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 will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

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