Among the various breeds of dogs, many people are surprised to find that Yorkshire Terriers are more than pampered pets who ride around in cars and stick their heads up out of their owner’s handbags. In fact, Yorkshire Terriers are not only loyal little dogs, they are incredibly intelligent. They are considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds.
- Dr. Stanley Coren, an animal intelligence expert, determined that Yorkshire Terriers are above average in terms of intelligence. Out of 132 breeds tested, the Yorkshire Terrier ranked 27th. Yorkshire Terriers are so intelligent that they can do better than obeying one simple command at a time, like most breeds. The Yorkie can follow a series of long and complicated commands.
Has it ever felt like your Yorkshire Terrier understands what you are saying? This is because he probably does understand what you are saying. Yorkshire Terriers are perfectly capable of learning to understand our language, but they use word/item association.
- For example, when you hug and kiss your Yorkie, and tell him, verbally, that you love him, he will come to understand that those words mean something good, even if he doesn’t understand fully what they mean.
However, when you tell your Yorkshire Terrier to get his ball, he will understand exactly what you mean, and he will be able to pick that ball out of a toy box full of other toys and bring it to you. When you ask your Yorkie if he wants to eat, he associates the word ‘eat’ with food, and he will respond in his way.
- Yes indeed. Yorkshire Terriers are very intelligent little dogs, but again, they are also fiercely loyal, even if it doesn’t quite seem like it. You see, Yorkshire Terriers, as a breed, are somewhat independent.
- This means that they have minds of their own, and they don’t feel the need to be in your lap, waiting for your command.
- They are curious, and they like to investigate, and sometimes their inherent instincts are stronger than your commands. If he sees a squirrel that he wants to chase, and you are telling him to come to you, there is only a 70% chance that your command is going to win over his instinct to chase the squirrel. For this reason, many people think that these dogs aren’t ‘obedient’ or ‘loyal’ and this simply isn’t the case.
- Your Yorkshire Terrier should be highly confident, and when it comes to danger, he won’t turn tail and run.
- Instead, he feels ten feet tall, and he has little regard for the size of the opponent. He will fight if he feels that you are in danger, without regard to his own safety. There have been numerous instances of Yorkshire Terriers turning into true life heroes, literally saving the lives of their owners.
So, if you are looking for intelligence and loyalty, don’t disregard the Yorkshire Terrier, mistakenly
thinking that he is no more than a pampered lap dog. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that he is among the most intelligent, and the most loyal, of all canines.