Yorkshire Terriers often live for 14 years, but can live up to 16 years of age when cared for properly and given the right food.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT
Most Yorkshire Terriers are alert, active and inquisitive. They can be determined, but are faithful and loyal to their human family. They thrive on human companionship and will happily be included in family activities. They make a good watchdog and will bark if strangers come to the home. Although small, they are a robust and healthy animal and have the proportions of a normal dog but in miniature. Yorkshire Terriers have a coat that does not shed or moult and therefore are a hypo-allergenic (low allergy) breed. The coat is not weather resistant and so they should live indoors with periods outside for exercise.
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
Yorkshire Terriers generally live happily with other breeds of dog as long as the dog is of similar size.
The Yorkshire Terrier’s coat will generally grow to the ground and needs to be brushed for an hour every second day to keep it free of tangles. The hair on the head needs to be tied up to keep it out of the eyes. If an owner wants less work then the coat can be kept short. They will happily go for a long walk with their owner or run around in the back yard.
The Yorkshire Terrier is suitable for people of all ages, with or without children, but children do need to be supervised around this small dog. The most important issue when considering owning a Yorkshire Terrier is whether you have adequate time to look after it. Similar to most dogs it is not good for a Yorkshire Terrier’s temperament to be left alone for long periods of time, and if everyone in the house is away for most of the day then it is best to get two dogs so that they have company.
If you have decided that the Yorkshire Terrier is the dog for you and you realise that it is a dog that should not be left alone for long periods, and you are committed to ensure the yorkie sleeps inside, and if you are willing to keep in contact with me going forward and send me pictures, then, please contact me.
A bit about yorkie size
There is ALOT of confusion around yorkie weight size and the terms used to describe the various weight sizes of Yorkies.
According to the breed standard, Yorkies can go up to 3.2kg – there is no specification on how small a yorkie can be, however these days, the general belief is that any yorkie over 3 kg is termed “Standard” THIS IS INCORRECT
Yorkies are small dogs. Thus the following is the actual unofficial terms:
A Standard yorkie will be between 2.1kg and 3.2kg (Bigger than that is still a yorkie, just not within the breed standard. However I’ve seen some stunning Yorkies exceeding 4kg)
A Miniature will be between 1.5kg and 2.0kg
A Pocket yorkie will weigh between 1kg and 1.5kg
And a “TEACUP” will be any yorkie with an ESTIMATED ADULT weight below 1.2kg
Here are some tips:
- If your breeder tells you, there is no way to know how big your puppy will get, find another breeder – any breeder that know her breeding dogs will be able to make an educated guess on how big the puppy will grow
- If your puppy weighs above 500g between 8 and 10 weeks of age, you puppy will not be a teacup