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Yorkshire Terrier breed profile

Training and intelligence
Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent, but it is up to you to persevere and use motivational training methods. House brekaing has a reputation for being difficult with Yorkies, but again it can depend on how much effort the owner puts in. Set your rules and be consistent.

Yorkies are alert, brave and affectionate. They vary - some Yorkshire Terriers will be happy to be more of a lap dog, while most are more feisty.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
They have very good ears, which alert them to anyone approaching their territory; they good watch dogs, and will in turn alert you. Good socialisation is important for Yorkshire Terriers to feel confident and relaxed enough to take the world in their dainty stride.

Grooming and shedding
Yorkshire Terriers do not shed. Their coats can grow very long, and need a lot of grooming. In pet dogs, it may well be easier to have the coat clipped.

Yorkshire Terriers do like exercise, but don't expect them to do miles every day. Be aware and considerate of the health implications of a small dog - such as delicate knee joints.

Need for company
They do like company, and Yorkshire Terriers prefer to be with their people. Don't leave them for long periods if you want a happy dog.

This is a breed that has a long life span - you will be lucky enough to have your Yorkshire Terrier a long time, make sure they will be lucky to have you! They can be noisy, and have a tendency to feel the cold.


I have heard lots of people advocate pushing a dog's nose into a poo he has done in the wrong place.
From what I can gather this not only cruel but also completely ineffective. Punishing a dog in any way for something he has already done is pointless. It is far better to praise and reward him when he does something right.
Toilet training requires a lot of time, patience and perseverence, but with that combination you will see results. It is a frustrating time, but I do not agree with pushing a dog's nose into any "mistakes" they produce.
What do other people think?


220 - Keeping dogs safe from theft, loss and heat stroke

We all want to keep our dogs as safe, happy and healthy as possible - but there are so many dangers out there. Debbie Matthews founded Vets Get Scanning after her dogs were stolen, and has spent the last 14 years campaigning to increase the chance of missing and lost dogs of being reunited with their owners. You can help make our dogs safer. Dr Michael Becker is a critical care veterinarian who has everything you need to know about heatstroke in dogs. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.