Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed

July 13, 2016

Yorkshire Terriers - how cute are these teddy bear dogs!

Yorkshire Terriers fall within the toy-terrier group of the terrier breed of dogs. They are really small and cute. They appear just like a stuffed teddy bear which is why they are often referred to as teddy bear dogs. By PrincessCoco (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons


The Yorkshire Terrier is also known as a “Yorkie” and originates from Yorkshire, England. They came about in the middle of the 19th century when Scottish workers brought different types of small terriers to Yorkshire in search for work. They were bred by people who worked in the wool and cotton mills.

The early versions of this dog were the Skye Terrier and Paisley Terrier. They all originate from the terriers from Scotland. The name Yorkshire comes from the city where they were improved.

At the beginning of their existence any dog that looked like a terrier with a long coat, silver or fawn colored legs, trimmed ears and docked tail was recognized as a Yorkshire Terrier. Later between 1865 and 1871 however, a terrior from Huddersfield, England named "Huddersfield Ben" won many competitions and defined the breed more specifically. He is now acknowledged as the foundation sire of the Yorkshire Terrior breed.

Coat and colors

Yorkshire Terriers require good maintenance. Their hair should be silky, straight, fine and glossy. Their coat should be long and parted down the middle. The coat from the back of their neck to the beginning of their tail is dark gray or black and the tail should be darker black still. The hair on their legs, high chest and head should be rich tan and bright. Their coat requires regular brushing to maintain its silky sheen. Of course, Yorkshire Terriers can have other colors, but the above description is the typical appearance of this breed. Different colored 'Yorkies' are generally rare and can be quite expensive too. You might also find that terriers with other colors have genetic defects and experience health problems. 


A Yorkshire Terrier's temperament is curious, overprotective, active and attention-seeking. They are usually emotionally secure and mentally sound. They are not recommended for families with young children; they are a better suit for older people or families with older children. They are easy to train and they have a nature that flourishes without too much human prodding. In order to learn quickly they need motivation such as praise or food . Yorkshire Terriers are really smart, but they still need mental and physical stimulation. They like long walks and games. When they are tired they like to sleep with their owners. Still, they are individuals and are quite laid back as dogs go. They can easily adapt and they love interaction with other people. When they are in the presence of other dogs they like to stick with their owners. They also like to bark and they are great watchdogs. However, if the barking is a problem it can be solved with exercise.


Yorkshire Terriers are generally 8 to 9 inches (20-23cm) long and should not weigh more than seven pounds (~3kgs). This is not constant since they can of course grow larger or smaller, but it is a good guide to how much you can expect your new puppy to grow. There is also a “tea cup” Yorkshire Terrier which is extra small, but unfortunately this breed can encounter genetic disorders.

Average age

The Yorkshire Terrier dog breed generally lives for 13 to 16 years.

What is so unique about them?

They are a wonderful companion, but they can be a nightmare if they are spoiled from an early age. They are friendly in a way that is so unique to Yorkshire Terriers, and love to socialize! Feel free to post your comments and pics about your wonderful Yorkshire terrior below to help our other visitors out. 

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November 16, 2015 4:30 pm

cute photos you have posted

March 1, 2016 12:29 am

How much for each dog

May 25, 2016 10:41 pm

Love teacups…I am a first time owner. Thinking mix of maltese and shitzu…but not sure what to look for to make sure it is in good health. A breeder contacted me and had what I am looking for…but she said it was the runt…and will be tiny.

Your website impressed me…please contact me. How much too…curious on price.

Susan Murray
Susan Murray
June 30, 2016 10:57 am

So adorable! Do you have any available?

Rochelle jordan
August 30, 2016 5:09 am

Hello want buy look teddy bears picture send email xxxxxxxxxxx thank u

Connie Carrigg
November 23, 2015 12:18 am

I am interested in a teddy bear dog, I live in Barrie,Ont. Where can I find one in Ontario? How much do these dogs cost?I want a pup from a good breeder! i want a happy pup with no health issues,de-wormed,first shots and at least eight weeks with Mom. I read this is the right time to adopt!

Connie RN,

December 1, 2015 2:28 am

I’m looking to bye a Teddy bear puppy for Christmas

Mariana Darida
Mariana Darida
December 23, 2015 11:58 am

Can you please let us know where are you located I am very interested to have one of your puppies .I prefer a female. Please let us know .
We live in Chicago .

Mary Battle
Mary Battle
December 29, 2015 5:25 am

I am interested in a teddy bear puppy, I’d like some information and prices.

January 11, 2016 6:54 pm

I live in Englewood fl where can I get one