We adore the Yorkshire Terrier, we truly do. With its miniature stature, its beautiful hair and loving eyes, what’s not to love about this compact breed? Known for its blue and tan coat with signature long, straight, soft hair, it’s typically lighter on the head and darker around the ears.
This adaptable little pooch is a good dog for children and interestingly enough it plays well with its peers. It’s not afraid of larger dogs even though the yorkie is a breed of a small dog known for the toy category. Typically weighing between five and seven pounds, according to the American Kennel Club, last year the Yorkshire Terrier was the second most popular breed of dogs in the US, second to only the Labrador Retriever.
And don’t let the size fool you. Although the Yorkshire Terrier’s miniature stature equates it to being a small dog, this is not synonymous with being frail or weak. Quite the contrary; it has a compact athletic build and prides itself on an active lifestyle. What makes this breed particularly likable is the fact that it does not shed. There is no undercoat but instead their fine hair is similar to human hair; it grows and falls out only when brushed. There’s less dander overall so when they get wet they don’t have that “wet dog” smell and in general people do not tend to suffer from as many dog-related allergies when around a Yorkshire Terrier.
When they’re born, Yorkshire Terrier puppies are born with a tan and black coat. The hair is usually shiny and thin and from the back of the neck to the tail the coat is usually blue. As mentioned before, maintaining the coat could be quite a chore for people who do not have time but for those who enjoy the daily brushing, it’s worth the time.
Regarding its playfulness, the Yorkshire Terrier is animated, lively, and intelligent. They are indeed known for barking frequently, most especially towards strangers, but some Yorkies are outgoing towards new people; this is dependent upon how the owner trains the Yorkie as a puppy. Typically getting along well with other dogs, they’re known for playing together with dogs. This breed is confident and inquisitive so they may not even know how small they are in sometimes playfully cajoling with larger dogs double their size!
Although some owners may “baby” this breed and treat it like a child in a stroller and the like, some Yorkshire Terriers prefer to be near the owner without being on their lap or being held 24/7. Yorkshire Terriers also need a lot of rest and sometimes will snooze in the corner of a home. However, the more they are pampered the more they may become more clingy and dependent on owners. This may diminish their self-confidence, the very trait this breed is known for.