My Yorkie Is Not Acting Right (What’s Wrong And What Do I Do?)

Yorkshire terriers can exhibit some strange behaviors.

That is part of their charm.

They often do crazy things that make us laugh and fall in love with them even more.

But a Yorkie not acting right can also indicate a serious problem.

If your Yorkie’s behavior changes suddenly, take that as a warning.

There is probably something health-related going on. If you are unable to see what it could be, we strongly recommend taking your dog for a checkup.

But first, keep reading for a rundown of the most common behavioral changes and the underlying issue that could cause them. We will also cover what you should do if your pup is exhibiting any of these changes.

My Yorkie is Not Acting Right

Is your Yorkie acting strange? That could indicate something is wrong. And often, major changes in behavior can indicate a serious issue.

Sick Yorkies usually show a number behavioral changes. If your Yorkie is sleeping more than usual, not eating, is vomiting, has diarrhea, is showing a change in gait, is urinating more frequently, is exhibiting behavioral changes, or it is having breathing difficulties, then it may be time to call your vet.

10 Changes That Can Indicate Serious Problems

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Sickness in Yorkies can take many forms. Sometimes, it may be harmless, but other times, it could be serious. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch for in Yorkies, along with their likely causes and the steps to take.


Healthy Yorkies love to move and play. They are eager to go on walks and will also run to the window to bark at the neighborhood dogs or the backyard squirrels.

If your dog is hiding or sleeping more than usual, and no amount of coaxing can get it to come out, then there is a good chance it could be sick. Several issues can cause lethargy or sleepiness in dogs, including:

  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Injuries
  • Side effects of medicines
  • Deficiencies
  • Anemia
  • Old age
What To Do

If your Yorkie has suddenly been less active these days, it may be time to visit the vet. Especially if you can’t tell yourself what might be wrong.

Changes In Sleep Behavior

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It is normal for Yorkie puppies to sleep for almost 16 to 18 hours a day and for healthy adult Yorkies to sleep around 13 hours, on average.

While sick Yorkies tend to sleep more than usual, their sleep quality might be poor. Your pet won’t be able to sleep deeply due to aches and pains. It might twitch or wake up often. It may pace around and have trouble falling asleep again.

If your pet sleeps in your bed or the same room, you will be able to monitor its sleep. If it sleeps in another part of your house, you could use sleep tracking apps or devices which can show you exactly how much your pet slept.

The following causes can impede sleep in dogs.

  • Parasites: both external parasites like fleas or ticks, and internal parasites like roundworms, tapeworms, etc. could cause sleep disturbances in your dog.
  • Gastrointestinal issues: these can range from flatulence to food allergies to food poisoning caused by spoiled food. Your Yorkie might suffer from vomiting or diarrhea which could result in disturbed sleep.
  • Wounds or fractures: broken bones, injuries, and wounds can cause pain.
  • Dental issues: broken teeth, dental cavities, gum disease, etc. could cause sleep issues.
  • Arthritis: Yorkies with joint pain often suffer from poor sleep. This type of pain is worse in cold months.
  • Fever: dogs cannot sleep if they have a fever. A normal body temperature for Yorkies is 102° to 105° F (38.9° – 40.6° C).
  • Diabetes: Unusual sleep patterns can often occur due to a blood sugar imbalance
  • Other illnesses: thyroid, heart issues, and kidney disease can all affect sleep patterns.
What To Do

Some issues might resolve in a day or two on their own. If the condition persists over several days, you must see your vet. In addition to a physical exam, vets may order urine and blood tests, X-rays, sonography, etc. to rule out various underlying health issues.

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