The Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie for short) may be small in stature, but has a huge personality. A widely popular toy dog breed, the Yorkie has won the hearts of many through their playful nature and high sense of self. Often seen sporting a coat coloured black, grey, and tan, Yorkies are considered hypoallergenic and so shed very little. Yappy at times, these dogs have a certain air of arrogance, and so disciplined training is essential during their development to curb these negative tendencies. If treated correctly, Yorkies make for great companions, and so it is of no surprise that they are the second most popular breed in the U.S today.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Yorkshire Terriers are very slight of size, and as such perfect for apartment dwellers. They also do not require much exercise at all, a quick play or walk around the block usually sufficient to get them through the day. As is the case with almost all terriers, it is not advised that families with young children adopt this breed. Although affectionate for the most part, Yorkies are prone to snap every now and then, and so can pose a threat to the welfare of small kids. These dogs cope terribly with the cold, and so people living in particularly chilly climates should consider other breeds instead. Yorkies can coexist peacefully with other pets, however will sometimes try and pick fights with larger dogs if encountered in public. To make sure they're safe, it's important to keep them close and fastened on a leash whenever out on a walk.
Common Health Issues
Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Portosystemic Shunt, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, Reverse sneezing.