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Yorkie Breed Information

Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) are feisty, adventurous and spunky little dogs. They are sporty and wild, cuddly and affectionate, and they love to travel and explore. They are highly devoted family-oriented dogs.  Yorkshire Terriers have amazing, colorful personalities. They are loving, fun, playful, and fond of attention. They love to perform tricks and they are great at canine sports.  Yorkies are elegant toy-sized dogs with an average weight between 4 and 6 pounds and an average height between 8 to 9 inches. they have a glamorous long silky hypoallergenic coat, sparkly dark eyes, a little black nose, and small pointy ears.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Courageous, Energetic, Independent, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 4-6 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 8-9 in LIFE SPAN 10-16 yrs

Yorkshire Terrier Characteristics

  • Alert, protective, and vigilant, the Yorkshire Terrier is a great watchdog
  • Yorkie puppies are easy to train. They are known to be obedient and fast learning students
  • Adventurous and explorers at heart, Yorkshire Terriers are wonderful travel companions
  • The Yorkshire Terriers have a long lifespan with an average of 16 to 18 years
  • Highly receptive, affectionate, and devoted, the Yorkie has a great reputation as a therapy dog
  • The Yorkie is a hypoallergenic dog with a low-shedding coat
  • Yorkie puppies are highly adaptable, they are comfortable in small apartments as well as in big homes
  • Yorkies are fit for both active and laid-back lifestyles
  • Friendly and out-going, the Yorkshire Terrier is great with children and household pets
  • The Yorkie is an affectionate, cheerful dog best suited for families, singles, seniors, and first-time pet owners
  • According to the AKC, the Yorkie dog is the 10th most popular dog in the United States
  • The Yorkie dog breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club since 1885 

Yorkshire Terrier Breeders

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Yorkshire Terrier Appearance

Gracious and elegant in appearance, with their heads held high, the Yorkshire Terriers carry themselves in a proud and confident manner.

A member of the Toy Group, the Yorkshire Terrier is small in stature averaging in weight from 4 to 6 pounds and in height from 8 to 9 inches for an adult Yorkie (full grown Yorkie).

The Yorkie size can differ based on breed type and sex. A female Yorkie is slightly smaller than a Yorkshire Terrier male. Teacup Yorkie, Miniature Yorkie (or Mini Yorkie), Toy Yorkie, and Micro Yorkie are smaller versions of the standard Yorkshire Terrier. A full grown Teacup Yorkie is also slightly smaller than a standard Yorkie.  

The Yorkie has a small compact and well-proportioned body, a medium length muzzle, dark sparkly eyes, and small pointy ears.  

The Yorkshire Terrier coat is made of a long straight, silky, and soft glossy hair that has very light shedding and is hypoallergenic. The breed standard Yorkie colors are golden tan with steel blue. Although Yorkie puppies are born with a much darker coat, the lighter shades on the coat will develop into the standard breed colors as they mature.  

Although their official recognition is yet unclear, Yorkies can be found in various sizes and colors. The most sought-after types of Yorkies are:

  • Parti Yorkie
  • Teacup Yorkie
  • Toy Yorkie
  • Miniature Yorkie – Mini Yorkie
  • Micro Yorkie
  • Micro Teacup Yorkie 

Other popular Yorkie colors include:

  • White Yorkie
  • Black Yorkie
  • Chocolate Yorkie
  • Merle Yorkie
  • Black and White Yorkie
  • Blonde Yorkie
  • Brown Yorkie
  • Silver Yorkie
  • Black and Brown Yorkies  

Among these colors, there are a few that are categorized as rare Yorkie colors. These include solid colors like silver, brown, white, black, and blonde, as well as parti colors like black and brown, and black and white.  

Yorkshire Terrier Temperament

Energetic, playful, and happy, the Yorkshire Terrier loves to run and hike, fetch and chase, and will greatly enjoy a game of “hide my treats so I can go seek.” The Yorkie is a strong, speedy, and athletic little dog who loves canine sports and performs really well in agility, rally, and obedience.  

Popular for possessing all the qualities of a larger dog, the Yorkie is a feisty, fearless, and protective little warrior who will not be intimidated by any dog no matter the size.  

The Yorkshire Terriers are bold, have a curious nature and are tenacious explorers who like to check things out and be aware of every little corner of their surroundings.  

The Yorkies are fun, spunky, independent little dogs who are more than happy to keep themselves entertained with a toy.  

Loving, cuddly and affectionate, the Yorkshire terriers are a hundred percent devoted to their human family; they are quite fond of attention and they very much enjoy performing, entertaining, and being applauded by an audience. 

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Yorkshire Terrier Care

Yorkshire Terrier Grooming Requirements

Yorkshire Terriers are generally easy to groom. They require a daily brush to keep their coats tangle and knot free and to avoid matting of the hair. It is recommended to give Yorkies a bath every 4 to 6 weeks to keep their coats clean, silky, and smooth.  

It is beneficial to trim the hair around their eyes and ears, and clip their nails regularly. Their teeth should also be brushed regularly, preferably twice a month at home, and once every few months at the groomer for a more professional canine dental care routine.

As Yorkies are considered one of the most fashionable dog breeds in the world today, they come with a few signature looks and popular Yorkie haircuts. Some Yorkie owners opt for Teddy Bear Yorkie haircuts, while others choose Yorkie cuts like the popular Yorkie puppy cut or the Yorkie short hair clip.  

Yorkshire Terrier Exercise Needs

Yorkies are toy-sized dogs and don’t have high exercise needs. They enjoy long walks, canine games of tag and find, dog sports, adventures, and snuggles on the couch with their favorite humans. A short walk or two of a combined 30 to 40 minutes each day and some active playtime indoors are enough to keep the Yorkie healthy, fit, and content.

Yorkshire Terrier Health  

As with all big and small dog breeds, Yorkies are not immune to health concerns. Although they are a healthier breed than others, they can develop certain conditions such as hypoglycemia, luxating patella, obesity, liver shunt, and periodontal disease. To avoid any or all of these health issues, it is best to provide Yorkies with a well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise, and make sure to avoid any type of rough play that may injure the dog.  

Yorkshire Terrier Lifespan  

The Yorkie lifespan is between 16 to 18 years, although there have been cases of Yorkies living much longer than that. The oldest living Yorkie is currently 28 years old. To increase the Yorkie life expectancy, it’s best to stick to a strict well-balanced diet, provide plenty of exercise, and never miss a vet check.  

Yorkshire Terrier Training

Yorkie puppies are smart, easy-going dogs. They are known to be quick learners when it comes to both basic commands and more intensive training. They are great in sporting competitions and can be trained in advanced agility, rally, and obedience. Combining active playtime with training sessions will works best with Yorkie puppies. It is recommended to use a calm tone of voice, positive reinforcement, and treat rewards when training a Yorkie puppy.  
Socializing and leash training a Yorkshire Terrier should go smoothly. They are naturally friendly and outgoing, and they love discovering novel places.  

Yorkies are not overly-dependent dogs. They can be left alone for a few hours without the risk of them being yappy or destructive. They are not generally prone to separation anxiety, but it is always best to gradually get them adjusted to some alone time before leaving them alone for extended periods of time.  

Yorkshire Terrier History

From a hard-working utility dog to a most adored cuddly lapdog, the Yorkshire Terrier, also known as Yorkie, has quite the colorful history.

At the beginning of the 19th century, Yorkshire Terrier ancestors arrived in England alongside Scottish workers who came seeking jobs in the industrial region of Yorkshire. Soon after their arrival, the Yorkies displayed great hunting skills and started being used as utility dogs – rodent hunters in the mills and mines of Yorkshire.

Before long, the proud and elegant Yorkshire Terrier caught the eye of the wealthy court ladies and by the mid 1800’s it became a fashionable luxury pet associated with wealth in the Victorian age.  From there on, in 1870, the Yorkies made their way to America where they were officially recognized as a breed and given the name “Yorkshire Terrier”.

A show dog with many impressive titles won, a war hero who saved lives during World War II, and the first therapy dog in history, the Yorkshire Terrier has gathered an amazing number of achievements throughout history. Greatly love around the world, with more notable admirers like President Richard Nixon, Audrey Hepburn, and Natalie Portman (all of whom owned a Yorkie), the Yorkshire Terrier has been, and is, to this day one of the most popular toy breeds in the world.  

Over the past few decades, as their popularity reached its peak, Yorkies started being used as a parent breed to several Yorkie mix breeds.  

The most popular Yorkie mixes in the United States are:

  • Morkie – Maltese Yorkie mix
  • Yorkie Poo – Yorkie Poodle mix
  • Yorkie Chon – Yorkie Bichon
  • Shorkie – Shih Tzu Yorkie mix
  • Chorkie – Yorkie Chihuahua mix
  • Yorkie Pom – Yorkie Pomeranian mix
  • Havashire – Havanese Yorkie mix  

Other Yorkshire Terrier mix breeds are:

  • Snorkie – Schnauzer Yorkie mix
  • Dorkie – Dachshund Yorkie mix
  • Yorkie Russell or Jorkie – Jack Russell Yorkie mix
  • Pugshire – Pug Yorkie mix
  • Yorksky – Yorkie Husky mix
  • Corkie – Corgi Yorkie mix
  • Borkie – Beagle Yorkie mix
  • Carkie – Cairn Terrier Yorkie mix

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the lifespan of a Yorkshire Terrier? The average lifespan is 11 to 15 years.

Are Yorkshire Terriers aggressive? They can be. This breed is very territorial, independent and fearless which can lead to aggressive behaviors. Proper training and socialization at an early age can help to eliminate these aggressive behaviors.

How big do Yorkshire Terriers get? The adult Yorkshire Terrier measures between 8 to 9 inches in height and weighs between 3 to 7 lbs.

What type of coat does the Yorkshire Terrier have? This breed has a long fine single coat that often has a glossy or silky texture.

Do Yorkshire Terriers bark a lot? Yes. This has a lot to do with their hunting and terrier lineage. They bark when they are excited, agitated or just want to communicate.

Do Yorkshire Terriers shed a lot? No. A Yorkshire Terriers coat is actually made of hair and not fur so they only shed minimally, much the same as human hair loss.

Is a Yorkshire Terrier hypoallergenic? No dog is truly hypoallergenic, however because this breed has hair they will carry less pet dander, which makes them an excellent breed for those who suffer with allergies.

What is the temperament of a Yorkshire Terrier? These small and mighty dogs are brave and confident. They are fearless and fun and always willing and ready to play. Alternatively, they also enjoy plenty of lap time on the couch and cuddles with their owners and family.

How much exercise does the Yorkshire Terrier need? This breed has a moderate energy level so they will need a couple of walks each day. Short strolls in addition to some indoor or outdoor active play each day will be plenty to keep them healthy.

Do Yorkshire Terriers like being left home alone? Though they are known for their independence, they don’t like being left alone. They can develop separation anxiety or destructive behaviors if left alone for long periods of time. They’d be much happier going wherever you go.

Are Yorkshire Terriers good with children? They can be, but it requires a fair amount of training and socialization for both the Yorkshire Terrier and the child or children. This breed can become easily agitated and aggressive if provoked.

Does the Yorkshire Terrier go by other names? Yes, they are most commonly referred to as a “Yorkie”.

Does the Yorkshire Terrier change colors as it ages? Yes. Puppies are born black and their coats turn blue-and-tan as they mature.

Where did the Yorkshire Terrier originate? The Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire county in northern England during the 19th century.

At what age does a Yorkshire Terriers ears stand up? The Yorkshire Terrier's ears will begin to stand between the ages of 6 and 8 months.