Yorkshire Terrier Facts
Yorkshire Terriers have consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 most popular dogs in America. In fact, in 2017 the breed was ranked the ninth most popular dog breed in America. It’s no surprise that the popularity of the breed has been high for many years, as followers of the Yorkie are passionate about the small breed with a big personality.
The Yorkie began its run to the top in Yorkshire, England during the 1700’s where it was a favorite terrier for dispensing justice on would-be textile destroying rats. The Yorkshire terrier was a formidable rat-killer. In fact, rat-killing was even a sporting event during the time, where the Yorkie enjoyed great success. So, what changed? Dog shows.
Dog shows gained popularity in the 1800’s and with it, many breeds went from working-class heroes to dog show celebrities. The Yorkshire Terrier was one such lucky breed. With aristocratic females increasingly becoming involved in dog shows, the demand for “pretty” lapdogs with lustrous coats and exotic colors increased.
According to the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America, the breed’s origins come from ancestors whose breeds are now extinct; the Otter Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, and Old English Terrier. The breed was given its official name in 1874 and resembles the modern day Yorkshire Terrier so popular today.
Yorkshire Terrier Size
The Yorkie is consistently in the running for the title of smallest dog on Earth and has been recognized as such throughout history. However, this is more of an exception than a rule. AKC breed standards put the Yorkie at a diminutive 7-8 inches in height, weighing 7 pounds. Certainly small enough for a lap or purse. Don’t let their small stature fool you though, they still possess the heart of a lion. Though the Yorkshire Terrier was consistently bred for smaller size, their bold personality as a rat-killer has stood the test of time.
Yorkshire Terrier Temperament
Yorkies are the embodiment of the term “big dog in a small dogs body.” They are a high-energy breed with a playful disposition. The Yorkie likes to be king of the castle and as a result, doesn’t always get along with other pets. This is not always the case and with proper socialization and training does not have to be the rule. They tend to be more wary of strangers and do bark more than the average breed. Any bad habits can be trained out of Yorkies but left unchecked, can develop into very annoying traits.
Yorkshire Terrier Personality
All dogs have their own personality and when selecting a Yorkshire Terrier puppy, some care should be taken. Avoid any Yorkie that hides or cowers, as the Yorkie is a proud, bold, and energetic small dog. The Yorkie is a territorial dog, but that does not mean the Yorkie puppy should be aggressive or nippy. When selecting a Yorkie puppy look for a pup that is energetic, playful, affectionate, and independent. The inquisitive personality of Yorkies is what makes them so entertaining and enjoyable to have as a pet.
Do Yorkshire Terriers Shed?
Despite being one of the hypoallergenic breeds, Yorkies do shed. Their hair more closely resembles human hair than a dogs fur. As with your own hair, grooming is a commitment to carefully consider when deciding if a Yorkie is good for you and your family, Even when the coat is kept short, regular brushing is needed. If a long coat is desired, daily brushing is imperative for a healthy, lustrous, matte-free coat. Brushing will also minimize the “dust balls” you find blowing across the living room.
Yorkshire Terrier Training
Every breed requires training from a young age for a better puppy owner dynamic. Yorkies are no different. They are strong-willed and independent, so if training is ignored their bad habits will be magnified. Yorkies do best with positive training methods that focus on rewards instead of discipline. Their independent nature means that patience is important when training. Don’t push your Yorkie beyond their attention span. Simply be consistent and in due time you’ll have a wonderfully trained lapdog that walks well on a leash or even off-leash.
Do Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of exercise?
The energy level of the Yorkshire Terrier is above the average dog. However, because of their small size, they do not require a great deal of exercise. Their exercise needs can easily be met in an apartment, making them a great choice for those living in an urban environment. In addition to a game of fetch in the living room, a quick walk around the block is more than enough to meet the Yorkies needs.
As one of the most popular dog breeds in America, there’s a strong chance that the Yorkshire Terrier will be a good fit for your family and lifestyle. Take our puppy quiz to find out whether the Yorkie is a good fit for you. If you’re looking for Yorkies for adoption, check out our available dogs or contact us to find the right breed for your unique lifestyle.