Yorkshire Terriers: Facts, Temperament, Life Span

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Each month we will be shining a light on different dog breeds in our monthly series, Dog Breed of the Month. Next, we look at the bold and fearless little Yorkshire Terriers.

“Yorkshire terriers – also known as Yorkies – are ‘toy’ dogs who on average only weigh about 3.2kg, and can live for over 12 years,” Claire Roberts, PDSA vet, tells Country Living. “Despite their small size, they often have big personalities so owners might need a bit of patience during training!”

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From personality to owner requirements, take a look at everything you need to know about Yorkshire Terriers…

Do Yorkshire Terriers bark a lot?

Yes, Yorkies are known for being vocal dogs and enjoy ensuring owners can hear their voice. Whether it’s someone at the door or an unfamiliar noise, they have a lot to say and will bark at a variety of noises. Proper training will help to control any bad barking habits, especially with young puppies.

Are Yorkshire Terriers good family dogs?

Originally bred to catch rats in mills, Yorkshire Terriers are dogs with a hunting instinct, drive and determination. Famous for being determined little creatures, they make great pets for those both living alone and families with older children. As well as this, they are famous for making great bonds with their owners and are also considered great apartment dogs due to their small size.

Who should own a Yorkshire Terrier?

“Yorkies are best for households with older children as they have very fragile bones so could be accidentally injured by younger children,” Claire tells us.

“As with any pet, we recommend learning everything you can about the breed to make sure you can provide for all their welfare needs, to keep them happy and healthy. Like all dogs, Yorkshire Terriers need companionship and exercise, so it’s important to make sure your lifestyle allows for this. They also still need daily walks and regular grooming.”

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9 fun facts about Yorkshire Terriers you probably didn’t know

  1. They got their names during the development of Yorkshire in the Victorian period, taking on the name during the 1870s
  2. In World War II, a Yorkie named Smoky is credited with saving the lives of soldiers
  3. They were first bred as working dogs, used to catch rats in clothing mills
  4. Some people believe the breed was developed by Scotsmen working in Yorkshire wool mills
  5. Yorkies have held records for being the smallest dogs many times
  6. Audrey Hepburn helped to introduce Yorkshire Terriers to the celebrity world, featuring her Yorkie in the 1957 film, Funny Face
  7. Their coat has a similar texture to human hair
  8. Some pups can also be stubborn about house training
  9. Yorkies are the smallest of the terrier group, never getting larger than seven pounds
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