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Yorkie Breed Information

Yorkshire Terriers, often abbreviated as Yorkies, are a small breed of dog that originated
in the 19th century in Yorkshire, England.

Physical Characteristics:


Yorkies are small dogs, generally weighing between 4 to 7 pounds (1.8 to 3.2 kg)
and standing around 7 to 8 inches (17 to 20 cm) tall at the shoulder.


They have a long, straight, and silky coat that doesn’t shed much and comes in a
variety of colors. The standard coat colors for Yorkshire Terriers are primarily blue and
tan. The blue refers to a steel blue or grayish color on most of the body, and the tan color
appears on the face, chest, and legs. Some variations and combinations within these
colors exist.

Yorkshire Terriers are often considered a good choice for
people with allergies. Yorkshire Terriers, despite their coat being long, silky, and often
described as hypoallergenic, are not entirely hypoallergenic dogs. Yorkies are known
to shed very little compared to other breeds. Their coat is more similar to human hair,
they tend to produce fewer allergens, such as dander, which is a common source of
allergic reactions in people. Allergic reactions vary widely among individuals, and
some people might still be allergic to Yorkies despite their minimal shedding.



This variation has a deep brown coat, which differs from the standard blue


Parti-colored Yorkies have a coat with a mix of colors, such as white,
black, and tan. While white markings are considered non-standard, they do occur in
some Yorkies.


Some Yorkies might have a more golden or light tan color instead of the
typical steel blue.


Merle is a specific genetic pattern that creates a mottled or patched coat with a
marbling effect, often with splotches of darker and lighter colors.

Temperament and Behavior


Yorkies are known for their big personalities despite their small size. They
are affectionate, energetic, and often assertive dogs. They can be quite bold, curious, and
are known for their courageous nature.


Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent dogs and can be trained effectively with
patience and consistency. However, they might display some stubbornness, which is a
common trait in many small breeds.

Energy Level

Despite their small stature, Yorkies are often quite active and playful.
They require regular exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy.


They thrive on companionship and often form strong bonds with their
human families. They can be affectionate and enjoy being involved in family activities.

Grooming and Care

Coat Care

The long, silky coat of a Yorkie requires regular grooming to prevent tangles
and mats. Daily brushing and occasional baths are necessary to maintain their coat in
good condition.


Generally, Yorkies are a relatively healthy breed, but like many small dogs, they
can be prone to certain health issues such as dental problems, patellar luxation (knee
joint issues), and tracheal collapse.

Living with Yorkshire Terriers

Apartment Living

Their small size makes them well-suited for apartment living, but
they do need regular exercise.


Proper socialization from an early age is important to help them interact
well with other pets and people.


Training and positive reinforcement are important for Yorkies to manage their
bold and sometimes stubborn nature.


Yorkshire Terriers have been a popular breed for many years, known for their charm,
adaptability to different living situations, and their affectionate nature, which makes
them suitable for various types of owners.