Yorkshire Terrier Resource

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in the north of England about the mid-19th century, chiefly for the job of controlling the rat population in the coal pits and cotton mills. It was also a featured combatant in rat-killing contests. If this seems a far cry from the dainty little glamour breed of today, it should be remembered that in those days the dogs weighed about 15 pounds, or twice the weight of the modern breed. The breeds used to develop the Yorkie are not positively known but are assumed to be terriers, probably crossed with the Maltese, from which the Yorkie inherited its silky flowing coat. Although the breed did not make much of a hit when first presented to the public in the 1880s, it is now one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. Puppies are almost black at birth, the coat clearing to steel blue with tan head and legs by one year. Daily brushing is essential. This is not a breed for children but rather an ideal choice for stay-at-homes who can give the dog the attention it loves. Yorkshire Terriers have a “big dog” attitude, strong terrier instincts, and a self-assured, important manner. It makes an alert watchdog and its exercise needs are minimal.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Small Dog Breed
Blue and tan.

Hair is glossy, fine and silky. Coat on the body is moderately long and straight.


Weekly grooming. Brush daily.

Life Expectancy:
13 to 16 years
AKC Group:
Toy Group
UKC Group:
No height standards
Up to 7 pounds
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