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Yorkshire Terrier Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Yorkshire Terrier
Origin:
The area where the animal first came from
Great Britain
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
22cm (9in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
3kg (7lbs)
Lifespan:
How long the animal lives for
15 years
Group:
The domestic group such as cat or dog
Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Location

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Yorkshire Terrier

Although a toy breed, the Yorkie still retains much of its terrier ancestry in terms of personality. Individual dogs will differ, but they are generally intelligent, independent and courageous. Yorkshire Terriers are quick to determine where they fit in a household's pack. Their behaviour towards outsiders will vary, they often will be inclined to bark at strangers, but some Yorkies are outgoing and friendly towards new people while others are withdrawn and aloof.

The differences in behaviour in this regard are largely based on how the owner trains or conditions (and socializes) the Yorkie. A few individual Yorkshire Terriers may be timid or nervous, rather than bold, but the vast majority do seem to meet the breed standard for a confident, vigorous and self-important personality.

The Yorkshire Terrier seems oblivious to its small size. It is ever eager for adventure. This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal, and clever, with above average intelligence. Affectionate with its master, it can become suspicious of strangers and aggressive to strange dogs and small animals, if not properly socialized.

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First Published: 11th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Nov 2008]
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