Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier is the result of cross breeding between a variety of terrier types and first appeared around England’s Yorkshire region during the middle of the 19th century. The early Yorkshire Terriers could be as large as 6kg and were used, similar to other terrier breeds, to kill rats. Over time, breeders produced a smaller, more beautiful dog that was a household pet and show dog, rather than a rat killer.

Average lifespan

Yorkshire 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.

Care Requirements

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.

Ideal Owners

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.

In Conclusion
If you have decided that the Yorkshire terrier is the dog for you and you are committed to ensure the yorkie sleeps inside and you are willing to keep contact with us going forward and send me pictures, then feel free to get in contact with 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 2.2kg 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 Pocket yorkie will weigh between 1kg and 2.2kg
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
How big will my yorkie get? That is the question most people ask.  This chart is a guideline only and in NO WAY A GUARANTEE OF SIZE.  But by using this chart, you can estimate how big your yorkie will get.  It is best to estimate after 10 weeks of age.