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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Petite but proud, the Yorkshire terrier is a popular toy breed with a silky, low-shedding coat.

About this Breed

Yorkshire terriers are one of the smallest breeds of dog, and also one of the most popular. Originally called “Scotch terriers”, they were developed from small terriers in Scotland in the mid-19th century. They were prized for their long, silky coats and for their courage and affection. After more selective breeding in England, they were renamed Yorkshire terriers (or “Yorkies”) in 1870. The Yorkie was later recognized by the AKC in 1885. Although in the toy group, Yorkies are pure terriers, descended from consummate ratters. Give your Yorkie a squeak toy and watch their instincts take over!

Their single coat is long, straight, and low shedding. As puppies, their coat is a striking black and tan that fades to blue and gold in adulthood. Like other toy breeds, Yorkies are prone to hypoglycemia and to traumatic injuries, so avoid abrupt changes in feeding and make sure children don’t play too roughly with them!

Height

Male: 7-9in

Female: 6-8in

Weight

Male: 5-10lb

Female: 4-8lb

Fun Fact

In the book the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s dog, Toto, was a Yorkie. However Toto was played by a Cairn Terrier in the 1939 movie.

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Teddy
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Oliver
  5. Max
  6. Bentley
  7. Leo
  8. Baxter
  9. Cooper
  10. Toby

For Females

  1. Lucy
  2. Bella
  3. Penny
  4. Sophie
  5. Mia
  6. Chloe
  7. Lola
  8. Daisy
  9. Zoey
  10. Poppy

Common Locations

  1. California, United States
  2. Texas, United States
  3. Florida, United States
  4. New York, United States
  5. Ohio, United States
  6. Illinois, United States
  7. Georgia, United States
  8. Pennsylvania, United States
  9. North Carolina, United States
  10. Virginia, United States

Yorkshire Terriers on Embark

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    Teddy Bear

    Purebred

    Buddy

    Buddy

    Purebred

    Brixby

    Brixby

    Purebred

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    Cedar Hill’s Mr Mojo Risin’

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  • Teddy

    Teddy

    Purebred

    Tapestry Queen Bea

    Tapestry Queen Bea

    Purebred

    Charlie

    Charlie

    Purebred

    Ross

    Ross

    Purebred

  • Ralphie

    Ralphie

    Purebred

    Mochi

    Mochi

    Purebred

    Razzee

    Razzee

    Purebred

    Bobbin Ray

    Bobbin Ray

    Purebred

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