This British born dog is lively, inquisitive and great for those who suffer from allergies.


Small and cuddly, Yorkshire Terriers will happily curl up in your lap. Toy-sized, these terriers weigh between 2 and 3kgs and grow no taller than 20.5cms. Did you know you can even get a smaller Yorkshire Terrier? Teacup (or Miniature) Yorkshire Terriers are half the size of the regular breed, but with their reduced size comes increased health issues.

Yorkshire Terriers are beautiful dogs with their luscious locks, but they need a lot of maintenance and professional groomers may be required from time to time. Daily brushing and monthly bathing is recommended. Yorkshire Terriers don’t shed and are hypoallergenic.

Fun fact: Yorkshire Terriers were used in World War II

to string communication lines between outposts

in the Philippines.

They love to announce the arrival of visitors and have a good chat with you. Daily exercise, such as a 30-minute walk, is recommended for a healthy, well-socialised pet. If brought up in a family they can tolerate young children and will befriend any other pets too. A Yorkshire Terrier was bred for catching rats and will hunt any small moving creature. They love to be part of the family and do well with regular company. While small, they also make great watchdogs. They are known to live for 12-15 years.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Obesity is a common problem but quality food, coupled with daily exercise, should help avoid this. Their tiny mouth means they are also prone to developing bad teeth. Remember to brush daily. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.


A Yorkshire Terrier is a toy sized breed weighing between 2 and 3kgs, with a height no more than 20.5cms.


They take up little room and will suit any space.

Energy Levels

Yorkshire Terriers are gym-bunnies: they love a good run and cuddling afterwards on the couch. A daily walk will prevent your pet from getting bored or overweight.

Difficulty of Training

While bright, they are rather strong-willed and may not take to training very quickly. Repeated training, especially house-breaking, is required.

Family Suitability

This dog is suitable for all households with proper training. They also make good watchdogs. 

Compatibility with other Pets

Similar sized pets will be best mates.  

Need for Company

Is it your shadow or your dog? Yorkshire Terriers love company all the time.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breed?


Coat and Grooming Needs

Yorkshire Terriers are high-maintenance and need to be brushed daily. They have long flowing locks, which are generally blue with gold colouring.


They shed a very small amount.

Tendency to Bark

They are strong communicators and will frequently let you know what they think, not to mention how much they love you.

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