Yorkshire Terrier Growth Chart

Are you wondering how much your Yorkie puppy will weigh once your dog has reached their adult weight?

Yorkie growth chartThe size of a Yorkshire Terrier depends mostly on the size of the parents.  Size may also skip a generation.  Obviously, if a dog is under or overfed, this will also affect its size.

While it is not possible to know exactly how much a puppy will weigh as an adult, there is a method of calculating an estimate of the Yorkie puppy’s final adult size.

This works by looking at how much your Yorkie puppy weighs at a certain age and then you will have an approximate idea of what size your Yorkie adult dog will be.

Your veterinarian will be able to tell you your dog’s exact weight.  You may also use a baby scale at home.  A human adult scale will rarely show you the tiny differences in ounces, and this is needed to calculate the dog’s adult size. 

How to use this Yorkie Weight / Growth Chart:

1. Find your puppy’s age in the far left column. 

2. Go across that row to find the weight that your puppy currently is.  All numbers are ounces (except for the Final Adult Weight) 

3. Follow the column down  to the final adult weight.

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Different Yorkie Grooming Styles

When someone has a Yorkshire Terrier,  they may think that they only have two options when it comes to haircuts….The long show dog style or the puppy cut.

However, with clean, healthy hair there are actually many different grooming styles of various lengths and styles that an owner may wish to try out.

When you don’t shave the coat short, you can experiment  a lot…And if you have shaved close, the coat will grow relatively quickly, thus allowing you to try out different styles soon after.

Many choose a style based on the home environment and the normal day to day activities of the family….For example, longer styles will need more grooming…This is mainly to keep the coat tangle free.  They will also need more upkeep with trimming done more often.  However, no one can argue how beautiful the dog looks in a longer cut.  With this said, it really is an option for those who have the time to put into it.

For those with active dogs who play outside a lot or for owners who do not have the time to devote to longer styles, a shorter Yorkie haircut may be in order.  Shorter options will not develop as many tangles…and the dog will stay cleaner, in general.

One of the great things about this breed is that different styles are basically endless….You can begin with the base of an idea and then add you own personal touches, to create a truly unique look.

So, let’s take a look at your top choices!

This is the Squared Puppy Cut.  It is an advanced take on the basic Puppy Cut.  When trimmed this way, the main coat is shaved, however the facial hairs are neatly trimmed to create a square bob…Forehead hairs are left approximately 1 inch long…And with a touch of gel, they will stand erect, finishing the cube shape.

There are different versions of this haircut…As one may opt for longer facial hairs in order to keep a topknot…or even rounded pompoms on the ankles..It is all up to the owner! 

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This is called the Westie Cut…and it is a great look for the active dog and the owner who still wants their Yorkie to have a lot of style. For this one, the whole body is trimmed to fall approximately 1 inch from the floor, the beard is rounded out and forehead hairs can either be put back into a topknot or shaved short to keep the eyes clear.  As with other Yorkie haircut styles, this one also has different variations..as one can decide to go a bit shorter or a bit longer on the body.  A good leave in conditioner and a good shine spray completes this look. 

Yorkie Haircut Styles

This is one of our favorites and one of the most interesting Yorkie haircut styles. This is the 3 Layer (Also known as the 3 Stack).

The entire head is trimmed to 1 length – approximately 1 and 1/2 inch passed the shoulder. As you can see, this is squared off so that it clearly shows and one can easily differentiate between the stacking that is done.

The 2nd layer will be the back hairs, which are trimmed to fall just about 1 and 1/2 inches above the floor. The last and 3rd layer will be comprised of all 4 legs which are trimmed to floor length.  With this Yorkshire Terrier, the coat has grown out for about 1 month since the grooming…however, as you can see, he still looks terrific and well-groomed. 

Helpful Advice

If you are thinking about changing your Yorkie’s hair cut, unless you have a LOT of experience in grooming and cutting, it is highly recommended to have a professional dog groomer do this.  It is always best to shop around first.  You have ever right to have a short interview with the groomer before any decisions are made. 

It will be helpful to ask him or her if they have any experience if giving Yorkshire Terriers the haircut that you have chosen…If they have not, try to judge their confidence in being able to do so.  While they may not have given the cut to a Yorkie, they may have done so to a different breed, so it can be helpful to ask about that if they do not offer the information….and certainly ask to see pictures. 

Speaking of pictures, it is always highly recommended to bring in a photo of the desired cut…As much as you can explain it to the groomer, a photo speaks a 1000 words…and it will make this a much easier job for him or her if they have a clear photo to go by.   

Another thing to remember is to always get a style for your dog not only based on what looks beautiful but also based on what you can afford to maintain…and how much time you have to properly groom if it is to have pieces of longer hair that will need to be brushed out to avoid matts and tangles.   Keep in mind that squared off or layered styles will need more upkeep with more touch-up trims…while simply Puppy Cuts can be left to grow out for quite a while and will still look nice as long as proper combings are done to keep it tangle free and baths are given.

Age of First Yorkie Haircut

We have received several emails asking us at what age a Yorkie should be for his or her very first hair cut. We recommend waiting until the adult coat has grown in.  When this breed is very young, it will hold a puppy coat, which is composed of  finer, thinner hairs. The changeover to adult coat happens gradually, owner may not notice until one day they suddenly notice that the dog has a thicker coat.

Little trimmings here and there to “touch up” the appearance of the Yorkie are just fine when the pup is young. However, an all-over body cut to such thin, fine hair may leave sparse patches. Furthermore a short cut on such texture will not produce a fluffy, full look as the hairs will be much too fine to do anything other than lie down.

Over the course of the puppy months, the coat is going to grow in thicker and the Yorkie will eventually have a nice, full coat of hairs, thicker and with more follicles per square inch than when younger.  The age that this process is complete does vary, however waiting until the Yorkie has reached the one year mark is a good way to play it safe…And if the dog does not need a whole body trim yet, wait until he or she does.

Famous Yorkshire Terriers

Not only is the Yorkshire Terrier one of the most popular dog breeds in the worldthere are many well known Yorkie dogs in the spotlight, throughout history.

Appearing on television shows, starring in movies, seen in books & magazines, heroes of wars and even found in the Guinness Book of World Records…the Yorkie is one amazing dog breed!

Famous Yorkie in Books & Magazines

•    In the original book version of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz,  the dog Toto is thought to be a Yorkshire Terrier. Even though the book does not distinctively mention Toto’s breed, it depicts Toto as “a little black dog with long silky hair.  The illustrations in the first book have many concluding that  Toto’s character was originally a Yorkshire Terrier.  Later, the character changed to a Boston Terrier.
•    Fred Basset, the comic strip produced by Alex Graham, showcases a Yorkshire Terrier named Yorky.

Famous Yorkies in the Movies

•    Mr. Famous. This Yorkie was in  Audrey Hepburn’s movie “Funny Face

•    In the Ben Stiller movie Meet the Fockers, the Fockers’ (played by actors Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand) had a family dog, Moses, is played by a female Yorkie mix named Terem.

•    The famous horror movie called Urban Legend features a Yorkie in the role of Hootie.  Hootie is a fraternity house dog who drinks beer through a beer bong. Unfortunately, Hootie’s character does not make it to the end of the movie.

•    In the film Daltry Calhoun, Aunt Dee (played by actor Beth Grant) has a Yorkie named Pickles.

•    In the movie A Fish Called Wanda, The character of Mrs. Coady (played by Patricia Hayes) has 3 Yorkshire Terriers. Throughout the movie, an animal lover named Ken Pile (Michael Palin) keeps trying to assassinate Mrs. Coady, but instead unintentionally destroys the Yorkies one after the other.  Following the passing of her last dog, the woman succumbs to a heart attack.

•    In the movie High School Musical 2 Sharpay Evans frequently carries a Yorkie named Boi.   The dog is actually owned by the director of the movie and his real name is Manly Ortega.

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Famous Yorkies on TV

•    On the TV show Green Acres, Eva Gabor’s character (Lisa Douglas) owned a Yorkshire Terrier named Mignon

•    Singer Whitney Houston’s Yorkshire Terrier named Doogie, was featured with her on the reality TV show:  Being Bobby Brown.

•    On MTV’s ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave, a reality show involving now extinct marriage of model/ actress Carmen Electra and musician Dave Navarro, the couple had a Yorkie named Daisy.

•    A Yorkshire Terrier named Barney was seen on the TV show Lou Grant,.  The dog’s character was attached by a Pit Bull Terrier on an and affected legislation on dog fighting in several states of the US.

•    Milhouse Van Houten from The Simpsons television show owns a stuffed animal Yorkie who he calls Puppy Goo-Goo.

•    On the TV show Groomer Has It, the dog that brings the messages (his name is Nemo) is a Yorkie.•    Huddersfield Ben, a champion show dog, this dog was the father of the current Yorkshire Terrier breed.

•    Champion Cede Higgins, winner of the popular Best in Show award at the esteemed Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 1978, was the first and only Yorkshire Terrier ever to win the title.

•    In 1997, Champion Ozmilion Mystification became the first Yorkie to win Best in Show at Crufts, the world’s biggest yearly dog show.

Yorkies Famous for their Size

•    Sylvia, a Yorkshire Terrier owned by Arthur Marples of Blackburn, England, was the smallest dog in recorded history. The dog passed in 1945 when she was almost two years old. At that time, the dog was only 2.5 inches tall at the shoulder, measured 3.5 inches from nose tip to tail, and weighed 4 ounces.

•    For 1995 through 2002 Guinness World Records listed a Yorkshire Terrier named Big Boss, as the smallest dog in the world. Big Boss was listed at 4.7 inches ( 11.94cm) tall.

•    A Yorkie named Thumbelina, 5.5 inches tall and 8 inches long, held the Guinness World Record for smallest living dog up until 1995.

•    Tiny Pinocchio, an unusually small Yorkie, has appeared on many TV shows including Oprah and the Today Show.

The Famous WWII Yorkshire Terrier 

•    Smoky, was a Yorkie hero of World War II, was owned by William Wynne of Cleveland, Ohio. He was found alone in a ditch in the middle of the war and William Wayne made him part of his troop. Smoky parachuted out of airplanes and went on over 100 missions.  In retirement, he would visit VA hospitals to cheer up veterans.  

Famous Yorkies in the White House 

•    A Yorkie named Pasha belonged to First Lady, Tricia Nixon and lived in the White House while Richard Nixon was president


Yorkshire Terrier Exercise

The Yorkshire Terrier has a very athletic build and this dog breed is very agile.

Although the Yorkie is a toy breed, only weighing a maximum of 7 lbs. ( 3.17 kg) per AKC standards,  this dog does require regular exercise to maintain good health.

Let’s discuss how much exercise a Yorkie requirements, needs, ways to provide fun exercise and tips on training your Yorkie to walk nicely beside you.

What is the Suggested Amount of Yorkshire Terrier Exercise?

There are 2 types of exercise that should a Yorkie should receive:

  •     Moderate exercise – going for walks at a steady pace, but not fast enough that your puppy or dog breaths heavy.
  •     Cardio exercise – short but more intense bursts of activity, such as running after a ball, etc.

A Yorkshire Terrier should be taken for a walk at least 1 time per day.   It does not matter at what time during the day an owner chooses to do this, however it is best if the walks are taken at the same time each day.  Yorkies, and just about all dog breeds for that matter, are happy and better behaved when they have a daily schedule.  A Yorkie will soon catch on and know exactly  when it is time to go for their walk.

Walking should be moderate and at a fairly brisk pace.  Do keep in mind that what is a brisk pace to you is a running pace for a little Yorkie.  The walk should be at a pace where the dog is moving along steadily; but not out of breath.

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 should be short and a bit more intense.   This should be provided at least 1 time per week, 2 times is optimal.  You can choose from a variety of different ways to achieve this.  Throwing a ball to your dog and having them run after it is always fun for a dog.  This type of play is also an excellent opportunity to teach your Yorkie some command words, such as “Get” and “Return”.

Yorkies love to simply run around.  If taken to a park or open field, this breed will enjoy running free.  Do, however, always keep your dog supervised and be sure that if you ever take your Yorkie off of their leash or harness that it is very safe to do so. 

Some Ways to Provide Fun Exercise 

Not only is exercise very important for your dog’s health, but this is a great way to bond with your Yorkie.  Do keep in mind that the Yorkie, as with all small toy breed dogs, can be injured if jumping from too high of a height; especially  when a puppy.   This dog breed can develop a luxating patella, which is a dislocation of the hip socket and joint, so do limit their jumping from heights.  There are some games to play with your Yorkie that will offer exercise at the same time.

 You do not need to enter your Yorkie into a dog show event to enjoy the benefits of teaching your dog some agility moves.  Do be wary of heights when your pup is young; however you and your dog can have great fun with a home made obstacle course.   You can teach your dog to jump through a hoop ( just hold up a hula-hoop) and maneuver around obstacles (be sure there is a small but yummy treat waiting at the end). 

Frisbee.   Most of us have seen professional dog disc events; those events when usually large breed dogs leap high into the air, catching a Frisbee with ease.   Your Yorkie wants to join into the fun too!  You may wish to purchase a “baby” Frisbee.  Teaching your Yorkie to run after it, time it just right and then catch it mid-air can be a lot of fun for both of you and certainly a way to get their exercise!  * Note  Do be sure to never “rip” the Frisbee out of your dog’s mouth.  You can train your dog to drop it on command.  When first training for this, hold a small treat and offer a trade.  Use the command word of “Drop” or “Give” and once your Yorkie offers it to you, reward your dog with the small dog treat and lots of praise.

Hide & Seek With Treats. 
 Command your dog to sit and have your dog watch you “hide” treats all over the home.  The treats should be very small and tucked into many different areas…under a cushion, behind a shoe, on the first landing of the stairs, etc.   Once you give the command word of “Go!’ or “Find”, your Yorkie can then run around the home, gathering up the treats.

Training Your Yorkie to Heel 

When walking, it is recommended to use a harness, as opposed to a leash, for small breed dogs such as the Yorkie. These smaller dogs are much more prone to developing a Collapsed Trachea.  This is a condition in which the structure of the trachea collapses and can cause pain and breathing difficulties.  This is sometimes caused when a small dog is put a leash while wearing a collar.  If the dog lunges ahead or the owner pulls back on the leash to hard…the dog can become injured in this way.

When first training your Yorkie to “heel” and walk nicely beside you, it is highly recommended to use a well fitting harness for small toy breeds. 

Many owners complain of “the dog walking them”.  This does not need to be the case.  By taking time to make sure that your Yorkie understands the meaning of “Heel” and with consistent training, you can enjoy nice walks where your dog actually strides right to the side of you.

When you set out for your walk, be sure to give the command word of “Heel”.  If at any time your dog tries to walk in a different direction, do not stop but continue walking where you want to, at a very slow pace.  If your Yorkie stops, again do not stop, but continue walking at a slow pace.  

When your Yorkie is striding nicely beside you,  say the command word of “Heel” to reaffirm that your puppy is indeed heeling and offer words of praise.  With the tone of your voice, you must convey that he or she is doing something truly great. 

Whenever your dog walks or runs ahead of you, do not stop and jerk on the leash.  That type of training is not for small breed dogs.  Do, however, steadily slow down.  If your Yorkie still tries to get ahead of you, slow to a stop and then reverse directions.   This shows your dog that any time they try to run ahead, all they will find is that they will not reach their target and will instead have to go in the opposite direction.  Once your dog walks nicely beside you, reward them by reversing again in the original direction. 

When your walk is complete, if your Yorkie has correctly heeled the majority of the time, give a wonderful treat at the end of the walk.  Do not give any treats if your dog was all over the map!  With a bit of time, both of you will greatly look forward to walks together.

Exercise Issues

  •     Stubborn Yorkies Who do Not Want to Exercise With You
  •     Yorkies Who Refuse to Heel
  •     Gaining & Keeping Control of Your Little Yorkie when They Behave Out of Control
  •     Behavioral Problems a Yorkie May Have From Lack of Exercise
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10 Common Yorkie Sterotypes and Myths Debunked

Nothing peeves a little dog owner more than to have themseves and their dog(s) pegged as a sterotype. Next time you think a yorkie is defined by its natural characteristics and therefore the dog defines the owner, think twice.

1. Owning a Yorkie makes you a “Paris Hilton” type. We yorkie owners hate this one. Not all of us can be considered shallow and self-absorbed. In fact, we chose our Yorkies for their awesome personalities because they have all the qualities of a good companion. They’re loyal, playful, and funny and that’s why they’re our best friends.

2. Yorkies are just yappy little ankle biters. Alright, this is partiallytrue, yorkies do have a high-pitched bark. However, the concept that all yorkies are yappers is like saying “all dalmatians are fire dogs” or “all pitbulls are trained to fight.” You can easily deduce that these things aren’t entirely true. With that same idea in mind, no, our yorkies do not yap and snap all the time. (If they do, it’s a mark of an owner who is clearly not in control.)

3. The yorkie is impossible to housetrain. This is a common misconception. Yorkies are indeed very stubborn and headstrong, but they learn things at an early age like any dog or even a child. Housebreaking a pet (puppies in particular) is all about having a solid routine. Track what time your dog eats and how much, when he naps and then track the hours, minutes or whatever between potty breaks. Quick Tip: If you own a yorkie pup that’s between 8-10 weeks, you’ll want to take them out every 20-30 minutes and immediately when they get up from a nap.

4. Yorkies are spoiled, vain little dogs who only tolerate being carried in purses. Oh, this one is so very far from the truth. Our yorkie hates the dog bag and would rather walk any day of the week. In fact, she could go for about a mile and a half without needing a rest. “Purse dogs” are found in many toy breeds, not just yorkies and the ones who can tolerate the bag are the ones who’ve been riding around since they were puppies.

5. Small dogs are like snotty little children. Not all little dogs are haughty and vain. Much of a dog’s behavior is dependent on its owner. Yorkies are highly affectionate, outgoing, loving dogs. By standard, they are not biters, nippers or aggressive in any other way. Love them and they’ll love you back ten times over.

6. Little dogs are inside dogs. Not so. Yorkies love the great outdoors just as much as your neighbor’s lab and your best friend’s Jack Russell do. All dogs need exercise, even the little ones, you just need to control and rationalize how much exercise you give them. For a yorkie, a walk around the block or a bit of fetch in the park is more than suitable to achieve their exercise needs.

7. Yorkies are whimpy and defenseless. You might actually be surprised to know there’s something we toy breed owners like to call “The Little Dog Complex.” Even in the face of the largest dog, a Yorkie will most likely scare or intimidate a larger dog before the big guy can fight back. News reports often talk about how the larger breeds come through and save the day. Don’t be fooled, yorkies can be heroes too! Just ask Smoky Wynne who aided her master on air raids during World War II.

8. Yorkies are just for show. Sure, there are girls out there who like to put their yorkies in cute little outfits with rhinestone collars and tote them around in expensive bags, but that’s not every yorkie! These little guys can compete with the best of ‘em as therapy dogs, or in agility (yorkies are extremely agile). Essentially, they can do just about everything a big dog can do. Except…you know…steal food off the kitchen counter.

9. Training a yorkie is like trying to pull teeth. Contrary to popular belief, training a yorkie is no more or less difficult than training any other dog. Every pooch is different, you just have to know what works best for your dog and what you need them to know. For some people, sit, stay and lie down are important. But is it crucial for your yorkie to learn how to ring a little bell when it’s hungry or dance for a treat? No, it’s really not. If they can, that’s great, consider yourself praised. But our dogs know to sit and to stay and that’s enough for us. They’re well behaved and it didn’t take centuries of rigorous training to get there.

10. The feared “Ankle Biter.” The honest truth is that no, Yorkies are not ankle biters. In fact, the only time our yorkie ever bit any ankles, she was nipping at our retriever’s to herd her back to the house. The legend of the ankle biter started with a mailman and it’s stuck ever since. Honestly, the next time you walk into a yorkie’s house test it. The dog will probably actually try to stay away from your feet as not to be crushed.

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Unusual Tricks for Pets

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Most pet owners and their pooches are familiar with typical commands like sit, stay, come and lie down, but your buddy is capable of so much more. So get your treats ready, these unusual dog tricks will impress your pals and have you rolling over in amusement.

Answer the Phone

While your buddy may not be able to greet callers with a, “Hello, this is Fido speaking,” he can certainly retrieve the phone when it rings. Answering the phone seems complicated, but if your dog already knows a “fetch” or “retrieve” command, it’s simply an extension of what he already knows. Imagine how excited he’ll be to receive a treat every time he walks with you to answer the phone, just make sure he doesn’t mistake the telephone for a chew toy.

Brush Your Hair

If you’ve ever noticed your buddy rubbing his face and thought, “It sort of looks like he’s coiffing his do,” then you’re halfway done with the “brush your hair trick.” Turn your buddy into a hairstylist by simply encouraging him to rub his face and head on command while your friends and family howl with laughter. This trick works best on medium to longhaired dogs or breeds like the poodle, who sport a little extra fluff up top.


While you can’t actually hypnotize your buddy, you can make him appear to be getting sleepy, very sleepy. This trick is easiest if you start it off as an extension of sit, stay, lie down and roll over. It’s essentially a slowed down, combined version of what he already knows. Make it more fun by putting a bit of peanut butter on your finger and moving it in a large circle above your buddy’s head. Most dogs will eagerly follow the finger, making them appear dizzy and “hypnotized.”

Shoot a Hoop

Let’s face it, your buddy likely isn’t the next Michael Jordan. However, with a little work he can knock down baskets with the best of his pals. This trick is especially easy for active dogs who love to chase balls and play with toys, just be sure to use a small beach ball or another light ball — a heavy basketball can injure your buddy’s delicate facial area. Once he’s used to bumping the ball into the air when you toss it to him, it just takes practice to get his aim down. Don’t worry about him losing interest; the more baskets he makes, the more treats he downs. Score!

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