Often called the most adorable ‘miniature’ dog breed due to their tiny facial features and characteristic silky coats, they are wonderful, loyal companions that love to be pampered and snuggle up to their loved ones.
They are also…
- Small enough to put in your purse and take everywhere with you. (Teacup Yorkies)
- Best suited to indoor living and they do well in small spaces like apartments.
- Excellent toy-sized dogs and are great fun for adults and children alike.
- Generally hardy, healthy and long-lived. (12 to 15 year life span)
- Known for their fearless, big dog attitude in a small package.
- Extremely sociable – love being the center of attention.
- Very inquisitive and love to investigate everything.
- Loving, caring, enjoyable and very entertaining.
- One of the most popular breeds in the U.S.
And More Interesting Yorkie Factoids You Should Know…
Black and tan as puppies, yorkies turn steel blue and tan at maturity, but on very rare occasions you’ll see a yorkie born ‘chocolate’ or with a white ‘star’ on the chest or on one or more toes. When their coat is kept short cut (scruffy), they don’t require much grooming, but if allowed to grow long they must be brushed regularly to prevent matting.
Yorkies have amazing personalities. Like most dogs, individual yorkies will differ, but they are generally intelligent, independent and courageous. They typically get along well with other dogs and love to play together with them, however, they believe themselves to be much, much bigger than they actually are and that can sometimes get them into trouble with other more aggressive dogs.
You’ll be glad to know that yorkies are not yappers, but they are protectors and will bark when someone comes to the door. In addition, yorkies, like most terriers, are highly territorial and will scrap to defend anything they perceive as one of their possessions.
Usually bred as either show dogs, or as lovable household companions, yorkies are well suited for apartment living. However, they are active dogs that still need regular exercise and may not be the right choice of pet if you are confined to your home.
Oh yeah, yorkies are very adventurous and will chase anything that resembles a rodent. They are known to be prolific climbers to the point of scaling four-foot-high chain link fences and because they have a mind of their own, they aren’t the easiest dogs to house train.
The health of your new puppy is of utmost importance to us and we’re pretty sure it’s important to you. As far as health goes, there are some important things you need to know so you can make an intelligent decision whether or not to bring a yorkie home. Almost all toy dogs are candidates for certain health issues or injuries, and some breeders hesitate to share this information with you, but we feel it’s our duty as professional breeders and your right as a future puppy parent to know this stuff.
As mentioned above, yorkies tend to live long, healthy lives. However, on occasion, their tiny size, fragility and genetics can make them vulnerable to injuries or health issues. Below are three you should be aware of…
Yorkies are prone to a number of genetic conditions like hydrocephalus (a neurological disease common among toy breeds like yorkies. The disease causes excess fluid within the brain, and is seen in both younger and older dogs); luxating patellas (a musculoskeletal disorder affecting the kneecap… a condition common among small dogs, and develops when the bones surrounding the kneecap, or patella, are not aligned properly); and hypoglycemia (for more information on yorkie hypoglycemia go here)