If you’ve been on this site before, you’ll know that I have 2 Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) named Hank and Rex. As I’ve said before, my Yorkies are the best pets I’ve ever owned. I decided to do a little research about this small dog breed and share it with you.

Yorkie History and Origin

The Yorkshire Terrier originated from Yorkshire, England around the middle of the 19 century. With the Industrial Revolution in England in the time, many workers came to Yorkshire to find work. Some of them brought their dogs (various types of terriers) to catch rats. The crosses between those dogs produced the original Yorkie. At first, the Yorkshire Terrier was a much bigger than today’s Yorkie, but by selectively breeding the smallest individuals, the dog was gradually miniaturized over the years. They were made into a toy dog. The Yorkshire Terrier appeared fist time on a dog show in 1870. In 1874 the first the Yorkies were registered in the British Kennel Club stud book.


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Yorkie Temperament and Personality

Yorkshire Terriers are alert, playful, charming and clever. They don’t need a lot of exercise but do like to run and play. Despite its little size the Yorkie is fearless, saucy and always eager for challenges. They defend their territory and are excellent watchdog.

Yorkie Size and Appearance

The Yorkshire Terrier is a long-coated small-size toy dog, probably not weighing more than 7-8 lbs. Yorkies typically grow to about 6-7 inches tall. The long body coat is glossy, fine, silky and straight.

Caring for Yorkies

The Yorkshire Terrier’s long hair needs daily combing and brushing. Most pet Yorkies have their coats trimmed short or shaved for convenience. The Yorkie coat does not shed. They’re a great dog for people with allergies because they don’t have dander like some other dogs. The average life span of Yorkies is about 12-15 years.

If you’re considering getting a small dog, I hope you’ll seriously consider a Yorkie. They can be a little expensive compared to other breeds, but the price of Yorkies is irrelevant when you consider the years of love and joy they’ll give you and your family.

4 Comments on My Little Yorkies – Why Yorkshire Terriers Are Great Pets

  1. Alice says:

    Do you know anything about taking Yorkies out in cold weather? I live in NYC and I’m afraid my Yorkie won’t be able to handle the winters. I dress her up in layers and layers of clothing.

  2. admin says:

    Alice,

    Yorkies are definitely NOT cold weather dogs. PLEASE bundle up your yorkie as much as comfortably possible. My yorkies start to shiver instantly when they go out in the winter.

    Needless to say, bathroom breaks and walks in the neighborhood are quick that time of year.

  3. samia says:

    hello
    do all yorkies have straight hair because i have seen some yorkies that have like curlyish hair.
    thank you

  4. Ginger Brown says:

    @Samia: Yorkies generally have straight hair if it is left to grow long. The weight of long hair keeps it straight. When short, however, the hair tends to take on a wavey characteristic. I have my yorkie, Coco, trimmed every 2½ to 3 months during the warm weather. During the winter I let it grow out a bit, the weather also seems to have some effect on the shine and thickness of the hair. When the hair is short a good combing should suffice. My little man enjoys this one-on-one time.

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