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Yorkshire Terrier Breed Information and Photos

The diminutive and glamorous Yorkshire Terrier is a very compact dog with a long, silky coat and a lively and ostentatious personality.

Originally developed by the working class to control rats in mines and cotton mills, today the Yorkshire Terrier enjoys popularity as a beloved companion and show dog.



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Group: Toy Group

Purpose of Breed: Hunting rats

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Average Size: Around 9 inches and up to 7 pounds.

Color(s): Steel blue and tan

Coat Type: The coat is shiny, soft, long and nearly perfectly straight.

Grooming: The Yorkshire Terrier's coat requires daily brushing and bathing once per month. The long hair over the eyes can be pinned up or clipped to avoid irritating the eyes. Dogs intended for show need special grooming. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails. Teeth should be examined and cleaned regularly.

Exercise Needs: Yorkshire Terriers need only a moderate amount of exercise and make excellent apartment dogs.

Temperament: The Yorkshire Terrier is an active, intelligent little dog that is affectionate toward its owners and game for every family activity. Blessed with a dynamic personality, this breed sees itself as a "big dog in a little body." Yorkies are suitable dogs for the elderly and for homes with older children, as they dislike rough play. Loving and faithful, the dainty Yorkshire Terrier makes an ideal travel companion and playful family pet.


Common Ailments: Susceptible to eye irritations, tracheal collapse, premature dental disease and patellar luxation

Life Expectancy: The expected life span of the Yorkshire Terrier is 14-16 years.

Trivia: Newborn Yorkshire Terrier puppies are black when born.

More Information: Yorkshire Terrier Club of America, Inc.

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These cute little lap dogs were originally bred as vermin dogs to catch rats and mice in English textile mills. This is a guide about facts about Yorkshire Terriers.

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Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are loving, playful and intelligent. Most Yorkshire Terrier Mix dogs have similarly positive characteristics.


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The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie is a small dog breed, developed in the 19th century to catch rats in clothing mills. Today they are a popular pet, despite their stubborn nature and being difficult to house train. This page contains Yorkshire Terrier photos.

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If you have a Yorkshire Terrier puppy, you will need to get it house broken as soon as possible. This is a guide about house training a Yorkshire Terrier.

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Your Pet's Age
6 yrs


Your Pet's Breed
Toy Yorkie

How and when did you get your pet?
A nephew was going to give it to a family with six small children. Sadie was 4 months old and I was worried about her safety. He gave her to me.

What does your pet like to do for fun?
She likes to play chase and hunt small lizards outside.

Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
She my baby and I'm lucky to have her.

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