Yorkshire Terrier Dog Preed Profile

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Yorkshire Terriers, commonly called Yorkies, are little dogs with big personalities. They are also one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Though technically categorized in the toy group, they take on many terrier traits as well, especially in personality. The Yorkie is just one of many hypoallergenic dog breeds, a trait that may contribute to the breed's popularity. 

Caring for Your Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are more than just lap dogs.

This breed can actually be quite vocal and stubborn at times. Early training and socialization with people and other dogs is very important for the Yorkie will help keep that “big personality” from getting out-of-control. A well-trained Yorkies much more attentive to their owners. Proper training also makes it easier to handle your Yorkie at places like the veterinarian.

Yorkies are well suited to apartment living due to their small size. However, they are not couch potatoes. Yorkies active dogs that still need regular exercise. Daily walks should keep the average Yorkie happy and healthy though many Yorkies need to run and play hard from time to time.

Yorkies have silky, continuously growing hair which should be brushed regularly if kept long. Many Yorkie owners choose to keep their hair cut short (usually by a groomer every several weeks). Either way, Yorkies require a moderate amount of routine grooming.

Yorkshire Terrier Information

Group: Toy

Size: 5 to 7 pounds

Color: Blue and Tan

Yorkshire Terrier History

Yorkshire Terriers can be traced back to the Waterside Terrier. They were developed as a result of breeding with various other terriers throughout England. Originally known as Scotch Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers were brought to Yorkshire by weavers in the mid 19th century.

During the Victorian Era they became quite fashionable. The trendiness of this breed is still notable today, as Yorkies are one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

Yorkshire Terrier Health Problems

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to develop hereditary conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

Who Should Get a Yorkshire Terrier?

Yorkies tend to be very vocal, protective and loyal. Despite their small size, they make excellent guard dogs. At heart, Yorkies are wonderful companions that love to be pampered and snuggle up to their loved ones.

As with any breed, if you think the Yorkshire Terrier is right for you, be sure to do plenty of research before obtaining one. Talk to other Yorkshire Terrier owners, reputable Yorkshire Terrier breeders and Yorkshire Terrier rescue groups to learn more.


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