Yorkshire Terriers are adorable little pups with big personalities. They are the most popular among the toy dog breeds in the United States. Known as “Yorkie” for short, they can be great dogs to own but they do get feisty so you’ll want to be prepared before you bring one home.
Read through this quick guide to learn the basics of what you should know before getting your very own little Yorkshire Terrier.
This is a very small breed that will max out at about 8 or 9 inches tall and just 4 to 6 pounds. They’ve got a small build as well so they just look and feel light and tiny which is exactly what you want in a toy dog breed.
Their coat is made up of straight, long silky hair. It’s a single coat and they shed very little. They are born with black fur but as they age, it will lighten to a mixture of bluish grey and tan or gold.
The tan or gold coloring appears on their paws, ears, and faces. The bluish grey color coats their entire back, tail and around the edge of their faces. What is interesting about their coloring is that it continues to change with age and hormones.
They will grow lighter and lighter as they age. And females will lighten during their mating season and return to a darker shade when that season is over.
Yorkies have a wide range of possible personalities. They tend to be very smart and confident and have the adventurous spirit of a terrier. But each Yorkie is unique with some being a little more mischievous and others being a little more on the cuddly side. But all of them are energetic and friendly.
Due to their adventurous spirit, it’s very important to set boundaries with your Yorkie from a very young age. As adorable as they are, it’s important not to spoil them. With a Yorkie, it’s far better to teach good habits from a young age because it will be all but impossible to correct bad habits once they’ve gotten a taste for them.
For the most part, Yorkies are pretty healthy but there are a few health issues you will want to be prepared for just in case you encounter them:
Yorkies can be pretty demanding in a few regards but they are suitable housedogs. Here’s what you should be doing on a regular basis:
The Yorkshire Terrier is certainly adorable and full of bright, bubbling personality. However, that personality can turn them into mischievous little trouble makers if you don’t set firm boundaries and train early. Their silky, long fur can be a bit of a hassle to groom as well.
So if training and grooming are not your strong suits, you’ll either need to invest in hiring professionals for the job or opt for a breed that doesn’t require as much intensive training and grooming.