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Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier): Feisty & Affectionate Toy Breed

Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier): Feisty & Affectionate Toy Breed

Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie is the most popular toy breed in the USA. Yorkie may be small in size, but it certainly has a big heart. These are affectionate, feisty, loving companions with absolute devotion to their owners. Yorkie is an apartment dog and they don’t tolerate heat or cold very well. 

If you give them enough love, playtime, care, and attention, Yorkies will be your loving and loyal companions.

Yorkie Breed Info

Physical Characteristics


Generally, a Yorkie is from 7 to 8 inches tall and weighs around 7 pounds


Yorkshire Terrier has a single, straight, long, glossy, and silky coat that reaches the floor. Yorkies are born black, but the color gradually lightens and changes as they grow older. The official colors of Yorkie’s coat are blue, gold, black and tan.

Typical Yorkie will have a bright gold head, while the color from the base of the neck to the tip of the tail is a dark steel-blue.

Personality & Temperament

Personality and temperament differ from dog to dog. Some Yorkies may be calmer, cuddly, and more affectionate, while others can be more independent and mischievous.

Health & Lifespan

Yorkshire Terriers are generally healthy dogs. However, they are prone to certain health issues.

The most common health issues in Yorkies are:

The life expectancy of a Yorkshire Terrier is between 11 and 15 years.



Every dog needs some exercise and physical activity to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Yorkies generally require moderate exercise including daily walks and playing with the owner in the backyard. Two short walks a day will satisfy Yorkie’s need for activity and reduce his energy levels.


Yorkie requires regular daily brushing and weekly bath. Also, trim the Yorkie’s hair short or pull it up in a topknot. Trim the dog’s nails as needed and regularly check his ears for the sign of infection. You should also keep the emphasis on your Yorkie’s dental hygiene and brush his teeth daily as they are prone to dental issues.


High-quality food is essential for the good health of your Yorkie. Diet should be balanced and appropriate to the dog’s age, activity level, and size. Generally, you should feed your Yorkie 1/2 to 3/4 cup divided into two meals. Also, make sure to check your dog’s weight and portion his meals accordingly to prevent overeating and obesity.


Yorkies are intelligent dogs and eager to please their owners. Therefore, they are very receptive to training, especially if you use positive reinforcement methods.

Commonly Asked Questions

Are Yorkies good family dogs?

Yes, Yorkies are excellent family dogs. Their small size and great personality make them ideal pets for small apartments, people with medical issues, senior citizens, etc. 

Is it ok for my Yorkie to sleep with me?

Yes, if that is fine with you. Yorkies feel safe when they are close to their owners, so it’s even better if your dog can safely sleep with you.

Male or female Yorkies, which ones are better?

There is really no big difference between male and female Yorkies. Generally, these are affectionate, loving dogs that love your attention. Females can be more independent and stubborn, but that shouldn’t be a big issue.

Dolores Thompson

Monday 4th of April 2022

My male yorkie has white with black a few black patches on his coat one BLUE EYE AND A PINK MOSE WITH A LITTLE BLACK SPOT

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