Yorkshire Terrier | Dog Breed Guide

Yorkshire Terrier | Dog Breed Guide

by Scritch

Yorkshire terriers may be small, but they have quite a large personality. The Yorkie is considered the most popular toy dog breed in the United States.

Weight: 5-7 pounds

Height: 8-9 inches

Life Expectancy: 13-16 years

Group: Toy group

Temperament: intelligent, courageous, and independent

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

During the Industrial Revolution in England, there were Scottish workers who went to Yorkshire to work inside the coal mines, factories, and textile mills. The workers brought along a dog known as a Paisley terrier or a Clydesdale terrier. The dogs were larger than today’s Yorkshire terriers and were used to catch rats in the mills. The first Yorkshire terrier breed club in England was founded in 1898. The first record of a Yorkshire terrier that was born in the United States was in 1872.

Yorkshire terriers are smart dogs who are self-assured. They are small dogs with an adventurous side to them. This breed is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to personality; some Yorkshire terriers are perky and love to follow their owners around, while others can be outgoing and mischievous.

These dogs are typically moderately easy to train. However, it’s important to know they do have an independent and stubborn side to them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work through it. You will just have to keep training sessions short and change up activities because they get bored easily. While Yorkshire Terriers are known for their instinct to bark at every noise, it makes them great watchdogs. Other reasons they bark are to show excitement and when trying to communicate with their owners.

Because a Yorkshire terrier is such a small dog, they can live almost anywhere, including apartments. However, they will need exercise. Taking them for short walks should be enough to get their energy out. A Yorkie doesn’t usually make the best option for a family with small children because they are very fragile. Also, some Yorkies can be aggressive towards other dogs. It will vary and depends on the dog’s personality and whether he was socialized from a young age.


Yorkshire terriers have several grooming requirements, but they are all worth it in the end. This breed needs a bath, brushing, nail care, trimming, and they usually need some of their fur to be tied in a top knot to keep it from hanging in their face.

Energy Level

Yorkies should be walked at least once every day to let out some of their energy, so they don’t express it in a destructive way in the house. Not to mention, exercise is good for their muscles and heart.

Health Concerns

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Skin Allergies
  • Legg-Perthes Disease
  • Kneecap Dislocation
  • Liver Shunt
  • Pancreatitis
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Teeth Problems
  • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

Each time you have a vet visit, you may dread it due to the costs. Thankfully, pet insurance can keep more of that money in your pocket, so you can save money plus get your dog the care he needs.