Yorkshire Terrier Information

yorkshire terrier breedThis popular toy dog packs a lot of personality into a small, spritely package. The 6th most popular dog in the United States, the Yorkshire Terrier is an affectionate and spirited breed. He needs strong leadership otherwise he tends to be bossy. With the right amount of training, however, this dog is a loving member of any family. Naturally adaptable, he does well in many different types of environments.

The Yorkie traces its history back to the Waterside Terrier. Today he has won over legions of fans thanks to his tiny, sweet face, beautiful black and tan coat, and lively, larger-than-life personality.

Yorkshire Terrier History

The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, originated in Yorkshire (northern England) in the mid-19th century. Workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire for work and brought several varieties of small terriers with them which were bred into the Yorkie.

Yorkshire Terrier Training & Temperament

Yorkies love their owners and can be trained for obedience as well as agility tasks. They may be a bit stubborn so it’s best to socialize and train them from a young age and take it slowly. Introduce them to many different people and situations so they become comfortable.

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Yorkshire Terrier Exercise

Yorkies need a medium amount of exercise to stay healthy and happy. This can include a short walk and playing with a ball inside or in the year. They can also be taught to participate in dog sports like obedience and agility to engage their body and mind.

Yorkshire Terrier Grooming

The Yorkie can have its hair kept long which requires daily brushing, or short which needs less maintenance. If kept long it’s important to trim the hair from their eyes or keep it tied up. They’ll need baths and their ears should be checked for issues that require cleaning.

Yorkshire Terrier Health

Yorkies are generally healthy. Limit their jumping as a puppy to prevent possible knee issues. Watch for possible eye conditions and keep the hair out of them.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_Terrier, https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/yorkshire-terrier/

Breed Stats

Average Size

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Height: 0ft 8in - 0ft 9in     Weight: 4-7lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection
  • Children
  • Strangers
  • Other Dogs
  • Barking


  • Grooming
  • Shedding
  • Easy to Train
  • Time Alone
  • Exercise Need


  • Apartments
  • Cold Tolerance
  • Heat Tolerance

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