|Category||Small breeds: < 20 lbs|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
The defining features of the breed are its maximum size of 7 pounds (3.2 kg) and its gray, black, and tan coat.
The Yorkshire Terrier (also called a "Yorkie") originated in Yorkshire (and the adjoining Lancashire), a rugged region in northern England. In the mid-19th century, workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire in search of work and brought with them several different varieties of small terriers. During the Victorian era, the Yorkshire Terrier was a popular pet and show dog in England, and as Americans embraced Victorian customs, so too did they embrace the Yorkshire Terrier.
The ideal Yorkshire Terrier character or "personality" is described with a "carriage very upright" and "conveying an important air." Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, very overprotective, curious, and loves attention. Mentally sound and emotionally secure ones should normally not show the soft submissive temperament seen in lap dogs. Because of this, it is advised that a Yorkie would not be suitable for a home with typical young children- they are Terriers after all. Instead, they make ideal companions for older families with many more reputable breeders routinely only homing to families with children older than about 8 years for the comfort of the dog, but more so for the benefit of the child. Yorkshire Terriers do tend to bark a lot. This makes them excellent watch dogs because they will sound the alarm when anyone gets near!
Having a Yorkshire Terrier is a great way to bring a bundle of joy into your home. These lovable, small dogs are known for their intelligence and loyalty. They can be great companions and make wonderful family pets. When considering a Yorkshire Terrier as a pet, it's important to understand the breed's needs. Yorkies require regular grooming and haircuts to keep their coats looking healthy and their skin in good condition. They also need daily exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. It's also important to provide your Yorkshire Terrier with plenty of love and attention. They can be very independent and may not always enjoy being cuddled, so patience and understanding are key. Be sure to keep your Yorkie away from small children, as they can be easily injured. Also, be aware that a Yorkie can be quite vocal, so training is important to ensure your pup learns proper behavior and etiquette. Overall, having a Yorkshire Terrier can be a wonderful experience. With the right care and attention, you can have a happy and healthy pet for many years to come.