Yorkshire Terrier

Toy Group

Yorkshire Terrier with bow sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

7-8 in

Weight

~7 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-15 yrs

History

The Yorkshire Terrier, endearingly known as "Yorkie",  originated in the Yorkshire and Lancashire Counties of northern England during the mid-1800's. It is believed that they were developed by weavers from Scotland. These weavers bred their terriers to create a breed small enough to get into tight spaces in textile mills to hunt rats. Yorkshire Terriers become popular as small-scale ratters and were even used to hunt rats in coal mines.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Yorkshire Terriers share the exact same personality and temperament, there are certain generalizations that can be made about the breed. In addition to genetics, a dog’s environment, training, socialization, and many other factors all contribute to their personality and behavior.

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★★

★★★

★★★

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★★★


Prey Drive

★★★


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Yorkies are known to have a wide range of personalities, from cuddly and very attacted to their caretaker to being independent and mischievous

Take well to training until they get bored or don't see a good reason to do what you're telling them to

Tend to retain baby teeth, which necessitates a trip to the vet

Spunky and fun-loving with a "big dog" attitude and might act a bit too tough around larger dogs

"Yappy" dogs that will bark at everything, which makes them great guard dogs