Max the Yorkie with his favorite dog toys

Best Dog Toys for Yorkies

Yorkshire Terriers need toys that can satisfy their instinctual desire to hunt and chase small prey. In this guide, you’ll find Yorkie toys that will intrigue your pup while providing exercise and mental stimulation.

Yorkshire Terriers have a high prey drive and a lot of energy. This means they need regular mental and physical exercise to keep them from going stir crazy and getting themselves into trouble. Keeping a few good Yorkie toys available to your pup can go a long way toward meeting this need. We’ll review the best toys for Yorkies in this guide.

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Top Yorkie toys: At a glance

Drives itself
Wickedbone Smart Bone, Automatic & Interactive Toy for Dog, Puppy and Cat, App Control, Safe & Durable, Keep Your Pets Entertained All Day
Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Puzzle, XL
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Brick Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Intermediate
Launches treats
Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (As Seen On Ellen), white (001-01WHTOA-1)
Pulsing heartbeat
SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy, Biscuit
KONG - Classic Dog Toy - Durable Natural Rubber - Fun to Chew, Chase and Fetch - for Extra Small Dogs
Wickedbone Smart Bone
Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy
Nina Ottosson Interactive Treat Puzzle
Furbo Interactive Dog Camera
Snuggle Puppy Heartbeat Toy
Kong Classic Dog Toy
Best interactive dog toy
Best treat-free puzzle toy
Best puzzle treat toy
Best interactive camera & treat dispenser
Best companion toy for anxious Yorkies
Best chew toy for teacup Yorkies
Drives itself
Wickedbone Smart Bone, Automatic & Interactive Toy for Dog, Puppy and Cat, App Control, Safe & Durable, Keep Your Pets Entertained All Day
Wickedbone Smart Bone
Best interactive dog toy
Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Puzzle, XL
Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy
Best treat-free puzzle toy
Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Brick Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, Intermediate
Nina Ottosson Interactive Treat Puzzle
Best puzzle treat toy
Launches treats
Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (As Seen On Ellen), white (001-01WHTOA-1)
Furbo Interactive Dog Camera
Best interactive camera & treat dispenser
Pulsing heartbeat
SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy, Biscuit
Snuggle Puppy Heartbeat Toy
Best companion toy for anxious Yorkies
KONG - Classic Dog Toy - Durable Natural Rubber - Fun to Chew, Chase and Fetch - for Extra Small Dogs
Kong Classic Dog Toy
Best chew toy for teacup Yorkies

15 Best Toys for Yorkies

Sometimes you want a toy that you can use to play with your Yorkie. Other times you need a toy that will occupy them while you are away or busy. The challenge is finding toys that will hold your Yorkshire Terrier’s attention and that are small enough for their petite size. We’ve organized our top picks into different categories below.

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Best interactive toys for Yorkshire Terriers

Interactive toys provide mental stimulation and exercise for your Yorkie. Because your dog is mentally engaged, there’s less of a chance of them experiencing separation anxiety or acting out with destructive behavior due to boredom. 

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Wickedbone Smart Bone
506 Reviews
Wickedbone Smart Bone

  • Intelligent: Programmed to attract your dog’s attention, Wickedbone does not require manual operation. It acts responsively to different types of touch, always in a playful manner to engage with your dog.
  • Interactive: When your dog runs, Wickedbone runs after it; when your dog chases it, it turns around and runs away; and when your dog ignores it, Wickedbone teases her, so that your dog comes back to the game and touches it, making Wickedbone react in different, engaging modes.
  • Drive Mode: Through the app, you can move the toy with a virtual joystick. Choose between Wickedbone’s 9 available motions, and you will soon discover and create new action combos as you and your dog play.

What we like

Wickedbone teases and taunts, captivating your dog’s attention and bringing out their prey-driven nature. We like that the bone operates automatically when we are busy, but can also be switched to manual operation when we want to play with our pup.

Hyper Pet Doggie Tail Interactive Toy
6,692 Reviews
Hyper Pet Doggie Tail Interactive Toy

  • This interactive doggie tail shakes, rolls, and politely barks, keeping dogs busy and entertained.
  • Random motion will continue for 10 seconds until reactivated with a roll, rock, or throw.
  • This interactive toy encourages chasing, seeking, and play for dogs of all stages of life.

What we like

Our Yorkie, Max, LOVES this interactive toy, and we think yours will too. His prey drive kicks in when he hears the noise, and we’re not quite sure if he knows it’s not real. Games of hide and seek provide hours of entertainment. Oh and the “barking” sound? It’s a soft, playful bark that is hardly irritating—we don’t think you’ll mind it. 

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Babble Ball Toy
12,282 Reviews
Babble Ball Toy

  • Babble Balls are interactive toys that talk when touched or triggered by vibration or barking from your dog.
  • Your dog will think this ball is alive as it calls them to chase, track, and jump all around your home or yard. Plus, when your pup is done, the Babble Ball turns itself off until the next swat or chomp.
  • With more than 20 different wisecracks or sounds, like “Come here puppy,” “Hey, what are you doing?” and “Grrrrr!” your dog will be occupied and entertained for hours.

What we like

This ball beckons dogs to come play, even as they walk by. Pups are sure to be lured into play and won’t get bored with the Babble Ball.

Best puzzle toys for Yorkshire Terriers

Puzzle toys can occupy your dog’s attention when you can’t. Some of the options keep pets engaged without the need for treats, which are recommended as a Yorkie’s daily calorie intake is quite small. Here are a few puzzle toys that are sure to keep your dog busy for a while. 

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Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy
27,897 Reviews
Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy

  • The Hide-A-Squirrel dog puzzle is an easy way to get your furry friend engaged for hours of fun! Just fill the tree trunk with 6 stuffed squeaky squirrels, toss it, and let your dog's natural hunting instincts kick in.
  • Keep boredom at bay and your curious canine mentally-stimulated while feeding their natural drive to hunt with plush squeaky squirrels they won't be able to resist!
  • The silky plush fur texture is easy on the teeth, making it a great choice for both puppies and adult dogs alike.

What we like

We love that the squirrels are small enough to fit into our 5lb. Yorkie’s mouth. He loves to find and chew on the internal squeaker. The holes are just the right size to make it somewhat challenging to get the squirrels out of the trunk, keeping Max busy. The tree trunk can also be used to hide a treat ball amongst the squirrels.

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Nina Ottosson Interactive Puzzle by Outward Hound
24,151 Reviews
Nina Ottosson Interactive Puzzle by Outward Hound

  • Keep your pup stimulated with a flip, find, and slide puzzle. 
  • The Nina Ottosson Dog Brick is made with easy open-close flip compartments to hide treats in, and comes with separate, removable bone puzzle pieces that offer an even more interesting challenge to seeking and eating treats! 
  • Occupies anxious dogs and helps prevent destructive behaviors by keeping dogs entertained.

What we like

We love that instead of just giving our pup a treat, we can keep him busy and stimulated for a bit with this puzzle toy. We also love that this toy is washable. Once your pup figures this puzzle out, you can swap it for one of the other Nina Ottosson advanced puzzles

Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy
12,649 Reviews
Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

  • Provides mental stimulation, physical exercise, and reduces boredom.
  • Dual chambers dispense kibble or treats.
  • Adjustable openings to customize difficulty.

What we like

Your pup will have to exert some physical activity to bob this treat-dispensing toy. Adjustable openings will keep your smart pup going a bit longer to release their favorite snack.

Best companion toys for anxious Yorkies

Having a lonely pup or a Yorkie that suffers from separation anxiety is unsettling. There are a few toys that may calm them and help them feel less alone. 

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Furbo Interactive Dog Camera
14,269 Reviews
Furbo Interactive Dog Camera

  • Through the free app, you can interact with two-way talk, toss a treat, and take a photo or video.
  • Fill the Furbo with over 100 pieces of your dog’s favorite treats and play a game of catch, or schedule treats to be released on a schedule.
  • Check on your pup and monitor their activity with full HD 160° wide-angle, 4x zoom livestream video, and night vision.
  • Furbo sends alerts to you if it detects movement, such as chewing on cords. It also has an adjustable barking alert to notify you when your pup is upset or there is danger in the house, like a house fire or an intruder.
  • Compatible with Amazon’s Alexa.

What we like

There’s a lot of helpful tech packed into the Furbo Interactive Dog Camera. We love that it alerts you of potential danger while also giving you the ability to comfort your lonely pet (or have your pet comfort you!) when you can’t be at home with them. We love that you can virtually pop in, say hello to your pet and even toss them a treat.

With an optional subscription, you can also have event-triggered video recording, which lets you discover what you’re missing in your dog’s day or find out what triggers your dog to bark. 60-second highlight reels are downloadable for memory making.

Snuggle Puppy Heartbeat Toy
14,372 Reviews
Snuggle Puppy Heartbeat Toy

  • Helps puppies transition to their new home, sleep throughout each night, and reduces stress caused by fireworks, thunderstorms, or separation anxiety.
  • Helps with crate training by reducing negative behaviors such as whining and barking.
  • 'Real-feel' rhythmic heartbeat and warming heat pack to calm your pup.

What we like

Transitioning to a new home or new schedule can be hard. The Snuggle Puppy can help calm a lonely or anxious puppy when you can’t be around to do it. We like that this has a pulsing heartbeat and warming pack to help dogs reduce anxiety. It’s also the perfect companion if you’re currently crate training your Yorkie puppy.

Puppy Heartbeat Mat
247 Reviews
Puppy Heartbeat Mat

  • The heartbeat insert simulates a pulsing heartbeat to help soothe a new puppy or reduce a dog’s separation anxiety. 
  • When a puppy feels comforted, it can sleep more soundly, allowing both dog and owner to have a better night’s rest.
  • The heartbeat toy provides the best companionship and comfort to the dog during the night, while traveling, or while experiencing loud noises like fireworks or thunder.

What we like

Instead of giving just any blanket to your pup, why not opt for a blanket with a heartbeat! Not only is the fabric soft and cozy, but the heartbeat insert can make a world of difference for a lonely dog missing her little mates or owners.

Best chew toys for Yorkie puppies

Yorkshire Terriers are naturally curious, and Yorkie puppies, even more so. They like to sniff, lick, and chew anything they can get their paws on. So, they’ll need toys that satisfy this need to explore. 

Yorkshire Terriers also tend to do a lot of chewing as part of the puppy teething process and as they develop their bite. Toys not only provide an appropriate chewing outlet but also encourage appropriate brain development and body coordination. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Puppy Teething Toys
1,467 Reviews
Puppy Teething Toys

  • This six-pack of toys soothes puppy teeth and gums with nubs and ridges that are designed to help keep canine teeth and gums clean and healthy.
  • Specifically designed for small and medium dog breeds.
  • These dog toys are made of durable, non-toxic rubber and cotton. They discourage destructive chewing and can reduce your pet's anxiety.

What we like

Nubs feel good on teething puppy gums, and even better when frozen.

Puppy Chew Toy Bundle
7,593 Reviews
Puppy Chew Toy Bundle

  • This 14-pack toy bundle covers everything needed to meet the various requirements of a dog’s daily life, such as teething, chewing, training, and interactive playing.
  • The dental chew toy helps clean Yorkie teeth and leaves breath smelling fresher
  • Various toys include: tug-of-war, treat dispenser, rope chew, teether with nubs, soft plush toy, frisbee, and more.

What we like

We like this toy bundle as it’s a great starter kit for the new dog owner. It’s a great way to get a variety of toys without spending a lot of time or money.

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N-Bone Teething Ring
8,957 Reviews
N-Bone Teething Ring

  • Deter destructive chewing while providing a delicious treat.
  • Its unique shape and pliable texture make it an effective teething aid to alleviate discomfort by massaging sore and painful gums.
  • Added calcium and Omega 3 Fatty Acids for healthy bones, skin, and coats.

What we like

These puppy rings are edible, safe to digest, gentle on delicate teeth, and provide a safe outlet for strong chewing urges. The ring shape is easy for floppy puppy paws to hold onto, and they are available in several different flavors.

Best teacup Yorkie toys

Here are some mini toys, petitely sized for mini Yorkshire Terriers. These toys are small enough that even the littlest furballs can get their teeth around them. Why should the big dogs have all the fun?

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Bristle Bone Chew Toy
2,757 Reviews
Bristle Bone Chew Toy

  • Rubber nubs and nylon bristles stimulate gums and keep teeth clean.
  • Chewy treat keeps your pup interested.
  • Durable material provides long-lasting play and can calm anxious dogs.

What we like

Any toy that can entertain a dog and clean its teeth at the same time is a win in our book.

Outward Hound XS Squeaker Ballz
5,316 Reviews
Outward Hound XS Squeaker Ballz

  • These Squeaker Ballz combine your dog's two favorites, a tennis ball and a squeaky toy, into one exciting toy! 
  • Super squeaky and super fun to keep your pup playing longer!
  • Great to throw or use with launchers, these balls are the perfect shape to chew and fetch.

What we like

At 1.5 inches, the XS is the perfect size ball for fetch with even the smallest Yorkies.

Kong Classic Dog Toy
31,408 Reviews
Kong Classic Dog Toy

  • Stuff the Kong with your dog's favorite snacks or food for mental development and physical stimulation that keeps your dog busy and manages their weight.
  • A unique shape and dynamic rubber gives the Kong Classic an unpredictable bounce, sparking chase instincts with a crazy rebound that's different every time.
  • Durable, natural rubber satisfies your dog's instinctual need to chew. Kong helps dogs learn appropriate chewing behavior.

What we like

We can keep our Yorkshire Terrier busy for a while by stuffing peanut butter or one of his other favorite treats into his Kong. For a different experience, or to satisfy a teething puppy, try freezing the treat inside of the kong before offering it to your pup.

Best Yorkie balls & exercise toys

Exercise is an important part of your dog’s life. Every dog needs a few toys that get their heart rate up and legs moving. Here are a few of our favorite Yorkie-tested exercise toys.

Gnawsome Spiky Squeak & Light Ball
773 Reviews
Gnawsome Spiky Squeak & Light Ball

  • Cleans teeth and promotes gum and dental health
  • Bright flashing LED lights and internal squeaker entertain your puppy while giving lots of exercise with a game of fetch.
  • Made from food-grade, BPA-free thermoplastic rubber.

What we like

Pups like the bumpy texture of this ball. The internal squeaky toy and lights will make the game of fetch even more fun.

Hol-ee Roller Original Treat Dispensing Ball
1,282 Reviews
Hol-ee Roller Original Treat Dispensing Ball

  • Tug it, fetch it, chew it, or stuff it with treats
  • Made from patented rubber that stands up to tough use, yet gentle on dogs’ gums. 
  • Keeps your dog entertained with a treat for a longer period of time and provides essential mental stimulation.

What we like

We like the Hol-ee Roller ball as it serves several purposes. Stuff a treat inside and it becomes a slow-dispensing treat ball. It also makes a great ball for bouncing and fetching as it’s small enough that even a Yorkie puppy can mouth it.

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ZippyPaws Monkey Rope Toy
827 Reviews
ZippyPaws Monkey Rope Toy

  • Tug of war just got a lot more playful. The ZippyPaws integrates the fun of a squeaky chew toy with a durable, tug-of-war rope toy.
  • Features the same durable ⅔-in. rope used by rock climbers, so you can look forward to hours and hours of play with your best friend.
  • Includes one high-quality round squeaker that grunts when pressed to deliver loud sounds that keep your best friend entertained.

What we like

Dogs love tug-of-war! ZippyPaws is made with a durable rope that provides you and your pup with hours of tug-of-war and fetch. The squeaker toy makes it a fun chew toy as well!

What types of toys do Yorkies like to play with?

Due to their heritage of being vermin hunters, Yorkies tend to have a strong prey drive. They enjoy seeking, chasing, and playing with anything that piques their curiosity. There are many toys that will satisfy their natural prey drive and keep their mind engaged. With this in mind, Yorkies play well with toys that:

  • Provide interaction: Toys that make noise—particularly animal noises—or move erratically entice dogs to play and encourage their natural prey instinct. Just be aware your pup may not realize it’s a toy!
  • Provide mental stimulation: Yorkies are an intelligent dog breed, and this intelligence comes with a price. Dogs that get bored will get into mischief. Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your pup’s brain engaged.
  • Provide physical exercise: It can be as simple as a game of fetch or tug-of-war; these toys get your pup’s energy out. After all, a tired pup is a good pup.
  • Provide an outlet for aggressive chewers: Dogs love to chew! With a chewing toy, dogs can satisfy their need to chew without ruining your shoes and furniture.
  • Provide comfort: Just like us, dogs need comfort. Soft toys can help dogs feel relaxed at night or when they are feeling anxious.

>> Read more: Yorkie Games: What Do Yorkies Like to Do for Fun?

What should I look for in a Yorkie dog toy?

  • Dental abrasion: Whether a yak stick or a nubby chew toy, certain toys can be helpful in cleaning the plaque and tartar off of your dog’s teeth.
  • Easily washable: Most toys need to be regularly washed to get rid of any remaining food or bacteria that can live on their surface.
  • Durable materials: Opt for toys that have long-lasting materials, so you won’t need to regularly buy replacements.
  • Appropriately sized: Just like everything else for Yorkies, their toys need to be in proportion to their size, or they won’t be fun for your pup.
  • Non-toxic and healthy: Look for labels that indicate the materials used are non-toxic to your pet. If it’s an edible toy, look for real-food ingredients like apples and sweet potatoes.

>> Read more: What Are Good Treats for Yorkies? Best Picks & Homemade Tips

Tips for playing with your Yorkie

  • Any toy that mimics your dog’s instinct to hunt down and chase after prey is probably going to be a favorite. This could be a toy that bounces erratically, a battery-operated toy that allows for a good chase, or a squeaky toy that sounds like a small animal.
  • Find a few toys that interest your dog that are not food-based. With their small size, it can be easy to over-feed them with toys that need treats.
  • If you choose to give your pup a food toy, choose one that forces the dog to eat it slowly (as there likely won’t be a second treat to follow); this could be a puzzle toy, a peanut butter-stuffed Kong, or a Yak stick.
  • Provide clean water during playtimes. Yorkies tend to be driven and relentless, so take breaks for water and rest. Breaks will help them avoid overheating or becoming dehydrated.
  • If your pet is acting too aggressive with a toy, remove the toy and work on rewarding them for appropriate behavior.
  • Changing up the toys your dog has access to can help keep them interested. Keep a variety of toys on hand but only make about a third of them available each day.
  • Reserve the toys that get your dog’s excitement going for earlier in the day and calmer toys closer to bedtime. 

>> Read more: Yorkie Supplies: All the Stuff You’ll Need to Bring Your Puppy Home

Frequently asked questions about Yorkie toys

What types of toys are best for Yorkies?

There are a variety of Yorkie toys that are appropriate for different occasions. Some toys satisfy the need to chew while cleaning the dog’s teeth. Puzzle toys provide cognitive stimulation that’s necessary for this intelligent breed. Due to a strong prey drive, interactive toys will entice your pup to engage in play. 

Toys that provide exercise are also great for Yorkies as they tend to be an energetic breed. These can be high tech or as simple as a ball or tug-of-war rope. Still others help comfort them when they’re left alone or going to sleep. You’ll want a good mix of toys that are appropriately sized to suit all your dog’s needs.

Are any toys dangerous for my Yorkie?

Toys with sewn-on pieces, such as buttons, or toys that won’t stand up to heavy chewing are not a good idea. Sharp broken edges may injure your pet. Toys with squeakers are common favorites, but make sure you don’t let your dog get access to the squeaker or they may swallow it.

Regularly inspect the toys for sharp edges and fragile seams and get rid of any that are falling apart. Additionally, avoid toys that have fluids or filler that could be released if punctured. Consumable chew toys need to be regularly inspected as they get smaller to avoid choking. 

How much playtime should my Yorkie have each day?

At least 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise is needed. This exercise can come in a variety of forms including a game of fetch, tug-of-war, play with an interactive toy, a walk, or a combination of activities.

Some Yorkies, like my pal, Max, do better with a bit more exercise, so it can also depend on the individual dog. Watch for signs of boredom, restlessness, and even excessive barking to determine if your dog needs more exercise.

How do I teach my Yorkie to fetch the ball and release it?

It will probably be first nature for your dog to retrieve the ball, but giving it up is a different story. Choose a command word, like “drop,” and have a low-calorie bite-sized treat on hand to reward them when they release the ball. Repeat this process, along with copious amounts of praise, until releasing the ball comes naturally. To learn more about this technique, read our guide on Yorkie training.

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