Dog Profiles - Description of Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Description: The Yorkshire Terrier is a long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs evenly and quite straight down each side of the body. The Yorkie is one of the world's smallest dogs and should not exceed 7 lbs. in weight. He may be tiny but he is a big-dog in a little-dog package. Newborn Yorkie's are born black in color with tan on the eyebrow, jaws, chest and feet. They are fully mature in two years. They are compact in size, sweet in nature and cheerful in character.

Height: 6-9 inches

Weight: 3-7 lbs.

Colors: Dark steel blue from back of head to root of their tail. Face, chest and feet are bright tan.

Coat: Glossy, fine and silky.

Temperament: Intelligent, confident, affectionate, lively, brave and spirited. Does best with an only child and no roughhousing or hectic activity. He should be even tempered and co-exist peacefully with other breeds. Good rat catcher and family pet. Very good watch dog, poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Daily brushing will keep the coat in beautiful condition. Does best when some type of exercise is given, though it need not be special. A run through an apartment or house will suffice. Extra care must be taken in cold or bad weather.

Training: Learning Rate: High. Easily trained but be careful not to spoil. Obedience learning is medium to low.

Activity: Very High

Living Environment: Apartment, house, urban or rural living.

Health Issues: Eye irritations, patella luxation, premature dental disease and some puppies are born with open fontanels.

Life Span: 12 -15 years

Litter Size: 2-3

Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: The Yorkie became a fashionable pet in the late Victorian era in Yorkshire, England. It is said that he was bred from the Manchester Terrier, Skye Terrier, Maltese, Paisley and, Clydesdale Terrier. He made his appearance in the United States in the early 1870's and today has become one of the most popular toy breeds.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC(GB), UKC