Yorkshire Terrier Facts

The Yorkshire Terrier is very different morphologically from other burrows and is the smallest of the terrier-type dogs, but with its small black truffle, V-shaped ears, and straight stance, it looks proud and important.

The Yorkshire Terrier is a dog with a long straight coat, evenly distributed on each side of the body from the nose to the end of the tail. His hair is dark blue steel from the base of the skull to the birth of the tail. His head and chest are tawny.

Other colors exist but are not recognized by the standard of the breed. It is a small dog that can weigh up to 3.2 kg.


Like most terriers, the Yorkshire Terrier is native to Great Britain where it was used to control the proliferation of rats or rabbits. The oldest observation of this race dates back to the middle of the 19th century.

It takes its name from Yorkshire County in the North of England and it was finally adopted in 1870.

It seems that the Yorkshire terrier originates from a mixture of Scottish dogs, brought by their masters looking for work in Yorkshire and dogs from this region.


Do Yorkies have a bad temper? Yorkshire terrier is classed among the dogs with high reactivity, medium aggressiveness, low learning ability. According to this classification, it is the only terrier that is not in the category of very aggressive dogs, reactive and whose training is neither easy nor difficult.


Like many pure dog breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier presents many health problems. Among the most common are portosystemic shunts, bronchitis, lymphangiectasia, cataract and dry keratoconjunctivitis.

However, oral diseases represent the first reason for veterinary consultation at all ages.


Oral hygiene is a priority for Yorkshire terriers. Brushing is the classic means of prevention for good oral hygiene, but it is not the easiest thing for the owner to do. There are therefore alternative means, including chewing bones food or non-food (based on collagen), as well as specific foods.

In any case, the appearance of a tartar plaque is to be monitored because it can go as far as gingivitis or loosening.

Life Expectancy

The life of the Yorkshire terrier is about 12 years but can reach 17 years.


You will need to love grooming if you adopt a Yorkshire terrier. Indeed, they must be combed every day, unless the hairs are cut short. Take care also because their fine coat does not provide much protection to the cold and a small coat may be necessary.


As always, if you want to have a show dog, the grooming will be a lot more thorough and expensive. The pet Yorkshire is usually bigger and its hair is less demanding. Whatever the variety, you will have to comb and brush it every day, otherwise, knots may form everywhere, and thus annoy the dog.

It is always better to cut short hairs, as they can drag themselves in the mud or get in his eyes. It is especially important to cut the hair that grows between his nails and pads. If they form a mass of hair, it is a place favored by microbes and diseases.

In case you can not take it out regularly, you have to cut his nails so that they do not fit in his paw or break. Finally, whether puppy or adult, it should be washed as much as possible, while being careful not to let water seep into his ears or eyes.

The Yorkshire terrier is far from being a retired dog, it is what you make of it. He can stay by your side on the couch or run with you every day.

From the moment you keep his hair short, you will have almost no maintenance to do. The cost of such a dog is minimal, especially because of its size.

It is a perfect first dog as it is not very binding.