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dog breeders dothanThe Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular dogs, not only because of their very cute appearance, but also because of their unique and charming personalities.
While, in general, the Yorkie is a very happy and amusing companion, each dog does have their very own unique personalities. Each Yorkie will have their own little traits and quirks. Ranked #17 out of 90 in regard to intelligence, this breed can learn quite a bit if an owner invests the time.
Let’s discuss general known temperament traits and what shapes the personality of this dog breed.

Yorkshire Terrier Temperament in General

The Yorkie is known for their:
  • Intelligence – Above average for canines- generally easy to house train when using proper methods
  • Courage
  • Independence
  • Energy – most are up for exercise or play time any time!
As with many toy breeds, the Yorkie does not seem to know just how small they are! The Yorkie’s personality towards people outside of the home vary greatly, from barking at every stranger to other Yorkies that greet each one with kisses.

Life Span of the Yorkshire Terrier


The life expectancy of the Yorkshire Terrier is between is between 12 to 15 years with a median age of 13.5 years. Female Yorkies live – on average – 1.5 years longer than males. While this is not considered an exceptionally long life expectancy, it is slightly longer how long domesticated canines live in general which is 12.67 in the United States and 11.08 in the UK.
It should be noted that the figure of 12.67 years is death by natural causes. When death by trauma and other means is factored in the number goes down to 11.1 years

There are 2 main reasons why this breed does have a life span that is longer than the national average:

1) Toy breeds life longer than medium and large breed dogs