Breed: Yorkshire Terrier
Country of Origin: England
Color: Blue & Tan, Black & Gold, Black & Tan, Blue & Gold
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
Height: Male: 17 cm
Weight: 7 pounds (3.2 kg)
Litter Size: 1-4 puppies
The smallest Yorkshire Terrier on record stood only 6.3 cm high and weighed 113g. The ultra long, fine, silky coat parts along the spine and falls straight down on either side.
It is steal blue on the body and tail, and tan elsewhere. Puppies are usually black & tan. The tail is usually docked to half its length. If the dogs are not for showing, the owners usually go for the shaggy look.
The Yorkie has a flat head, medium-sized length muzzle, a black nose, and regular teeth. The eyes are extremely vivacious and the ears are v-shaped, erect or semi-erect. The tail is docked to medium-length and is carried level with its back. Its limbs are straight with round feet and black nails.
The hair on the head is so abundant that it is almost always necessary to gather it in a band to keep from going into the dog's food bowl and to give the animal maximum visibility. Some owners choose to trim the hair on top of the head.
Temperament: Bold, Confident, Courageous, Intelligent, Independent
Health Problems: Some Yorkies are prone to slipped stifle, bronchitis, eye infections, early tooth decay, poor tolerance of anesthetic, and delicate digestion. Exotic treats should be avoided. They sometimes suffer paralysis in the hindquarters caused by herniated disks and other problems of the spine. Falls or knocks can cause fractures of fragile bones. Abnormal skull formations in Yorkies measuring less than 8 inches (20 cm). Dams often have trouble delivering puppies and sometimes need to have cesareans. Be sure to feed Yorkies some type of dry food or bone to chew on to help keep their teeth clean and strong. They should get their teeth cleaned at the vet to keep them from falling out and creating infection.