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Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

One of the most popular breeds in the US today, the Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie, as it is affectionately called belongs to the Toy Group. Yorkies are very small, usually between 5 and 7 pounds, with a tight, compact build. The coat is long, fine, and silky, parted down the middle. The hair is of one layer and does not shed. Coloring usually steel blue and tan, although some Yorkies can be found with silver or black hair on their body. Although the hair is usually straight, some individuals have a more wavy coat. The nose, paw pads, eye rims and lips are dark, as are the medium sized eyes. The muzzle is of medium length, and the ears are triangular and carried vertically. Although small, Yorkies are solidly built and well balanced. They walk with confidence, their heads held high. The tail is usually docked to half of the original length.

Yorkshire Terrier Fast Facts

14 - 16 years
19th century
Less than 7 lb
Less than 7 lb
8 - 9"
8 - 9"
York Shire Terrier, Yorkshyre Tarrier or Yorkshire Terier.


The Yorkshire Terrier is an intelligent, alert, spunky, happy dog....

Ever curious and looking for adventure, the Yorkshire is extremely affectionate, especially with its owners, and makes a very loyal pet. Potential owners should be aware, however, that this dog loves to be spoiled and can be rather demanding. The Yorkshire Terrier can also be territorial, even with much larger dogs, and likes to have its space respected. Yorkies are tolerant of older, respectful children, but are not recommended as companions of young children. The Yorkshire Terrier is a superb watchdog, as it is very alert and defensive of its territory. These dogs also like to bark, although this can be avoided with training. In general, Yorkies are very sweet, loving, friendly dogs, and make good lapdogs or house pets.

Caring For a Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier's coat needs daily grooming....

The hair on top of the head, if grown long, is usually tied into a topknot. Owners who do not plan to show their Yorkshire Terrier in competitions generally keep the dogs hair rather short, simply as a matter of convenience. The dogs ears and eyes need constant attention, and must be cleaned often. Since Yorkshire Terriers are very intelligent, they are quick to learn and fairly easy to train. They respond best to consistent, firm training, as they are independent, sometimes very willful dogs. They also respond well to positive reinforcement and praise, since they love to be spoiled. Yorkies do not need to spend a lot of time exercising, and prefer short walks. They are perfectly happy living in an apartment or a house with a small yard. They do, however, like to play a lot, and love any and every form of attention.

Yorkshire Terrier History

Breed History

As with many other breeds, there is some doubt as to the exact origin of the Yorkshire Terrier....

The most popular theory is that the Yorkie is the product of crossbreeding between various English and Scottish Terriers, particularly the Waterside Terrier. This dog was brought to Yorkshire by Scottish workers in the mid-19th century, and the Yorkshire Terrier made its first appearance in a dog show in 1861, when it was known as a "broken-haired Scotch Terrier." In 1870 the breed was given the name of Yorkshire Terrier. The Yorkshire Terrier was developed to catch rats and aid as a hunting dog. Its small size allowed it to chase animals in mine shafts as well as badger and fox burrows. As their fame grew, the Yorkies became a popular dog among middle and upper class women, who would carry them around with them under their arms or in their purses.The first recorded birth of a Yorkshire Terrier in the United States was in 1872, and the breed was participating in shows in the US as early as 1878; the Yorkshire Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. At first, the breed was divided by weight into two groups: under 5 pounds, and 5 pounds and over. After a while, though, the Yorkies size became more uniform, with larger Yorkies losing favor. In 2005, the Yorkshire Terrier became the third most popular breed in the United States, as based on registration information from the American Kennel Club (only the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever were more popular).