Yorkshire Terrier

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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Overview

The dainty Yorkshire Terrier may be small (weighing no more than seven pounds) but the breed is mighty. Developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, the toy-size pup commands attention with its floor-length glossy golden coat. The beloved lapdog of Victorian ladies, the breed can be feisty, particular and brave beyond their size. Yorkies typically enjoy a long-lived life and are hypoallergenic. Shedding the Victorian properness of its full name, Yorkshire Terriers are often known as their nickname, Yorkies. While some may call them “yappy,” their barking is what makes them reliable watchdogs and can be kept under control with proper training and adequate exercise.

The tiny dogs were bred from a collection of terriers in order to hunt rats, and business owners in Scotland used the compact dogs to keep their workplaces free of rodents. Its tiny size makes this dog a good option for city-dwellers who live in small spaces. Due to its sensitivity to extreme temperatures, Yorkies should spend their time indoors with their owners. When they do travel with their owners, Yorkies are known to do so in style; the glamorous breed is often carried around in dog purses and designer totes by their equally as fashionable owners. Yorkies like being invited to the party and to get in on the action—being left alone for hours simply isn’t their thing.

Did you know?

The first therapy dog was a Yorkie named Smoky.

Yorkshire Terrier Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

Popularity ranking**
7-8 in / 4-15 lbs (S)
Average lifespan
11-15 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

0.5-0.75 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

30 minutes


Grooming frequency

Brush daily

Dog Food

Feeding your Yorkshire Terrier

Like any breed, how much your Yorkie eats depends on its size, metabolism and energy level. The recommended daily amount, however, is one-half to three-quarters of a cup of high quality commercially manufactured or homemade (and veterinarian-approved) dry food per day, divided into two meals. It’s important to note that Yorkshire Terriers can have delicate digestive systems and are often picky eaters. Eating problems can arise if your dog has teeth or gum problems as well. A regular feeding schedule—as opposed to leaving its food out for them all day—will ensure that the tiny dogs don’t pack on the pounds.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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