Description: The Yorkshire Terrier is a long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs evenly and quite straight down each side of the body. The Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier) is one of the world's smallest dogs and should not exceed 7 lbs in weight. Yorkshire Terriers may be tiny but they are a big-dog in a little-dog package. Newborn Yorkshire Terriers are born black in color with tan on the eyebrow, jaws, chest and feet. They are fully mature in two years. Yorkshire Terriers are compact in size, sweet in nature and cheerful in character.
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 6 - 9 inches
Weight: 3 - 7 lbs
Colors: Dark steel blue from back of head to root of their tail. Face, chest and feet are bright tan.
Coat: Glossy, fine and silky.
Temperament: Yorkshire Terriers are Intelligent, confident, affectionate, lively, brave and spirited.
With Children: Yes, does best with an only child and no roughhousing or hectic activity.
With Pets: Yes, they should be even tempered and co-exist peacefully with other breeds.
Special Skills: Rat catcher and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Training: Frequently daily brushing will keep the coat of the in beautiful condition. Yorkshire Terriers do best when some type of exercise is given, though it need not be special. A romp through an apartment or house will suffice. Extra care must be taken for the Yorkshire Terrier in cold or bad weather.
Learning Rate: High, easily trained but be careful not to spoil. Obedience learning is medium to low.
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: Apartment, house, urban or rural living.
Health Issues: Eye irritations, patella luxation, premature dental disease and some puppies are born with open fontanels.
Life Span: 12 -15 years
Litter Size: 2 - 3
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: The Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier) became a fashionable pet in the late Victorian era in Yorkshire, England. It is said that they were bred from the Manchester Terrier, Skye Terrier, Maltese, Paisley and Clydesdale Terrier. Yorkshire Terriers made their appearance in the United States in the early 1870s and today have become one of the most popular toy breeds.
First Registered by the AKC: 1936
AKC Group: Toy
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC (GB), UKC