Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkie

This very popular little dog has won the affection of the general public all over the planet. Big stars show off with their little dog in their bag or under their arm. No doubt, despite his very small size, the Yorkshire Terrier occupies a large place in his master's heart.

Height 20 to 25 cm
Weight 3 to 3 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 16 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need High
Home country United Kingdom (UK)

Quick Overview of the Yorkshire Terrier

Temperament

  • Very brave
  • Lively and vigorous
  • Affectionate
  • Pretty smart

Appearance

  • Long and very straight hair
  • Unique fur
  • Very shiny dress
  • Small, straight ears

Health

  • His small size makes him more vulnerable
  • Be careful not to expose him to large variations of temperature and bad weather

Temperament of the Yorkshire Terrier

Even if he is very small, this little dog is extremely courageous by nature  He has a very lively and vigorous temperament. He is active and although he is often considered a pocket dog, he does not possess the temperament of a lapdog.

Very affectionate with his owners, he remains confident towards strangers and immediately imposes himself upon their arrival. He is prone to barking to show his presence and does not easily back down from intruders.

The Yorkshire is a wonderful, lively and intelligent dog. He loves children but because of his small size, he is more fragile and must be supervised so he is not mistaken for a toy.

Although he has become a wonderful companion dog, his instinct to hunt small pest is still there. He always remains alert and sounds the alarm if he sees a small intruder in or around his home.

The Yorkshire is a small dog with a big character. He's perfect for apartment living, but he's just as happy in a big house. However, keep in mind that his small size does not allow him to withstand the bad weather of outdoor life. He must be protected so that he maintains vitality and good health.

Yorkshire Terrier

Breed Appearance

yorkshire terrier

Due to his small size, it is obvious that the Yorkshire Terrier is an apartment or indoor dog. He therefore cannot stay outside for too long. His very long dress touches the ground, and it is therefore easy to get his fur dirty when going out in the garden or in the park.

This small dog has a very proud allure. Very self-confident, his gait is just the same. His courage gives him a royal general appearance.

Height

Between 20 and 25 cm (7.87 to 9.84 inches) for the male
Between 20 and 25 cm (7.87 to 9.84 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 3 and 3 kg (6.61 to 6.61 pounds) for the male
Between 3 and 3 kg (6.61 to 6.61 pounds) for the female

Color

His fur is unique with his so-called steel blue color on the body and fawn at the edges and on the chest.

Hair

His dress is very shiny. His hair is long and straight.

Morphology

His ears are small and usually carried upright.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 4 and is #86

Characteristics of the Yorkshire Terrier

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Affectionate
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Intelligent
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Protective
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise
Playful

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Yorkshire Terrier puppy: between 1000 € / $ 1208 / £889 and 1500 € / $ 1812 / £1334
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Yorkshire Terrier: 70 € / $ 85 / £63
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

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Tips About this breed

The Yorkshire Terrier sheds slightly, but his coat requires regular grooming to keep it in good shape and appearance. If it is cut, it will need to be brushed and combed at least once a week. If the coat is kept long, many additional hours of grooming will be needed and professional grooming will be required from time to time.

The Yorkshire Terrier is a dog that can easily live in an apartment. However, he will also need to be taken out daily.

Health of the Yorkshire Terrier

Although the Yorkshire Terrier is a relatively hardy and strong dog, several diseases can affect him. His very small size makes him more vulnerable, trauma can be fatal.

Oral diseases are quite common in Yorkshire Terriers. These dental problems can occur at any age, but mainly from the age of 4.

Also, among the health problems frequently encountered, you will find joint problems and a certain bone fragility. Eye problems can also occur.

Note that it is preferable not to expose him to great variations in temperature or bad weather.

GROOMING

The Yorkshire Terrier needs regular maintenance. We recommend that a professional grooming be done at least once every 3 months. Ideally, you could bring him there every month.

At home, on a daily basis, you will have to brush his fur, thus avoiding the formation of undesirable knots. On a more weekly basis, hair around the eyes will need to be cleaned. Pay special attention to his ears.

It is also best to give him a good bath once a month. The good news is that a Yorkshire Terrier loves to be groomed, so you shouldn't have any issues.

History of this breed

This small dog is said to originate from the English county of Yorkshire near Manchester in Northern England, hence the official name of the breed. Nicknamed 'Yorkie', this very popular dog has distinctive traits. Belonging to the Terrier breed, he is one of the smallest.

In the 19th century, cotton mill employees and miners were for the most part owners of this small Terrier. The tiny animal was carried in workers' pockets and was used to poach and rid the area of ​​small pests like rats.

When the Scots in search of work came to settle in Yorkshire with their Terriers, the name of Yorkshire Terrier was given to their small dogs, used largely in this region.

The breed was initially quite large. However, over the years, the breed was defined a little more. Around 1860, Mary Ann Foster, living in Yorkshire, imposed the type of breed as we know it today.

It was not until 1872 that the first Yorkshire Terrier appeared in North America. Like many dog breeds, the Yorkshire gradually moved away from his early functions and became popular with the general public as a companion dog as much for his size as for his character and his particular appearance.

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