#7 The Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed

A great little dog in size, but ever so large in stature, the Yorkshire terrier (Yorkie) is a mix of some of the finest terriers ever to grace England, In the late 1800’s they stole the heart of America but due to the variation of sizes, what we now know as the Yorkie, did not make its appearance until the early 1900’s, when the smaller size was decided to be the preferred type.

To know the Yorkshire is to understand, that contained in that little package is a bold, self-assured and mighty force to be reckoned with, despite its complete disregard for its diminutive size.(most Yorkies think they are the biggest dogs in the world) As the pirates of old, the Yorkie is ready willing and able for any exciting adventure that comes his way.

Care of your Yorkie

In line with most of the energetic little toy breeds, the Yorkie, requires exercise, but fortunately, that little body, can get a good workout scurrying in and out of the rooms of most living quarters.

It should go without saying that the little Yorkshire should never be an outside dog, but that is not to say that daily walks on lead, would be appreciated. They just love being part of the family, and relish any and all attention from their caregivers.

One downside of Yorkies is they do require regular brushing, at least 3 or 4 times a week, even more if you don’t trim the hair, and you allow to let that glorious coat grow to its full length. Who does not enjoy the look of a Yorkie in full length coat, but be aware that that coat comes with the investment of your time, or it will become unforgivingly matted, beyond any acceptable appearance, not to mention the cruelty of having that unhealthy matted mess.


One of the positives of being owned by a Yorkie is they have a great lifespan, about 16 years is average. What helps with this “age of years” is they are not a breed of dog which is prone to Medical Issues. Although, there are some ailments that seem to plague Yorkies Therefore, you should discuss with your Veterinarian, testing for any breed specific conditions, he should deem appropriate.

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