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Breed Information

Popularity

2017: #9

2016: #9

2015: #7

Name Yorkshire Terrier
Other names Yorkie
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group

Toy (AKC:1885)

Companion (UKC)

Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-16 years
Temperament

Alert

Courageous

Energetic

Independent

Intelligent

Loyal

Playful

Height 20-23 cm (8-9 inches)
Weight 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds)
Colors

Black & Gold

Black & Tan

Blue & Gold

Blue & Tan

Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $1000 USD

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability

5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Yorkie is a good dog for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The Yorkie is sensitive to the cold and prefers warm climates.

Barking Tendencies

5 stars

Frequent

Cat Friendly

4 stars

Child Friendly

1 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

2 stars

Exercise Needs

1 stars

Grooming

5 stars

High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

4 stars

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Intelligence

5 stars

Ranking: #27 (See All Rankings)

Playfulness

3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars

Trainability

3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: They are terriers, and that means they have a stubborn, independent streak. Begin training early when your puppy is amenable to the process, and always conduct sessions with lots of praise and treats. Keep the sessions short, as Yorkies bore easily and try to vary the activity as much as possible.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Yorkshire Terrier Puppy (Face, Look)
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Puppy Names

Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Luna
02 Milo Daisy
03 Toby Luna
04 Leo Maggie
05 Buster Zoe
06 Bear Sadie
07 Cooper Roxy
08 Oliver Abbie
09 Jack Stella
10 Bentley Coco
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Overview

The Yorkshire Terrier’s appearance is that of a well-balanced, long coated, small (Toy-type) terrier, readily identified by its steel blue and tan, straight-flowing coat. The hair is parted on the muzzle and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail. The body is square and evenly proportioned. The dog’s high head carriage and confident manner gives the appearance of vigor and self-importance.

The Yorkshire Terrier is tolerant of older children, provided they respect its personal space. Due to its small size and bold temperament (which arises from its working origins) the Yorkshire Terrier is not recommended for young children unless carefully supervised. The Yorkshire Terrier can occasionally be a bit too brave when dealing with larger dogs, but gets along fine with cats and other household pets. Yorkies prefer life indoors, and are especially unsuited to cold climates.

History

The Yorkie was created by working men of north England, who developed the breed for catching the terrible rats and mice that infested clothing mills and mine shafts. These hunting dogs could penetrate into badger and fox burrows. The breed is not very old, but its origins are not entirely certain. However, it seems likely that Scotsmen seeking work in the woolen mills of Yorkshire brought with them various types of terrier, including the Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Manchester Terrier, Maltese and the now-extinct Clydesdale (Paisley Terrier). These were then crossed with local types, such as the longhaired Leeds Terrier. At first, the Yorkie was a much bigger animal than the one we see today, but by selectively breeding the smallest individuals, the dog was gradually miniaturized over the years. It was made into a fashion dog. Women carried these little dogs in their bags and under their arms. The Yorkshire Terrier was first recognized by the AKC in 1885.

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