Yorkies are highly affectionate, outgoing, loving little dogs who are loyal, playful and amusing companions that quickly win our hearts and become our best friends.

This energetic, brave and intelligent toy breed has a naturally inquisitive and courageous nature which makes them always eager for adventure and easy to train.

It's not surprising that the Yorkie ranks amongst the top three in terms of breed popularity because this petite, yet feisty little terrier is not only cute and adorable, but also highly intelligent, and overflowing with liveliness and an independently spirited personality that never quits.

Yorkshire Terrier History

Although the Yorkshire Terrier breed has it's origins in Scotland, it was named after the location where it was developed during the mid-19th century, by workers traveling north from Scotland in search of work in northern England.

Yorkshire Terrier history started during the Industrial Revolution, Scottish workers traveled north looking for work in coal mines, and textile mills and factories, and settled in Yorkshire, England. They brought along a variety of small terriers, including the Clydesdale or Paisley Terrier who were much larger than the Yorkshire Terrier we know today.

These dogs were crossed with other types of terriers, such as the English Black and Tan Toy Terrier, the Skye Terrier, and the small Waterside Terrier which had a long, blue-grey coat, and thus these mix of terriers became the fore bearers of the breed first recognized as the Yorkshire Terrier by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

By selectively breeding the smallest individuals, the Yorkie was gradually miniaturized over the years and is now considered a toy breed.

Yorkie Popularity

Unfortunately, because of their great favor with many Hollywood celebrities and wealthy women who carry them around as fashion statements, the intelligent Yorkshire Terrier is generally what comes to mind (next to the Chihuahua) when someone says, "Purse Dog", as they've been carried around in fancy handbags or under celebrity armpits for many centuries.

Generally, any dog weighing less than 4 pounds when fully grown is considered to be teacup sized. Many people are not aware that there are considerable health issues and risks associated with owning such a small sized dog and ask breeders for "Teacup Yorkie Puppies, T Cup Yorkies for Sale".

Yorkshire Terrier Growth

While the average lifespan of a Yorkshire Terrier is approximately 12 to 15 years, a healthy Yorkshire Terrier can live to be between 17 and 20 years of age or even older. There are different puppy states a Yorkie will go through. Check yorkie growth chart to estimate your Yorkie Puppy's Adult Size and Weight.

Common Yorkie Health Issues

As with any toy sized breed, you will have to be extra vigilant with yorkie puppy hypoglycemia problems (low blood sugar). Be sure to make your own yorkie first aid kit. There are other common health problems you should be aware of.

Your life will never be dull or without laughter when sharing your home and your heart with a Yorkshire Terrier.