Other Names: Yorkie
Type: Companion Dog
6 - 9 inches.
Weight: 3 - 7 lbs. They should not exceed 7
Dark steel blue from back of head to root of their
tail. Face, chest and feet are bright tan.
Coat: Glossy, fine and silky.
Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent, confident, and
affectionate. Lively and spirited, the Yorkshire Terrier is
no wimp. They do sound the alarm if the need be, and though
small can be hardy. They are brave and self-assured, and
posses the typical terrier attitude. They are devoted,
assertive, and courageous. They can be demanding and/or
nippy if they are not correctly socialized or trained, and
should be kept from children if this is the case.
With Children: Yes, does best with an only child and
no roughhousing or hectic activity.
With Pets: Yes, they should be even tempered and
co-exist peacefully with other breeds.
Special Skills: Rat catcher and family pet.
Training: Frequent daily brushing will keep the
coat of the Yorkie in beautiful condition. They need
consistent grooming. Yorkshire Terriers do best when some
type of exercise is given, though it need not be special. A
romp through an apartment or house will suffice. Extra care
must be taken for the Yorkshire Terrier in cold or bad
Learning Rate: High. Yorkies are easily trained but
be careful not to spoil them, they can become demanding and
nippy. Obedience - medium to low. Problem Solving - High.
Very High. This little breed has a lot of energy to use, and
fortunately a small amount of room is needed for this.
Special Needs: Dental care, grooming, socialization,
supervision with children and large animals, and training.
Living Environment: Yorkshire Terriers are quite
adaptable. They can live anywhere from the city to the
country. An apartment, house, urban or rural living is great
for this breed. The best owner for this breed would be a
firm but loving individual or family.
12 -15 years. These dogs, like most smaller dogs, can live a
Litter Size: 2 - 3 puppies.
Origin: Great Britain
History: Yorkshire Terriers first
originated in the same district as the Airedale terrier in
England. They first appeared from "Huddersfeld Ben", the
"first" Yorkie, around the year 1850. The Yorkie is thought
to be made of the Old English Black and Tan Terrier,
Maltese, Clydesdale Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Paisley
Terrier and Skye Terrier. But, there are different lines
that may have come from different dogs in the first place.
Today they retain all of the same traits, however. The breed
was perpetuated by income of poor farmers and workers, and
thus to compete in the market, they would not share their
"ingredients" of their particular Yorkies. The Yorkie
(Yorkshire Terrier) became a fashionable pet in the late
Victorian era in Yorkshire, England. They were originally
called the Broken-haired Scotch Terriers. Yorkshire Terriers
are a half progenitor of the Silky Terrier. The Australian
Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier were mixed to create the
Sydney Silky, or Silky Terrier. Only 20 years from their
start did they come to America, and 66 years later became
recognized by the American Kennel Club.