Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

Everything you need to know about Yorkshire Terriers

Life Expectancytypically 12+ years
SheddingLong length with low shedding

Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are typically less active dogs. They are small and dainty, with a long, silky coat. Yorkshire Terriers can be a mixture of colours including black, blue, tan and gold.

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Yorkshire Terriers, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving.

Thinking about giving a Yorkshire Terrier a forever home? Here are some Yorkshire Terrier facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Yorkshire Terriers

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Yorkshire Terrier.

Caring for your chosen breed

Health issues

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

Yorkshire Terriers are brachycephalic, which mea...

How much food does a Yorkshire Terrier need?

The amount of food a Yorkie needs depends on their: 

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide, tak...

How much exercise does a Yorkshire Terrier need? 

Yorkshire Terriers need regular exercise and stimulation, but they might not manage long or strenuous walks or mountain hikes.

Yorkshire Terriers are also at higher risk of developing heat stroke. Take a look

How much grooming does a Yorkshire Terrier need?

Due to their long hair, Yorkies need regular grooming, often every day. They are likely to need professional grooming. You can also choose to keep their hair short in a ‘puppy cut’ and a professional groomer can trim ...

What size crate do you need for a Yorkshire Terrier?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

Yorkie behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Yorkshire Terriers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Training your chosen breed

What’s the temperament of a Yorkshire Terrier? 

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Yorkshire Terrier temperament is different.

As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world....

Are Yorkies easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

Are Yorkshire Terriers good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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