Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier information

The Yorkshire Terrier originates from Yorkshire, in the North of England. In the middle of the 19th century, workers came emigrated to the region of Yorkshire and brought with them many different small breeds of Terrier. These Terrier were bred with other small dog breeds like the Clydesdale terrier already established in Yorkshire. These dogs were then bred with ratters to be used for hunting small preys. Yorkshire Terriers ancestors would drive out rabbits from their den. In the hurry, they could grab their dog by their long hair. At that time poaching was illegal and poacher had often to leave quickly not to be caught. In the 20th century, Yorkshire Terriers became very popular in England and in Europe where they were considered faithful companions.

Yorshire Terrier characteristics

Yorkshire Terriers have a long-haired or short haired coat. The long hair coat are called silky and the short haired coat is described as soft. The color of their coat is steel blue and tan. The size of the Yorkshire Terrier varies between 6 to 9 inches and weight between 1.50 and 3.20 Kilos. Because of their size they are also called Toy Terriers.

Yorkshire Terrier Grooming

Yorkshire Terriers will shed hair only when bathed or brushed. When brushed regularly their hair loss is not very important. Long haired coat need more maintenance to avoid breakage. It needs to be wrapped in rice paper and greased with oil. The Yorkshire needs to be bathed every month to remove the oil.

Yorkshire Terrier temperament

Yorkshire Terriers are good natured dogs who enjoy the company of their owners. They like going for walks and are very active little dogs. Outside, they like to explore and run in the garden. Yorkshire Terriers can live in apartments but they will need regular exercise and walks. They also need attention from their owners and do not like to be left alone. Therefore, it is very important to make sure you will have enough time to care for this new dog.

Belonging to the breed of Terrier, this little dog can be very stubborn and it is important to raise him well. A good education of Yorkshire Terrier puppies will make them a good and faithful companions.

Yorkshire Terrier puppies are usually good with children but it is important to supervise them. Yorkie puppies and grown up dogs are so small, they can easily be hurt and might become frighten of children. They might even growl at them or show their teeth if they feel insecure.

Yorkshire Terrier food habits

As many small dog breed Yorkshire Terriers should not be overfed. Overfeeding them could lead to health problems like obesity, diabetes, sensible joints, heart failure...

Because of their sensible teeth, it is best to feed Yorkies with dry food only. Because Yorkies can be fussy with food, it is recommended to buy your dog from a breeder who already fed the puppy Yorkie litter with dry food. Yorkshire Terriers are very stubborn and might refuse any food for a couple of days. If this happens to your dog, do not be worried but if this behavior persists take your dog to the vet for professional advice.

Yorkshire Terrier health

The Yorkshire Terrier breed is quite healthy. The average life expectancy of Yorkies varies between 12 to 15 years. They are quite sensible to cold weather. Owners should protect them with a dog coat but remain careful not to cover them too much. The Yorkie is known to have sensible teeth. Owners should wash their dog teeth regularly to avoid caries.

There are also some genetic diseases which affect the Yorkshire breed like:

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