Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers are small dogs with larger than body personality.

They have human-like hair which is silky and shiny and adds up to the beauty of this breed.

The terrier group consists of varied dogs but one thing that they all have in common is the feisty, energetic and mischievous personality.   

They make great apartment dogs because of their small size and some show line dogs have even won prizes.

If you’re looking for a feisty yet loving companion, Yorkshire terrier temperament is perfect for you.

<>Quick Facts

Avg Weight: 7 pounds

Avg Height: 7-8 inches

Life Expectancy: 11-15 years

Dog Group: Toy group

Dog Ranking: 10/193 (America)

<>At A Glance

Size (1/5)

These are small sized dogs which belong to the toy group of dogs.

They can grow up to 8-9 inches by the shoulder.

The weight of each dog varies which makes it inconsistent.

One Yorkshire terrier puppy may weigh 4 pounds whereas other will be 6 pounds.

Yorkshire Terrier is one breed and it does not have types.

A “tiny Yorkie” breed doesn’t exist. Don’t get fooled by breeders.

Affection Level (4/5)

They are highly affectionate dogs.

They will start following any little thing that catches their attention.

Although they show affection towards their owners and family members, they are very likely to bark when they see a stranger roaming around.

Apartment Friendly (5/5)

Absolutely apartment friendly.

Yorkies are small dogs but have an energy filled in them.

They are suited in an apartment perfectly.

Cold Weather Tolerability (2/5)

A Yorkshire is equipped with only one coat which is not enough to regulate the body during cold temperatures.

Temperatures till 7°C are suitable for them.

But if the temperature drops below that, you will notice shivering and you would want to cover them with coats or sweaters.

Hot Weather Tolerability (2/5)

Because of their single coat hair, it is difficult for them to sustain extreme heat.

Temperatures above 29°C may turn to be harmful to your Yorkie.

Keep your dog cool in summers using cooling mats or keeping them in a comparatively cooler temperature.

Barking Tendencies (4/5)

Often the barking of a Yorkie will be high pitched, attention-grabbing and loud.

Yorkie has high barking tendencies.

Because Yorkshire is an active dog, it needs to get enough exercise and room to roam around the house.

It starts barking only when its energy has been repressed.

One point that you must keep in mind while the dog barks are you should not reinforce it.

If you obey their demands then it is likely to start barking again to ask for that thing.

Cat Friendly (3/5)

The plus point in keeping a cat with a Yorkie is their size.

They are similar in size which means that they aren’t going to be under threat or anger.

Socialization of these both pets takes around 2-3 weeks.

Their interactions should always be supervised.

When going out, keep them out of each other’s reach.

Dog Friendly (4/5)

It gets along with other dogs but as it is a small-sized dog, it is natural for them to be scared of large dogs.

Exercise Needs (5/5)

Most of its exercise is completed indoors by roaming around in the house.

But you should still give him/her an exercise for about 20-30 minutes outdoors.

Grooming Needs: (4/5)

Shedding is less in this breed.

You can decide to keep them with their long hair or chop them off.

Playfulness: (4/5)

It may seem small in size but is filled with lots of energy.

It is energetic and will get along with you if you start playing with her.

It likes being playful and gets along with children.

But do not leave young children alone with the Yorkie unsupervised.

Trainability (3/5)

It is difficult to housebreak a Yorkie.

Consistent efforts to follow up your dog with appropriate training measures will make him well behaved and well trained.

Intelligence (3/5)

It ranks among the least intelligent dogs.

This means it needs at least 15-25 repetitions to start following instructions.

Mouthiness (2/5)

They do not have traits of chewing, nipping or biting.

Only if their exercise needs aren’t met then they will search for something to chew on.

They may also start chewing if they are bored.

It is essential for you to keep them busy.

Price group (3/5)

Buying a Yorkie from a breeder may cost approximately $1500- $2000.

Yorkie breed puppies for sale may range from $500- $3500.

It depends on the breeder as well as the type of Yorkie.

If the Yorkshire pup is from a family whose grandparents and parents have won prizes in the show ring, then the cost may range up to $10,000.

About Yor>About Yorkshire Terriers

n Kennel Club describes a Yorkshire Terrier to be affectionate, tomboyish and sprightly.

It looks charming with its silky hair.

Terriers were bred to hunt and dig up places.

Where Yor>Where Yorkshire Terriers Came From?

of a Yorkie takes us back to England where it was bred to catch rats in the mills.

The ancestors of this breed are Waterside Terriers.

They had long blue-gray haircoat and were small in size.

This breed was known as Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier before it came to be known as Yorkshire Terrier.

In the present times, it is seen as an ornamental or fashion accessory rather than being used for hunting or digging up.


erriers can grow up to a height of 7-8 inches and weigh not more than 7 pounds.

This makes it similar to Chihuahua but comparatively, they are still heavier and taller than Chihuahuas.

“Teacup Yorkie” or “Tiny Yorkies” is a myth.

Run away from breeders who claim to sell such breeds.



Are Yorkies hard to train? Well, yes.  

These dogs have less attention span which makes it difficult for them to follow what’s going on in the training.

Their training should start as early as 7-8 weeks old.

Start with some short training sessions with basic commands.

Their training involves four main aspects which should be followed.

They involve Basic commands Training, Clicker Training, Respect Training, and Potty training.

The clicker is an instrument which creates a noise.

This noise has to be associated with positive reinforcement for the dog.

Give them a treat or reward if they are successful in following the noise.

Do not mistake the clicker to be a toy which grabs the attention of your dog.

Respect training involves giving them both negative and positive reinforcement.

Do not hurt your dog.

Negative reinforcement can be shown using facial expressions, body language, and change in voice.

Color & Groomin>Color & Grooming


AKC recognizes five color categories for yorkies:

• Black and tan
• Black and gold
• Blue and tan
• Blue and gold
• Parti (black, white and tan)

Yorkies are famous for their silky soft coat. 

Their hair is similar to that of human hair.

It either comes off while brushing or sheds when it becomes weak.

This breed has a single-layered coat which consists of hair and not fur.

If you want to stay away from cleaning car seats and sofa seats full of fur then this is the perfect dog breed for you.

The hair above their eyes should be tied into a bow so that there is no irritation in the eyes.

Their ears have to be cleaned with wet cotton regularly to avoid infections.

Keep an eye on their skin beneath the hair.

Regular checking helps monitor their skin infections or rashes.

Although their hair seems to like that of humans, do not try to bathe them with human shampoos.

Use dog shampoos and bathe them twice every three weeks.

If they have short hair, bathing even once in three weeks will be sufficient.

Common Diseases And Health Co>Common Diseases And Health Conditions

e class="aligncenter">Common Diseases And Health Conditions