Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

Beautiful Yorkshire Terrier isolated on white

A fun, lively, feisty, game little dog with a huge personality. The Yorkie still thinks it’s a wolf. They are much tougher than they look and not a fashion accessory. Can be stubborn, like all terriers, and also pretty intelligent.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Low. Up to an hour a day plus play time. Regular short walks suit them, but they are tough and can do longer walks if used to it. They like to play ball games and fetch.

Size: 7-9 inches

Weight: 5-7 lbs

Colour: Tan and black

Town or Country: Both, but does especially well in towns.

Low Allergy:

Best Suited for: Low to moderately active households, including those with younger children, apartment dwellers and those with limited mobility, who can invest time in training and grooming, and where there is companionship for at least part of the day.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: North England

Original Purpose: Working. Getting rid of rats in coal mines. Now a companion dog.

Living Space: Low, indoors and out.

Coat: Long, silky.

Grooming: The traditional long coat is extremely high maintenance. The silky hair has to be brushed and combed daily. Requires regular bathing and coat oiling to prevent breakage. For easy maintenance, have the coat clipped.

Children: High with older, calm and more considerate children. Not with toddlers - it does not cope well with rough handling.

Sociability with strangers: Medium to high. With good early socialisation they can get along well with all humans.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium. Yorkies get along well with other pets if well socialised from puppyhood. Can be very possessive of their food and toys. Outdoors, the Yorkie can be aggressive towards other dogs - definitely a wolf in miniature.

Trainability: Medium to high. Yorkies don’t like lead (leash) walking and must be trained to accept it. You must be firm and consistent, even with these tiny dogs, as they can be stubborn.

Noise Level: High. Makes a good watchdog. Early training is required to remove excessive barking tendencies. If left alone and unoccupied can quickly become a nuisance.

Known Health Issues: Bad teeth. There is a wide range of other diseases known/reported in the breed and their susceptibility to illness is high. Find out as much as you can on Yorkie health from the internet and go to a breeder well armed to ask specifically about this aspect. Ask the breeder in detail about each of the known health issues and whether any of these show in their breed lines. Make sure your contract of ownership includes a suitable clause about what happens in the event of your Yorkie developing ill-health.

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Special Needs: The coat provides little protection these days and this breed needs a coat for cooler, wetter climates.

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