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Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Yorkshire Terrier
The character-rich Yorkshire Terrier dog was bred by the miners in Yorkshire to catch rats that infested the coal mines.

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Origin: England

Breed Purpose: Catching vermin and hunting foxes and badgers.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Toy

Height: Both, 15cm 17.5cm

Weight: Both 3.2kg

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Exercise Needs: This tiny dog has not forgotten its fierce vermin hunting heritage and as such needs regular daily exercise preferably off-lead. They are bundles of energy as they race around with great enthusiasm.

Feeding Needs: The Yorkie has a small appetite and thrives on a natural home-prepared diet with plenty of nutrients to maintain the beauty of the glossy coat. This dog has a sweet tooth and should not be fed too many treats which will lead to obesity.

Common Ailments: Females may experience difficulties birthing and some dogs are prone to dental problems but apart from this the Yorkshire Terrier is a sturdy robust little dog.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of the Yorkie is one of a small but vigorous working dog with a characteristic long glossy coat. The small head is flat with a short muzzle and small V-shaped ears. The elegant neck is of good length going down to a compact body with a firm, level back and well-sprung loins. The tail is carried slightly higher than the level of the back. The coat is fine and silky with the hair on the head and muzzle being extremely long. Yorkie puppies are born black and tousled with a little tan colour around the paws and eyes. Some months later this turns to steely blue while the head and chest become golden- coloured.

Yorkshire Terrier K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

As with many of the toy breeds there is a tendency on the owner's part to spoil them and treat them more like a toy rather than the wonderful working dogs they really are.

The Yorkshire Terrier is no exception, being the beauty of the dog world. Appearances can be deceptive, and the Yorkie is indifferent to the weather or the terrain and will hunt rats and mice tirelessly or dig deep tunnels to flush out a mole.

On the other hand the Yorkie shows extreme affection and will prefer its owners lap to the softest of cushions. This is a little dog with a big character that has the ability to make everyone smile with its mischievous ways.

They can be difficult to house train but will easily learn the basic commands as long as the owner is consistent. They are also inexpensive to feed.

All in all the Yorkshire Terrier will make the most delightful canine companion for any person or family looking to liven up their home with a low-maintenance but highly amusing small dog.
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