15-month-old adult
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Yorkshire Terrier

Nickname: Yorkie

Breed origin: Yorkshire, England
Original purpose: Companion dog and ratter.

AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Toy

Size: Weight: 4 to 7 lbs
4-year-old female
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Color: Puppies are born black and tan and mature to dark steel-blue and tan.

Life span: 10 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Yorkshire Terrier is brave, determined, investigative, energetic, loyal, and affectionate. They are active dogs, but due to their small size, their exercise requirements can easily be met. They adapt easily to all kinds of living situations, travel well, and make suitable pets for many homes. They tend to be picky eaters, and some may be aggressive towards other dogs.

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Good with other dogs? No

OK in apartments? Yes

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Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, earthdog, therapy, flyball, disc, rally

Grooming requirement: Brush the long, silky coat once or twice daily to prevent mats. Most owners keep the hair trimmed short to make it easier to maintain. Bathe once a month.

Known health problems: Bronchitis, cataracts, keratitis sicca, portosystemic shunt, allergies, patellar luxation, lymphangiectasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, tracheal collapse.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Yorkshire Terriers for Dummies
By Tracy Barr and Peter F. Veling
Published in 2004
416 pages

Yorkshire Terriers (Animal Planet Pet Care Library)
By Wendy Bedwell-Wilson
Published in 2006
112 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Yorkshire Terriers
By Janet Jackson
Published in 1996
160 pages

Your Yorkshire Terrier's Life
By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
Published in 2000
324 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Yorkshire Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Rescue

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