Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers

Prepare for a cute attack! Yorkshire Terriers have to be one of the cutest dogs ever bred. The breed’s origins were supposedly from a male called Old Crab and a female named Kitty. After reading up on Yorkies, I have to say that their intelligence and quick movements prove their original purpose, that is, for catching rats.

They were working dogs during their humble beginnings, and were used in the cotton and wool mills of the 1800s to keep the rodent population down. Today, they are mostly known as companion pets. They dote on attention and will follow their owners from room to room.

Here’s a 5-minute video of pure Yorkshire Terrier puppy cuteness! Here’s a 1-minute video on Yorkshire Terrier basics. Finally, here’s a 5-minute compilation video showcasing a number of adorable, quick and intelligent Yorkie pups.

FunFacts about Yorkshire Terriers: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Ideally its maximum size is 7 pounds (3.2 kg). A popular companion dog, the Yorkshire Terrier has also been part of the development of other breeds, such as the Australian Silky Terrier. It has a grey, black and tan coat, and the breed’s nickname is Yorkie. (Source)
  • The Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire, which is a county in northern England.
  • Historically, Scottish mill workers came down to Yorkshire to work in factories and brought a variety of terriers with them for the purpose of catching rats. The original Yorkie breed is said to have come from a male called Old Crab and two females, one called Kitty and the other of unknown name.
  • In the latter part of the 1800s, the Yorkshire Terrier was shown in dog shows under a bizarre category called, quote: “Rough and Broken-coated, Broken-haired Scotch and Yorkshire Terriers”. (Source)
  • In 1872, the Yorkshire Terrier was introduced in North America.
  • The best Yorkie hair is glossy, straight, silky and fine.
  • Traditionally, the hair is grown out long and parted down the middle of the back.
  • Best coloring for the coat, quote: From the back of the neck to the base of the tail, the coat should be a dark grey to a black color, and the hair on the tail should be a darker black. On the head, high chest and legs, the hair should be a bright, rich tan, darker at the roots than in the middle, that shades into a lighter tan at the tips, but not for all dogs. Also, in adult dogs there should be no black hairs intermingled with any of the tan coloured fur. (Source)
  • It may take three to four years for the final coat color to emerge in a Yorkie.
  • Yorkies are sometimes described as having a hypoallergenic coat since they shed very little.
  • Yorkshire Terriers are described as intelligent, very active, overprotective and fond of attention.
  • Yorkies are better for families with older children and adults.
  • Yorkies are known to be yappy. But as an intelligent breed, born for work, they need a lot of exercise and stimulation to be content.


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44 thoughts on “Yorkshire Terriers

  1. They are just the cutest little dogs. My neighbor b brought home a puppy as a gift for his wife. Their puppy was so small she put a bell on her so that she couldn’t get lost in the house, She ended up being called Tinker Bell

  2. Since several people in the house have allergies, we’ve never had a dog, but I always enjoy seeing Yorkshire Terriers at the park!

  3. I have a 17 lb pure breed Yorkie. Who is almost 21 years old in human years. His name is Mushu (from the Disney movie Mulan) He isn’t doing so well so I am trying hard to save up for cremation and putting him to sleep when it’s his time. Which is rough since I myself have Multiple Sclerosis and am disabled. Right now loosing my baby and seeing these pics was both heart warming and heart breaking. He is my emotional support dog. He helps me in ways I cannot even explain. I don’t know how I will cope without his plucky, sweet, loving personality. My heart is torn to pieces! Anyone who has deeply loved a dog will understand!

    • Bonny,
      We all feel for you! Animals can be a tremendous support. I still miss my Duke, a beautiful cocker spaniel and the noblest creature on earth.

      Of course, it’s made harder for you because of your illness. Like Sheryl, sending prayers and an abundance of healing thoughts your direction.

      Warmest hugs,
      Buckeye Arizona USA

    • My heart goes out to you. I had to help my baby over the rainbow bridge after 10 years due to cancer. He fought it for 2 years. I held him and then cried for a week, so I understand what you are facing. I now have a 14 lb Silky Terrier that I rescued from the shelter. He is my Service Animal too. Prayers for both of you.

  4. Aww, they are so darn cute. Always wanted one but not to steady on my legs, scared they may make me fall. I always went with a dog a little bigger. Enjoyed the videos and pictures.

  5. They are cute but my sister had one. It was the yappiest dog I’ve ever seen. Every little noise it would bark. I know all dogs aren’t like that but it kind of put me off the breed

  6. Love Yorkie dogs and my 14yr old Teddy is part Yorkshire Terrier, ShiTzu & Maltese. His father was pure Yorkie and mother was ShiTzu & Maltese. Teddy is a small dog and weighs almost 6 lbs. He’s so loveable and he does follow me all over. He’s not too much of a barker, thank heavens. He’s so playful and I just love him-gives us so much enjoyment. His father was 17 yrs. old when he died. Loved all the pictures!! AZ

  7. They are cute but being a big girl, with big feet I would mash cute little yorkie with said big feet. We had German Shepards! They were real smart dogs and would. move out of range of those big feet.LOL

  8. I absolutely adore my Yorkie! He will be exactly a year and a half on the 15! Sweetest thing ever but OMG, beyond stubborn. He is so hardheaded! Love him to pieces though.

  9. Yorkies are so great and cute. I like them cut close instead of long hair. The first picture is like he is saying “you got a problem?” All the others are so cute

  10. Yorkies are just adorable. I have never had one for a pet, but have had several toy poodles. They run neck and neck in my book. Lovable little balls of fur and sweetness! I really liked the photo of the yorkie chewing on the stick. 🙂

    Fort Myers, Florida

  11. My sister-in-law has a teacup Yorkie whose coat is a silvery pale brown. She’s little but fierce in defending those of us whom she loves. She’s about 14 now and we know her time with us is growing short. We will miss our Dolly.

  12. Terrier’s are one heck of a dog. According to them, they are giants. I have had several types of Terrier’s and I love them all. They are cute, stubborn, fiesty and go all out. They embrace life to the fullest.

    Currently I have a coated Mexican Hairless (xolo—) We had him several months before I even heard him bark. Smart and a thinker.

    Love dogs, any kind. I think they are a gift from God to keep us from being lonely and also staying humble.

  13. Love the adorable pictures. I enjoyed watching the videos especially the ones with the puppies. I have always liked the Yorkies ever since being around my friend’s but I have never own one myself.

  14. Love my Yorkies. lost Kirby but I still Spencer his brother who is 12 years old & doesn’t act it. Adopted Tracy who was suppose to be a Yorkie but missed a little bit but I still love him. So I now I have Spencer Tracy.

  15. I was so blessed to have a wonderful Yorkie. Bear was the sweetest companion who thought he was a large dog. My Yorkie was my shadow following me from room to room.

  16. Roxy, the little yorkie two doors down in my condo building, is in love with my little poodle mix dog. It is fun to watch them together when we meet up on our walks. She is a very cute dog. I enjoyed all the photos. I’m a dog lover who grew up in Arizona but live in So. Cal.

  17. My mom bought me my first Yorkie. She was home bound because of cancer and lonely and she asked if I wanted one and I asked ‘what’s a Yorkie?’ Then read up on them and said YES. When I saw the puppies available, it was live at first sight. I picked him up, he snuggled, I put him down to look at the other one, and he growled at me. He was 5 weeks old and not even a handful. I laughed and told mom he picked me. I visited him every day until I could bring him home. His dads name was Toy Clown so I named him Hijinx. He kept mom company while I worked and wore me out at night playing and walking. I lost mom 2 years later, and lost Hijinx to cancer at 12 years old. He went to be with mom. I still have his pictures on my phone and miss him greatly. I now have a Silky Terrier who is a smuggler and loves to be held.

    Sara D
    San Jose, Ca

  18. I love these dogs and love these pics. I used to be a God parent to some yorkies that I looked after everytime their humans left town. One was gorgeous with mostly the blue silver color. But you should check out and share the story of a famous yorkie used during one of the world wars to deliver mesages between units using tunnels in order to pass through enemy lines.

  19. They make great search and rescue dogs with the Emergency Management Agency. They are smart and their size allows them to get into small places to find civilians that are trapped. The last Yorkie we had was 10 and we retired him to a nice nursing home where he keeps the patients company. Pudding was a dog that needed to work and the handler could not just make him a house dog. He spent 8 years keeping the elderly company before he crossed the rainbow bridge. Pudding now resides in a nice urn in the recreation room with photos of him and all the residents he spent time with.

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