Those Cute Yorkies
Lifespan: 14 to 17 years
Activity Level: Medium to
Coat: Short, smooth
Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Eager to Please
Information / Facts: Yorkshire Terriers, commonly known as "Yorkies," were first bred in England in the 19th century from several unknown breeds of small terriers that were brought into the country from Scotland. Yorkies are very smart and eager to please their owners, so training is pretty easy with this breed. They have a long, silky fur coat that needs regular grooming. This coat may come in several colors, but the typical Yorkie has a tan coat with black saddle. This coat typically does not shed as other dogs do; only small amounts of fur will fall out with regular brushing. The Yorkie is small in stature, with the average size being a mere seven pounds.
Pros: Yorkies have several benefits that other dogs don't provide. Their tiny size makes them great companion dogs for children, the elderly and anyone who leads a more sedentary lifestyle. Yorkies are great for those who like to take their dog everywhere they go. At an average size of only seven pounds, your Yorkie can go anywhere dogs are permitted. Yorkies are also considered to be one of the few hypoallergenic breeds of dogs, so even allergy sufferers can have a dog without worrying about painful, annoying allergy symptoms. While Yorkshire Terriers are playful and active, they are small enough that they can play indoors and not need a lot of walks or outside activity.
Cons: The biggest health issue with the Yorkshire Terrier is their delicate digestive system. It can take much trial and error to find a food or combination of foods that work for your dog. Too many treats or bites of "people food" can cause an upset tummy culminating in diarrhea or vomiting. In addition, due to their small size, Yorkies can easily be injured simply by accident or due to being less visible than larger breeds of dogs.