King Charles Yorkie

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King Charles Yorkie History

The King Charles Spaniel is a toy spaniel that was originally developed in England. The Standard variety was recognized by the English Kennel Club (E.K.C.) in 1903, and the Petite variety followed in 1939. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was recognized in 1948, and today all three varieties are among the most popular small dogs in the world. The toy spaniel, often referred to as a “puppy dog”, was specifically developed for pleasure rather than working. The history of the puppy dog goes back at least as far as the Elizabethan era, when miniature lapdogs were very popular. Miniature lapdogs are often depicted in portraits from this period. The origin of the name “Puppy” has not been definitively established. The name may have originated along the Italian Riviera, where it was the custom to give a puppy on New Year’s Day. It may also be derived from the Latin puppi, meaning “little pig”, because the dog’s coat is similar to that of a pig.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

King Charles Yorkie Physical Characteristics

The King Charles Yorkie is a small, medium-to-large-sized, long-haired toy dog breed that typically stands between 8 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 4 and 8 pounds. They have a small, compact body with a round head, small ears, and a round nose. Their hair is usually a solid color, but may have a black saddle mark on the top, back, and sides, with a white blaze on the face. The King Charles Yorkie has a soft, silky, straight and fine hair that may need to be trimmed.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Red, Black, Brown, Blue

Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 13 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 13 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 7 – 18 lbs

Female Weight Range: 7 – 18 lbs

King Charles Yorkie Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

King Charles Yorkie Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Retinal Dysplasia, Tracheal Collapse, Mitral Valve Disease, Portosystemic Shunt, Syringomyelia, Entropion, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cataracts, Retinal Dysplasia, Urolithiasis, Hip Dysplasia, Hydrocephalus, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Color Dilution Alopecia, Microphthalmia, Shaker Dog Syndrome, Corneal Dystrophy, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Hypoadrenocorticism, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Cryptorchidism

King Charles Yorkie Temperament and Behaviour

The King Charles Yorkie is a loving, playful, and affectionate dog. They are extremely loyal to their family members, but may be aggressive with strangers. Although they can be timid at times, they are outgoing and curious, and they love to explore. This makes them an excellent travel companion. The King Charles Yorkie is a child-friendly breed and is gentle and protective with them. This makes them a good watch dog, as well.

King Charles Yorkie Activity Requirements

The King Charles Yorkie is a cross between two of the most popular toy breeds. They are small, energetic, and fun-loving, making them great companions. While they are not high-energy like other breeds, they do need to be exercised. A daily walk or short jog is the perfect way to get your little buddy moving. If you live in an apartment or have limited outdoor space, a King Charles Yorkie can be an excellent choice. They don’t need a ton of space to be healthy and happy. A daily walk or quick romp in the yard will be enough to tire them out.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

King Charles Yorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

King Charles Yorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

King Charles Yorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

King Charles Yorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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