The Yorkshire Terrier (nicknamed the “Yorkie”) is an English toy breed of dog which for the most part retains their original terrier instincts. They feature a silky blue and tan coat that sheds little to no hair as well as a small face with dark eyes, a black nose and perked-up ears that combine to create an overall glamorous or pampered appearance. The Yorkshire Terrier can make a great choice for allergy sufferers, apartment dwellers, single owners or seniors.
Origins Of The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier first originated in the town of Yorkshire in England during the mid-1800s and was originally bred to catch rats that infested clothing mills. Soon they became popular around the dog show circuit and subsequently they found favor as a companion dog for the wealthy in England as well as America once they were exhibited there just a few years later. The many breeds thought to have been involved in their creation include the Waterside Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier, Black and Tan English Terrier as well as perhaps the Maltese and Skye Terrier.
Average Size Of The Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are classified as a tiny-sized dog. The suggested standard size for the Yorkshire Terrier male and female is 8-9 inches high from paw to shoulder and a weight of 5-7 pounds.
Temperament Of The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is renowned for their busy, curious and often stubborn disposition. They are often suspicious with people they don’t know, but their small size can make them unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Yorkshire Terrier is also demonstrated to be highly intelligent – scoring equal 27th compared to other dogs based on their capability to learn obedience directives.
They can be too fragile for some young children and may become snappy with them if handled too roughly – which means they are not always the best choice as a family pet. The Yorkshire Terrier is not highly compatible with other animals and can be surprisingly aggressive despite their size which makes it very important to introduce them to new animals slowly.
Living Requirements Of The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier doesn’t need a yard to play in, and are easily the most popular breed for living in an apartment which they are highly suited to so long as they are walked on a regular basis. They prefer warmer climates, and can be quite uncomfortable if it gets too cold – so extra measures should be taken to keep them warm in winter.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Yorkshire Terrier
Similar to many small-sized breeds of dogs, the Yorkshire Terrier is normally long-lived possessing a life expectancy of 12-15 years. The biggest health problem for Yorkshire Terriers is frequently known to be fragility and susceptibility to injuries and broken bones due to their small size. They can also be vulnerable to conditions such as bronchitis, slipped stifle, collapsing trachea, patellar luxation, sensitivity to anesthetics, Legg-Perthes disease, hypoglycemia, occasional eye problems like cataracts or Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and more commonly early tooth decay which can be prevented by giving them dry dog food and regular dental care.
Exercise Needs Of The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is made happy with pursuits like play sessions with their owner and going for a run around a safe area. They possess a high level of energy and this necessitates exercise every day in the form of short walks while being kept on the leash to stop behavior problems like excessive barking – habits that the Yorkshire Terrier may be particularly inclined to take up if they’re given no other outlet for their energy.