Warning: Yorkshire Terriers Have an Aggressive Side

Warning: Yorkshire Terriers Have an Aggressive Side

Yorkshire Terriers may look like a cuddly lapdog, but personality-wise they can display the aggressive tendencies of a much larger dog. Although behavior issues in dogs can be addressed through proper training, Yorkie owners should not be surprised if they see the beginnings of the following bad behaviors: 

Low Tolerance for Children

Yorkies will show aggression toward strangers if not properly socialized, but will also act affectionately with children if raised with them. Children, however, must be taught from the start to be gentle and calm around the little dogs. 

Excessive Barking 

Yes, Yorkies do tend to bark a lot. This makes them great watch dogs but can also give earn them the reputation of barking at anything that moves.


The digging instinct can be strong in terriers despite generations of being bred as pets and not hunting dogs. Giving Yorkies lots of dog toys to play with will help keep a bored dog from digging. Distraction and consistent training is key to stopping the digging behavior.

Poor with Small Animals

Yorkies were originally bred to hunt and kill rodents and should never be left unsupervised with small animals, including hamsters, rabbits, and guinea pigs.

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