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Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier breed profile is sponsored by visit PetWear to custom design your Yorkie's next designer dog collar, leash or more and then let PetWear hand make it and then ship for free!With its unique harsh, long lustrous coat, the Yorkshire Terrier is an ultimate show dog and showstopper in the most mundane of surroundings.  Possessed of the charm of a toy dog and the eternal spark of the Terrier, this breed has developed a devoted following. 
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General Information
Group(s): Toy Height: 7-9 inches
Weight: 4-7 pounds Longevity: upper teens
Colors: blue-black and tan Coat type: long, harsh, lustrous yet very pleasant and silky to the touch
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Compact with longer body than height (rectilinear), long sweeping coat in black and tan, Terrier head and face with exquisite expression.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: generally high (Terrier)
General Nature: good but can be nervous and anxious if in unsafe situations, quite aware they are small and vulnerable, very happy and playful generally. Tend to be very vocal. Can be dangerously foolhardy in attempting to protect those they care for.
  with Children: not a good choice with small or noisy children
  with other pets: can be good but must feel secure; Terrier background makes it a bit of a challenge
  with dogs: generally very good presuming all are respectful of each other
Socialization requirements: important that the dog have a sense of coping with new people and surroundings even when not being held. Many toy dogs end up with possession issues with their owner because they are only held when meeting other people and encountering new experience
Ideal home characteristics: No small children, adequate time that the dog can interact. As a Toy and Terrier this is a breed that is happiest when around its people, charming and entertaining them. Very playful.
Temperament Notes: Be careful what you encourage! This is a clever dog with a high desire to please. Peals of laughter over aggressive behavior (out of something so
Training requirement: socialization and manners are important, this dog will learn alot from being around you, be aware of what you are teaching
Trainer notes: Do not underestimate this dog's mind just because it is small and generally kept simply as a companion.  They are very capable of reflecting the encouragement you've offered.  It's easy to encourage charming, cute and playful behaviors as well as undesirable insecure and aggressive ones.  Try to give this dog room to be a dog.  Being on the floor, playing with other dogs and learning to cope with various situations is only beneficial to your dog's mental health.  While they can be "your baby" try not to limit them to that.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: early-mid 1900s
Country of Origin: Yorkshire England
Original Function: small ratters then companions
History: Developed from crosses of Waterside, English, Paisley, Clydesdale and Skye Terriers.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: eye problems, luxating patellas
Health Testing: CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • how long have you had Yorkies?
  • how often do you breed?
  • What titles do you put on your breeding stock?
  • How do you maintain the coat for show or for a pet?
  • What health problems are in the breed?
  • How do you avoid those in your program?
  • What health clearances do your breeding stock have?
  • How old do puppies need to be prior to coming home to their families?
Web Sites: - Smoky, the four pound Yorkshire Terrier and decorated war dog of WWII and celebrity in the US after the war is discussed.  Also includes links to her site and the book written by Bill Wynne, her best friend. - Very active Yorkie Rescue in the US.  Also responsible for the memorial for the war dog, Smoky. - Our hand-knit, custom made sweaters for your Yorkshire Terrier are GUARANTEED to fit!  Adogable Apparel also offers everything Yorkie from beds to pocketbooks.  Visit and use coupon code DIGITALDOG for FREE SHIPPING on your total order. -Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Rescue with contacts nationwide


Other Resources
Breed standard: -Yorkshire Terrier AKC Breed Standard

Breeder Ethics:  -Ethics as stated by the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America for members and breeders

Other: It is commendable that the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America speaks of great devotion to their breed and their responsibilities in producing healthy, well bred animals.  However, they compromise the efforts of those seeking a responsible breeder by leaving off critical information from their website, namely the health concerns within the breed.  How is an interested party to ask for copies of appropriate health screens when no such information is forthcoming from the parent club that serves as the custodian for the breed?
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