Yorkshire Terrier Breed Information

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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

breed attributes

Groups

Groups

Terrier, AKC Toy

Recognition

Recognition

CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA

Height

Height

6 – 7 inches (15 – 17½ cm)

Weight

Weight

7 pounds (3.2 kg)

Life expectancy

Life expectancy

About 12-15 years

Size

Size

Small

About Yorkshire Terrier breed

Description

Yorkshire terriers are a long-haired, toy type breed. The head of a Yorkie should be small and rather flat on the top. Its muzzle should not be too long while its nose should be black. The eyes should be of medium size while being dark in colour. They should almost sparkle when you look into them. The ears are small, V-shaped and carried erect. Their jaws should be perfect in shape and the teeth should consist of a scissor bite. Yorkies tails are usually docked when they are small but it can be kept undocked as well. The tail will have a lot of hair regardless of the size.

The average litter size of Yorkies is 4 but they can range anywhere from 1-5 puppies.

Origin

The Yorkshire terrier originated in Great Britain around the 1850’s. They originally came from the Black and Tan terriers and the name changed in 1870. They exhibit terrier-like qualities such as hunting instinct because they were bred with the purpose of rat hunting at the beginning of their origin.

Look

Colours: Puppies are born black and tan and are darker in body colour until they mature. Once they mature they will either be: Blue which is a dark-steel blue, not silver-blue or tan in colour with some steel-blue colour mixed throughout. They can also stay black and tan as they mature.

Coat: The hair on the body of a Yorkie should be straight, moderately long, and glossy. When you touch it, you should feel that it has a silky texture. Show dogs will have long coats that will reach the floor but you can trim its hair shorter if you are not going to show your dog.

Health

There are few health problems that may arise with Yorkshire Terriers. Before you decide to buy a Yorkie, you should consider the followning risk factors that may arise with your New Doggy and remember that this specific breed may require more health monitoring:

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Retinal dysplasia
  • Luxating Patella (Kneecap dislocation)
  • Collapsed Trachea

With all this in mind, if you are truly adamant about owning a Yorkshire terrier, we fully believe that you will be extremely satisfied with your New Doggy.

Learning

Training your NEW DOOGY Yorkie will be a fun and exciting experience for you and your dog! Yorkies are quite intelligent dogs and can be trained quite easily with proper training. They are also great show dogs and have the ability to be trained to do agility type activities. When house training a young dog, ensure that you stick to one type of training in order to not confuse the animal. With some time and work your dog will be house trained in no time.

Temperament

Yorkshire terriers are courageous, intelligent and full of energy. Depending on your individual dog they can be very cuddly and perky while others will want to be a bit more independent but still be very lovable. They should be socialized at a young age to help ensure they will be a friendly, well-rounded dog.

Living with

Yorkshire terriers can live in either a house or flat since they are quite small dogs. They love to be active so it is important that your Yorkie has a chance to blow off some steam outside. They are not very cold or heat resistant since they are so tiny. This does not mean they cannot live in these types of climates, it just means that extra care needs to be taken to ensure your dog’s wellbeing. If your Yorkie will be around young children, be careful that both your dog and child are safe. Your Yorkie and child both don’t understand that it is a tiny dog and can be injured quite easily with rough play so just take care that you can monitor both of them when they play because accidents do happen.

As with any dogs, Yorkies should be taken on daily walks. These walks help with anxiety of the animal, while allowning it to get the necessary exercise it needs. They do like to be active so daily playing will help with the dog while they are at home.