At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: Standard (5 - 7 lbs.), Teacup (3 - 4 lbs.)

Height: Standard (9"), Teacup (5")

Life Span: 14 years

Yorkshire Terrier

Also know as: Miniature Yorkie, Yorkie, "Teacup"

Group: Toy

Origin: Great Britain (1800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: Miners in Yorkshire, England, developed the Yorkshire Terrier by crossing the Black-and Tan Terrier with Paisley and Clydesdale Terriers. The goal was to produce a ratting terrier that was small enough to fit in a pocket.

Temperament / Behavior
Energetic, affectionate and brave (for its size), this breed is stubborn, but easily trained. The Yorkshire Terrier does best with older children. However, it does not generally interact well with other dogs and pets. The Yorkie should not be spoiled or over-protected, because it may become neurotic or jealous of others. Demanding of attention, the Yorkie can be perceived as high-maintenance. In particular, "Teacup" Yorkies have many behavioral problems. You should only obtain one from a reputable breeder. Be sure to spend time with Yorkie puppies to observe their behavior before choosing one to take home. Select a puppy that is not timid, nor overly aggressive.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Bronchitis; teeth problems; sensitivity to anesthetics; weak digestive system; herniated discs (spinal injury that causes paralysis of the hind legs); broken bones; abnormal skull formations; whelping: difficult delivery of puppies

Special Needs
Exercise: No special exercise requirements.

Grooming: Required regular brushing to control matting is required for your Yorkshire Terrier. Tie back hair around the face or have it clipped so the Yorkie can see.


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