The Yorkshire Terrier: thinking of getting a Yorkshire Terrier?
Yorkies are charming dogs with big personalities and thanks to their small size, they’re great companions for city dwellers.
Let’s take a closer look at the Yorkshire Terrier.
Place of origin: Yorkshire
How big do Yorkshire Terriers get? 17 – 22cm
How heavy are Yorkshire Terriers? 1 – 3kg
Life Expectancy: 13 – 16 years
Colour: Tan, Black, Blue
Please note: A dog’s exercise, training/stimulation and grooming requirements can depend on several factors such as age and health. The same goes for ongoing costs of ownership. For advice on one specific dog, we always advise chatting with a vet.
How much exercise does a Yorkshire Terrier need?
If you live in a heavily populated area without much green space, or simply don’t have much time for dog walking, a Yorkie may be the perfect furry friend for you.
They’ll only need 2 short walks a day and will happily spend the rest of their time indoors. Despite their lively personality, the Yorkie is quite happy pottering about in the house and won’t mind walking through a busy city environment.
Training: how to train a Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies typically respond well to training and pick up basic commands fairly quickly.
They're prone to barking, so it’s a good idea to commence training this behaviour out of them from a young age.
Begin training when your Yorkie is young. Always use positive reinforcement and reward-based methods and you should find your Yorkie to be perfectly housetrained in no time.
Whether you keep your Yorkie’s fur short or long, it’ll need daily brushing to make sure it doesn’t become too tangled. Yorkshire Terriers shed a small amount, but very little – in fact, they’re considered hypoallergenic! Bathing your Yorkie will also help to keep their fur in tip-top condition.
Yorkies are well-suited to owners who live in cities or flats/apartments without access to an outdoor area.
They aren’t the biggest fans of other animals. Although, your Yorkie will grow up to be far more sociable if they’re introduced to other animals at a young age.
Yorkies are fairly small, so perhaps aren’t the best fit for families with very young children. A Yorkshire Terrier should make a great companion for older children (10 and above) who know how to handle them.
Overall, you should find your Yorkie to be a bold, characterful and charming companion indeed.
When considering the lifetime cost of owning a Yorkshire Terrier, remember to take into account:
- Breed-specific food
- Veterinary care
- Pet insurance
- Kennels or dog sitters
- Grooming costs
- Toys and equipment
Need more info?
For more info on finding the best dog breed for you and your lifestyle, have a chat with your vet.