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Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkie)


Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkie) seem oblivious of their small size. They highly energetic, brave, loyal, clever and very eager for adventure. Owners who take the time with their dog, the Yorkie is a wonderful companion! Affectionate with their master, but if humans are not this dog's pack leader, they can become suspicious of strangers and aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. Like other small breeds, Yorkshire Terriers have a super-sized confidence. Yorkies are easy to train, although they can sometimes be stubborn if owners do not give the dog proper boundaries. They can be difficult to house break. (Although, here at Motley Kennels we have very good reviews.) The Yorkie is an excellent watchdog. They are very sweet and loving and can be trusted with children. These are truly sweet little dogs that need owners who understand how to give them gentle leadership. If you own a Yorkie who does not display any of the negative behaviors, congratulations for being a good pack leader. 


The Yorkie is a good dog for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. The Yorkie is sensitive to the cold and prefers warm climates. These are active little dogs need a daily walk. I personally take one of our Yorkies when I go on a walk even though we raise both Chihuahuas and Yorkies; they keep me moving at a good pace. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds; it will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems.


Regular grooming is needed. A clipped coat needs daily to weekly combing and brushing. Topknot is usually tied back with ribbon. Full show coats need hours of grooming and pet owners usually choose to clip them short giving them a shaggy look. They should have their teeth cleaned regularly. This breed sheds little to no hair. We prefer the puppy cut.


The life expectancy of the Yorkshire terrier is approximately 12-15 years. Yorkshire Terrier is an energetic, brave, loyal and adventurous dog. Yorkie always wants to please its owner. It is a very intelligent breed and learns quickly. This is an indoor pet and is a good choice for city and apartment life. It needs training to get friendly with younger children. Caution is advised with small pets such as rabbits, birds, rats etc. because of the breed’s hunting instincts.