Much beloved as one of the most adorable little dogs in the world, Yorkshire Terriers are usually quite distinctive to look at, but they do have a bit of variety within the breed as well. Yorkies are intelligent, sweet, and loving dogs that make for great companions due to the strong connections that they have with their owners.
Traditionally they are a mix of two colours, with their head, chest and legs being tan and a darker colour covering the rest of their bodies. They have stout bodies, short snouts, and sweet little ears that are usually pointing upwards – and they are known for having a thick and silky coat that is soft to the touch.
This article will go into detail about what this beautiful little dog looks like, how they change as they grow up, the key characteristics of the breed in general and the standards that they are expected to meet, as set by the American Kennel Club.
Table of Contents
- How Big Do Yorkshire Terriers Grow?
- What Do Yorkies Look Like as Puppies?
- How Do Yorkies Look as They Grow Up?
- How Much Does a Yorkie Weigh as They Grow?
- Which Yorkies Are Bigger or Smaller Than Others?
- What Features Do Yorkies’ Have?
- What Do Yorkies’ Bodies Look Like?
- What Coat Colours Do Yorkies Have?
- What Different Types of Yorkies Are There?
- Do Yorkies Need a Lot of Grooming?
- Are Yorkshire Terriers Hypoallergenic?
- Are There Differences Between Show Yorkies and Pet Yorkies?
- Should Yorkies Have Docked Tails and Cropped Ears?
- How Can I Tell if My Yorkie is Purebred?
How Big Do Yorkshire Terriers Grow?
Even when they reach adulthood, Yorkies are little dogs, and most will only reach a weight of between 4 and 7 pounds and stand between 6 and 9 inches tall. They are an adorable breed and are officially classified as “toy dogs” by the American Kennel Club, which refers to dogs that are particularly tiny when fully grown.
What Do Yorkies Look Like as Puppies?
When they are newly born, Yorkies are so small that they will fit into the palm of your hand, and they only weigh around 2.5 ounces. They have a very short coat when they are this tiny, their eyes are often mostly closed, and their ears and legs are much smaller in proportion to their bodies.
How Do Yorkies Look as They Grow Up?
Yorkies will grow rapidly between the newborn stage (from birth to 7 weeks) and the puppy stage (from 8 weeks to 1 year) when their growth will slow down, but they begin to fully mature. By the time they reach 1 year old, Yorkies are known as adults and will have already grown to around their full size.
How Much Does a Yorkie Weigh as They Grow?
From the 2.5-5oz that they weigh when they are first born, Yorkies usually reach 12-34oz by 8 weeks and 1-2.5lbs by 12 weeks old. At 20 weeks, they usually weigh between 1.5 and 4lbs and when they are fully grown their final adult weight should be somewhere between 3 and 7lbs, though some variations can be bigger or smaller.
Which Yorkies Are Bigger or Smaller Than Others?
To meet the breed standard, Yorkshire Terriers should weigh between 4 and 7 pounds when they are fully grown, but some Yorkies are bigger or smaller than this. Teacup Yorkies are a miniature variation of the breed that weighs less than 4 pounds and Giant Yorkies weigh over 7 pounds and stand more than 9 inches tall.
What Features Do Yorkies’ Have?
Yorkies are known for having adorable little faces, and they are very recognisable because they have usually small heads with a flat top, short noses and prominent, pointy ears. They have black noses and dark, beady eyes, which are usually framed by their soft fur – almost making them look like they have flowing eyebrows and an elegant moustache.
What Do Yorkies’ Bodies Look Like?
Traditionally, Yorkies have a perky tail that stands straight up, at about 5 inches in length, though these are unfortunately often docked to meet the breed standard that is required for competitions. They have small, stocky bodies that look surprisingly robust, and contrasts with their short, straight legs which end in petite paws with black toenails.
What Coat Colours Do Yorkies Have?
Most Yorkies start out life with a darker coat, but they will usually end up as a two-tone mixture of tan, blue, gold, or black. Some other variations of the Yorkshire Terrier have distinctly different coats that might have a three-colour pattern or include more white colouring in their hair.
What Different Types of Yorkies Are There?
Some of the notable Yorkie variations include Biewers, Parti Yorkies and Golden Yorkies. Biewers are a distinct genetic line and they usually have three colours in their hair, Parti Yorkies are defined by patches of white throughout their coats and Golden Yorkies have golden or tan hair all over their bodies, without any black patches at all.
Do Yorkies Need a Lot of Grooming?
There are two basic Yorkie hairstyles, either with long hair (the “show cut”) or with short hair (the “puppy” or “pet cut”). If you opt for the longer cut, your Yorkie will need a lot more grooming, but even shorter-haired dogs will need brushing around once a week and a visit to the dog groomers every now and then.
Are Yorkshire Terriers Hypoallergenic?
Because they are low shedders and have hair instead of fur, which produces less allergy-inducing dander, Yorkies are considered to be hypoallergenic. This doesn’t mean, however, that they are completely safe for all allergy sufferers, because no dog is truly 100% hypoallergenic.
Are There Differences Between Show Yorkies and Pet Yorkies?
Yorkshire Terriers that are presented at shows and competitions have to meet very strict standards that are set by the American Kennel Club, which regulate everything from the shape of their head to the straightness of their legs. In reality, not all Yorkies fit these strict standards, and each has a unique and adorable beauty of its own.
Should Yorkies Have Docked Tails and Cropped Ears?
Because of the AKC standards, many Yorkies will have their tails docked to 2-4inches in length, and Yorkies with floppy ears may have them cropped so they stand up straight and pointy. These are purely aesthetic changes that provide no benefit to the life of the dog but they are achieved through potential harmful surgeries.
How Can I Tell if My Yorkie is Purebred?
You may be wondering whether or not your Yorkie is purebred or has other breeds mixed into their ancestry. If you don’t know this from the breeder or shelter they came from, some of the biggest clues will be the colouring in their coat, and if their size is relatively close to the breeding standard.