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Yorkie Dogs

Welcome To Your Yorkie Information Center

Thinking about getting a Yorkshire Terrier dog? Already have 1, 2, 3 or more Yorkies?

We are your 1 - Stop Yorkshire Terrier Information Center:
  • Detailed information, on every topic you need to know regarding care.
  • Enjoy a new Yorkie topic each month , in our Topic of the Month section.
  • Keep your Yorkie looking great with proper grooming and knowing how to deal with hair issues.
  • Learn how to care for the puppy, adult and senior Yorkshire Terrier
  • Check out our fun, interactive Names section!
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  • Receive updates when we add the Topic of the Month and new articles 
  • Suggest a subject for the Topic of the Month or ask a question for our Advice section
  • Be eligible to receive Yorkie info given only to Members
  • Receive a free, fun & helpful Welcome Booklet
Yummy Healthy Home Cooking for the Yorkshire Terrier

Learn about the differences between manufactured dog food and home cooked food, so that you can make a choice that best fits your and your little bundle of joy. Read More
Yorkie Color

Yorkie puppies are born black and tan and then the color of the Yorkshire Terrier will change as the dog grows older. The Yorkie will transition to blue and gold as the dog matures. It is 2 bb genes & 2 BB genes which combine to make gorgeous coloring. A quick overview of colors:

Tan: All tan will be darker at the roots and then a slow lightening to the tips
Blue: A diluted black and is not mixed with another color. This is usually a dark steel blue.
Black: Puppies will usually have black intermingled with tan
Gold: A term used to describe tan tones in the darker shades

Learn all the details about color changes and puppy & adult color information.
Stats of the Yorkshire Terrier

Pronounced: YORK-shur TAIR-ee-uhr
Common Name: Yorkie
Pronounced: YOR-kee
Commonly Mis-spelled: Yorky
Family: Companion
Breed Group: Terrier, Toy
Area of Origin: Northern England
Date of Origin: Officially became its own distinct breed in 1870
Height: 6-9 inches (15.24 – 22.86 cm) This is in general, There is not an AKC specific height guideline
Weight: Not over 7lbs. (3.17 kg) 
NOTE: For a brief time, there was a minimum weight set by the AKC, of 4 lbs ( 1.81 kg). 
Life Expectancy:12-15 years | See: Life Span
Recognized by: CKC, FCI, AKC, KC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR
Points of Interest
  • The Yorkie was originally a working class family's dog. Then, during the Victorian Era this breed became popular among royalty. This change made the Yorkie a very sought after dog breed and those who owned one were admired.
  • 2 purebred Yorkshire Terriers, both with a genetic recessive genes, mated to produce a spotted Yorkie. This, in 1984, created a new breed known as the Biewer.
  • Although it is said that the Yorkie used to originally be used as "rat catchers" long ago...there is evidence that this breed were also used for hunting, especially for small animals that would hide in tiny dens. Because the animals in these dens who are cornered often fought back brutally, this gave the Yorkshire Terrier the characteristic of having great courage and valor.
  • This breed is considered to be above average in regard to intelligence.
Dental Care

Taking care of your Yorkie’s teeth is very important. Dogs do not develop cavities as often as humans do, however it is the plague and tarter buildup that can attack the teeth and lead to severe infections. Without treatment, teeth begin to crumble, bone is destroyed and ultimately the teeth will fall out or need to be extracted.

The Yorkshire Terrier is a breed that is very susceptible to dental issues. You can train your dog from the day that you bring him or her home. This is done in steps, to allow the dog to become used to the feeling of cleanings, the taste and sitting still while you do this.

You should begin with your finger, move up to a dog finger brush and then finally a high quality dog toothbrush.

Paying attention to this very important grooming aspect will be a big help towards keeping your Yorkie healthy with proper care of the teeth.
Allergies

Did you know that 20+% of all dogs suffer from some type of allergy? A dog may be born with this or it may develop at any age. An allergic reaction to fleas is the most common type; however there are many elements that trigger this such as food, shampoo and more. In addition, there are several different types.

The trigger can be contact, inhaled or ingested. The symptoms often mimic other health issues and symptoms vary greatly. Once gathering information to determine which form of allergy your dog has, changes to the environment and possibly medication may be implemented to help a Yorkie with allergies.
Barking Issues

Some Yorkies can be very peaceful and others may have plenty to say! Barking is the manner in which your Yorkie communicates with you. There is justified and unjustified barking. We can help you if you have questions about training for barking issues or you feel that you can't manage your Yorkie.
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Tail Docking Information

The element of docking the Yorkshire Terrier’s tail is quite controversial. In the United States, a tail docked to a medium length is very common and is part of the AKC breed standard. Some countries have banned this practice, such as Australia, Finland, Greece, Sweden and Norway, among others. 

Efforts to ban tail docking became strong in the 1990’s. If you are thinking about docking the tail or have any questions about this procedure, read more details regarding this in our Tail Docking section.
Something New Each Month

Do you want to learn something new each month about your best friend? We are always here, providing a fresh, article for you. Always interesting, always informative, be sure to check out the Topic of the Month.
Yorkie Grooming

This is a long-haired breed and does not have an undercoat. This means that the Yorkie rarely sheds, a small amount of hair usually only falls out when brushed.

However, even with little to no shedding, there are many other elements of grooming to be aware of.

Bathing at the right times is vital to good coat health, tails must be trimmed, dewclaws may be removed (this is usually done at a very early age), special attention should be given to the ears and much more. Learn all about grooming details.
Nipping & Biting Issues

Whether your Yorkie is going through the very intense stage of teething or is an older dog with biting issues, there is help.
Learn about all of the elements which may cause a Yorkie to bite, how to help your dog and how to train your Yorkshire Terrier. See Biting or Teething
Females

If you have a female, you will want to read all about the gender specific topics of the heat cycle, breeding and delicate issue of pregnancy to take good care of your girl.
Yorkshire Terrier looking up
What's New?

Check out the Monthly Yorkshire Terrier Blog - We always offer you new, helpful information regarding health or care topics. 
Is your Yorkie a finicky eater? Does your Yorkie have an odd habit? Are you living with a wall flower or a hyper little guy? Maybe you are having some behavior issues with your dog? Are you looking for information or advice that you just can't seem to find anywhere? Every month we cover a new topic that is relevant to what you need to know. 
One of the most popular sections that owners find helpful is Separation Anxiety, an issue that many pups and dogs struggle with.
Health

We want our dogs to stay with us as long as possible and have quality of life. All dog breeds are prone to their own set of health issue. This does not mean that your dog is certain to develop a certain health issue; however it does means that an owner should be aware of the possibilities, as early diagnosis is vital to recovery. Let's learn the details of all health issues the Yorkshire Terrier is prone to...symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis and prevention...in the easy to read format of our Health section.
Teacup Yorkies

This breed follows close to the Chihuahua in regard to size. The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest breeds in the world. Is there an official variety who are smaller than the standard 4 to 7 pounds (1.81 to 3.17 kg) ? Let's discuss the facts regarding Toy, Miniature and Teacup Yorkies
Appearance

When having the 'Show Dog' look, the ultra long, silky coat parts along the spine and then gracefully falls straight down on either side. If the dogs are not for showing, the owners usually go for the "Puppy Cut" look. There are other types of haircuts as well.

In the US and some other states, the tail is usually docked to half its length.

The head is flat with a medium-sized length muzzle and black nose. The eyes are very lively and the ears are v-shaped, erect or semi-erect. Limbs should be straight with round paws and black nails. The hair on the head is so fluffy that it is usually gathered in a band to keep from going into the dog's food bowl and to give the animal maximum visibility. (This is known as putting the hair into a 'Topknot').
The Popularity Factor

This is one adorable canine friend that seems unaware of its small size. This dog is usually very enthusiastic for adventure whether this be exploring a new walking path or accompanying you to run an errand. He has wonderful quirks and traits. This breed is also is very energetic, brave (due to its ancestry which called for courage), loyal and his behavior can be quite clever. Therefore, when one is looking for a loving, happy friend, this is the breed!

Known to be very affectionate with its human family members, they love to give and receive attention. This loyalty also shows when strangers come around, as they will want to protect their family and can be a great watch dog inside of a little body. This protection instinct can become a behavioral issue if the dog is not shown very clearly whom is the master and whom is the canine family member.

Easy to train with if proper training procedures are followed, great with children if youngsters are shown how to properly play with this very tiny dog and filled with personality, the Yorkshire Terrier has found its way into millions of homes. This breed is among the 10 most popular dogs in the entire world. In the United States and Canada, this breed usually stays in the top 14 most popular dogs, the number of registered dogs varies any where between 40,000 and 50,000 in the US each year. 
"The amount of time that it takes for a dog to 'do his business' is directly proportional to the outside temperature and the suitability of the owner's outerwear."
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