Yorkshire Terrier

Other names : Yorkie, York

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Life expectancy

The Yorkshire Terrier has a life expectancy of between 12 and 17 years




Adult size

Female Between 6 and 10 in
Male Between 6 and 10 in

Adult weight

Female Between 4 and 7 lb
Male Between 4 and 7 lb
Coat colour
Brown Red Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Yorkshire Terrier costs between £510 and £670

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More details about the Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier: Origins and history

The breed is quite recent since it has first emerged in the beginning of the 19th century, around the time of the industrial revolution. In fact, wool workers migrated from Scotland to Yorkshire, taking their dogs with them. There are, however, no surviving documents that fully explain their origins. It is nevertheless more or less certain that various Terriers like the Skye, Cairn, Clydesdale (extinct today) and the “Melita Terrier” (today’s Maltese Dog) have contributed to his formation. Initially bred to hunt for rats in the mines and for rabbits in the burrows, he is nowadays regarded exclusively as a toy terrier. Initially dubbed “Miniature Terriers”, it is in 1886 that the Kennel Club officially recognised the breed in its own right as the “Yorkshire Terrier”. The first official breed standards had been established towards the end of the 19th century, in 1898.

Training a Yorkshire Terrier

Despite his small size, the Yorkie is a dog with a strong personality who necessitates a firm and consistent training. 

It is therefore necessary to implement some rules of life and clear boundaries to be respected as soon as the Yorkshire Terrier pup first integrates the home, in order to stop bad habits from developing. 

You also shouldn’t think that a dog of this size does not need to be trained- small or big, all dogs need to learn some basic discipline not only to integrate the household as seamlessly as possible, but also to adapt well to society in general.

Yorkshire Terrier: Purchase price

The price of a Yorkshire Terrier varies depending on its origins, age, and gender. You have to count an average of £670 for dogs registered at the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog of this size, you have to estimate an average of £20 per month.

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