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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Although the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is very popular in England, in some countries it is on restricted or banned dog breed lists. Wrongly so: by nature, he has a friendly nature, is very intelligent, and oozes self-confidence.

In order to be able to get involved with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in the best possible way, a portion of sensitivity and experience is necessary. Because one thing is clear: This breed is a bundle of energy and has special strength due to its muscles.

History and origin

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a difficult past that still weighs on him today. His story began like so many other dog breeds: The ancestors of today’s Staffbulls lived in England and were initially used for rat hunting. In the heyday of bloody dog fights as entertainment for the public, the powerful terrier was abused as a fighting dog. Due to its biting power, its endurance, and its human friendliness, it was easy to keep as a fighting dog. The cruel spectacles were not banned in England until 1835, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was allowed to return to its original function as a hunting and companion dog. But the stigma of being a “fighting dog” still sticks to this day.

In 1987, the dog breed was officially recognized by the FCI. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is still very popular in its home country, but is listed as a dog in many countries. This makes purchase and maintenance much more difficult. Furthermore, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier should not be confused with the American Staffordshire Terrier – although they have the same ancestors, both breeds have developed differently.

Temperament and behavior

Self-confident, alert, and spirited, at the same time sensitive, affectionate and lovable – no breed seems to unite more opposites than this one. The Staffbull is a loyal soul, but has a strong guard and protective instinct. With experience, empathy, and loving, consistent upbringing from puppyhood, you get an empathetic companion with him. He is alert and defensive towards strangers. His strong self-confidence and strong personality should not be underestimated. He needs responsible and confident owners who can guide him with patience and kind authority. Early, positive socialization with other dogs is also important for social development. This dog breed loves action and movement and also feels very comfortable in a family group.

The breed is medium-sized, strong, and has straight, short hair. Typical of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier are the broad skull, the strong jaw and the broad chest. The physique is broad and muscular. The coat color ranges from red to fawn to white, black or blue and brindle. White markings are also permitted.


The robust Staffordshire Bull Terrier has an average lifespan of around 12 to 14 years. With a low probability, elbow dysplasia (ED) and hip dysplasia as well as patellar luxations (kneecap displacement) can occur, which limits its movement. Cataracts (= “grey star”) are also more common in this breed. Basically, however, he is considered a healthy and resilient dog.

Tibetan Terrier

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Although the Tibetan Terrier originally comes from Tibet, it is not a terrier because it was never used for hunting, but as a herding and guard dog. The breed name is therefore partly misleading. The FCI therefore also groups the Tibetan Terrier in Group 9: Companion and Companion Dogs, Section 5: Tibetan Dog Breeds, without a working test.

Origin and breed history

More than 2000 years ago, Tibetan monks in a monastery in the high, snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas worshiped their small, long-haired dogs as “sacred temple dogs”. Several of today’s Tibetan dog breeds probably go back to these ancestors, including the medium-sized, long-haired and extremely friendly Tibetan Terrier, which is referred to as “Apso” (= long-haired dog) in its home country. However, he was not only used as a revered fellow creature in the Buddhist faith, but also in very mundane activities such as tending the herds of cattle in the inhospitable high altitudes of the mountains or as a guard of the huts and tents of his people.

Since, according to Buddhist belief, the immortal soul is reborn in another form, there was no trade in the dogs. They were and still are revered as lucky charms. However, a dog could be given as an expression of deep friendship, great appreciation or deep gratitude. So it happened in 1922 to the British doctor Dr. Greig after successfully operating on a wealthy Tibetan. With the little white and gold colored bitch named Bunti, Dr. Greig started his own breed in England, where the breed was officially recognized for the first time in 1930 under the (wrong) name “Tibet Terrier”. Since then there have been repeated attempts by some breeders to change the name to “Tibet Apso”, but so far without success. So the Tibetan Terrier remains a “false” Terrier, but always a real Tibetan.

Nature and character of the Tibetan Terrier

The funny, tousled face and the friendly look of a Tibetan Terrier show its cheerful, open-minded and gentle nature and its irresistible charm. He is an affectionate member of the family who likes to be an active part of his people’s daily routine.

Tibetan Terriers are very smart and intelligent, they learn quickly and with pleasure. But they also have a mind of their own, which can sometimes be interpreted as stubbornness or stubbornness. They just want to be kept busy and mentally challenged – and not just cuddle up with their master or mistress on the sofa. If the Tibetan Terrier sees the meaning of a command or an exercise, he will willingly follow it – or not. Only loving but consistent persuasion can help here.

The appearance of the Tibetan Terrier

With a shoulder height of 35 – 41 centimeters and a weight between 11 and 15 kilograms (males are larger and heavier than females), the Tibetan Terrier is one of the medium-sized breeds. Its almost square, powerful body, the muscular neck and the rounded head with a long muzzle, close-fitting floppy ears, and large, dark eyes are covered by a dense, double-layered, and long coat of fur that doesn’t leave out the legs either. While the warming undercoat feels fine and woolly, the long top coat is rather firm, may be smooth or wavy, but not curly, and should not cover the dog’s eyes. However, this does not always work, so a hair clip is often used to help the dog see better. The tail, which is also very hairy, is carried rolled over the back.

Almost all shades of color are allowed with the Tibetan Terrier except chocolate or liver brown. So there are these dogs in plain white, cream, smoky or blue-grey, gold, light, and reddish brown or black. Two- or three-colored spotted fur is also permitted, but not the so-called merle factor, i.e. a mottled multicolored coat.

Training & husbandry of the Tibetan Terrier – this is important to note

A Tibetan Terrier puppy is almost irresistibly cute – the shaggy fur, dark eyes and jet black nose are reminiscent of a cuddly stuffed animal. These dogs are friendly, affectionate and not aggressive at all, very intelligent, and have a distinctly strong character, which demands a loving consistency from the owner right from the start, so that his little Tibetan doesn’t step on his nose at some point.

Even if one or the other expectation on the part of the owner is first discussed before the Tibetan Terrier accepts them as given, the basic commands should certainly be retrievable. Here the best results with this breed are achieved with lots of praise, reward and love. On the contrary, pressure and coercion lead to the stubborn person showing himself and, in the worst case, to the dog completely refusing.

The medium size makes the Tibetan Terrier suitable for a smaller apartment and does not require great effort on the part of the owner. Always provided he gets enough exercise and can work out, because he is a muscular, energetic powerhouse and not a lap dog, he is an ideal dog for families, couples or singles as well as for seniors. However, he does not like to be alone and is happiest when he can accompany his people as often as possible.

Nutrition of the Tibetan Terrier

Fortunately, Tibetan Terriers are not prone to food intolerances. However, like all dogs, they are primarily carnivores and therefore require a high-quality, good meat-based food. Whether wet or dry food does not play a decisive role if the composition is right. The breed also tolerates the so-called BARF (= Biologically Appropriate Raw Feeding) as long as a sufficient supply of nutrients and a healthy composition of the fresh food is guaranteed. Of course, the individual state of health, the age and the activity of the individual dog must always be taken into account when calculating the ration.

Access to fresh drinking water must also be guaranteed, although wet feeding requires less water and the dog drinks less. Some dogs don’t like tap water and prefer to use rainwater-filled watering cans or other water sources. Caution is advised if the dog drinks from puddles or standing water, as pathogenic germs can quickly multiply in the water, especially in summer.

Disadvantages of the Tibetan Terrier

Especially when bored or left alone, the Tibetan Terrier tends to bark vigorously and for a long time. A careful acclimatization to short phases of being alone and otherwise a good utilization of his enterprising spirit and his urge to move help to keep this tolerable and to keep the peace with the neighbors.

The intensive and necessary care of the long, dense fur of the Tibetan Terrier requires some time from its owners to prevent the lush coat from knotting and matting.

Is the Tibetan Terrier right for me?

Before getting a dog, no matter what breed, you should always ask yourself a few basic questions:

Do I have enough time to occupy myself with my Tibetan Terrier, to walk him several times a day and also to do sports?
Do all family members agree to this breed of dog moving in?
Are dogs allowed in our house/apartment?
Do I have enough time and patience for the intensive grooming that this breed requires?
Who can look after the dog if I am ill or unable to attend?
Am I willing to take my Tibetan Terrier with me on vacation?
Do I have sufficient financial resources to cover not only the purchase price for the puppy (after all, around 1000€ or more) and the initial equipment with a leash, basket and feeding bowl, but also the running costs for good food, visits to the vet, necessary vaccinations and medication, Dog school, dog tax and liability insurance? After all, a dog costs about the same as a small car over the course of its lifetime!
If you have finally thought everything through and decided to bring a Tibetan Terrier into the family as a new family member, you should first find a reputable breeder. A good breeder keeps their dogs close to their family and if possible only has one litter at a time to which they can devote their full attention. He asks questions of the prospect, wants to know how and where his puppies should be kept, and may also refuse to sell a dog if he doesn’t like the answers. Recommendations for feeding, information about veterinary treatments such as initial vaccinations and deworming and the offer to contact you after the purchase should be a matter of course for a good breeder. It is best to visit the breeder and take a look around before you finally buy the puppy. But beware: Tibetan Terrier puppies are incredibly cute and quickly tempted to make hasty decisions!

You should never buy a puppy from a pet market or from the trunk of a shady dog dealer! Although these dogs are usually cheaper than from a reputable breeder, there is almost always unscrupulous and cruel animal cruelty behind them! The mother animals are kept under terrible conditions as pure “litter machines”, the puppies are neither vaccinated nor otherwise veterinary treated, often suffer from acute, at worst fatal diseases soon after purchase or remain a lifelong case for the vet – and that is under much more expensive than the puppy from a reputable and responsible breeder!

In addition to purchasing from a breeder, it may also be worth going to an animal shelter – purebred Tibetan Terriers are always waiting to find a new home here. Various animal welfare organizations have also dedicated themselves specifically to helping pedigree dogs in need and are looking for suitable, loving owners for such dogs.

Once all the criteria have been met and all questions have been answered in favor of the dog, then look forward to the day when your little “holy temple dog” will move in with you – he will turn your life upside down and whirl it upside down! And before long you’ll be wondering how you even got through the boring days and years without this happy, personable whirlwind.

Toy Fox Terrier

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History of the Fox Terrier

Centuries ago, hunters used particularly clever and active dogs to hunt foxes and badgers. They accompanied the mounted “Foxhound Masters” on the hunt. The dogs’ task was to follow the prey into the burrow and shoo it out. They therefore needed an obedient but courageous and defensive hunting dog. The name fox terrier is made up of the words “fox” (fox) and “terra” (earth). In the beginning there were only smooth-haired dogs. The wire-haired representatives of the breed only followed years later.

To maintain today’s standards, breeders crossed in dachshunds, beagles and probably bull terriers. In the 19th century, the British Kennel Club established an official standard for terriers. In the beginning, the breed was mainly bred in pure white, so that the dogs could be easily distinguished from the wild. In 1880 the first representatives of the breed came to Germany. Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfels devoted himself to breeding at the time. Nowadays the FCI divides the fox terrier into smooth-haired and wire-haired breeds. Both breeds belong to FCI Group 3 “Terriers” and in Section 1 “Tall Terriers”.

Essence and character

The fox terrier is a smart and spirited dog for the whole family. He is playful and affectionate, which makes him an ideal companion for children. On the other hand, the dogs are courageous and intelligent hunting dogs that provide loyal service to their owner. The terrier is short-tempered towards other dogs and tends to fight if poorly trained. He treats strangers in a distant or disinterested manner. At home, however, the dog is a dutiful guard who likes to bark a lot. You have to get the terrier with a strong hunting instinct used to other pets early on so that he does not see them as prey. So, in typical terrier fashion, he’s a brave, daring dog who’s full of energy.

The appearance of the fox terrier

Both Fox Terrier breeds differ largely in the coating structure. Bone structure and coat color are the same. The smooth-haired has a smooth, close-lying, and soft coat. The coat of the Wirehaired Pointer, on the other hand, is dense and very wiry. The coat color can be white with black or tan markings. The medium-sized dogs are built almost square, with the legs going straight down. The tail should stand straight up. The small ears are V-shaped and kinked. His overall appearance is alert and the dog is tense.

Welsh Terrier

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Character, temperament, and behavior of the Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier is a medium-sized dog that can be described as cheerful, brave, obedient, intelligent, and also affectionate. The terrier, which is mainly used today as a family companion dog, is also affectionate, easy to handle, lively, and alert. Despite his vigilance, he is not considered to be particularly happy to bark.

Welsh Terriers also have a pugnacity. In contrast to other terriers, this is not particularly pronounced. However, the breed does not necessarily avoid friction. If there is another dog in the territory of the Welsh Terrier, he does not tolerate it very willingly. However, the behavior towards the “intruder” is not to be assessed as particularly aggressive.
Due to his former job (see history), the cheerful Welsh Terrier has a pronounced hunting instinct. Furthermore, his nature can be described as independent, and his behavior as fit for work.

Attitude and upbringing

The Welsh Terrier has a pronounced play instinct, likes to be in the thick of things and can always shine with his loving nature. It is precisely these characteristics that make the Welsh companion dog an extremely good family dog.

In general, his upbringing can be described as relatively simple. Nevertheless, its owner must not deviate from a consistent but loving upbringing. The Welsh Terrier likes to test the authority of its “pack leader”. In these situations, the owner must react correctly and show the dog who is in charge.

Nevertheless, from the above points, a person with little dog experience (beginner) can also be recommended for keeping it.

The Welsh Terrier is relatively busy and exercise intensive. As a result, the terrier is only suitable for active people who like to be in the fresh air.

It can be emphasized as extremely pleasing that the Welsh Terrier is also suitable as an apartment and city dog. However, it is particularly important to ensure that he is given enough exercise and work. In general, when keeping the Welsh Terrier, it is important to encourage the dog mentally. Due to his intelligent nature, there are, among other things, employment games. In addition, agility training is very suitable for the nimble dog.

Externally, the Welsh Terrier bears a strong resemblance to the Airedale Terrier. A serious difference between the two dog breeds is the size of the dogs. Because an Airedale Terrier is a good 20 cm taller. In contrast, the life expectancy of the Welsh Terrier (12-15 years) is higher than that of the Airedale Terrier (10-12 years).

The Welsh Terrier’s appearance is balanced and compact. He has a powerful jaw, a short back, relatively small eyes, and a black nose. Dogs used to have their tails docked regularly. Since the docking ban came into force, the Welsh Terrier has been found with a long tail, as expected. The dog carries this relatively upright.

West Highland White Terrier

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Essence and character

The West Highland White Terrier, also known as the Westie for short, is a small but fearless dog that shows a surprising amount of self-confidence. He is robust and active, with a character that combines courage, and vigilance, but also a cheerful disposition and intelligence. In addition, the Westie is characterized by its endurance and smartness. He is very playful and makes an excellent family dog. The West Highland White Terrier makes a good city dog but does require adequate exercise.

Interesting Facts: Origin and History of the West Highland White Terrier

The West Highland White Terrier originally comes from Scotland, where it was bred as a hunting dog, along with the Cairn, Skye, Scotch and Dandie Dinmont terrier breeds. In the 19th century, terriers played a special role in hunting small game such as foxes and badgers.

The passionate hunter Edward Donald Malcolm is considered to be the founder of the West Highland White Terrier breed. He began by breeding an all-white breed of hunting dog that was easily recognizable when stalking and subsequently became known as the West Highland Terrier or West Highland White Terrier. He used Cairn, Scottish and Dandie Dinmont Terriers for breeding.

Breed characteristics of the West Highland White Terrier

In the classification of the largest cynological umbrella organization “Fédération Cynologique Internationale” (FCI), the West Highland White Terrier is listed in Group 3 “Terriers” and in Section 2 “Low Legged Terriers”. According to this standard, the height at the withers in adult animals is about 28 cm with a weight of 7-10 kg. The West Highland White Terrier is bred exclusively in white.

The West Highland White Terrier is relatively strong and compact for its size. The back and the limbs are just as strong and contribute to the harmonious overall picture of the Westies. Due to the luxuriant hair, the head usually appears relatively large and broad with a muzzle that does not taper to a point. He also has dark, medium-sized eyes framed by bushy brows.

The ears are small and end in a distinct point. They are carried facing forward and are short and covered with velvety hairs. The West Highland White Terrier has a straight back ending in a tail about 5-6 inches long that is carried erect.

The terrier’s entire body is covered with both a pure white, firm top coat and a white but soft undercoat. In order to maintain the Westis’ typical appearance, their fur must be trimmed regularly.

West Highland White Terrier nature and character

Despite its small size, the West Highland White Terrier is a courageous and watchful dog, which also proves to be extremely fearless, sometimes even cocky, when it encounters larger dogs. From its original role as a hunting dog, the West Highland White Terrier has retained a pronounced hunting instinct, which is just as evident when playing in the garden as in the wild.

Still, the West Highland Terrier is not an aggressive dog. He needs a lot of exercise and always new challenges to satisfy his innate activity and also his intelligence. For this reason, long walks are indispensable even if you have a garden.

A West Highland Terrier is not easy to train due to its self-confident and stubborn nature. He needs consistent treatment and a lot of affection, but under good conditions, he develops into an affectionate and child-loving family dog.

Wire Fox Terrier

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Charming, funny, and extremely lively: the small, white-brown wire-haired fox terrier with the dense, wiry coat is a dog that exudes just as much energy as it does good humor. With consistent training, the former fox hunter is a loyal companion, but it needs a lot of exercises and a task.


This dog knows how to wrap his people around his paws: his childlike eagerness, his small, dark eyes with which he looks at his opponent with joyful expectation, and the boundless enthusiasm with which he carries out every task assigned to him are simply irresistible. So it’s no wonder that the little charmer is also allowed to behave in a number of undesirable ways. But be careful: the intelligent wire-haired fox terrier quickly exploits such weaknesses and is happy to take charge.

Friendly companions with consistent leadership

If you are interested in a wire-haired fox terrier, you should definitely be aware of this character trait. Consistency, attentiveness, and a bit of strong nerves should therefore be brought along by future owners. If you understand something about dog training and have enough time to devote yourself to your four-legged roommate, offering him enough exercise and activity, you will be rewarded with an extremely lovable and friendly dog, which provides a lot of variety and a good mood in everyday life. Wire-haired fox terriers are small, lively dogs that like to please their people. With consistent leadership, they are docile and are always loyal to their families.

Formerly a hunting dog, now a family dog

Fox terriers get along well with children – after all, they are just as adventurous and playful as they are. The energetic pedigree dogs can’t get enough of catching balls and bringing sticks. However, like children, they tend to get a little cocky and should therefore not be left alone with small children. The spirited terrier simply has a fighting instinct, and he does not act out of aggressiveness or nervousness. On the contrary, fox terriers are extremely self-confident and friendly four-legged friends who are fun for (almost) everyone, but also want to show who is actually in charge here.

Substitute tasks for the spirited hunter

In order to steer the exuberant temperament of the small hunting dog in the right direction, the fox terrier must be sufficiently exercised and occupied. Fast-paced dog sports such as agility, obedience, or flyball are ideal for this. In addition, the fox terrier loves it when he can go jogging with you or run alongside your bike. Training, for example as a rescue dog, is also conceivable for the intelligent and tireless four-legged friend – provided that he masters basic obedience, is well trained and socialized. Since very few fox terriers are still used for hunting today, a replacement activity, such as dog sport or taking on guard duties, is urgently needed – especially since a certain hardness, the urge to work, and courage are still dormant in him. To be on the safe side, he should stay on a leash on walks in the woods, otherwise, his hunting instinct could cause him to run away and endanger wildlife.

Wire Fox Terrier Diet

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How do I feed the Fox Terrier healthy?

Diet also has a major impact on your dog’s health and well-being. In the first few weeks after purchase, you will probably feed your puppy the same food that the breeder has given him. Make sure that your fox terrier, who is just a few weeks old, always gets puppy food, because this is specially tailored to its needs and ensures healthy growth of muscles, bones, ligaments, and teeth. Up to the 16th week of life, the puppy gets three to four meals a day, consisting of meat and vegetables, as well as a little fruit, rice, pasta or cereal flakes. Yoghurt, quark, or cottage cheese are suitable as snacks. From the 16th week of life you start to slowly reduce these meals and finally (from the 9th month of life) switch to adult dog food. Do this gradually by gradually mixing in more of the new food into the usual food. Make sure that the adult food – whether from a can, fed dry or raw – is always of high quality and is tailored to the individual needs of your dog.

Keeping and caring for a Wire Fox Terrier

Unlike its smooth-haired brother, the wire-haired fox terrier requires expert grooming. To maintain the structure and beauty of the wiry, dense coat, your dog will need a trim about twice a year. If you have not learned how to trim, you should definitely leave it to a professional who knows Fox Terriers. You should also care for the coat with a natural hair brush. If possible, get your fox terrier used to the necessary grooming procedure while it is still a puppy. While “sitting still and being combed” will certainly never be one of his favorite pastimes, even a feisty fox terrier can learn to hold still – especially once he’s learned that you reward him with a long walk, a game, or a treat afterwards.

The outdoor boy is looking for like-minded people

The fox terrier’s spirit of enterprise knows no bounds. It doesn’t matter whether it’s dog sports, fetch games, learning tricks, bike rides or long hikes: your fox terrier will be enthusiastic about it and infect you with his energy and enthusiasm. In any case, this lively outdoorsman is not suitable for people who prefer to spend their free time indoors on the sofa than outdoors in nature. Active families, but also seniors who are still good on their feet and who want to do something for their health with exercise, will have a perfect motivator at their side with the fox terrier. One thing is certain: the “inner bastard” doesn’t stand a chance in the face of this spirited and always cheerful dog.

Yorkshire Terrier

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What is the personality of a Yorkshire Terrier?

The Yorkshire Terrier – alert, spirited, intelligent and courageous

As a representative of one of the smallest dog breeds, it appears “sweet” and light as a feather.

Thanks to its fur, which shimmers in elegant shades of gold and blue, and the chic bows on its head, some specimens look like a cute cuddly toy.

By nature, the Yorkshire Terrier is anything but a tame gem:

Whether he develops into a cuddly company and companion dog or into a lively, fearless guardian of home and family is a question of socialization and upbringing.

The Yorkshire Terrier breed standard

Originally from Great Britain, the Yorkshire Terrier is a breed officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) with the following classification:
FCI Standard No. 86 / 22.02.2012 / DE

Society dog, group 3 / terrier, section 4 / miniature terrier (without working test)

One of the most distinctive features of this dog breed is its two-tone, silky smooth, medium to long coat. It hangs down to the left and right of the parting, which runs from the nose to the tip of the tail.

From the back of the head to the base of the tail, the fur shines in dark steel blue, on the chest it shows itself in full, golden tan. Not allowed are woolly or wavy hair, reddish, reddish-brown, whitish or silvery tones as well as one-colored fur.

As a toy terrier, he has a “robust and well-proportioned” body. The intelligent nature of the Yorkie is reflected in its upright, self-confident posture, its liveliness, and its lively interest in what is happening in its environment. The weight should not exceed 3.1 kilograms.

The FCI currently only accepts the “classic” Yorkshire Terrier. The tri-color (tan, steel blue, white) Biewer Yorkshire is not yet recognized as a true breed, although this may change in the not-too-distant future.

The situation is different with so-called “mini” Yorkies. Small Yorkshire Terriers can appear in a litter from time to time – but they are not a separate breed and are never deliberately crossed with each other by reputable breeders.

The Yorkshire Terrier – by nature a classic working dog

Even if you don’t look at him: The Yorkshire Terrier is a child of the industrial revolution. It is one of the breeds of dog specially bred in England in the 19th century, used in factories and underground for hunting vermin.

Originally, Yorkshire Terriers had a shoulder height of 40 to 45 centimeters, today’s standard size only became established in the course of the 20th century.

The fact that Yorkshire Terriers were initially among the medium-sized dogs and, as intrepid hunters, roamed a vast, often dark, and dangerous environment, characterizes their character to this day.

Yorkshire owners are always amazed at how daring their “sweet” dogs pounce on much larger opponents, barking loudly.

Apparently, the Yorkshire Terrier is unaware that he is one of the smallest of his kind. For reasons of his own safety, the intrepid bully needs a firm hand from puppyhood to show him his limits.

The Yorkshire Terrier – always on the go

Anyone who owns a Yorkshire Terrier is bringing a demanding personality into their home: a Yorkie expects their human to be with them and doesn’t appreciate long hours alone at all.

Intelligent, inquisitive, and confident, the dog wants to be kept busy (See: Yorkshire Terrier Activities), love communication, and needs lots of attention.

Because Yorkshire Terriers register the slightest movement or change in their environment, they are easily distracted.

Naturally, they don’t tend to stray far from home unless a squirrel scurries by or a dog on the other side of the fence catches their eye.

Your garden fence better not have holes through which the tiny Yorkie can easily slip.