Meet The Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier

Meet The Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier

Sep 12, 2021
16 min

Yorkshire is the cutest and smallest breed among all the tarrier breeds. Weighing just around 7 pounds, Yorkshires are proven to be the best four-legged companions. Elegant, smart, cute, energetic, feisty, domineering, and sometimes bossy, the Yorkshire Terrier exhibits all the traits of a true terrier. Yorkies are the most popular toy dog breed in the United States and have many fans due to their friendly nature, elegant looks, and sustainability to live in apartments. Want to know more? Read this article to the end to know everything about Yorkshire Terriers.



Yorkshire Terrier breed information

This cute little creature belongs to the toy group due to its small size and elegant looks. In the past, they were mostly bred for small vermin hunting in the textile mills due to their tough nature. But now, Yorkies are mostly known for their small size and sustainability to live in apartments.


Here are some fun facts about Yorkshire Terrier to assist you better understand the breed

  • Breed Group: Toy group
  • Height: Female: 18-20 cm, Male: 20-23 cm. (Male Yorkies stands a bit taller than female Yorkies)
  • Weight: Female: 1.8-3.2 kg, Male: 3.2-5.4 kg. (Like height, Male Yorkies are a bit heavier than female Yorkies)
  • Life span: 13-16 years
  • Coat: Single layer coat
  • Color: black and gold, black and tan, blue and gold, blue and tan
  • Temperament: Intelligent, Confident, Courageous, Bold, Independent
  • The difficulty level for first-time owners: On a scale of 1-10 paws of increasing difficulty, Yorkshire Terriers receive 3/10 paws according to many Yorkshire Terrier owners’ feedback. According to their testimony, the Yorkshire Terrier trainability is easy. They are friendly and respond well to training. The only difficult thing is to Potty train them. But, since they are quick learners, if potty trained properly and with calm behavior, they can learn in no time. These qualities make them one of the easiest dogs to train among the other fellow breeds.



Yorkshire Terrier History

There are different stories about the Yorkies but the most authentic and well-accepted theory is that the Yorkshires were initially bred by Scottish Weavers that migrated to Yorkshire in the 1800s. These dogs were initially developed to serve as hunting dogs. In the 1800s, Yorkies were used in the textile mills and mines to hunt down vermin. But in the late 1800s, the Yorkies rose from the working class to the Luxurious class when they got recognized by the fine English ladies. Since then, they are known as the best lap dogs and are the favorite pet of English ladies all across Europe.


The Yorkshire Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club A.K.C in 1885 along with few other breeds. Since then, Yorkies are recognized as a lap breed and are famous across the globe.



What are the types of Yorkshire Terrier?

According to the American Kennel Club, four types of Yorkshire Terrier are registered that are:

  • Black and gold
  • Black and tan
  • Blue and gold
  • Blue and tan

These are the registered color schemes with no marking recognized.




Are Yorkshire Terrier good pets?

Yorkshire Terriers are proven to be the best family pets. They are the best suitable pets for senior citizens, people who worry about the size and strength of a bigger dog, and people with medical issues. Yorkies are courageous, and smart and can be used as watchdogs too.




Are Yorkshire Terrier HDB approved?

HDB in Singapore is the Housing & Development Board. They work under the Ministry of National Development. And luckily, Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog that it is officially approved by HDB. So, if you live in an apartment or flat in Singapore, you can adopt a Yorkshire Terrier as a pet without any problems.



Are Yorkshire Terrier high maintenance?

Yorkies have a single-layer coat just like humans and it requires high maintenance. They require daily brushing and weekly baths to keep their coat clean and their hairs untangled. Yorkies don’t shed much like other breeds but they still require proper care to keep them clean and healthy.




Do Yorkshire Terriers bark a lot?

YES, Yorkshire Terriers bark a lot. They are loud dogs and love to bark. They can bark on almost anything. They are super talkative and bark more to communicate with their respective owners.




Are Yorkshire Terriers aggressive?

Yorkies are not aggressive but if their owners don’t train them in the first few months, they can become so. To eliminate their aggressiveness, one should start training them from the very first day to get the calm and cute side of Yorkies, not the aggressive side.




What are popular mixed breeds with Yorkshire Terrier?

Yorkshire terrier is a cute little dog that everyone loves and that’s the reason that it has so many mixed breeds. We can’t cover all of them in here but below mentioned are some of the amazing Yorkshire terrier mixed breeds:

  • Snorkie: (Yorkie + Miniature Schnauzer)
  • Shorkie: (Yorkie + Shih Tzu)
  • Morkie: (Yorkie +Maltese)
  • Yorkipoo: (Yorkie + Poodle)
  • Chorkie: (Yorkie + Chihuahua)
  • Yorkichon: (Yorkie + Bichon)
  • Yorkipom: (Yorkie + Pomeranian)
  • Corkie: (Yorkie + Cocker Spanial)



Are Yorkshire Terriers hypoallergenic?

YES, Yorkshire Terriers are hypoallergenic. Yorkies have hairs instead of fur, so they produce fewer allergens and are hence hypoallergenic.



What health issues do Yorkshire Terriers face?

As a dog, the Yorkshire terrier faces a lot of health issues in almost every stage of its age. If not taken care of properly, Yorkies can be found suffering from various dangerous diseases.


Here are the few common diseases that Yorkshire terrier face in their whole life span.

  • As a Puppy: In the first five months of their birth, Yorkshire terrier puppies have a higher risk of hypoglycemia. Those Yorkies who face hypoglycemia may seem weak and feel low-energy, drowsiness, and fainting.
  • As an Adult: Same as the puppyhood, Yorkshire Terriers can face hypoglycemia too. apart from hypoglycemia, Yorkies can suffer gastrointestinal diseases and dental disease which if not taken proper care of can cause serious damage to the Yorkies.
  • As an old dog: As the Yorkshire terrier got old, they may develop cataracts. Older Yorkies with cataracts face difficulty seeing. But luckily, cataracts are easy to detect since it makes the eyes appear cloudy. With cataracts, old Yorkies can also develop glaucoma, increased level of pressure which can trigger more health problems.



Are Yorkshire terriers a good family dog?

Yorkshire Terrier personality is amazing, they are loving, devoted, and affectionate. All these qualities make them good family pets especially for seniors and people with health conditions.




Do Yorkshire terriers get along with cats?

Yorkies get along well with cats if you introduced them properly.




Do Yorkshire terriers need a lot of exercise?

Yorkshires need moderate exercising like 20 minutes walking twice a day and some short activities occasionally. If you are afraid of dirt or dust from bad weather that could mess up your Yorkie, give these nice hypoallergenic wipes a try.




Do Yorkshire terriers shed a lot?

No, Yorkies don’t shed a lot like other breeds that is why they are hypoallergenic however, they are considered one of the high maintenance breeds that require sufficient grooming


Overall, the Yorkshire Terrier is a dog for people who love lap dogs and live in apartments. This breed is best for people who can manage to groom their dog and show it off to their friends and family. So, if you are interested in adopting a Yorkshire Terrier then go on down to your nearest shelter to give one of those Yorkies a new home.


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