Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

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

Illustration courtesy of the American Kennel Club

Quick Facts


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.

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. 

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 rough play.

Yorkshire Terriers on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Yorkshire Terrier ancestry.

  • Brixby

    Brixby

    Purebred

    Teddy Bear

    Teddy Bear

    Purebred

    Buddy

    Buddy

    Purebred

    Bently

    Bently

    Purebred

  • Cedar Hill’s Mr Mojo Risin’

    Cedar Hill’s Mr Mojo Risin’

    Purebred

    Teddy

    Teddy

    Purebred

    Leia

    Leia

    Purebred

    Tapestry Queen Bea

    Tapestry Queen Bea

    Purebred

  • Duke Brontë

    Duke Brontë

    Purebred

    Ralphie

    Ralphie

    Purebred

    Charlie

    Charlie

    Purebred

    Razzee

    Razzee

    Purebred

Favorite Names

For Males

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

For Females

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

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. Pennsylvania, United States
  8. South Carolina, United States
  9. Georgia, United States
  10. Virginia, United States

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