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Meet the breed: Yorkshire Terrier

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a four-legged friend that’s low on dander and easy on your allergies, find out everything you need to know about the pint-sized Yorkshire Terrier.

Yorkshire Terrier |


  • checkLong lifespan
  • checkPleasant temperament
  • checkHypoallergenic
  • checkIntelligent
  • checkEasy grooming


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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?

Yorkshire Terrier breed standards

Is this breed right for you?

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.

yorkshire terrier breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Yorkshire Terrier

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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