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Breed Information
Name
Yorkshire Terrier
Other names
Yorkie
Origin
United Kingdom
Breed group
Toy (AKC:1885)Companion (UKC)
Size
Small
Type
Purebred
Life Span
12-16 years
Temperament
Alert
Courageous
Energetic
Independent
Intelligent
Loyal
Playful
Height
20-23 cm (8-9 inches)
Weight
2-3 kg (4-7 pounds)
Colors
Black & Gold
Black & Tan
Blue & Gold
Blue & Tan
Litter Size
4-6 puppies
Puppy Price
Average $600 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability
Apartment Friendly
Barking Tendencies

Frequent

Cat Friendly
Child Friendly

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also shy toward other pets and friendly toward strangers.

Dog Friendly
Exercise Needs
Grooming

High Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Intelligence

Ranking: #27

Playfulness
Shedding Level

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly
Trainability

Moderately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.

Watchdog Ability
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Kitten Names
Rank Male Female
1 Charlie Luna
2 Milo Daisy
3 Toby Luna
4 Leo Maggie
5 Buster Zoe
6 Bear Sadie
7 Cooper Roxy
8 Oliver Abbie
9 Jack Stella
10 Bentley Coco
Overview

   

The Yorkie's terrier heritage can be seen in its sharp, intelligent expression, confident carriage, and compact body. It is a diminutive breed, however, now more noted for its long, silky hair, which should be fine, glossy, and perfectly straight. Color is a hallmark of this breed, with the blue a dark steel blue and the tan a clear tan.

The Yorkshire Terrier seems oblivious of its small size, ever eager for adventure and trouble. It is busy, inquisitive, bold, stubborn, and can be aggressive to strange dogs and small animals in other words, it is true to its terrier heritage. Although some tend to bark a lot, it can easily be taught not to do so.

History

   The Yorkie was created by working men of north England, who developed the breed for catching the terrible rats and mice that infested clothing mills and mine shafts. These hunting dogs could penetrate into badger and fox burrows. The breed is not very old, but its origins are not entirely certain. However, it seems likely that Scotsmen seeking work in the woolen mills of Yorkshire brought with them various types of terrier, including the Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Manchester Terrier, Maltese and the now-extinct Clydesdale (Paisley Terrier). These were then crossed with local types, such as the longhaired Leeds Terrier. At first, the Yorkie was a much bigger animal than the one we see today, but by selectively breeding the smallest individuals, the dog was gradually miniaturized over the years. It was made into a fashion dog. Women carried these little dogs in their bags and under their arms. The Yorkshire Terrier was first recognized by the AKC in 1885.