If you are in the market for a dog that is with a huge personality, but small in size, the Yorkshire Terrier might be just the breed you were looking for.
The Yorkies, as they are popularly called, come with a spicy attitude. But, everyone who ever owned one, will tell you that they are the most lovable creatures! No wonder this is one of the most popular breeds in the US.
They come with an elegant look and are a great breed for people or families that live in an apartment.
Now, they are cute and they do grow to your heart unbelievably quickly. But, are you sure you know this breed good enough to welcome a Yorkie into your home?
Are you completely aware of everything that comes with being a Yorkie owner?
Do you have some doubts and would like to get to know them much better before making the final decision? Our in-depth guide is just what you need.
You will get an insight into all the traits of this breed, and all the things you should be aware of while looking for the right breeder to buy your companion from.
The Yorkshire Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…
As we said above, before making the big decision, you should make sure that you are ready for everything that comes with living with a Yorkie puppy.
However, first you need to see if the price range of a high-quality pup fits your budget, and then you need to learn how to find a reputable breeder.
Let’s start with the price range.
What price are the Yorkshire Terrier puppies?
The price of a puppy can tell you a lot about its quality. For example, if it’s too low, don’t expect a healthy puppy with good genes.
On the other hand, if it’s high, you are looking at a bloodline that is bred for winning medals and trophies at dog shows, and not so much to be a regular home pet.
For a healthy puppy with all the necessary paperwork that proves that the parents are healthy and with good genetic heritage, you can expect a price tag of around $1000.
It will be perfectly healthy and from parents with a well-mannered nature, but not medal-winning material.
If you are looking for a champion-blood puppy, you can expect the price to be from $1500 and higher.
How to find reputable Yorkshire Terrier breeders?
When it comes to buying a high-quality puppy, it doesn’t matter which breed you want to buy.
What matters is that the breeder you want to buy the puppy from is a professional and that he cares about the breed, and is dedicated to making it even better and healthier.
On the other hand, you have “breeders” that are in the business just for profit, and don’t care about the breed or if the puppies are healthy.
They just want to make money and don’t have a problem with selling you a puppy whose parents were never tested and cleared for genetically heritable health issues, or puppies from parents that have temperament issues.
These are the breeders you want to avoid at all costs. But how to recognize them?
There are some red flags you should keep your eye on when talking to a breeder. For example, you will know that you are dealing with a backyard breeder or a puppy mill owner if:
- He doesn’t know much about the breed or doesn’t know to offer you advice on taking care of your pup.
- He doesn’t have complete medical documentation, including puppy’s health history, list of shots the puppy had so far, the medical history of the pup’s parents, as well as their health issue clearances.
- Isn’t interested in your story and if you are capable of providing the puppy with a loving home.
- It seems like he is just waiting for you to give him the money and go.
- He has many different litters available at the same time (puppy mill).
- He doesn’t have both the mother and the father with the litter.
If one or more of these red flags appear, you should skip buying the puppy and look for a different breeder.
3 Little-known facts about the Yorkshire Terrier puppies
To make sure that the Yorkshire Terrier is the breed that fits your lifestyle, have a look at some little-known facts about the puppies.
- They can be complicated to housebreak
It is a Terrier that we are talking about after all. And, this means that you will have to deal with its feistiness and a mind of his own. The Yorkie puppies can present a challenge when it comes to housebreaking.
To make sure he doesn’t make a mess around the house while he is getting used to living there, you need to introduce crate-training.
This will also help with making traveling or going to the vet a pleasant experience instead of a horror show.
- They are not built for the cold weather
Yorkshire Terriers don’t like cold weather in general, but when they are puppies it can even be bad for their health. Also, they are not good for living in high humidity areas.
- They are not good with small kids
Terriers, in general, are not great with small kids. Besides their short fuse temperament, they are small and fragile and can be hurt by small kids, especially while they are puppies.
Physical Traits of the Yorkshire Terrier
After getting more familiar with the things to know before making the actual Yorkie puppy purchase, it’s time to see how big they get when fully grown.
And, to also know how much you can expect your faithful, funny little companion to be beside you.
How big is a full-grown Yorkshire Terrier?
The average height range for Yorkshire Terriers goes from 8 to 10 inches, while the weight range goes from 4 to 7 pounds.
However, you should know that both the size and weight are inconsistent in their case, and you shouldn’t be surprised if the same litter gives a puppy that grows up to have 4 pounds of weight, while its brothers and sisters have 6, 7, or 8 pounds.
But, in general, their weight shouldn’t go below 4 pounds. And, if you find a breeder that is offering a “teacup Yorkie” puppy, keep in mind that the Yorkie teacup breed doesn’t exist.
These are just puppies that were born too little and they will have health and development issues as they grow up. Also, their life expectancy will be significantly shorter.
Speaking of life expectancy of Yorkshire Terriers, let’s see how long they usually live.
What is the life expectancy of the Yorkshire Terrier?
If you feed your dog with a proper, well-balanced diet, and you regularly exercise him, you can expect him to stand by your side for some 13 to 16 years.
That’s plenty of time to create a bunch of happy memories and fill your family album with pictures of all the adventures you had with your Yorkie.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Yorkshire Terrier
When you take a look at the Yorkie, you will immediately notice that he is rather full of himself, doesn’t he? Well, the truth is, he has every right to be.
The Yorkshire Terrier comes as one of the most glam-looking representatives of the canine world and wherever he goes, he is bound to have all eyes on him.
His long and silky coat might be one of his trademarks, but his biggest highlight is the personality he comes with.
Unaware of his size, the Yorkie is a small dog with a big dog inside. He is always up for going on an adventure, and he is no stranger to getting in trouble as well.
Just as it is expected from a companion dog, the Yorkshire Terrier is devoted to his human family.
Being a Terrier makes him suspicious towards strangers, and quite barky when it comes to intruders and strange and suspicious sounds.
So, to NOT have problems with your neighbors, you need to train your Yorkie to “zip it” when there’s no need to be noisy.
Also, Yorkies know to be quite nervous and aggressive when other dogs are around them, and they go ballistic if a squirrel shows up.
But, even though they are brave souls, they do have a soft side as well. They get attached to their owners quite fast and demand attention. They just love being in the spotlight.
And, they really, really don’t like being alone for too much.
Furthermore, since they are a small dog breed, they are susceptible to suffering from a small dog syndrome.
Therefore, treating your Yorkie like a baby and carrying him all the time will just be bad for his personality development, and you will have a constant snapper and barker on your hands.
To avoid that, early training and letting him walk on his own is a must, as well as socialization. This way, your puppy will realize that he is not the king of the world and that he needs to play nice with other dogs and people around him.
But, keep in mind that due to their size and their Terrier attitude, Yorkies are best suited for families with bigger children because they can snap at toddlers who simply play a bit rougher than the Yorkie would like.
As for living with other pets, if they grow up together with, for example, a cat, or a hamster, they will be friends for life.
To avoid having energy bursts around the house, your Yorkie should have regular walks and playtime in the park so that he burns off that excessive energy.
All in all, with its small size, a glam coat, a spunky attitude, and tremendous loyalty to his family, the Yorkie has gained popularity all over the world, and no wonder he is one of the most wanted family pets on the market.
Yorkshire Terrier Diet
When it comes to feeding, the amount of food your Yorkie will need depends on his size, age, and activity levels. Due to their generally small size, this breed needs two or three meals daily.
For Yorkies, it is always better to split the daily food amount into more meals.
They tend to have health problems such as low blood sugar and stomach issues because they can’t go for too long without food, and giving them just one meal per day would be bad for them.
But, before they are 3 months old, your Yorkies will need to be free fed because they need all the energy they can get during that period of development.
Once he is 3 months old, you can switch to a 3 meal regime and keep it that way for the rest of his life.
As for what to feed your Yorkie with, well, the main ingredients should be meat. But, avoid byproducts made of non-muscle meat.
Good sources of protein for your Yorkie are Turkey or chicken, lamb, and fish.
Also, your dog will need carbohydrates as well, and good sources are sweet potatoes and brown rice. And, for a shiny coat, you can add fish oil to his meals.
How much Exercise does a Yorkshire Terrier need?
Yorkies love walks and playtime with their owners. But, they can be equally active indoors as well.
Therefore, you need to make sure that your Yorkie gets at least half an hour to 45 minutes of walks combined with playtime with you, or other dogs in the park.
This will help with their development and their socialization.
They are intelligent and they will respond to training well, but you have to mix it up so that they don’t lose interest. They love learning new tricks, so take advantage of that.
In general, obedience training or agility is something that Yorkies love.
The Yorkshire Terrier Health and Conditions
The Yorkshire Terriers are generally known as a breed that doesn’t have too many problems with health.
Certain issues can occur in their lives, and here is what you can expect:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Patellar Luxation
- Portosystemic Shunt
- Reverse sneezing
- Collapsed trachea
To make sure your puppy has very low chances of suffering from genetically heritable conditions, ask the breeder you are buying the puppy from about the health test clearances for both the pup’s parents.
My final thoughts on the Yorkshire Terrier
With the health section, we have reached the end of our Yorkshire Terrier guide.
By now, you should have a much better insight into the breed and what to expect from your Yorkie puppy.
Also, you now know what to pay attention to when looking for and speaking with the breeder, so that you are sure the puppy you take home is healthy and with a good set of genes.
But, if you are still uncertain if this breed is the right choice for you, your home and family, and your lifestyle in general, take a look at our short summary of what we talked about today.
Yorkies are self-assured and smart, and they come as a combination of an adorable size and the famous Terrier adventure-loving nature.
They also come with a palette of different personalities, but they do share one thing in common, they love their owners and will follow them anywhere.
But, they can be mischievous and get into trouble if you let them have it their way, so early training is a must.
Also, since they are usually a bit complicated to housebreak, introducing a crate is a good idea if you don’t want to step on “landmines” in your home.
All in all, with love and devotion to training, you will have a faithful little, cheerful companion that simply lives to please you and follow you to the end of the world.
So, do you think the Yorkshire Terrier is the breed you were looking for? Can you imagine your life with an adorable little furball? We bet you can!
Also, feel free to share this guide on social media so that your friends who maybe have some doubts about the Yorkies get to have an insight into their true, lovable nature.
Who knows, maybe your Yorkie gets to have a play buddy while you are relaxing with your best buddy?
Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more interesting and useful in-depth dog breed guides!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- The Yorkshire Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Yorkshire Terrier
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Yorkshire Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier Diet
- The Yorkshire Terrier Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Yorkshire Terrier