The Yorkshire Terrier was breed in England by working class people to hunt vermin like mice and rats. They were made by crossing a combination of terriers selected for their traits. The modern Yorkie are a lot smaller and have beautiful silky coats and are kept for their pretty looks.
As known with the terrier breed, they can be a bit stubborn and aggressive. If not trained, they will become human and animal aggressive and if left without training can not be kept with children. They can bark constantly and become very needy with separation anxiety issues. Training is highly recommended to make sure your dog turns out a pleasant family dog with good manners. If raised well, they are lovely and pleasant to have around.
Their lovely silky coats need daily brushing. Professional grooming every three months or so and their hair can be shaved any length required. You can read more on this in our article about shaving and brushing. A full coated dog is a lot harder to keep as it requires daily maintenance. Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner, there are several products available designed especially for the Yorkshire Terrier breed.
Because they are so small, they really need to be minded well. They are not made for living outdoors or endure harsh heat or cold. Accidental fractures are a common occurrence. When minded well, their lifespan is about 14 to 16 years.