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Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Country of origin: United Kingdom
Breed Names: Yorkshire Terrier
Height at the withers:

  • 22 to 24 cm
  • 2.4 to 3.1


The Yorkshire Terrier was bred in the county of Yorkshire as early as the end of the 19th century. He came from the poorest classes in the industrial towns of northern England in the 19th century. His main task was to keep the cities free from rats and mice. It was also used for (illegal) hunting of rabbits. It is believed to have been created by crossing several breeds, the most common being the Skye Terrier, possibly with a Maltese involvement. At the beginning of breeding, the height at the withers was approx. 40 to 45 cm. In the course of the 20th century, the now uniform size was gradually reached.


Due to its size and weight, the Yorkshire Terrier is a compact companion dog. Typical for him is the fine, shiny long, not frizzy or curly hair. Dark steel blue coat extends from occiput to base of tail, not mixed with fawn, bronze or dark hair. The coat of hair on the chest is a full, light tan. All tan colored hair is darker at the root than in the middle and gets even lighter towards the tip. The tail is very hairy and is carried slightly above the level of the back, the small V-shaped ears are carried erect, are set relatively high and should not be far apart. The legs are straight, but almost disappear under the long hair.


The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest dogs, but was considered a hunting and fighting dog in the 19th century. His character traits are mostly self-confident, lively, alert and intelligent. Therefore, he needs consistent leadership. The Yorkshire Terrier can then be a companion/companion dog, but also an attentive guard dog who does not shy away from larger dogs or strangers.

care, attitude

Grooming a Yorkshire Terrier requires a lot of time-consuming effort. Because without care, thin hair becomes brittle very easily and it loses its shiny character. The great advantage of the Yorkshire Terrier is that they do not have a high seasonal shedding rate, thus reducing problems with dog dander allergies.


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