Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier


In the late 19th century, this small breed of Terrier type was bred in Yorkshire, England for the purpose of rat hunting. Also, he was illegally trained for hunting rabbits. Over the decades, this well-known, small and compactly built dog has prevailed in breeding. Today, the Yorkshire Terrier is a popular companion and lap dog. The Yorkie was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Height: 7-8 inches  Weight: 6-7 pounds  Lifespan: 11-15 years


This is a bold, intelligent and very lively dog. The Yorkshire Terrier is fully focused on his owner and treats him with real tenderness. Indeed, the Yorkie is in need of constant human attention, otherwise, he gets very lonely. Yorkshire Terriers are small hypoallergenic dogs. The Comparable Breed: Cairn Terrier and Pomeranian.


The Yorkshire Terrier is quite territorial and wants his space to be respected. Yorkshire Terriers get along well with teenagers and other pets, though can be very aggressive toward strange dogs. They are sufficiently independent and stubborn. The Yorkshire Terrier is a wonderful lap dog that could easily sit on the owner’s lap all day long.

Coat / Care:

The Yorkshire Terrier’s coat must be glossy, fine, straight and silky. The hair is steel blue and tan in color. Daily combing and brushing are very important to prevent the hair from tangling and to keep the dog’s coat in good shape. Lack of shedding helps the Yorkshire Terrier’s hair grow freely. Therefore, professional grooming is very important. Also, occasional trimming or stripping is needed.

Health Problems:

The Yorkshire Terrier is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Portosystemic Shunt, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed trachea and Reverse sneezing. The Yorkshire Terrier has a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.

Weight / Height

The male Yorkshire Terrier dog breed’s height is around 7 – 8 inches and weighs around 6 and 7 pounds. Female Yorkshire Terrier dogs can reach a size from 7 – 8 inches and weighs between 6 and 7 pounds.


Yorkshire Terriers learn quickly but can be quite disobedient during exercising, which greatly complicates the training. So, the coach must be strict and consistent, but at the same time, respectful. Since the Yorkshire Terrier loves rewards, make sure to use this to encourage him.


Yorkshire Terriers are not too demanding. They prefer short walks and can adapt to living in a city apartment or small house with a courtyard. The Yorkshire Terrier likes chasing a shadow, pull the rope or simply basking in the sun. The more attention you pay to this dog, the better.

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