Average lifespanYorkshire Terrier often live for 14 years, but can live up to 16 years of age when care 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 molt 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.
A bit about yorkie size
- 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