Also called a Yorkie, the Yorkshire Terrier is very small, typically weighing less than seven pounds. Their heads are small with v-shaped, erect ears. Their medium-sized eyes are typically dark brown over a medium-sized muzzle, a black nose, and a level bite. They carry their tails higher than their backs, and their round feet sport black toenails. Yorkie coats are fine, long, and silky, and generally a blue steel color with tan from the elbows down. Puppies are typically born with brown, black, and tan coats, but they will change as the dog matures.

Yorkshire Terriers are surprisingly bold, brave, and adventurous despite their small stature. Firm, consistent training is recommended to ensure your Yorkie understands its place in your home and who is pack leader. They are intelligent and alert, often serving as very effective watchdogs. They are companionable and affectionate, and they are best suited to families with children who are old enough to understand how to handle such a small dog.

Exercise Recommendations

  • Moderate activity level
  • 30 minutes of activity per day

Grooming Tips

  • Brush long coats daily or trim regularly
  • Bathe as necessary
  • Trim nails; brush teeth; clean & dry ears regularly
  • Get regular dental care; breed is vulnerable to dental issues

Temperament & Behavior

  • Energetic, adventurous, brave
  • Affectionate, intelligent, alert
  • Makes a great watchdog