Yorkshire Terrier Puppies for Sale
Like all terriers, these puppies were first bred to control pests and vermin. The silky Yorkshire Terrier was known by a few different names, including the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier and the Toy Terrier, before the Yorkshire region claimed them as their own in 1874. These courageous ratters were bred to be small enough to fit into the nooks and cracks in mines and mill buildings of 19th-century Britain.
While originally prized to control pests, British hunters soon discovered that Yorkies were small enough to carry in their pockets, making them a convenient helper to hunt down rabbits, foxes, and even badgers.
In 1872, this tiny terrier began showing up in America. By 1885, the AKC officially recognized the breed and grouped as Toy.
- Country of Origin: England
- Weight: 3 - 7 lbs
- Height: 6 - 9 inches
- Color: If you are ready to adopt a Yorkshire Terrier, it’s time to learn about their coat and coat care. To meet AKC requirements, the Yorkshire Terrier must be tan or gold, with a blue saddle. However, many healthy, purebreds are tan or gold with a black saddle, solid gold or tan, liver, chocolate, or parti-color.
The Yorkshire Terrier breed is active, confident, loves attention and is fearless. These loyal, loving dogs are gentle around adult owners. However, their need for dominance can translate into nipping, and that means that this dog is not always a good match for families with small children. Additionally, the Yorkie is small enough to be seriously hurt by young children who don’t yet know how to be consistently gentle.
This dog’s excellent hearing combines with exceptional intelligence and alertness to make them wonderful watchdogs. These feisty pups are loving and loyal companions, but wary of strangers. However, because these small terriers were initially bred to hunt vermin, they are often overly confident of their abilities. They’ve been known to pick fights with larger dogs, and, if not responsibly trained, can become ankle biters.
These puppies enjoy chasing and playing with toys, but don’t need long periods of outdoor exercise. However, like all dogs, the Yorkie enjoys walks and outdoor play in good weather. They like being close to their owners and makes excellent lap dogs.
Finally, these dogs can be stubborn, so firm and consistent training are needed.
The Yorkshire Terrier breed’s average life expectancy averages 13 – 16 years. These tiny pups are at risk from injury and can be seriously hurt by falls or accidents, so be careful where you step or sit. One of the most common health concerns with the breed is dental disease. Because these dogs have small jaws, their teeth may become crowded, and dental work may be required. Other issues to watch for are:
- Collapsing Tracheas
- Portosystemic Shunt
Make sure you take your pet in for regular vet checkups. With all breeds, it’s important to stay current on all shots and vaccinations.
Coat & Coat Care
The typical fine, straight, and silky coat is hypoallergenic. They do not shed to the same degree as other breeds, only losing small amounts when bathed or brushed.
The Yorkie is a hairdresser’s dream. Traditionally the coat is grown-out long and is parted down the middle of the back. But their long, fine hair doesn’t shed much and can be brushed and bound into ponytails or buns. Some owners prefer a more practical approach and keep the coat trimmed to a short cut.
Regardless of cut, daily brushing for this breed is recommended to avoid matting and to keep the coat healthy and shiny. Don’t bathe more than once a month, and less frequently if possible.