It is an intelligent, lively, and agile dog, full of bravery – sometimes too much so. It has a strong attachment to its owner and family; it tends to be very nice to them but may occasionally act stubborn as well. The Yorkshire Terrier is a curious and highly alert little dog.
Its relationship with children is problem-free, as long as they do not treat it as a toy. It sometimes behaves rather heedlessly with other dogs but gets along well with cats in case they were raised together from a young age. Its situation is not as simple with other pets, like rodents, since they are considered to be natural prey for this little terrier. The Yorkshire Terrier signals the arrival of strangers by barking, and it may take a while until it accepts them.
The coat of the Yorkshire Terriers is very thick and requires everyday care, so it is no wonder that owners often have their dogs’ hair cut short. Keeping short hair neat and tidy is much easier: its condition can be maintained simply by combing and brushing. The grooming of Yorkshire Terriers that compete at dog shows needs much more expertise and time. The hair hanging into the dog’s eyes is generally tied back with a ribbon or rubber ring.
The Yorkshire Terrier learns fast, but it tends to be stubborn at times. With due consistency, however, and by rewarding proper behaviour, it can be taught relatively fast to be obedient. Unfortunately, this breed is overtly alert and inclined to bark incessantly for no obvious reason. It should never be encouraged to be alert because that would only exacerbate the situation. Most importantly, its owner should teach it and deal with it a lot since this breed is definitely much more than a lapdog.
As for its need for physical activity, the Yorkshire Terrier adapts remarkably to its family. It is very agile both inside and outside the home, and loves digging and romping. Because of its size, it can be kept without any problems in a small home as well.