December’s Feature Dog - Yorkshire Terrier

Meet Tiffany, a three year old, seven and a half pound Yorkshire Terrier, commonly referred to as a Yorkie, "Oh my gosh how cute!" or "Can I hold her?". Tiffany’s favorite activities include sunbathing, bird-watching, hiking, and going on car rides. She communicates via doggie grumbles and leg nudges when she wants food, walks, or to play.

A typical model and regular ham, Tiffany knows how to pose and always looks directly into the camera. She enjoys being groomed, wearing clothes and sporting hair bows - she is a true princess. As Dog Chatter’s K9 Representative, alongside her Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom-Pon sister, Kimber, Tiffany is in charge of all product testing and reviews. So be on the look out for Tiffany and Kimber Approved products!

Originating from Yorkshire, England in the 1800’s, the Yorkshire Terrier was used to catch rats in clothing mills and mines. The Yorkie's beautiful flowing coat, docked tail, and trimmed ears soon became popular with high society, transforming Yorkies from ratters to fashion dogs. Yorkies were quickly brought to America where they were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Ranging from four to seven pounds the tiny Yorkshire Terrier is part of the toy breed family. Not to be confused with ‘Teacup’, a term used as an advertising ploy by people selling undersized dogs less than four pounds, 'Teacups' should be avoided. ‘Teacup’ dogs may suffer from hypoglycemia, abnormal skull formations, early tooth loss, digestion problems and other physical and mental issues. Not to mention they are so small that breeding them may result in death of both the dog and its whelp.

Energetic, adventurous, and intelligent, Yorkies are excellent watchdogs and companions, but can become bossy and demanding if pack leadership isn’t claimed by the owner right away. They can be tough to house break and require a lot of attention while training.

The Yorkshire Terrier coat is made of hair and not fur, keeping shedding at a minimum but grooming at a maximum. Their small size makes them susceptible to leg breaks so care must be taken with Yorkies on high furniture or with children.

The Yorkie is a bold and independent breed that is loyal, travels well, and is very clever. For more information on the Yorkshire Terrier, or to adopt please visit the American Kennel Club at

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