One of America’s most popular breeds, especially with city dwellers, these compact, toy sized terriers are affectionate and feisty, with loads of personality.
Even though “Yorkies” as they are affectionately called, display a fine glossy, floor length coat which resembles human hair more than the usual coarse canine coat texture, they are anything but dainty in nature. These little terriers are brave, tenacious and sometimes bossy.
These little powerhouse dogs are also yappy, as they follow their natural instinct to bark at every noise. They also bark when they are excited and to communicate their needs to their owners. Also, Yorkies do not like to be left alone for long periods of time, so they do best with people who do not have to go to work outside the home.
These little dogs may look elegant, but underneath that pretty coat they are still terriers to the core. Yorkies earned their keep back in the day going after rats in mills and mines, so they don’t lack courage. There has even been a Yorkie in the White House as President Nixon had a Yorkie named Pasha.
Yorkshire terriers are long lived, with a lifespan ranging from 11 to 15 years. They stand only 7 to 8 inches at the shoulder and weigh about seven pounds. With this breed’s fun and affectionate personality, the Yorkie makes a fine companion animal.