Dog Breed profiles

Yorkshire Terrier Breed Profile

Yorkshire Terrier fact file

KC Group: toy
Size: small
Good with children?: yes recommended
Exercise requirement: little
Good guard dogs?: would bark
Moulting level: low
Grooming: lots
Jogging partner: short runs

Classified as a Toy dog, the Yorkshire Terrier may be small, but try telling him that! Very playful, happy and keen to please, the Yorkie makes a great companion for all ages, but be careful as they have delicate bones, especially as puppies. Generally healthy, but not without some concerns. Watch out for over pampering!

Yorkshire Terrier Character

Alert, alive and active! They will play the lapdog, the watchdog and the mad dog! Full of fun, will allow you to pamper them but they are a true dog, unaware of their size and will take on even the biggest of dogs. Can be trained to a good level, although they do have a stubborn streak. Can be nippy - socialization is key. The Breed Standard describes them as an "alert, intelligent toy terrier".

Yorkshire Terrier Size

Tiny - the Breed Standard stipulates a weight up to 3.2kg. Height can vary from approx 17-25cm, but be careful not to buy too small - something, which fashion appears to dictate.

Yorkshire Terrier Health

Generally sound, although their size, especially if bred towards the smaller side, can result in medical issues. Skin complaints are not uncommon - choosing a good quality food should help. Lifespan is about 14 years.

Yorkshire Terrier Special Care

Watch out for other dogs. The Yorkie will happily take on anything and this can sadly be to his demise. They are tiny dogs and care is needed both in and out of the house. Socialization with other dogs is essential. OK with cats they are bought up with, but will chase strange ones!

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.