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Yorkshire Terrier Dogs

Two young black and brown coated Yorkshire Terriers enjoying each others company A beautiful, little Yorkshire Terrier with a healthy, long coat and button nose A lovely little Yorkshire Terrier puppy with a wonderful coat Two adult Yorkshire Terriers with healthy, dark coats A close up of a Yorkshire Terrier's short, thick, wiry coat A lovely, little Yorkshire Terrier sitting neatly on the sofa A wonderful, little Yorkshire Terrier, peaking around the corner A healthy young Yorkshire Terrier with a puppy cut body

Breed Rating (3 Reviews)



The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie originated in Yorkshire around in the mid 19th century. Workers from Scotland brought small terriers with them to work in the cotton mills and the breed was developed from these. Used to catch rats in the mills, they are classed as a working dog. Probably cross bred with Waterside, Paisley and Skye terriers to produce the breed we know today. By the 1900's, the focus was on producing a smaller size under 10 pounds. They are one of the most popular terrier in the world.


Yorkies are fun loving, active and affectionate, but not your typical lap dog. They have a massive personality for such a small dog and can become over protective of their owners. Lots of socialisation is important to prevent problems down the line. Puppy classes are vital and introducing them to strangers is very important. Having said that, they are fun dogs, always on the look out for mischief and adventures. They are a busy and inquisitive breed, who are good watch dogs and will let you know when someone is approaching the front door. Yorkies need to work or at least have lots of physical and mental stimulation. They tend to bark a lot, but with proper training and enough walks and play, they will be content sitting on your lap. Short walks are fine and games of fetch in the house will keep them happy. They are independent, but do not like being left alone for long periods. With regard to training, they are very quick learners and thrive on company, so training is easy with Yorkies; this also keeps their minds active which will prevent destructive behaviour. With proper socialisation, they make good family pets and are fine with respectful children. Strangers are usually ok after proper training, but small furry pets don't stand a chance. They were bred to hunt rats and mice and they are very good at it. The pet hamster/gerbil will be tormented.

They do shed hair, but much less so than the majority of other breeds. Their long coat will need brushing daily and many owners prefer the shorter 'puppy cut' which makes grooming much easier. Many allergy sufferers have no problems with Yorkshire terriers. Yorkies are a healthy breed, but obesity can be a problem if not exercised enough. Patellar luxation is sometimes seen (as with many small dogs).


Yorkshire Terriers have a bold and loving temperament. Like most terriers in many ways but also totally unique (hence being classed as a ''toy'' breed). They are inquisitive and noisy being quick to alert you of any visitor but they are also comfort lovers who enjoy a cuddle on the sofa. They are not particularly friendly towards other dogs but it may be possible to curb this through early socialisation.

Health Problems

Health problems that may affect Yorkshire Terriers include physical injuries, liver shunt (reduced blood flow through the liver), eye disease, heart disease, patella luxation (dislocation of the kneecap), Legg Calvé Perthes disease (deformation of the femoral head which can lead to lameness and joint swelling), epilepsy and skin problems.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years
  • Weight: 1.8 - 3.2 kg
  • Height: 8 - 9"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Long
  • Grooming Requirements: Everyday
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Flat
  • Minimum Garden Size: No Garden
  • Breed Type: Toy Dog
  • Size: Small
  • Energy Level: High
  • Exercise Required: Up to 30 Minutes

Yorkshire Terrier Pictures

A close up of a Yorkshire Terrior
a Yorkshire terrier in a red jumper and a flatcap
Arnold the Parti Yorkie at 6mo old
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Latest Reviews For Yorkshire Terrier (3 of 3)

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I love my girl. - Linda,

I have always been a large dog owner but I found I needed to try a smaller dog when my last large dog passed. My sister had a Yorker and a terrier mix. I fell in love with both dogs. When the opportunity fell for me to have a Yorker I jumped on it. She is my buddy and my confidant. She is a comfort when I need it and my shadow. I would choose this breed again and again and highly recommend it.

Special - Sherry,

I have had Yorkies most of my adult life i used to breed them..i don't anymore but i bought a female she weighs little less than 4 lbs she doesn't bark at all.she loves all critters such as my guinea pigs, cats won't hurt a bug, we had a cat that rescued she was such a laid back cat she and my Yorkie was best friends.well the cat broke out the screen got pregnant babies born everyday Yorkie went stuck her head in the box to love on babies and mama .. ..she is also my registered service dog she wakes me up when my oxygen has come off and i'm not breathing..she loves everyone. she is scare of big dogs...I have to say she smart and very laid back and loving...

Special - Sherry,