The most popular toy dog breed in the United States, the “Yorkshire Terriers” has won many fans with their devotion to their owners, their elegant looks, and their suitability to apartment living.

Characteristics and Size

Originating from Yorkshire in England, Yorkshire Terriers or Yorkie are the smallest Terrier dogs. This toy breed is seven to eight inches in height and weighs three to four kg only. It is often recommended to have another pet along with a Yorkie (or get a couple instead) as it is very prone to separation anxiety and loneliness. If anxious, they can even become aggressive and even bite.

Group: Toy Group
Height: 7-8 inches
Weight: 6-7 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Coat and Color: Long in Length and Colors – gold / yellow, black, blue
Temperament: Friendly, Outgoing, Playful, Anxious
Energy Level: Active

About Yorkshire Terriers

They are true Terriers, therefore exhibit qualities like being tenacious, feisty, brave, and dominating. Their ability to be active and protective does not come in the way of being small. Therefore, this breed is a perfect example that size really does not matter.

These dogs are mentally very strong, however, making them emotionally secure remains in the hands of their master. They are inquisitive, bold, stubborn, and tend to bark a lot. An untrained or a spoiled Yorkie can be a nightmare.

While training your Yorkie, you may need to select a place with fewer distractions. Reward-based training techniques will help a pet parent get the desired results. These dogs are not for homes that have toddlers or kids below 10 years of age. This breed needs respect and goes well with older children.

As this breed is highly territorial, one must ensure to let his/her dog be. They need their space and a pet parent must respect that. This is a beautiful breed and needs constant attention and respect. You need a lot of commitment if you are looking to adopt one.


Health issues like bronchitis, lymphangiectasia, cataracts, and keratitis sicca are common in this breed. However, this does not restrict them from having a long lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Smaller than average Yorkie have a shorter lifespan and are prone to health problems like chronic diarrhea and vomiting.

Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:

  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation

Yorkie have a delicate digestive system, therefore pet parents need to be very vigilant of their diets. If you need a happy Yorkie, 30 minutes of daily exercise is imperative.

Finally, always remember that they are Terriers, so characteristics like being brave, mischievous, energetic, active, fearless, independent, loyal, and playful come naturally to them.