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Popular Yorkshire Terriers

created at: 2011-03-21

Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as "Yorkies," offer big personalities in a small package. Although categorized as a toy breed, they are terriers by nature, and are brave, curious and energetic. They have long, luxurious blue and tan coats. It is one of the most popular breeds.

Named for the English city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the 19th century to catch rats in clothing mills. In its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers that worked the mills. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society.

Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interactions with their family.

Size: 5 - 7 pounds;6 – 9 inches tall

Energy: Medium

Obedience: Quick to learn although they can sometimes be stubborn and more difficult to train than other breeds. They must have consistency, firmness and lots of praise in their training.

Temperament: Curious, brave, intelligent, independent, affectionate, energetic. Can be aloof with strangers.

Grooming: Requires regular brushing (daily recommended)

Shedding: Does not shed

Life Expectancy: About 12 – 16 years

Health Issues:




Collapsing Trachea

Cushing's disease


Hemorrhagic Gastric Enteritis (HGE)


Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP)

Luxation Patella


Porto systemic Liver Shunt

Reverse Sneezing (Pharyngeal Gag Reflex)

Tracheal Collapse

Yorkshire Terrier Experts

Karen Parris
  • From Tacoma
  • Guardian of: 2 dogs
My dogs are my 'everything' so much so, my husband, Ken who is an canine trainer opened a...

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