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Yorkinese History

The Yorkshire Terrier is considered one of the smallest members of the terrier group. The tiny, stocky body, erect ears and short, smooth coat are distinctive characteristics of the Yorkshire Terrier. The origin of the name “Yorkshire” is unclear. One theory suggests that the name was derived from the fact that many early specimens were imported from the Yorkshire region of England. Another theory is that the name “Yorkshire” was derived from the “York” or “Wey” prefix that was applied to all terrier-type dogs in antiquity. The Yorkie was originally bred to hunt rats, mice and other vermin in homes and aboard ships. The Yorkshire Terrier was popular with English sailors during the 1800s and was often present at British ports. The popularity of the Yorkshire Terrier declined in England during the 1800s, due to an influx of other small, fashionable dogs, including the Italian Greyhound. The breed has however made a resurgence in popularity in recent years, and it is now one of the more popular breeds in the world.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Yorkinese Physical Characteristics

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small, compact, short-legged breed of dog that most commonly ranges between 6 and 9 inches in height and between 3 and 7 pounds in weight. They have a dense, wiry, soft coat of any color or combination of colors and a curly, silky, or wavy tail. Their head is large and they have pointed, erect ears.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Fawn, Cream, Brindle, Gray, Blue, Silver

Height Range

Male Height Range: 6 – 9 inches

Female Height Range: 6 – 9 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 5 – 14 lbs

Female Weight Range: 5 – 13 lbs

Yorkinese Health

Description of breed health.


11-15 yrs

Yorkinese Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Entropion, Portacaval Shunt, Tracheal Collapse, Skin Fold Dermatitis, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome, KCS, Hydrocephalus, Eye Disease, Mitral Valve Disease

Yorkinese Temperament and Behaviour

The Yorkshire Terrier is a playful, independent and energetic companion. They are often nicknamed ‘Yorkies’ and are very loyal to their family members, but may sometimes be aggressive towards strangers. They are generally healthy, but tend to suffer from a variety of health problems, including allergies and breathing problems.

Yorkinese Activity Requirements

Yorkshire Terriers are small, compact, and incredibly sweet. They are very intelligent, which makes them very trainable. They are also very playful, which makes for great companions. A daily walk or short play session will be enough to keep a Yorkshire Terrier healthy and happy. While they are not overly demanding, they do enjoy lots of attention. If you are planning to adopt a Yorkshire Terrier, be sure you are prepared to give them the attention they need. They are not a good choice for people who spend a lot of time away from home. They are best suited to households with older children or adults.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Yorkinese is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Yorkinese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Yorkinese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Yorkinese is part of the Unclassified group.

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