Yorkshire Terrier

Read our comprehensive guide to Yorkshire Terriers, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of Yorkshire Terrier Dogs  

As the name suggests, this breed originated in Yorkshire in the mid-19th century and was created to hunt and catch rats in underground mines. However, due to their sweet and affectionate nature, they later became a lap dog adored for their friendly persona. In later years, they went on to be companions and status symbols to some of the richest British families. Yorkshire Terriers were among the first therapy dogs, comforting soldiers in hospital during the war.

 

What to expect when caring for your Yorkshire Terrier

Common Yorkshire Terrier Health Issues

Yorkshire Terriers have a long lifespan and are generally healthy dogs but there are a few health conditions that this breed is susceptible to including:

Reverse Sneezing – This is not a malicious condition, but it is associated with the Yorkshire Terrier breed. It occurs when the air shoots up the nose backwards in a reverse sneezing motion. It presents itself as a snorting sound.

Eye Conditions – Yorkshire Terriers are susceptible to Progressive Retinal Atrophy. This condition causes the cells in the eye to degenerate and as a result eyesight is affected over time.

Collapsed Trachea – This happens when the cartilage weakens and collapses causing the windpipe to become blocked.

How Much Grooming Do Yorkshire Terriers Need?

Yorkshire Terriers shed very little as they don’t have an undercoat, but the hair they do have requires regular care to keep it in tip-top condition. You have two options as a Yorkshire Terrier owner: you can keep the coat long, (some Yorkies have a floor length coat) or you can trim it short. If you choose to keep it long, daily brushing is required. If you have your pet clipped regularly, weekly brushing will suffice.

How Much Exercise Do Yorkshire Terriers Need?

Yorkshire Terriers are small dogs that fall into the toy category and so they don’t need a huge amount of exercise or a huge amount of space to stay active. However, they were bred as hunting dogs so they are active and agile at heart. So, if you don’t have a huge garden or live in an apartment, a Yorkshire Terrier is a great match for you. This breed likes the outdoors but are sensitive to low temperatures and prone to chills so a coat is essential to protect them from the elements and freezing temperatures should be avoided. The great news is that if you can’t take them out in cold weather, they are small enough to be exercised inside.

  1. Yorkshire Terrier Personality Traits

    What to expect from your Yorkshire Terrier

    Nicknamed the Tomboy Toy, Yorkshire Terriers are confident and feisty despite their small stature. This breed is known for being a courageous dog who doesn’t back down in the face of danger. They are fiery and vocal as they instinctively alert humans to rats or vermin and as a result, they make great watchdogs so will alert you to a stranger’s presence around your home.

  2. Are Yorkshire Terriers Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Yorkshire Terriers are happiest when they are around their family as they are a cuddly breed. They tend to create a strong bond with one person in the household which is why they appeal to older owners or single person households. That being said, they blend seamlessly into family life and get along with children. Although due to their size they are fragile and could be injured if handled roughly. Yorkshire Terriers have a strong prey drive, so they aren’t a great choice if you have other small pets.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
7-8 inches
Weight:
1.8kg-3kg
Temperament:
Feisty and Adventurous
Lifespan
11-15 Years
Average Cost:
£900-£1200

Yorkshire Terrier FAQs:

How Long Does a Yorkshire Terrier Live?

Given the right care and attention, a Yorkshire Terrier can live on average from around 11 to 15 years.

How Much is a Yorkshire Terrier?

There are a lot of factors that affect the price of a Yorkshire Terrier. If you get yours from a rescue home or shelter, there won’t be a cost associated with bringing this breed into your family. Prices will vary from breeder to breeder, (always purchase a pet from a registered AKC Breeder) and if you want a Yorkshire Terrier that has championship bloodlines, (many people purchase this breed to compete in dog shows) then you can expect to pay up to £8000. 

How Big Does a Yorkshire Terrier Get?

One of the smallest dog breeds in the world, this dog is still tiny when it reaches adulthood and is around 7 or 8 inches when fully grown.

Yorkshire Terriers are feisty dogs, but they aren’t invincible. Having pet insurance can help to protect you against those unexpected vet bills. You can find out more about your cover options benefits with Asda Money Dog Insurance here.

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