Charming but feisty, the Yorkshire terrier has a vibrant spirit, a loving heart and a big personality. Affectionately Called “Yorkie”.
|Size||Small Dog Breed|
|Life Span||14 – 16 years|
|Height||8 – 9 inches|
|Weight||Under 7 Pounds (Under 3 kg)|
|Coat||Glossy, fine and silky. Moderately long and straight|
|Color||Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Black & Gold, Blue & Gold|
Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as “Yorkies,”seems oblivious of its small size, ever eager for adventure and trouble. It offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, their terrier heritage can be seen in its sharp,intelligent expression and compact body. This small breed is more noted for its long, silky hair. Color is a brand mark of this breed, with the blue a dark steel blue and the tan a clear tan.
The Yorkshire terrier seems oblivious of its small size, ever eager for adventure and trouble. Yorkies are very adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. It is busy, inquisitive, bold, stubborn, and can be aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. Some tend to bark a lot. They require limited exercise due to their small size, but need daily interaction with their people. Their long coat requires regular brushing.
|Trainability||Easy to Train|
Breed’s Health & Care
Yorkies tend to exercise themselves within the home, but they also need to have interaction in the form of games. They appreciate a short walk outdoors on leash and enjoy the chance to explore a safe area. This is definitely not a dog that can live outdoors. The long coat needs brushing or combing every day or two.
- Major concerns: portacaval shunt, tracheal collapse, Leggs-Perthes
- Minor concerns: patellar luxation
- Occasionally seen: PRA
- Suggested tests: liver ultrasound, (knee), (eye)
Yorkshire area of England is known for producing fine animals, hence named after the city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. They are the result of purposeful crosses between a variety of terriers. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers of Scotland; in fact, facetious (funny and inappropriate) comments were often made about how the dogs’ fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society. By 1880, Yorkies had come to America, the breed varied so much in size but small size was preferred and made a concerted effort to breed a smaller Yorkie with even longer coat. Yorkshire terrier is one of the smaller and most luxuriously coated dogs in existence. These traits, along with its terrier heritage, have placed it as a consistent favorite with pet owners and show fanciers alike.