Deriving from Yorkshire, England, the Yorkshire Terrier was originally used as pest control around mines and farms.
Since then, they have become popular family dogs. They are common championship, show– and assistance dogs. In other words, this breed is highly adaptable.
Yorkshire terriers love attention.
Like most terriers, "Yorkies" are stubborn, and they can be a handful to discipline as a result. However, they are far from the most demanding breed.
These dogs love to be the center of attention. They get along well with children, especially if introduced from an early age.
In the absence of socialization, some individuals may develop problematic behavior toward other dogs. The best prevention is to expose them to other dogs as early as possible.
It varies between individuals how much they bark, and it depends largely on their upbringing. Common to all, however, is that they bark when strangers arrive at the door.
Wondering what a Yorkshire Terrier barks at? See the clip below:
Do not underestimate their durability.
Despite their tiny size, they can handle long hikes in challenging terrains.
Yorkshire terriers love to tag along for runs, mountain hikes, and skiing trips, to name a few. Thanks to their size, weighing around 3 kilos, they're easy to bring too. If they get tired– pocket them.
Beautiful fur that doesn't shed
The Yorkie has a longhaired coat. Some choose to trim it. If you keep it short, less maintenance is required. You will still have to do some work.
In addition to brushing their coat regularly, they need to bathe, preferably every other week, to avoid tangles.
This breed does not shed.
Yorkshire terriers are among the breeds considered allergy-friendly.
They do not provoke strong reactions in allergy sufferers compared to other breeds.
However, there is no scientific basis for branding some breeds as allergy-friendly. There is no guarantee you will not react. Personal experience is the best way to discover if this dog is right for you.
Long life expectancy.
The Yorkshire terrier is a healthy breed without typical health implications.
There have been some cases of patellar dislocation and tracheal collapse, but it is rare.
However, some puppies have trouble with losing their young teeth naturally. The vet might have to assist if that happens.
Healthy individuals have a life expectancy of 13-16 years. However, there are examples of Yorkshire terriers that have been over 20 years old.