Yorkies may be small, but behind the tiny bark and primped fur is a lineage of proud European terriers. This Yorkie dog breed profile covers everything you need to know about Yorkies, including their history, characteristics, grooming needs, health care and more.
The official Yorkie colors are black, tan, blue, and gold. But Yorkie colors change with age, and other variations exist. Check out the Yorkie color chart below for more info.
The average Yorkie lifespan is 12.6 to 14.5 years, according to two studies completed in the UK and Japan. While the Yorkie life expectancy is longer than most dog breeds, they are still prone to certain diseases and congenital conditions. Keep reading to learn how to prolong your Yorkie’s life.
The average Teacup Yorkie life expectancy is just 7 to 9 years. This is significantly shorter than the lifespan of regularly sized Yorkshire Terriers due to additional health risks and the potential for trauma.
Purebred all-white Yorkies do not exist unless the dog is born with the extraordinarily rare disorder of albinism. However, Parti Yorkies may have predominantly white fur. Keep reading to learn more about white Yorkies.
Chocolate Yorkies have recessive b allele genes, resulting in a brown Yorkshire Terrier. Chocolate Yorkies are not as rare as you may think, but if you see a Chocolate Yorkie puppy for sale, scrutinize the breeder to ensure the pup’s bloodlines are healthy and pure.