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.
|Height||6-7" at the withers|
|Weight||up to 7 lbs|
|Life Span||10-15 years|
|Temperament||Curious, overprotective, active|