YorkiesParadise - Facts


"Yorkies are like potato crisps. You can never have just one..."

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed in the 19th century in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills, also used for rat-baiting. The defining features of the breed are its maximum size of 3.2 kg and its gray, black, and tan coat. Yorkies are very popular companion dogs.


Yorkies are proud and whimsical little creatures, tiny in body but huge of heart. Adult yorkies have glossy, fine, straight, and silky hair. Traditionally the coat is grown out long and is parted down the middle of the back, but "must never impede movement." From the back of the neck to the base of the tail, the coat is usually a dark gray to a black colour, and the hair on the tail is usually a darker black. On the head, high chest, and legs, the hair is usually a bright, rich tan, darker at the roots than in the middle, that shades into a lighter tan at the tips.

Puppy coats

A newborn Yorkshire Terrier puppy is born black with tan points on the muzzle, above the eyes, around the legs and feet and toes, the inside of the ears, and the underside of the tail. Occasionally yorkies are born with a white "star" on the chest or on one or more toes. Also, a few Yorkies are born with a red tint in their coat, but that is only when the parents also have this trait. It is also common to find a white patch on one or more nails. These markings fade with age, and are usually gone within a few months. It may take three years or more for the coat to reach its final colour. The final colour is usually a black/grayish colour. Yorkies are highly reccommended pets for people with allergies, as they do not shed and have almost no undergrowth to consider.


The ideal Yorkshire Terrier character or "personality" is described with a "carriage very upright" and "conveying an important air." Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, very protective, curious, and loves attention. They are generally, mentally sound and emotionally secure and very rareley show the soft submissive temperament seen in lap dogs. Yorkies, are an easy dog breed to train as they are extremely intellegent. They tend to be notoriously stubborn and therefore might challenge their trainers. It is in their nature to work without human assistance. They have supperior hearing and agility which makes them excellent watch dogs because they will sound the alarm when anyone gets near.


Yorkies often have a delicate digestive system, resulting from consumption of foods outside of a regular diet. The relatively small size of the Yorkshire Terrier means that it usually has a poor tolerance for anesthesia. A proper veterinarian will be able to administer the correct type of anesthetic should your dog need surgery. Additionally, a toy dog such as the Yorkie is more likely to be injured by falls, other dogs and owner clumsiness. The life span of a healthy Yorkie is 17–20 years.


As with all other dogs, Yorkies have two sets of teeth in their life. The first set of teeth is the 28-piece deciduous teeth (often referred to as "milk teeth", "baby teeth" or "puppy teeth"). The second set is the 42-piece permanent or adult teeth. The permanent or adult teeth grow when the Yorkie puppies are 4 to 8 months old. Yorkies and other small dog breeds may have problems if the deciduous or baby teeth do not fall out as the permanent or adult teeth grow. This is caused by the new teeth not growing right underneath the deciduous teeth. (Usually, a puppy’s body will absorb the roots of puppy teeth.) If the puppy tooth does not yield to the incoming tooth, it should be removed because it can cause a malocclusion or bad bite. Retained teeth can cause tooth decay because food can be easily caught in between the deciduous and permanent teeth.

Importance of breeding

At YorkiesParadise we strive to breed healthy Yorkies above all else. We certainly do not breed exclusively for size. A healthy happy puppy bred with care and love is what we strive to sell to our customers. Now and again we do have exceptionally small puppies but they are genetically petite and this happens randomly as in humans where all shapes and sizes are found. We are proud to say that our puppies do not present with genetic defects as a result of irresponsible breeding.

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