Breed Information Centre

Yorkshire Terrier


Illustration of Yorkshire Terrier

As a show dog in all the glory of his full coat, he draws the eye like a magnet. When he is kept purely as a pet, his coat is unlikely to achieve such magnificence, as the time required for proper care is rarely available. In either walk of life, he is well aware of his importance, and displays this in his carriage and bearing.

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from the same area as the Airedale and was first seen around the 1850s. The old Black and Tan Terrier is behind the Yorkshire, together with other breeds such as the Maltese and the Skye Terrier. The current name was accepted in 1870.

His terrier-like qualities include a hunting instinct, be it for a toy in the house or a rodent in the garden. He enjoys all sorts of games, and appreciates a good walk. He is a hardy character, and although often very pampered, this is not of his choosing.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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