The Yorkshire Terrier puppy

In the U.K., a Yorkshire Terrier is called a “Yorkie,” while in the U.S. they are known as Yorkies for short.

These feisty little dogs were originally bred to exterminate rats and mice in coal mines,

but with their sweet faces, you may be hard-pressed to tell that that’s where they came from.

They have an outgoing personality, a lot of energy,

and a medium to long lifespan (10 to 16 years).

This is a small, compact dog with a black, brown, or blue shiny smooth hair coat.

His ears are perky, pointy, medium in size, and set high.

His tail is straight, carried over the back when joyous, and curled over the back with ease.