Yorkshire Terrier

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
Affection / Dependance:
Exercise needed:
Space needed:
Tendency to bark:
Grooming Requirements:
Tendency to bark:
Grooming Requirements:

Breed Attributes


Breed group: Toy    Type: Pure Breed    Talent:


Size: Small     Weight:     Fur length: Long    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & Brown


Life Expectancy: About 12 – 16 years.    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Yorkshire Terrier, also called Yorkie, is perfect as companion and lap dog and the most popular Toy breed in the United States. The breed is approximately 100 years old and the first Yorkshire with today's standard appeared in a dog show in 1870.

It seems that many breeds from Scotland and England have contributed in the development of this breed. On the Scottish side, the contributors may be the Waterside Terrier, the Paisley Terrier and the now extinct Clydesdale.

On the English side, they are the Old English Black and Tan, the Dandie Dinmont Terriers and the Maltese.


Yorkies puppies are usually born black and tan, gradually attaining their dark steel-blue and tan coloration as they mature.


The Yorkshire Terrier's straight coat is long and lustrous and silky fine.


The small Yorkshire Terrier is fearless and seem unaware of its vulnerabilities. Eager for problem they will not hesitate to attack much larger dogs. This playful little dog is affectionate with its owner and a loyal companion, highly dependent the Yorkie is known for requires more human companionship than any other breed. The Yorkshire Terrier, especially males, can be very territorial, sometimes suspicious of strangers he can be aggressive to other dogs and small animals. They get along well with older, considerate children if treated with care, because its small size, he is easily injured and must be protected from harm or rough play.


Generally the Yorkshire Terrier is a healthy breed, however, some are prone to bronchitis and early tooth decay (dry food help to keep their teeth clean and strong), Luxation Patella, Porto systemic Liver Shunt, Cataracts and Tracheal Collapse. They have poor tolerance of anesthetic and bitches may have trouble delivering. The Yorkie?s coat requires regular grooming and must be brushed and combed daily, this breed do not shed.


Intelligent the Yorkshire Terrier is quick to learn although they can sometimes be stubborn and more difficult to train than other breeds. They must have consistency, firmness and lots of praise in their training, however the Yorkie is an excellent mini watchdog.


The Yorkie is a good dog for apartment dwelling. They are very active indoors and fits comfortably into the smallest household, they will do okay without a yard. More or less one hour of opportunities to run and play is required daily.

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