King Charles Yorkie

7-18 lbs
United States
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkalier, Cava-Yorkie, York-A-Lier
The King Charles Yorkie is a sophisticated gentleman who is a 50/50 mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Yorkshire Terrier. This adorable little dog combines the most notable traits of both parent breeds with a cute triangular, black nose, big, dark eyes, and either floppy or tall ears; typically the floppy ears are more prominent. The King Charles Yorkie will not only steal your heart with his adorable appearance, but with his wonderful personality as well. Due to the fact that both parent breeds were favorites for their spunky and spirited personalities, it can be assumed that the King Charles Yorkie will also be sporting those playful traits as well. While he may not be the perfect fit for someone who is just starting out in the dog owning world, this hybrid breed is great for families with children and other pets as he seems to get along well with everyone.
Date of Origin
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier

King Charles Yorkie Health

Average Size
Male King Charles Yorkie size stats
Height: 8-13 inches Weight: 7-18 lbs
Female King Charles Yorkie size stats
Height: 8-13 inches Weight: 7-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Syringomyelia
Minor Concerns
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
  • Urolithiasis
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypoadrenocorticism
  • Entropion
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Microphthalmia
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Heart
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye Examinations
  • Full Physical Examination

King Charles Yorkie Breed History

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Yorkshire Terrier have quite the history to lend to the King Charles Yorkie. Because he is a relatively new breed, he doesn't have much of an origin story to himself yet; so, by looking at his parent breed's tales, we can get an idea of why this hybrid may have been created and what makes him so unique. Let's first take a look at the rich history of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Although the Cavalier is a small dog, he more than lives up to his long name. As one of the smaller Spaniel breeds, the Cavalier was always a favorite of the royal courts and noble home in Spain, his home land. The people of France, England, and Scotland were also huge fans of the Spaniels and constantly used them as key items in their portraits and artwork. The name "Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" was given to this breed due to their popularity with both Charles the I and II. However, as Kings come and go, so did the love for the Cavalier. After King William took the throne, the little Spaniels took the back seat as Pugs moved into the spotlight. Crossbreeding between the two breeds soon became the new fad, greatly altering the original Spaniel's appearance; giving them a flatter face and much more domed of a head. If it hadn't been for the persistence of one very wealthy American, the breed may have completely faded out. This man, Rosewell Elridge, offered a price to anyone who could recreate the dogs he had seen in 17th and 18th century paintings; thus the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was reborn. Today, these dogs are used for show, sport, and as companion animals. The second parent breed of the King Charles Yorkie, the classic blue and gold Yorkshire Terrier, is another unforgettable favorite. This feisty terrier is though to be descended from the Clydesdale Terrier and the Black-and-Tan Terrier; both of which have the typical, terrier personality. Spunky, smart, and complete love bugs, the terriers who were brought along to places like York and Manchester with their owners were eventually bred with local dogs, which then created the Yorkshire Terrier. This breed made a living for itself by providing ratting skills, a trait that they still maintain to this day. Initially, in the days of their early creation, the ratting terriers of Yorkshire were known as Broken Haired Scotch Terriers.  But by the time 1870 rolled around, it was decided to shorten the name to Yorkshire Terrier, from where the dogs were first produced. It was around this time that the dogs became more companion animals and were bred to be smaller in stature. It didn't take long for the beautiful Yorkshire Terrier to make his way to America in 1872 and his popularity continued to rise from there. He is now used as a show and companion dog all over the world. When you combine these two popular breeds, you get the perfect companion dog. He is lively, fun, loving, and loyal; of course, he may have a bit of a stubborn streak but one look into those dark, intelligent eyes and that can almost be forgotten. If you are looking for a dog who knows how to make you smile with his personality, likes to keep you company both in and out of the house, and isn't too overly excitable the King Charles Yorkie may be the perfect fit for you.

King Charles Yorkie Breed Appearance

The King Charles Yorkie is a very small dog that tends to stand no higher than 13 inches and weighs around 18 pounds fully grown. This breed, just like his parents, has longer fur that is extremely soft and silky to the touch. It can come in a number of different colors, from the classic blue and tan of the Yorkshire Terrier to the brown and white patched design of the Cavalier. Although his fur is long, it is quite fine, so the King Charles Yorkie will not do well in cold weather and prefers to be warm all the time. Sweaters or some other kind of doggy clothing will most likely be needed if there is snow in your area. The coat does shed moderately, but with consistent grooming it is not too overwhelming to control. Because this is a hybrid breed, the King Charles Yorkie can look very different from dog to dog, even within the same litter. The ears could be upright like the Yorkshire Terrier, but the typical look is longer and loose ears with lots of feathering of fine hair. The face is well deigned with button eyes and a small, triangular black nose that sets well on the dainty muzzle. Despite the tiny stature and delicate features, this is a sturdy dog that is more than willing to bark out a warning to anyone he does not trust; so don't let his angelic features fool you too much!
Eye Color Possibilities
brown King Charles Yorkie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black King Charles Yorkie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white King Charles Yorkie coat
red King Charles Yorkie coat
black King Charles Yorkie coat
brown King Charles Yorkie coat
blue King Charles Yorkie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
King Charles Yorkie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

King Charles Yorkie Breed Maintenance

This breed is a moderate maintenance dog due to the fine and silky nature of his coat. Although he does not shed heavily, the King Charles Yorkie will need brushing weekly if you want his fur to stay tangle free and shiny. Brush your dog at least three times a week in order to keep the shedding to a minimum and to remove any knots or tangles that may appear in his fur. Bathing only needs to occur every other month or whenever your dog gets into something he shouldn't. This is because the King Charles Yorkie does not have an unpleasant smell and his fur isn't fully white to the point of needing frequent bathing to maintain it. Besides brushing and bathing, be sure to always dry your dog's ears thoroughly after a bath so as to avoid ear infection and irritation. Trim the nails on your dog's paws every few weeks or whenever you hear the nails clicking against the floor.
Brushes for King Charles Yorkie
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
King Charles Yorkie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

King Charles Yorkie Temperament

As the King Charles Yorkie tends to get along well with everyone, he makes a wonderful family companion. He can be a little bit of a yappy dog, and no amount of training will be able to get that out of him; however, if he receives plenty of exercise and attention, the tendency to bark will most likely go down. He is a very intelligent, loyal, loving, and patient dog who is relatively easy to train and gets along extremely well with cats. It is most obvious how much the King Charles Yorkie loves his family due to his loyalty and protective nature. Thanks to his love for barking, he will happily guard your house and alert you if anything suspicious comes along. Such a trait may be slightly annoying to neighbors, so this breed of dog is best designed to live in a house that is slightly distanced from others, even though his small size makes him perfect for apartment living. If you have tolerant neighbors, this little dog is perfectly capable of living anywhere. Keep in mind that even though this breed is typically well-mannered, early socialization and training will be the key to ensuring that your King Charles Yorkie knows how he should behave during any given situation; it is also a great way to create a bond with your dog.

King Charles Yorkie Activity Requirements

While the King Charles Yorkie may not be a sporting dog per say, he does have Terrier in his DNA and that means he has energy to spare. Combined with the fun loving nature of the Yorkshire and the hunting passion of the Spaniel, the King Charles Yorkie will need a few exercise sessions a day, whether that is just a simple walk or playing some fetch out in the yard. This breed is perfectly designed to be carried around in a purse or backpack, but don't expect him to stay there all day. Allow around 60 minutes of play time a couple times a day to wear your dog out and get him the exercise he needs. Training will also be important due to this breed's intelligence level. Just physical exercise alone won't be enough to satisfy him, so be sure to give his mind a workout as well!
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

King Charles Yorkie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

King Charles Yorkie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male King Charles Yorkie size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female King Charles Yorkie size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male King Charles Yorkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female King Charles Yorkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male King Charles Yorkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Female King Charles Yorkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 16 lbs

King Charles Yorkie Owner Experiences

3 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Very smart! Full of love and social with manners.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
I wouldn’t change her for the world. She loves doing new things and is the most caring dog I’ve ever had. She is very good at meeting new people but she can be very naughty
7 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Months
3 People
He is lively yet can be quietly playing or chewing by himself. Sleeps with me and is learning fairly easily. He gets really feisty right before he naps for a couple of minutes. He melts my heart when he looks at me.
9 months ago
11 Years
2 People
She melts my heart by just looking at me
10 months, 3 weeks ago
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