Standards and Characteristics

Yorkshire Terrier

Breed Group: Toy
Weight: 2-7 lbs
Height: 4-9 inches
Color(s): blue and tan. Yorkshire Terriers are born black, gradually attaining their blue, gray and tan coloration as they mature.
Coat: The Yorkshire Terrier's coat is not coarse, but is fine and silky to the touch. Unlike other breeds, which have fur, the Yorkshire has hair that is growing constantly. They have no undercoat and do not shed.
Overview:  The Yorkshire Terrier is a lovely lap dog that much prefers to be held on their owner's lap all day. They have a dose of attitude combined with a bright and playful nature. The Yorkshire Terrier is a true and loyal companion.
Character:  This dog is intelligent, lively, and fearless. They focus entirely on their owner and are extremely affectionate. It has been said that a Yorkshire Terrier requires more human companionship and attention than any other breed.
Temperament:  The Yorkshire Terrier can be territorial and likes to have their space respected. They are tolerant of older children if treated with care. The Yorkshire Terrier can also be somewhat independent and assertive. They get along well with other pets.
Care: The Yorkshire Terrier's coat requires daily grooming. The hair on top of the head, if grown long, is usually secured with a band or bow. However, if the Yorkshire Terrier is not being used for show, then the coat may be clipped short. Ears and eyes must be cleaned daily. Dental hygiene is also important.
Training:  This breed is quick to learn. However, they may become willful in which case training of any kind can become difficult. Training must have consistency and firmness. They do not like to be ignored, so lots of praise will bring out the best in their training.
Activity:  The Yorkshire Terrier requires minimal exercise. They are suited for short walks and ideal for apartment living or homes with small yards. They love to chase shadows, lay in sunbeams, and tug of war. The more attention this breed receives the better.
Ownership: If you are looking to make a Yorkshire Terrier a new part of your family . Whether it be from a reputable breeder or a rescue, then please make sure you understand as much about the dog breed as you can. Every puppy breed is different. Begin your research by reading the breed information about the Yorkshire Terrier - Yorkie puppy above.

Yorkshire Terriers can be very stubborn but don't let them get the upper-hand. You have to be very firm with them and let them know right off who the boss is. Yorkies demand a lot of attention and affection. If you do not want that, then a Yorkie is not for you.

Puppies are very playful and need to be closely monitored during playtime.  But, when puppy playtime is over, I believe they should all have playpens or a crate to sleep. This is for the safety and protection of your yorkie. When you can’t watch your puppy you should put them in their crate. After a while your puppy will go to its crate for a safe place. A place they can feel comfortable, like their den. This will also aid you in potty training. I have supplied a link on potty training in my sites of interest category.

Visiting the Veterinarian:

*** In our past experiences, we have found the best and most competent vets are local neighborhood clinics. It seems like the big chain-type clinics try to push products the puppy doesn’t need. It seems like they work off commission. Yorkie puppies have a small body weight and it is easy to overload their little livers with chemicals. Some of the worst medications, in our opinion, are heartworm preventatives used on very small, young pups. It is our understanding that heartworms don’t manifest until at least 4 months of age anyway, so what’s the rush? Why take a chance on making your new puppy sick?


We do not recommend taking your new puppy to a groomer or trainer until after the full regimen of puppy vaccines are given (usually by 16 weeks or so). We believe a puppy's immune system isn't adequately developed before this time and it would be risky to expose them to older dogs who may be carriers. It's ok to bathe them, but best to keep them away from dog populations until puppy immunizations are completed. Your vet can help you with toenails and ear maintence if you are not comfortable with the task.

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