The Yorkshire Terrier as seen by a dog trainer

The Yorkshire Terrier as seen by a dog trainer

Advice from a pet trainer


The Yorkshire Terrier is a century-old dog. Although we now see it as an elegant companion dog, in reality it is a hunting dog. Due to its elegance, the Yorkshire Terrier passed from Scottish hunters to the salons of Paris!

This dog exists thanks to the migratory wave that, in the early nineteenth century, led the textile workers of Glasgow to move to the County of York. These rather poor Scots were very fond of hunting and were using some very agile and brave dogs similar to the Skye terriers. Once in Yorkshire, they cross-bred their dogs with local dogs, some strong terriers called Broken hair terriers.

Long hair is achieved through the contribution of the Bichon Maltese, which were brought by trips around the Mediterranean by British sailors. All of this gave birth to the Yorkshire terrier in its primitive form.

Physical Attributes:

Despite its appearance, it is a strong dog that loves walks. We should remember that they originate from hard terriers that hunted rats and other prey. Despite its appearance, it is a very vivid and energetic dog.


It is a companion dog that is affectionate and loves playing with children. At the same time, the Yorkshire terrier loves relaxing moments on the sofa or on the lap of their owners.


Needs daily brushing and professional care.


On average, they eat around 70g to 90 g of food per day depending on their level of exercise.


It is not a docile dog, but a dog that needs a lot of work to get it to obey. Good training will keep your Yorkshire terrier away from trouble.


As we have said before, it is a dog that enjoys long walks.

More Breeds

You can check Mario’s advice on other dog breeds here

More information from experts of your Yorkshire Terrier

Care guide for the hygiene of your Yorkshire Terrier

In our blog you can also find a care guide for the hygiene of your Yorkshire Terrier developed by a group of experts. It explains how often you should bath your dog, trim its nails, clear its ears etc. and which are the most adequate tools.

Yorkshire Terrier Weight Chart

By analyzing thousands of datapoints, we have created the real-life weight distribution chart for Yorkshire Terrier which includes the typical range for males and females. In the same post, you will also find a tutorial that explains how to properly track its weight and identify problems using the 11pets: Pet Care app.

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