Sporting a top knot, the Yorkshire Terrier (aka "Yorkie") is a non-shedding toy breed with an independent terrier-at-heart spirit, making them an excellent choice for allergy sufferers. These active little terriers are popular dogs of the elderly and do well in the confines of a condo or apartment. Future owners should socialize their new buddy to teach their dog to respect the size and strength of larger dogs as they can be a bit 'bigger' than they are.
Yorkshire Terrier Facts:
Grooming: The non-shedding, shaggy coat of a Yorkie will need intensive daily brushings to maintain their silky look and prevent matting. Will need occassion trips to professional groomers for trimming.
Social Skills: This little dog gets along with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted companion. Yorkies are very playful, affectionate, and gentle mannered. Will bark if they sense danger. Can be a "big dog in a little dog body".
Children: Very good with older respectful children.
Housing: Very active and easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. Ideal for the elderly who reside in apartments and condos.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily, but need to remain consistent.
Health: Susceptible to toy breed structural abnormalties such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, and teeth and gum weakness. More information on Yorkshire Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Yorkshire Terriers are of fairly recent origin from Great Britain as Scottish weavers migrated to England around the mid 1800s. The breed may have resulted from the mixed crossing of the Manchester Terrier, the Maltese, the Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont and Paisley Terriers. Shown as the Scotch Terrier in 1861 and later becoming the Yorkshire Terrier, Yorkies were primarily known as a ratter-type of dog, hunting rodents.