Boston Yorkie

10-25 lbs
9-17"
United States
Boston Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
The Boston Yorkie is a designer breed composed of a Boston Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier. A spunky little hybrid with a coat that is usually shaggy and long,  maintenance for this dog will mean brushing and combing daily. The Boston Yorkie is known to be inquisitive and intelligent and can get very attached to their owners. They are quick to learn and very trainable. A hybrid with a moderate energy level, the Boston Yorkie makes a wonderful addition to any family. Because of their small size though, they should be supervised when playing with young children.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Boston Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier

Boston Yorkie Health

Average Size
Male Boston Yorkie size stats
Height: 9-17 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Female Boston Yorkie size stats
Height: 9-17 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Gum Disease
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Serum Chemistry Panel Tests

Boston Yorkie Breed History

The Boston Terrier originated from the United States around 1870. A mix of the English Terrier and Bulldog, he was then bred with the French Bulldog. He is nicknamed the "American Gentleman" because of his coat having a “tux-like “appearance and due to the fact that he had a dapper personality. In the 1800’s Bulldogs and Terrier-type dogs were used in Britain and in the United States for bull-baiting and pit dog-fighting. The Boston Terrier was larger in the 1800s than we see today. The breed was first called “Round Heads” or Bull Terriers. The Boston Club of America was established in 1891 and they renamed the dog as the Boston Terrier after his city of origin. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 and was the first American breed to be recognized by the AKC. These little “Gentlemen” have become quite popular in the United States.  They have been companions to many famous people and celebrities such as: Louie Armstrong, President Warren G. Harding, Helen Keller, Joan Rivers, Ben Stiller, Norman Reedus and Robin Williams.  As of March 2016, the Boston Terrier ranks as the 21st most popular dog in the United States. Yorkshire Terriers originated in Yorkshire, England in the 1800’s. Their original function was to hunt small vermin. The Yorkshire Terrier came to North America in 1872 and the first Yorkshire Terrier was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885. During World War II, a 4 pound Yorkshire Terrier became a hero and a sensation in the United States. The Yorkshire Terrier was found in a foxhole in New Guinea by an American soldier, which then sold her to Corporal William A. Wynne.  Corporal William A. Wynne named the dog Smoky and would carry her around in his helmet. She would visit injured soldiers and is considered the first recorded therapy dog. When the military camps needed to communicate with each other, it was Smoky that travelled underground in a 70-foot-long pipe. She had a phone wire attached to her collar, which allowed communicated among the two outposts. After the war was over, Smoky continued to be a therapy dog.  Smoky’s heroic actions made the Yorkshire Terrier breed very popular in the United States. In 2005, a memorial statue was dedicated to Smoky in Cleveland, Ohio. The artist, Susan Bahary sculpted a smiling Smoky inside a GI helmet on top of a granite pedestal. 

Boston Yorkie Breed Appearance

The appearance of the Boston Yorkie will be a combination of both parents. He will be a small to medium size dog with a thin but furry tail. With a combination of parents with a wiry, wavy coat his will be the same and the length of his coat may be short to medium. Colors can include tan, brown,  and even brindle. The Boston Yorkie will have dark expressive eyes with a dark button nose.  His ears may turnover somewhat or they could be large and upright. The exact appearance of the Boston Yorkie is hard to determine but be assured that he will be an adorable companion.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Boston Yorkie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Boston Yorkie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Boston Yorkie coat
Black
white Boston Yorkie coat
White
brindle Boston Yorkie coat
Brindle
fawn Boston Yorkie coat
Fawn
brown Boston Yorkie coat
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Boston Yorkie wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Boston Yorkie Breed Maintenance

If your Boston Yorkie has a medium length coat he will need daily brushing and combing. The pin brush works well to remove tangles but always be sure the brush is in good condition so it does not scratch the skin. Both parent breeds of the Boston Yorkie have sensitive skin - this means bathing in excess may cause irritation. When the need is there, bathe him with a veterinarian recommended shampoo, made for sensitive skin. Monthly professional grooming may be necessary, depending on your Boston Yorkie's coat and how long you would like to keep it. His nails should be trimmed monthly and to prevent tartar build-up, the Boston Yorkie's teeth should be brushed several times a week specifically because smaller breeds can have crowded teeth, allowing decay to set in. 

Brushes for Boston Yorkie
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Boston Yorkie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Boston Yorkie Temperament

The character and personality of the Boston Yorkie will be a mix of both his parents. The Boston Terrier is a friendly dog but the Yorkie is sometimes shy with strangers. The Boston Yorkie will make a good watch dog.  Your pup will be a spunky, intelligent and rowdy little guy. They do not like being left alone and may suffer from separation anxiety as both the Boston Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier get very attached to their owners. The Yorkshire Terrier will not hesitate to start a fight with a larger dog, meaning your Boston Yorkie may be a little feisty and could need to be taught manners.  Early socialization with strangers and other dogs is recommended. The Yorkshire Terrier parent is a bit yappy, making it important to teach your dog a command to stop barking. Your Boston Yorkie may be good with children but should be always be supervised.  Small children can sometimes play too rough, which can cause injury to the dog or he may bite the child.

Boston Yorkie Activity Requirements

The Boston Yorkie will enjoy daily walks.  Trips to the dog park are a good idea as this will hive him the chance to interact with canines of all sizes and personalities, giving your Boston Yorkie the opportunity to grow in confidence and additionally, learn to be on his best behavior. The Boston Yorkie does not do well in extreme cold or heat so ensure that he is not overworked when the temperatures are not ideal.  During hot summer months, he should be walked on shady streets. In extremely cold weather, your Boston Yorkie will be most comfortable with a sweater on. This hybrid can easily live in an apartment, though if he is a barker, he may be too noisy for the neighbors.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Boston Yorkie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Boston Yorkie Owner Experiences

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