The Yorkshire Terrier, or ‘Yorkie’ for short, is every bit as sweet as its chocolate bar counterpart. A miniature dog with roots in – you’ve guessed it – Yorkshire – this breed is known for a bubbly and adventurous personality that belies its modest size. A natural sense of fearlessness and a tendency to bark marks it out as a good watchdog. Let’s take a closer look a the Yorkshire Terrier.
Breed Group: Toy
Coat length: Long
Exercise: Up to 30 minutes per day
Grooming required?: Every day
Not a huge amount is known about the origin of this relatively recent addition to the canine family. That said, folks agree that the Yorkie was intentionally bred from a range of terriers, including the Black and Tan Terrier and the Waterside Terrier, by the working men of northern England.
Like most smaller breeds of dog, the Yorkshire Terrier has a long lifespan of roughly 13-15 years.
Yorkies are prone to minor health issues involving the eyes and knees.
The playful hunter
True to the Yorkie’s terrier roots, this is an active little dog who needs a daily walk for stimulation. Fun and games are always an added bonus.
The Yorkshire Terrier’s marvellous coat needs quite a bit of attention to keep it glossy and free of debris. A good brushing every other day should do the trick, plus regular clipping.
Small Dog Syndrome
There’s a risk of your Yorkshire Terrier trying to boss you around if it isn’t appropriately socialised from a young age. This breed also has a tendency to become yappy, which can be prevented by appropriate training.
With confident leadership shown by the owner, the Yorkshire Terrier isn’t hard to train.
The Yorkshire Terrier can be difficult to housebreak – but only if its owner adopts a lax attitude to training at large.
Where to find Yorkshire Terriers
Yorkshire Terrier Groups
Fancy swapping stories with fellow Yorkie owners? Find a group below.
Adopt a Yorkie
Want to adopt a Yorkshire Terrier in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Sold on the Yorkie’s bonny attitude? Take a look at these Kennel Club Assured Breeders.