Yorkshire Terrier

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Yorkshire Terrier History

The Yorkshire Terrier, sometimes shortened to Yorkie, is a toy-sized, longhaired, terrier originating in the 19th century in England. The Kennel Club first registered the Yorkshire Terrier in 1874. The Yorkshire Terrier is the smallest of the currently recognised British and IrishTerriers, and is recognised by all four kennel clubs worldwide. The head is round, the face is heart-shaped, the cheeks are pleated, the muzzle is relatively short, and the eyes are dark. The ears are erect and triangular. The coat is dense, straight and silky, and can be any colour, including black, blue, red, cream, apricot, brown, silver, or parti-coloured. The back legs are longer than the front legs. The tail is thick and tapering, reaching approximately 5 to 6 inches (12–15 cm) in length. The origin of the name “Yorkshire” is unclear. It is thought by some that the name is derived from “Old English eorl scīr,” meaning “wolf” or “bear”. Other theories include that it derives from “gēola,” the Celtic word for “earth”, or from “Jorvik”, a Viking settlement near the city of York.

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Yorkshire Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Yorkie is a small, toy breed that typically stands between 9 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 5 and 10 lbs.. They have a small, compact body and short, straight, silky hair. The Yorkie has large, wide, and round eyes that are either blue or amber in color. They have small, upright ears and a rose-shaped nose. The Yorkie has a full beard and a white muzzle.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 9 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 9 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 5 – 7 lbs

Female Weight Range: 5 – 7 lbs

Yorkshire Terrier Health

Description of breed health.


12-16 yrs

Yorkshire Terrier Health Concerns

Portacaval Shunt, Tracheal Collapse, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Patellar Luxation

Yorkshire Terrier Temperament and Behaviour

The Yorkshire Terrier is an energetic and spunky breed that is extremely loyal to its family. They are very sweet and like to cuddle. They also love to play, but are also content just relaxing on the couch. They are a small breed, but they are very brave and will not back down from a fight.

Yorkshire Terrier Activity Requirements

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small, compact dog that loves to cuddle and snuggle. This happy little dog is notorious for its feisty temper, but they rarely bark. The Yorkie is best suited to a quiet household with adults or older children. A daily walk around the neighborhood or a play session in the yard will provide your Yorkie with the exercise and socialization they need. It is important to keep your Yorkie on a leash during walks. They are prone to barking, especially when they are excited. If you are looking for a small lapdog that is easy to care for, consider getting a Yorkshire Terrier. While they don’t require much physical exercise, they do require regular human companionship.

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Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Yorkshire Terrier is part of the Toy group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Yorkshire Terrier is part of the Toy group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Yorkshire Terrier is part of the Toy group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Yorkshire Terrier is part of the Toy group.

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