Yorkshire Terriers are generally healthy dogs, and responsible breeders screen their stock for health conditions such as eye anomalies and luxating patella, a dislocated kneecap once called a “trick knee” in humans. To help avoid the latter, care should be taken to limit the Yorkie’s jumping height, especially as a puppy.

Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:

  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation


How big do Yorkshire Terriers get? Over the years, this breed was gradually miniaturised, first for their work as ratters and later to create a fashionable pet. Today, Yorkshire Terriers are usually 20-23cm tall and about 3kg in weight.

With the correct care and nutrition, Yorkies have a long life span. To keep your Yorkshire Terrier in good condition, vets recommend that you feed them a breed-appropriate, high-quality pet food two to three times a day. Try to stick to the portion sizes on the back of their pet food packaging, keeping their exercise levels in mind. Including a dry food can also help fend off gum disease.