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Yorkshire Terrier


Dog Breed - Yorkshire Terrier



Originating from Scotland these rugged little dogs were developed to get rid of rats in the narrow passages of the local coal mines. When the Scottish mill workers moved to the new mills in Yorkshire, they took their dogs with them hence their modern name Yorkshire Terrier.  This lovable little fellow is the world’s favourite lapdog especially since they have been dramatically bred down in size.



Proud, lively, merry, yappy and affectionate.  Even though it is a toy breed, it really doesn’t know it and prefers that it is not treated like a delicate flower.  Obedience training is recommended because it has all the makings of a tyrant and even if you may find it charming, other dogs may not look upon it too kindly.  They can be inclined to lack confidence meeting people or other dogs however when outdoors they are natural defenders of your home, yapping incessantly to warn you of visitors.





Height:  18-23cm (7-9in)

Weight:  up to 3.2kgs (6lbs) 

This rugged little dog just happens to come in a portable size. Its coat varies from straight, fine textured, shiny long hair to a thick and wavy over exaggerated coat.  The colour is bright golden-tan on head, chest and legs; steel blue on its body.



Regular clipping of their coat is highly recommended, however in all cases daily grooming with a soft brush and comb is essential.  As they really don’t like to be outside weekly bathing and the clipping of their nails is advised.


Life Expectancy

12-14 years



They really do not suffer from any significant health problems apart from low incidences of dislocation of the kneecaps, eye infections because of all the hair they have hanging all over their face and basically ensuring their teeth and gums are kept in good condition by weekly brushing and feeding of the occasional chicken neck or two.  It is interesting to note that all Yorkies should be walked with harnesses rather than collars and leads to avoid putting pressure on the windpipe as they have a soft windpipe which is susceptible to collapse.



They are the perfect dog for city living and don’t really need to go for long walks, but they do still want to get outside. Not ideally suited to a family with young children.


Want to learn more about this breed check out this cute video.



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