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Yorkshire Terrier Facts

Updated on November 17, 2013


Yorkshire Terrier is a famous breed and widely adored. These dogs are also a compassionate pet to live with. They are also called Yorkies, a slightly cuter name to fit them. Their beautiful appearance is characterized by their long, silky fur and energized personality.

Yorkshire terrier


Yorkies are usually black in colour, almost indistinguishable from one another, whereas the older ones have a wide variety of colours. This is because of the fact that as these dogs age, their coats will change and might even have strange patterns, like black with white. Their extensive breeding with other dogs has given them an enormous wide pattern of colours.

Although they are small in size, their teeth are usually sharp enough. Their ears are always pointy towards the sky, they have short but straight legs and their walking style is adorable!

The adults are slightly heavier and bigger than the females. The former have an average weight of 6 to 7.5 pounds and a height of 16 cm, whereas the females weigh around 5.5 to 6.5 pounds and have a height of 13 to 14 cm.

Yorkshire Terrier Outdoors

History and Behavior

This breed was first raised during the 19th century in Northern England for the sole purpose of catching mice and doing other tedious jobs. It wasn't until AKC recognized them as an official breed in 1885, that they gained some recognition.

Their temperament is usually known for their cheerfulness, extreme stamina and their sharp brains. Although they are not as big as other breeds, their wits compensate for their lack of height. These adorable dogs will be careful not to do something their owner might not want them to do and will go to great lengths to not displease them.

They bond very easily with their masters, they love affection and this makes them very adorable and cherished by the people who own them. However, this breed is extremely cautious with strangers and might even bark at them, although there is no danger imminent.

Grooming and Training

Something that not many owners know or recognize is that this breed needs extensive grooming. Their owners will have to brush them, play with them, caress, hug and bond with them. Otherwise there might be a negative impact to their personality and make them aggressive towards everyone.

They are considered an easily trainable breed due to their sharp mind and affection with the master. However, clear boundaries must be set as soon as possible, because Yorkshire Terriers can become really stubborn and might challenge your leadership if you are really low on them. For example, you must resist and not overfeed them if they try to seduce you with their cute face.

There is a small exception to their fast training and that is potty training. This might take some time, because it is harder than the rest of the training activities. It could take up to several weeks!

A walk a day is mandatory so they can expend their extra energy and you can also play fetch with them. This will definitely reinforce your bonding.


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    • Livehappy89 profile image

      Livehappy89 4 years ago from Athens

      Hello Karen, unfortunately I don't the answer to these specific questions.... :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Interesting. They sure are cute. I'm not sure I would remember to groom one every day but it's something to keep in mind. Do you know if they make good therapy dogs, or would they be too timid in new settings, and with the elderly?