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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Yorkshire Terrier Information and Breed Notes

Yorkshire Terrier Personality

The Yorkie maybe a little fella, but he certainly doesn’t consider himself to be a toy!  Neither does he realise just how teeny he is, having the personality and temperament of a terrier he will willingly stand up to the whole world given half a chance.

Vigorous and with great enthusiasm the busy Yorkshire Terrier fits just as well into family life as with a single owner and there is good reason why they are one of America’s most popular dog breeds .

Grooming: Long silky coat needs regular and rigorous combing to keep it free of knots, failing that is to keep fur clipped short . With minimal shedding the Yorkie is worth considering if you suffer from allergies

Children: very good with older children but  is too small for rough handling, and therefore not to be recommended with very small or boisterous kids and will nip if they think they are being pestered.  However there are many other dog breeds that are good with smaller children

Animals: The Yorkshire Terriers personality is typically terrier so maybe may be aggressive towards small pets, cats and other dogs if not properly socialized. Barking can be an issue especially when bored or under stimulated.

Exercise: High, very busy at home and outside, small size means his requirements are easily provided.

Training: The Yorkie’s Terrier temperament means they need, firm fair discipline. Described as perpetual two year olds. Yorkies can be manipulative and will take advantage of their high rating on the cuteness scale.

Protection level: Yorkies make very good watchdogs and will bark furiously (barking may be a problem) at approaching strangers, they are unaware of their own size and will stand thair ground against dogs much larger then themselves.

The ideal owner is.. Active, affectionate and gentle. Able to understand the' Yorkie is not just a 'Toy' lap dog but needs plenty of play and exercise.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.


Yorkshire Terriers or “Yorkies” originated primarily as a ratting breed amongst the industrial working classes of Northern England and for a long time were overlooked, or frowned upon by wealthier dog fanciers due to their humble roots. It was the Yorkie’s beauty and fine coat that was to bring changes to the breed’s fortunes and over time they became a favourite of the show ring and the laps of wealthy ladies.

By the time that the Yorkshire Terrier arrived in America sometime during the early 1880’s, there was a great deal of size variation in the breed (any where between 5 and 14 lbs) and it took until 1900 for fancier’s on both sides of the Atlantic to appreciate that with the Yorkie,  that small meant beautiful. Concerted efforts were made to breed their size down and accentuate the silky coat. The modern Yorkie is now one of the smaller and most luxuriously coated dogs in the world.

The Yorkshire Terrier Personality Is Feisty, Alert, Spirited, Tenacious And Brave

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This is a common term for those breeds that are considered particularly good for allergy sufferers, whether because of limited shedding, less hair, less dander or a combination of factors

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