Yorkshire Terriers, endearingly referred to as Yorkies, are a charismatic breed that packs an impressive dose of personality into a petite frame. Originating from Yorkshire, England, the Yorkie is a relatively recent breed in the grand scheme of dog history. They were meticulously developed less than two centuries ago through a thoughtful crossing between a Skye Terrier and the now extinct Black and Tan Terrier.
Fast forward to today, and this dynamic miniature terrier has achieved soaring popularity, placing it as one of the most beloved toy breeds globally. Standing shoulder to shoulder with the Chihuahua, the Yorkie shares the distinction of being among the smallest canine breeds. Yet, the diminutive size we associate with today’s Yorkshire Terrier wasn’t always so. The original Yorkshire Terrier boasted a significantly larger size compared to the compact, pocket-sized versions we adore today.
Through generations of selective breeding, breeders have succeeded in creating a smaller, yet just as captivating, variation of the breed. This downsized version, with its signature luxurious coat and lively demeanor, has become a highly sought-after pet. Despite its small stature, the Yorkie continues to charm with its larger-than-life personality, exuding an irresistible appeal that has captivated the hearts of dog lovers worldwide.
Country of Origin: England
Height: 6 to 8 inches
Weight: 5 to 7 pounds
Color: Blue and tan is most common. All Yorkie puppies are born black, gradually attaining the blue and tan coloration as they mature.
Training: Bossy and intelligent, the Yorkie is a fairly quick-learning pupil with consistent and attentive training. Provided you are firm, yet gentle in your approach, this little guy will soon learn to obey.
Grooming: The beautiful, naturally long coat is much admired at dog shows, but to keep such long hair in good condition requires a good deal of work. Another option is to have your Yorkie’s coat clipped short, which requires only quick comb-throughs.
Exercise: Due to their small size, Yorkies require limited exercise each day, but they do need frequent interaction with people. This breed is sensitive to harsh weather conditions and prefers warmer climates. They enjoy having the opportunity to run around and play in mild weather.
The Family Factor: Yorkies are adaptable to virtually all surroundings, travel well, and make ideal pets for many homes. They are well-suited to life in a small household or apartment. While Yorkies are sometimes leery of strangers, they are affectionate and cuddly with members of their own families. They do not like to be teased or pestered, and therefore get along best with more considerate children. They can get snappish if they are frightened or surprised.
Health Concerns: Some lines of Yorkshire Terriers are prone to bronchitis and early tooth decay, so be sure to brush Yorkie’s teeth daily. They may also be prone to spine and back problems in addition to having fragile bones. Female Yorkies often have problems delivering their puppies without assistance.
Life Expectancy: 13 to 16 years
Famous Owners: Gisele Bundchen, Ivanka Trump, Natalie Portman, Donnie Osmond, Audrey Hepburn