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Also Known As
The Tomboy Toy
Area of Origin
Breed Birthday
19th Century
Breed Type
Personality Traits
Sprightly, Tomboyish, Affectionate, Devoted
Related Breeds
Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Papillon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Best Breeds For
Households without small children—Yorkies have tiny bodies that are a bit too fragile for super young kids.
They’re very trainable; but beware of letting bad behavior slide. If you start early and set limits they’ll do fine.
Yorkies love the apartment life. At around five pounds, they easily fit in an apartment of any size since a quick play session in the living room suits them just fine.

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History of Yorkshire Terrier


Yorkies are named for the part of England they’re from, Yorkshire, where they worked in the clothing mills catching rats. It was a joke at the time that their beautifully long silky coats were the true product of the mills. After leaving millwork, Yorkies became the companion pups of English high society and were very popular throughout the Late Victorian era and by 1872, Yorkies made their way to the United States.
Facts about Yorkshire Terrier

Good To Know

Yorkies are born black and don’t turn their signature bluish-gray until after their first birthday.
Yorkshire Terrier health and care

Health & Care

Height: 8” to 9” at the shoulder
Weight: 4 to 6 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Yorkshire Terriers are a healthy breed, but some face health issues like eye disease, knee problems, and collapsed trachea. Yorkies under four pounds are particularly prone to health problems. The breed does have a minor issue that can seem pretty scary called “reverse sneezing.” It’s triggered when they get too excited or try to eat their food or drink their water too fast, but is typically over in just a few seconds. Small breeds often have teeth issues, so keep up with their brushing and professional cleanings. Some Yorkies don’t lose their baby teeth, so keep an eye out to make sure your Yorkie’s adult teeth don’t come without their baby teeth falling out first.
Yorkshire Terrier personality


Yorkies have all the giant adventurous spirit of a Terrier packed into their super tiny bodies. Their perky topknots and long silky coats make them stylish lookers while their bold personalities make them a good companion to all. They also happen to be the perfect travel companion or roommate due to their ability to adapt to small spaces. They’ve got big personalities packed into their typically small bodies, but they’re not all super tiny. Yorkshire Terriers are inconsistent in size—in a single litter some pups might grow to be only four pounds while others might get to be nearly fifteen pounds. No matter their size, they’re typically very sensitive to their owner’s feelings and pretty much all seem to love, love, love squeaky toys.

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