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Yorkshire Terrier

Personality:Sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate

Coat & Grooming:The silky coat (similar to human hair) needs to be brushed daily and professionally groomed regularly

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Yorkies are moderately active and will be happy with a daily satisfying walk

Originally: England

Nicknames: Yorkie

Size: Small

Meet the Yorkshire Terrier

​Don’t let the Yorkie’s tiny size and fancy appearance fool you. Often named the most popular dog breed of New York City, this dog has a Big Apple attitude in a tiny package. Yorkies have a confident and courageous personality that helps them do well at everything from dog sports to therapy work and makes them great travel companions. But after a rough-and-tumble day, there’s nothing a Yorkie enjoys more than a quiet evening spent snoozing on the lap of his owner.

What's Their Story?

​Now they may strut around the show ring in ribbons and bows, but Yorkies have a history as blue-collar workers. They were bred by Scottish weavers who migrated to Yorkshire in the 19th century and needed a dog that could hunt vermin in the fabric mills. (Some people used to jokingly ask if the breed’s silky coat was spun in the mills.) During World War II, a Yorkie named Smoky helped save the lives of soldiers by carrying a communications wire through an underground tunnel.

What are they Like?

​Nicknamed the “tomboy toy,” Yorkies are 5-to-7-pound bundles of energy and enthusiasm. They get along well with other dogs, but can be loners, choosing to investigate sights, sounds, and smells over romping around at the park. Yorkies are incredibly loyal to their owners and prefer to stay close by their side—but don’t mistake this for a need to be pampered. Their tendency to bark makes them reliable watchdogs, and their gentle nature makes them a good fit for families with children.

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