Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

From a scruffy past as a rat catcher, today’s beauty inspires fierce devotion among his/her owners and is among the top ten dog breeds registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Vital Statistics:

  • Life span:
    12-14 years
  • Adult weight:
    maximum 7 pounds
  • Adult height:
    7-9 inches

What’s good and bad about the Yorkie?


  • A true beauty
  • Feisty but loving
  • Loyal to his owner
  • Vigilant watchdog


  • Gorgeous coat must be groomed AT LEAST three times a week
  • S/he’ll always bark – you can curb but not eliminate it
  • Usually do not get along with young children, they prefer a quieter lifestyle
  • There’s enough terrier to cause them to chase moving targets. Buy a leash and body harness first thing.
  • This popular dog has been overbred and you need to carefully select a breeder and line. Otherwise you’ll understand how small dogs got a reputation as yappy, snappy and possessive.

Here’s an example of how they ‘talk.’