Best Dog Diet

What’s the ideal diet for your dog?


Discover more about the history of your dog’s breed, its temperament, appearance and diet

Border Terrier Diet

Bull Terrier Diet

Bulldog Diet

Boxer Diet

Cavalier Spaniel Diet

Cocker Spaniel Diet

German Shepherd Diet

Golden Retriever Diet

Labrador Retriever Diet

Lhasa Apso Diet

Miniature Schnauzer Diet

Pug Diet

Shih Tzu Diet

Springer Spaniel Diet

Staffie Diet

Westie Diet

Whippet Diet

YorkshireTerrier Diet


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Yorkshire Terrier Diet


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 and independence.


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 small rodents.


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 than 9cm.  


Yorkshire Terrier Known Disorders


Yorkshire Terriers are prone to suffer from patella luxation, eye problems, heart problems and liver disorders.   


UK Kennel Club  Class.


Est. Reg. Number in UK


Average Lifespan

15 Years

Average Size

18-25 cm

Exercise Requirement


Grooming Requirement


Hereditary Disorders