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Common Traits of Yorkies. Yorkshire terriers are tiny dogs with tons of personality. They are full of spunk that makes them hard for any dog lover to ignore. But you will find that each individual Yorkie is unique. You may find that few Yorkies are shy; most are the first to great guests -- whether they treat them as guests or not. In general, Yorkies are independent, intelligent, determined and affectionate dogs. The Yorkie has a precious appearance and a mischievous streak. credit: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images Independent and Courageous For small dog, Yorkies have big independent streaks. Intelligent Yorkies are alert and curious. Determined Their small bodies are packed with determination. Affectionate Yorkies are one-person dogs.

Personality Traits of Yorkshire Terriers - dummies. By Tracy Barr, Peter F. Veling Some personality traits are very common among Yorkshire Terriers, but every dog is unique. Knowing your Yorkie’s personality traits and understanding how to use them to your advantage will help you train your dog more efficiently. Generally, Yorkshire Terriers are energetic and love to keep busy. Your Yorkshire Terrier might be a couch potato or scared of his own shadow. For such little dogs, Yorkies have a lot of personality, possessing many, if not all, of the traits described in the following sections.

Intelligent. Yorkshire Terriers: What's Good and Bad About Yorkies. Home → Yorkshire Terrier → Yorkie Dog Breed Review Yorkshire Terrier Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016 There are two schools of thought on the Yorkshire Terrier: (1) he is a vigorous terrier; (2) he is a delicate toy dog made for pampering. The owner's view of him has much to do with how an individual dog turns out. For certain, the Yorkie is lively and inquisitive, physically and mentally quick, and spends much time trotting (or dashing) around checking things out.

Larger dogs may view him as a delicacy, so he must always be leashed or fenced for his own protection; in addition, he can be an excitable chaser of birds and butterflies. A lover of comfort, the Yorkshire Terrier enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling into soft pillows. Keen of eye and sharp of tongue, he won't fail to announce strangers, often in a high-pitched voice. A Yorkshire Terrier may be right for you. A Yorkshire Terrier may not be right for you. Yorkshire Terriers | History and Health. History The Yorkshire Terrier’s original function was to hunt and kill rats and other rodents in the mines and cotton mills in county Yorkshire in northern England. It is thought to trace back to a small, fairly long-coated, bluish-gray dog that typically weighed about 10 pounds, called the Waterside Terrier.

The Waterside Terrier was common in the Yorkshire region and was popular with miners in the West Riding area. In the middle of the 19th century, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, Scottish weavers and other laborers migrated south to England in search of work. They brought with them their small Scottish terriers of non-descript heritage. In Yorkshire, these dogs were crossed with local terriers to create the Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier, which became well-known as a superb ratter in local textile factories and coal mines. The Yorkie first appeared at a benched dog show in England in 1861, entered as a “Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier.” Health Characteristics.