The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is a small dog breed of the Terrier type. It was developed in the 1800s in the Yorkshire region in England. The Yorkie is quite recognisable by its small size and its silky blue and tan coat. The dog was developed from several different breeds such as the Paisley Terrier and the Skye Terrier. Today the Yorkie is a winning show-dog and a popular companion dog and has been used in the development of other breeds.
Despite its small size the Yorkshire Terrier is a brave little dog and will challenge dogs that are much bigger than itself. The Yorkie is active, playful and seemingly full of energy all the time. Intelligent with an eagerness to please, the Yorkie is quite easy to train as long as the owner is patient and determined. The Yorkie is very loyal and highly affectionate and loves the attention of its master and family. These little dogs can also be quite vocal and wary of unfamiliar people and places, which does make them very good watch dogs.
Height: Dogs 6-7 inches (15-18cm) Bitches 6-7 inches (15-18cm)
Weight: Dogs 7 pounds (3.2kg) Bitches 7 pounds (3.2kg)
Some Yorkies can suffer from Bronchitis, eye infections and tooth decay. They can also have issues with a delicate digestive system. Yorkies are prone to fractures and fragile bones because of their small size.
The Yorkie will do well in apartments if sufficiently exercised. They are quite active inside and they don't need a yard or garden.
Yorkies are highly active dogs who need regular physical and mental stimulation. They should be taken on a daily walk at the minimum. Playing with the Yorkie will also take care of a lot of their exercise needs.
Yorkies tend to live between 12 and 15 years.
On average, the Yorkie will have 4 puppies.
The Yorkie will need regular grooming. If the coat is clipped, then it should be brushed several times a week. If left long, the coat will need many more hours of attention. Topknots are usually tied back with a ribbon.
Terrier, AKC Toy
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