Feeding Your Yorkie

What, When, and How To Feed Your Yorkie Puppy


These are general guidelines for what, when, and how to feed a Yorkie puppy. Of course, each puppy is different so a few days before you bring your Let’s Talk Yorkie puppy home, I will email detailed feeding instructions tailored to your individual puppy. 


What should I feed my puppy? 

Royal Canin Yorkshire Terrier Puppy food from the time you take your puppy home until the age of 10 months. 

I chose this food because Yorkies are fussy eaters with sensitive tummies and it is formulated to entice them to eat and is easily digestible. It also supports their immune systems, promotes good dental health, and beautiful coats. 

Please do NOT change your puppy’s food unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian!!! I have tried them all and have found my puppies do best on this food. 

I highly recommend that you put your puppy’s food on auto-ship from either Amazon or Chewy so you never run out.


How much should I feed my puppy and how often? 

1/4 cup two times daily for a total of ½ cup of puppy food per day. 

In addition, I suggest that you leave a few nuggets of food in your pup’s dish overnight until they are settled in and eating well during the day AND weigh at least 2 lbs. 

Some Yorkie pups are inconsistent eaters. What that means is that they will quickly gobble up one meal and the next they will pick at for hours. If your puppy is being more of a grazer than a meal eater, leave the bowl down so they can nibble on their food if and when they want to throughout the day. 

Please remember it is NOT enough to just have food available, you MUST make sure your puppy is eating to prevent hypoglycemia! 


What if my puppy won’t eat? 

If your puppy is not eating their kibble offer him/her Royal Canin Puppy Loaf in Sauce. This is a canned food designed to stimulate a pup’s appetite.  

To prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) do not allow strenuous play or exercise if your puppy is not eating well. 


What Treats do you recommend? 

I recommend treats that can be easily cut up into tiny pieces like Bil-Jac Treats and Wellness brand. Treats should also be easily digestible.

Do not overfeed your puppy treats!!! Pups won’t eat their meals if they’ve had too many snacks. The problem with that is while they do fill their bellies, treats aren’t providing growing puppies with the nutrition they need. 


Avoid overfeeding your Yorkie

PLEASE do not be tempted to overfeed or give too many treats to your Yorkie puppy.  Overeating can cause diarrhea and so does eating things they are not used to, and your pup has NOT had any treats of any kind. In addition, the same way obesity can cause health issues for us humans, it can cause them in our dogs too. 


When do I change my puppy to adult food? 

Start your puppy on adult food by 10 months of age. 


What adult dog food do you recommend for my Yorkie? 

Farmina Mini Breed Ancestral Grain Lamb and Blueberry 

Why don’t you recommend grain-free food for my adult Yorkie?

I tried feeding grain-free food several years ago and my Yorkies just didn’t do well on it, so I switched back to food with grain and the issues resolved within a few weeks. 

In addition, in 2019 grain-free foods were linked to heart disease by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Therefore, unless your Yorkie was diagnosed with a grain allergy by a veterinarian, I do not recommend feeding them grain-free food. 


How do I change my puppy to adult food? 

You should change your Yorkie from puppy to adult food veeeeery slowly to prevent stomach upset. There are detailed instructions for changing your dog’s food properly on the blog. 


Should I use toppers or add people food to my Yorkie’s meals? 

I prefer not to supplement a Yorkie’s diet with toppers or by adding people food to their meals. My reason is this: Let’s say your puppy is eating, growing, and in general doing well on food and that is 1/3 protein 1/3 carbohydrates and 1/3 vegetables. The minute you add anything to their bowl you change that ratio. So now a pup that was gaining weight and growing steadily could either slow down or grow too fast. And a pup that was pottying normally and regularly is suddenly not. In addition, the thing that most people add to their Yorkie’s food is chicken (or some other protein). Too much protein can cause pancreatitis and can increase the risk of liver disorders and we definitely don’t want that. 


What should I avoid giving to my Yorkie to eat? 

NEVER feed your Yorkshire Terrier any form of rawhide, they do not fully break down and could cause an abdominal obstruction. Never give your puppy Greenies for the same reason.