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Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier (also called a “Yorkie”) is a small dog breed that hails from 19th century Yorkshire, England. The breed arose from the need to catch rats in clothing mills.


This breed of Terriers are curious, overprotective, and active dogs. They also love attention. The dogs lack the submissive nature of lapdogs. Because of this, they do best in homes with children over 8 years of age.

The dogs weigh no more than 7 pounds and have a life span of 10 to 15 years. Yorkies shed less than most dogs and are considered hypoallergenic. However, individuals with serious allergies should be cautious as the dogs may cause allergies in some people.

Yorkies are easily trained. Due to their heritage as a working breed, they require both mental and physical stimulation in form of games and long walks or runs. They also require daily interaction with humans.

The dogs are quite alert and make excellent watch dogs due to their frequent barking. If the barking becomes bothersome, it can be rectified with proper training and exercise.

Coat and Color

Yorkshire Terriers have black, gray, and tan coats. Their coats are fine, straight, and silky.

Weekly bathing and regular hair and tooth brushing.
Height 6-7" at the withers
Weight up to 7 lbs
Life Span 10-15 years
Temperament Curious, overprotective, active
Hypoallergenic Yes
Some health issues that Yorkshire Terriers suffer from include: portosystemic shunt, hypoglycemia, luxating patella,s dental disease, skin allergies, cataracts, lymphangiectasia, bronchitis, and digestive problems that may result in vomiting or diarrhea. The dogs are also prone to physical injuries, such as falls, because of their particularly small size.

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