royal Canin, we agree, and have designed a likewise special formula just for them.