The Yorkshire Terrier was orginally bred to kill rats but, these days they are mostly a family pet or show dog.
They are small with big personalities, feisty, loving and elegant. If you are looking for an sweet companion to your family or household, this could be the perfect breed for you.
They need plenty of exercise but they would make a great flat/apartment dog due to their size. They will still enjoy a good daily walk especially if they have no garden to run around. They are very playful dogs, so as long as they get plenty of playtime, they should adapt well. Remember a bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They love to be with you and the family but, tend to bond more with one special person. They are good with children, they have their limits on being messed around with, so probably a breed to avoid if you have toddlers. They will run around the garden with older kids all day. They also make great lapdogs and love to snuggle with you.
They make for great watchdogs, they will alert you to every little thing going on. They can be a little barky so, you will need to train them to be quiet on command. They are un-trusting of strangers and you will need to make sure they are socialised early on to combat this.
They should be fine with other dogs and cats if brought up with them. They can be a little bossy as with most terriers. They are hunters so the instinctive need to chase neighbours cats and small animals is probably too strong to control. Make sure your outside area is well enclosed and they can’t escape when giving chase.
They are fairly intelligent and reasonably easy to train but, are a little stubborn and independent. You will want to discover what their motivation reward is early on to make the best progress. They prefer fun and playful training rather than being harsh or forceful. They are slow and difficult to house-train and walk on a lead.
They shed very little hair but it does require clipping which would normally be done by a professional every few months. This of course makes it more expensive but you could learn to do it yourself, if you have the time or inclination.
Yorkshire Terrier Stats
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.
- Weight -3kg –8kg
- Size – 18cm – 25cm
- They live for 12-15 years