#friendsofwilliamwalker - Breed Profile Yorkshire Terrier

What exactly does "dog breed" mean?

A dog breed is a specific and distinguishable breeding of a domestic dog. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) currently has about 370 different dog breeds listed and thus recognized. The cynological umbrella organization assigns the dog breeds to different groups and sections based on their appearance and nature. There are 10 FCI groups, including, among others, FCI Group 1: Herding Dogs & Cattle Dogs or FCI Group 3: Terriers.

The choice of dog breed - which dog suits me?

To deal with the different dog breeds is crucial for us humans especially when we want to get a new four-legged friend. Which dog suits me? That is the most important question when buying a dog. It does not always have to be a purebred puppy, because even in the case of mixed breeds from the shelter, the various breed combinations give us information about whether the dog will be very large, for example, or possibly has a hunting instinct. However, not only the breed and its characteristics determine the development and behavior of the four-legged friend, but also the education and socialization.

The Yorkshire Terrier - the lively dog with the teddy snout

#friendsofwilliamwalker Breed Profile Yorkshire Terrier

  • Weight: up to 3,5 kg
  • Height (Shoulder): 18 - 23 cm
  • Ø Life expectancy: 13-17 years
  • Fur colors: Blue-black, Black and tan, Blue-black and tan, Gold and White
  • Breed assignment: FCI-Group 3 - Terrier

The history and origin of the Yorkshire Terrier

The roots of the Yorkshire Terrier can be traced back to Scotland. From there, workers brought the dogs to England as part of industrialization. In the county of Yorkshire - where the name of the breed also comes from - the targeted breeding of the cute dogs with the teddy appearance began. However, their task was not to look cute, but to hunt rats, mice and rabbits. Only later - to make the dogs interesting also for the rich population - the breeding focus was directed also to a sweet appearance and beautiful, silky fur. Towards the end of the 19th century, the Yorkshire Terrier was not only officially recognized in the stud book, but also very popular among the population. By the end of the 20th century, the Yorkshire Terrier became a fashionable dog among the British, and other people from other countries became aware of the cute dwarf dogs. Until the turn of the century suddenly everyone wanted to have a Yorkshire Terrier. Therefore you should pay special attention to a serious breeding just when buying the Yorkshire Terrier.

Character and nature of the Yorkshire Terrier - anything but a lap dog

Small but mighty! Despite the small size of the Yorkshire Terrier, the small dogs are brimming with courage and self-confidence. Sometimes a little too much. The Yorkshire Terrier does not consider himself a small contemporary and tends to overestimate himself, especially in relation to larger dogs - no trace of fear. With loud yapping the Yorkshire Terrier likes to show who is the boss in the dog park. Even though the small soft dogs look like teddy bears, they are not lap dogs, appreciate an active life, are bright and demanding. As a guard dog, they are not particularly scary, but are very effective against intruders due to their loud, bright yapping.

The education and acquisition of the courageous dwarf dog

Especially important when buying a Yorkshire Terrier is the choice of the right, reputable and species-appropriate breeding. Since the small teddy dogs are so popular, there are tons of offers on the Internet. These are not only often animal cruelty, by production of puppies as on the assembly line, but often also "fake" Yorkshires. Different breeds are crossed to get the exterior of the terriers - but the character and the nature do not correspond in any way to the breed standard. High-quality breeders are usually members of the Club for Terriers e.V. The puppies have their price and cost up to 1000 euros, but here you can be sure to get a real Yorkshire Terrier bred to the best standard.

A dog with such a great self-confidence needs a consistent education and disciplined training, especially when it comes to prevent barking. Otherwise, the Yorkshire Terrier can sometimes become a typical "barker" or as they say "calf biter". His cute appearance sometimes puts his owners to the test - because the little teddy doesn't like to be beaten. Just as important as a strict upbringing is the socialization of the Yorkshire Terrier, so that he quickly learns not to overestimate himself too much. The little whirlwind needs specific rest periods, so that he can become a balanced little companion. For his education patience is required and especially the praise of small successes motivates the dwarf dog to give his best. A learning session should always be ended with a sense of achievement - this is the way to avoid aversion to training. The Yorkshire Terrier has a big ego and should therefore not be spoiled and spared too much - the teddy dogs can do much more than their cute appearance at first sight can expect.

The attitude of the active Yorkshire Terrier

The small dogs need a lot of exercise. Since their legs are quite short after all, it does not take forced marches to give a Yorkshire an adequate amount of exercise. Its size allows it to be included in all activities in everyday life. So, if the dwarf dog is well trained, he will be a great companion when strolling through the market, in the office or even in the restaurant. He likes to explore new territories, sniff and follow the tracks of rabbits and mice. That's why you should always keep a very close eye on the little dogs, because the hunting instinct is deeply embedded in their genes. Games where the Yorkshire Terrier has to search or dig are ideal to train all his senses and give him what he needs. Otherwise, the nicely manicured lawn has to take the fall for digging activities. The small dogs can be kept well in apartments, as long as the indiscriminate barking has been well gotten out of their habit. Of course, a garden is always a plus for active dogs like the Yorkshire Terrier. As a companion for jogging or slow cycling, the small active whirlwinds are ideal.

Fashion and care tip for the Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier's coat needs a lot of care. In addition to the occasional visit to the dog groomer, we recommend our Premium Coat Care Set and the Dog Brush Resolve for ideal daily coat care for long-haired breeds. Especially on the paws and eyes, the fur should be carefully and regularly cleaned and trimmed, otherwise there may be inflammation and irritation. With a neck circumference of 25-30 cm, the Yorkshire Terrier wears size XXS - XS at William Walker and is therefore perfectly placed in our Small Dog Collection. The suede collar in Sky or Peppermint color looks especially chic on these cute dogs. In addition, there is not only the matching Small City Leash, but also matching Poop Bag Holder and Treat Bags.


By Louisa Knoll

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Bought my first Yorkie in 1963. I have an 8 year old and just lost my 14 year old to stage 4 kidney failure last week. Cried for 3 days , she was also blind and deaf the last 2 years . Inspite of her disabilities she was always happy and ready to start her day. My 8 year old yorkie Katelyn lookeverywhere for her. Katelyn is 4lbs 5 oz. I am looking for a little girl who will not much larger than Katelyn.

Bonnie Kendus 05 octubre, 2022

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