The Yorkie may come at the end of the alphabet but he's one of the top three most popular breeds. This is not surprising—this petite terrier is adorable, highly intelligent, and overflowing with liveliness, affection, and loyalty. Here's a closer look at the Yorkie's feisty personality.
Curious: The Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred to hunt small animals, and his inquisitive nature and small size made him ideal for chasing rats down holes where other dogs could not follow. The Yorkie's tenacity and curiosity are characteristics still associated with this breed. Today, their inquisitive nature leads them to explore new people and situations, making friends along the way.
Spirited: While energetic and playful, the Yorkie is also quite independent and knows how to keep himself busy. He's happy to go on long walks, but can be equally content to run around the home or yard, provided there are enough toys and distractions to occupy his lively mind.
Smart: The Yorkie is an intelligent dog that's quite easy to train, although he can be stubborn if owners do not set proper boundaries. For this reason, it's best to start training at a young age and reinforce obedience into adulthood. Yorkies need owners who understand how to give them gentle leadership. His intelligence, combined with an ability to follow commands, also helps him excel at competitive activities such as obedience and agility sports.
Self-Confident: Yorkies possess confidence and courage that far exceed their small stature—and they are always ready to prove it. They will defend their territory and their family without hesitation. With an acute sense of hearing, they will alert their owners to the slightest sign of intruders, barking surprisingly loud if someone unfamiliar approaches. They will also challenge even the biggest of dogs if taunted.
Of course, it's important to remember that, like people, all Yorkies are individuals. The socialization, training, and love you provide ultimately shape the kind of dog your little Yorkie becomes.