Originally bred to catch rats in mills, Yorkshire Terriers have a hunting instinct and are bold, fearless characters. They make great companions for those living alone and good pets for families with older children, as long as kids are taught how to interact with them correctly. They are energetic and enjoy time spent off the lead and playing games.
|Coat:||Long-haired, low shedding, requires daily grooming|
|Exercise:||30 minutes a day|
|Life span:||12+ years. Yorkshire Terriers are one of the longer-living breeds and can live into their late teens.|
|Temperament:||Intelligent, independent, confident|
Over the years, this breed was gradually miniaturised, first for their work as ratters and later to create a fashionable pet, however they still love to be part of the action.
Originally bred as working dogs, Yorkshire Terriers would much rather be busy than sat on a lap for long periods.
Yorkshire Terriers have a long, silky coat that continues to grow, much like human hair. This means that while Yorkies don’t shed as much as other breeds, they do require a high level of grooming.
With the correct care and nutrition, Yorkies have a long life span.
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Choosing the right insurance for your Yorkshire Terrier can help keep them happy and healthy whatever happens. Some conditions that we see they are prone to are not always covered by other providers’ policies. For example, they may not cover your pet for dental illness or injury, or for congenital and hereditary conditions. With Petplan’s Covered for Life® dog insurance we have no additional limits for specific conditions or diagnostic tools, and we know how important teeth are to a dog’s health so we include cover for dental illness and injury as standard.