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Who can resist the cuteness overload from simply looking at a dog small enough to fit in a purse? Not me! If you are looking for a small dog to add to your family, one of the breeds you absolutely need to consider is a Yorkshire Terrier or a “Yorkie,” as they are often called.
Are You Considering Adopting a Yorkie?
There is no doubt that this breed is a favorite for many. Their sweet faces and gentle demeanor make them great, little companions for anyone looking for a new pet. With that said, there are some other things to consider before you adopt a Yorkshire Terrier:
They Require Proper Grooming
If you’ve ever watched a dog show, chances are you have seen these adorable, brown faces with a black or salt and pepper body, and just how long their hair can get! Show dogs are often allowed to grow their hair out until it reaches the floor like a little sweeper on the move!
With their ever-growing hair, they require frequent grooming and haircuts, with brushing at least once daily to avoid tangles and mats. Many Yorkie owners learn how to groom their dog on their own, keeping the hair much shorter yet still breed-specific. This alone helps save hundreds a year on grooming costs.
They Can Have Loud Voices
Although small, this breed often doesn't know its size and will surely vocalize when it sees unfamiliar faces—humans or canines—approaching the house. Rest assured that the bark is worse than its bite!
They Can Be Timid
They make terrific little companions for older people, but may be more fearful when it comes to children. If the Yorkie will be around children, it needs to be trained from a puppy to get along with kids.
They Can Be Difficult to Train
Most training for a Yorkie needs to be taught from a very young age to prevent bad habits from setting in. One of the bigger struggles with this breed is housebreaking them, so it helps to keep some kind of piddle pad in the house for those just-in-case moments. Other than that, teaching them not to be overly protective of their food, leash manners (they hate leashes!), and to not bark unnecessarily needs to start at puppyhood and be consistently reinforced in order to make good progress.
A lot of the hardest parts of having a Yorkie can be avoided by adopting an older one from an animal shelter. The dogs in shelters usually go through temperament tests and multiple reviews before they are put up for adoption, and any special personality traits will be noted on their cage cards.
Ready to Name Your Yorkie?
So you’ve decided to go with that irresistible, sweet little ball of fur? Great! Now you’re going to need to think of some good Yorkie names for your pup! Here are over 150 Yorkshire Terrier name ideas that you should check out.
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Famous Yorkies in TV & Film
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Toto is depicted as a Yorkshire Terrier in the book, however his character in the movie is played by a female Cairn Terrier.
"Meet the Fockers". The Fockers' family dog, owned by Ben Stiller's parents, played by Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand.
"Urban Legend". In this famous horror movie, Hootie is a fraternity house dog that drinks beer.
"Daltry Calhoun". In this film, Pickles is the pet of Aunt Dee, played by actor Beth Grant.
"High School Musical 2". Sharpay Evans, played by Ashley Tisdale, accessories with a yorkie named Boi.
"Green Acres". In this TV show, Eva Gabor's character, Lisa Douglas, owned a Yorkshire Terrier.
"Lou Grant". Barney was attacked by a Pit Bull Terrier while on air, leading to legislation to stop dog fighting.
"The Simpsons". Milhouse Van Houten owns a stuffed animal Yorkie named Puppy Goo-Goo.
Celebrity Yorkie Names
Lila, Moonie, Roadie
Need Help Deciding on a Name?
Naming a Yorkie doesn’t have to be hard. You already have the perfect inspiration right next to you—your Yorkie! Here are a few things to help you think of some good Yorkie names:
- Personality: Just like people, your Yorkie’s personality will differ from other Yorkies! Take a few days to really learn about your dog and it will give you a few ideas for names!
- Colors: Although Yorkies generally have the same fur pattern, the colors can differ slightly which makes it easier to find color-inspired names! For example, Is the brown face closer to a walnut brown or a mocha brown?
- Family input: If you won’t be the sole companion to that sweet little pup, then others in the family might have some great ideas and would love to be involved in choosing a name!
- Yorkie’s input: If you’re stuck between a few names, there are ways that your dog can help! Label individual pieces of paper with the names you like and place either dog food or dog treats on each one; whichever one it eats from first is the name it chose! Another way your dog can help is to call it by different names and see if it naturally responds better to one of the names above the others.
You’ll just know when you find that perfect name, and so will your pup!
Adorable Yorkie Videos to "Aww!" Over
Dylan Fu on August 27, 2020:
I have a dog and I thought of the name Velcro!!!
Jean on May 06, 2020:
I have been looking for a Yorkie to adopt so far no luck. I have names pick out 1.shadow 2.Sir Raleigh
Keelan Gorgen on April 08, 2020:
I need a cute food name for a teacup yorkie girl
carleyjade on March 18, 2020:
I want a teacup yorkie so bad! I will name him pickles or nacho
Amgel on December 09, 2019:
I can't decide I have a fake teacup yourkie
B Mikael on April 06, 2019:
My Brazilian Yorkie is 14 lbs. she is the cutest dog I even seen. Like, for real I get stopped by strangers just for them the express how adorable she is.
Her name is Kittie . Love it!!
Cindy on March 16, 2019:
I need 2 names for 2 females yorkies
peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 16, 2018:
Benji reminds me of the movie.