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Yorkshire Terrier

Amiable, playful and charming

About the Yorkshire Terrier

Feisty, affectionate, and glamorous – the Yorkshire Terrier revels in the attention they garner. Though small in stature, the Yorkie boasts a big personality, making it the favored choice for apartment dwellers.

As a companion, they adore their family. Initially wary of strangers, they quickly warm up to new friends. That’s fortunate, as Yorkies tend to draw attention with their stunning coats and sweet faces. They embody the signature terrier bravado, sometimes becoming protective when new pets enter the household. However, well-socialized and trained Yorkies usually get along well with other dogs.

Yorkshire Terriers are popular among city-dwellers and relish their place at the top.

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Yorkshire Terrier Breed Characteristics

20 to 22 cm at the shoulder

4 to 6 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Black, gold, tan, blue

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Yorkshire Terrier, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Yorkshire Terrier Breed History

The Yorkshire Terrier traces its roots to the mid-19th century in Yorkshire, a northern English county. During the Industrial Revolution, Scottish immigrants brought their larger rat-catching dogs to Yorkshire’s coal mines and factories. Over time, these dogs crossbred with local terriers, giving rise to the Yorkshire Terrier.

Named in the latter half of the 19th century, the breed gained popularity through Huddersfield Ben, a show dog born in 1865, considered the father of modern Yorkies. Victorian noblewomen soon recognized the breed’s charms, and the Yorkshire Terrier became a staple of high society.

Caring For a Yorkshire Terrier

How to Choose a Responsible Yorkshire Terrier Breeder

To avoid inherited health problems, purchase your Yorkshire Terrier puppy from a responsible breeder. Given their fragility, your Yorkie’s health is paramount. Inquire if the breeder conducts health checks on their breeding animals and learn about their breeding program goals.

When seeking a Yorkshire Terrier, ask to meet the dam and stud. The parents’ temperament greatly influences your puppy’s disposition.

Yorkshire Terrier FAQ

No. They’re companion dogs through and through, despite being hunting dogs in the past. Thankfully, they’re very portable dogs and you can usually bring them along for any errands.

Yes, Yorkshire Terriers can make good watchdogs as they won’t hesitate to sound the alarm if a stranger enters their territory.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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