Yorkshire Terriers are from the Terrier family of dogs but are classified as Toy
dogs by some kennel clubs due to their size. Terriers were originally bred for hunting
fox and vermin. Their natural diet would have included small mammals and birds.
The amount and type of food will depend on the individual dog. A complete and balanced
diet is recommended to include poultry and raw meaty bones.
Yorkshire Terrier Temperament
Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent and active and should not show the temperament
of a lap dog. They are spirited, playful and loyal. They have an air of importance
Yorkshire Terriers are adaptable to change and possess a generally pleasant demeanour
and even temperament making them an ideal family pet.
Yorkshire Terrier Appearance
The Yorkshire Terrier has a long coat and carries itself in a very upright fashion.
The UK Kennel Club standards ideal height is 18-25 cms for a male and female. Weight
up to 3.2 kgs.
The traditional colour for a Yorkie is tan with a blue saddle.
A Yorkshire Terrier has a moderately short tail, thick at the base and tapering towards
the end. It’s body should be fairly long, lean and powerful .
Yorkshire Terrier Facts
Yorkshire Terrier History
Yorkshire Terriers get their name from Yorkshire where they were bred originally
from Scotch terriers.
The Yorkie was developed by Scottish settlers moving from Scotland down into Yorkshire
and Lancashire in the 18th Century. It is generally believed that initially Yorkies
were bred like most terriers for flushing foxes from underground as well as hunting
More recently the breed has been developed as a lap dog. Some of the smallest dogs
ever recorded were Yorkshire Terriers, including Syvia, a matchbox sized Yorkie that
in 1945, at two years old, stood c.7 cm tall at the shoulder and measured no longer
Yorkshire Terrier Known Disorders
Yorkshire Terriers are prone to suffer from patella luxation, eye problems, heart
problems and liver disorders.