This irresistibly cute companion ranks high on the most popular breeds list. How did a dog bred to hunt rats make its way to royal laps? With a sweet demeanor and pint-sized stature, it's hard not to love the Yorkshire Terrier. Ranking high in the intelligence pool, this former working rat dog loves the challenge and bonding time of training sessions and learning new tricks. Stubborn and headstrong, this little guy demands your attention — and who could resist those puppy dog eyes?
Yorkies make excellent companions for pet owners looking for a shed-free and allergen-free addition to their family. A Yorkie's compact size makes it a perfect apartment dog as long as exercise is part of the daily routine. This breed is sensitive to extreme temperatures, and leaving them outside unattended can cause severe health issues. Due to their independent and stubborn nature, this toy breed may not do well with small children, as most Yorkies enjoy personalized attention. Don't be overwhelmed by the long locks of AKC-bred Yorkies — regardless of hair length, this breed simply needs a weekly brushing to keep up its looks.
Because they were bred as working dogs, Yorkies love a challenge and mental stimulation. This intelligent breed can pick up training techniques faster than most pooches and enjoys the special attention and bonding time of training sessions. Weighing in at an average of 5 to 7 pounds, Yorkies make first-rate travel companions, as they can fit in most purses or carriers. This tiny breed is very attentive to their human counterparts, and constant companionship is a must.
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