The Yorkshire Terrier (nicknamed the “Yorkie”) is an English toy breed of dog which for the most part retains their original terrier instincts and features a silky blue and tan coat that sheds little to no hair as well as a small face with dark eyes, a black nose and perked-up ears that combine to create an overall glamorous or pampered appearance. The breed can be traced back to the mid-1800s, and they were originally used for the chief objective of catching rats before they later found popularity as a companion dog after exhibition on the dog show circuit.

A number of their more distinguishing traits are often seen in their bold and feisty temperament, hypoallergenic coat that is commonly worn in long, flowing styles at dog shows around the world, tendency to be pampered and ability to offer a lot of dog in a small package – which all help in making the Yorkshire Terrier the third most popular companion dog breed in the world as well as the most popular of all breeds for apartment dwellers and people who suffer from dog allergies.

The Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire in England during the mid-1800s and was originally bred to catch rats that infested clothing mills. Soon they became popular around the dog show circuit and subsequently they found favor as a companion dog for the wealthy in England as well as America once they were exhibited there just a few years later. The many breeds thought to have been involved in their creation include the Waterside Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier, Black and Tan English Terrier as well as perhaps the Maltese and Skye Terrier.

Yorkshire Terriers are termed as a tiny-sized breed. The suggested standard size for the Yorkshire Terrier male and female is 8-9 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 5-7 pounds.

The Yorkshire Terrier is renowned for their busy, curious and often stubborn spirit. They are often suspicious with people they don’t know, but their small size often means they are unsuitable as a guard dog.

The Yorkshire Terrier is also accepted to be highly intelligent – ranking equal 27th in comparison with other dogs when taking into account their capacity to be trained obedience instructions. They are additionally recognized to be too fragile for some young children and may become snappy with them if handled too roughly – which means they are not the best choice as a family pet. The Yorkshire Terrier is not highly pleasant with other animals and can be surprisingly aggressive despite their size which makes it very important to introduce them to new animals slowly.

The Yorkshire Terrier doesn’t need a yard to play in, and are easily the most popular breed for life in an apartment which they are highly suited to so long as they are taken for daily walks. They prefer warmer temperatures, and can be less content if it gets too cold – so extra measures should be taken to keep them warm in winter.

The Yorkshire Terrier is made happy with pursuits including play sessions with their owner and going for a run around a safe area. They possess a high quantity of energy and this calls for exercise each day in the manner of short walks while being kept on the leash to prevent behavior problems like excessive barking – habits that the Yorkshire Terrier may be particularly inclined to take up if they’re given no other outlet for their energy.

The Yorkshire Terrier could be the right dog breed for gentle owners, families with older children, apartment dwellers, seniors or allergy sufferers. They are well-suited for anybody who is willing to execute a moderately high level of grooming and allow time to give them early socialization and fair discipline to establish the human as the pack leader in addition to take them for short walks each day and present a very high quantity of company and devotion.


  • Affectionate, Sprightly, Tomboyish
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 10 of 191
  • Height: 7-8 inches
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-15 years
  • Group: Toy Group

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