The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Yorkshire Terriers, Affectionately Known As Yorkies

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Yorkshire Terriers, Affectionately Known As Yorkies

The Yorkshire terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type. The defining features of the breed are its small size, less than 3.2kg, and its silky blue and tan coat. Don't let the small size mislead you, they are a terrific watchdogs and have the attitude of a full sized dog when it comes to protecting their territory.

Yorkshire Terriers, are affectionately known as "Yorkies," and offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative and energetic. This portable pooch is one of the most popular breeds!

In addition to being very intelligent dogs, they are also very loving and loyal pets. They bond quickly to caring and loving people, and enjoy being a part of the family. They love to be petted and enjoy spending time with humans and are truly a joy to be around. They can be a bit nervous of younger children.

Size: Up to 7 pounds

Colors: Although Yorkie pups are born black and tan, their color changes as they mature. The ideal coat color for adult Yorkies is blue (actually a deep, steel gray; no silver, black, or bronze mixed in) and tan. They can be any of these color combinations: blue and gold, blue and tan, black and gold, and black and tan.

Head: The Yorkie's head is small and slightly flat on top. The skull isn't too round, and the muzzle isn't too long. The nose is black, the eyes are dark, sparkly, and intelligent, and the ears are small, V-shaped, pointed, and erect.

Coat: Yorkie’s do not shed! Like human hair, Yorkie hair just keeps growing. In fact, their coat can grow long enough to drag on the ground. If you don't wrap up your Yorkie's hair, it'll break off and stay at a length about even with the ground. Their coats are silky and hang straight down each side of their bodies.

Yorkies have one long, straight part that extends the length of their bodies, starting at the base of their skulls and going all the way back to the tips of their tails. When you keep the coat long, the part usually falls into place.

Health: Yorkie’s are quite sensitive to many medications. They don't like cold or rain and should wear a sweater in cold weather.


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