The Yorkshire Terrier dog breed is of the Terrier type. It was developed in the 1800s in Yorkshire of England. It has defining features of small size and tan and silky blue coat. The breed has the nickname of Yorkie and is on the Toy Terrier Group by kennel clubs. It is a winning showdog and a popular dog for companionship.
The coat of a Yorkie is glossy, fine, silky, and straight. The coat is traditionally grown out long and is parted in the middle of the back. Their hair is very soft. The traditional coat color is steel blue to dark gray color from the back of the neck to the base of the tail. The hair on the tail is darker blue color. The head, legs, and high chest have hair that is a bright rich tan with roots that are darker in the middle and shades that are a lighter tan at the tips. Additionally in adult dogs, the dark hairs are not mingled with the tan colored hair.
Yorkie puppies are not born with adult coats. They are born with black and tan points that will transition into their adult coats over months or years.
It may take up to three years or even more to reach the final color of the adult yorkie. Adult yorkies can be black and tan, blue and gold, blue and tan, or black and gold. AKC is now recognizing exotic colors such as the Parti, Chocolate, Golden, Chocolate Parti, and Golden Parti
The coat of a Yorkie has been described by dog websites as being a hypoallergenic coat since it does not shed to the same degree as other breeds and only loses small amounts of hair when it is brushed or bathed. The maintenance of the coat of a yorkie is very easy if it is of the silky texture. Daily brushing and a bath one time each month is acceptable. Some owners will trim the hair so that is is shorter and easier to care for.
One thing you need to know about a Yorkie puppy is its character. The character of the Yorkie is described as having an important air. Although the Yorkie is small, it is also active and very intelligent. It loves attention and is considered bold. It can be described as very hostile towards other dogs. It growls and barks at other breeds in order to protect its owner. They are very brave for their tiny size. They are very loyal and affectionate pets. They are known for being particularly cuddly and affectionate with their owners.
Size of a Teacup Yorkie
A Teacup Yorkie generally only weighs about four to five pounds in total. It is only six to eight inches at the shoulder.