Yorkies are considered a toy dog breed and are quite small — they weigh less than seven pounds!
Their fur can range from smooth to wavy and can be styled long or short. Yorkies featured in dog shows usually have long fur, but Yorkie parents often find it more practical to keep the fur short so it doesn’t get easily matted or dirty.
Some Yorkie parents even use bows and decorative clips to keep a Yorkie’s fur off its face and eyes. This helps keep their fur clean, and it’s adorable! Regardless of how the Yorkie’s fur is styled, it’s important to groom a Yorkie regularly. Yorkies require daily brushing of both their fur and teeth, as dental problems are common. Their nails should also be trimmed twice a month.
Though Yorkies are small, they have big personalities. These intelligent, energetic dogs love their humans, but they can be bossy and assertive toward other dogs or small animals–chalk it up to a Napoleon complex. Yorkies make great family dogs, but are a better fit for families with older children. Because of their small size, Yorkies can be easily injured by overly-affectionate young children, so it’s best to put off getting a Yorkie until children are old enough to handle these pups gently.