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The Yorkshire terrier, affectionately known as the Yorkie, traces its history back to 1870 when it was officially introduced to the show arena. Breeders developed this dog from the Waterside terrier. While many people think of royalty when they see a Yorkshire terrier, this breed had a very important job when they were first developed. That job was to catch rats in the textile mills in Yorkshire, England.

Physical Appearance

These are small dogs that should weigh no more than seven pounds. Their coat is to be long, straight, and extremely silky. Breeders recognise four different colour combinations: black and gold, black and tan, blue and gold, along with blue and tan. The head should be very small and flat on top, and the nose should be black regardless of the dog's colouring. Their small pointed ears should stand erect on their heads. The docked tail sits high on the back.


These dogs can be very demanding if the owner does not establish dominance quickly and firmly. This breed loves nothing more than to lie on a silk pillow near you, although the dog will frequently get up and dart around to check out the environment. Yorkshire terriers are of average intelligence, but there energy level means that young pups can get themselves into trouble quickly. The Yorkshire terrier believes he is much bigger than he is, and gets along fairly well with other dogs. Most people find that Yorkies for adoption in South Africa do not do well with young children, but can tolerate older children. The Yorkshire terrier has a hard time sharing his toys or foods, so owners need to teach proper behaviour very early.


Owners spend a lot of time grooming the Yorkie. The dog needs a bath about every 7 to 10 days with dog shampoo. After the bath, it is vital to use a conditioner so that the coat combs easily. In addition, the dog needs to have his long silky coat combed on a daily basis. It is important to have the hair in the ears removed on a regular basis as this hair can cause bacteria to set in. In addition, the hair around the feet needs trimming regularly.

When you are looking for Yorkies in South Africa, it is important to decide if this is the right breed for you first. Then, search for the right dog.