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Dog Breed Guide: Yorkshire Terrier

Posted on: December 28th, 2013 by

A Yorkie dog at the beach.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

About the Yorkshire Terrier

Height (to base of neck): females: 6″, Males: 7″

Weight: 3-5lbs

Color: Trademark is blue and tan

Origin: Scotland

Coat: Long, silkey, low-shed straight haircoat

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Yorkshire Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

Yorkshire Terriers are commonly referred to as Yorkies. Although Yorkies can be very active, they are well suited to city or apartment life.  They are loyal, spunky and intelligent. They are moderately trainable and often require consistency and persistence when training. They can be fear aggressive and snap if provoked by other animals or children and should be socialized to this when young.  While they do not shed much, their continuously growing coat requires regular grooming.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for Yorkshire Terriers

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue Average Claim Amount Most Expensive Claim
Ear Infections $183 $2,173
Skin Allergies $458 $4,711
Inflammation and/or infection of the stomach, small intestine and colon $425 $2,380
Periodontal Disease $364 $2,723
Retained Deciduous Teeth $179 $1,083

 

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