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11-22 lbs
Yorkshire Terrier
Shetland Sheepdog
The Yorkeltie is a hybrid designer dog mix. He is a highly intelligent pooch that is very busy. Going for walks and playing are both very important aspects of his life. He is a great family dog who adores children. This little guy lives to please everyone around him. His gentle personality and loyalty both make him an ideal companion. Unlike many small dogs, he is not overly barky but he will warn if a stranger approaches or if he hears a strange noise. He stands 13 to 16 inches and weighs 11 to 24 pounds.
Date of Origin
Yorkshire Terrier and Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

Yorkeltie Health

Average Size
Male Yorkeltie size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 11-24 lbs
Female Yorkeltie size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 11-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Eye Abnormalities
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Analysis
  • Wellness Check
  • cardiac and hip, blood and eye exams

Yorkeltie Breed History

The Yorkeltie is a wonderful combination of both of his parent dog’s positive qualities. The tiny Yorkshire Terrier might be small but he has all the fierceness of larger Terriers. He was bred in Yorkshire, England to enter the mines and kill rodents. Many hunters also used the dogs to drive foxes and badgers down into their dens because the Yorkie easily fit into the small den holes. Many canine breeds are believed to have been used to create the Yorkie. The Manchester Terrier, the Paisley Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Maltese, the old rough-coated Black and Tan English Terrier and the Skye Terrier are all believed to have contributed to creating the feisty Yorkie. During the late 1800s, the breed started to be imported out of the United Kingdom and into the United States where they rapidly gained popularity.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1885 and the breed was entered into the Toy Group. The Shetland Sheepdog is also affectionately referred to as the Sheltie. He is a direct descendant of the Collie and was created in Scotland’s Shetland Islands. The Rough Collie, the King Charles Spaniel, and the Spitz dog are believed to have been used to create the herding  breed. Their thick double coat helped insulate the Sheltie in the harsh climate of Scotland. In the 1800s, the canines were widely bred in the Shetland Islands and sold to travellers. In 1911, the American Kennel Club recognized the Sheltie and entered them into the Herding Group.

Yorkeltie Breed Appearance

The Yorkeltie boasts a lush, long double coat that has a tiny bit of a wiry texture. He comes in shades of black, brown, and white. His ears resemble the Sheltie’s but on rare occasions, some specimens feature completely upright ears. His face is foxlike with a long nose and swooping forehead. The fluffy canine’s entire appearance is elegant. His bone structure tends to be delicate and refined. His feet are tiny and catlike. The dog has a modestly long tail that is fur covered and may be carried straight. He has a sturdy gait full of purpose.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Yorkeltie eyes
Coat Color Possibilities
white Yorkeltie coat
brown Yorkeltie coat
black Yorkeltie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Yorkeltie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Yorkeltie Breed Maintenance

Daily brushing is required to keep the coat of the Yorkeltie tangle free. He has a very thick undercoat that he blows twice a year so he can produce a lot of excess fur. Usually, he requires a once a month bath to keep his fur in tip-top shape. Brushing his teeth a few times a week will help prevent doggy breath and remove plaque. His active lifestyle naturally wears his nails down, but, if not, then he might require nail clipping. His upright ears can get dirt and debris in the flaps so wiping them out with a washcloth will help keep them clean
Brushes for Yorkeltie
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Yorkeltie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Yorkeltie Temperament

The Yorkeltie is a loving and affectionate canine. He likes nothing better than being beside his family every day. Unlike many pooches that have an independent nature, he would rather please his owner and spend every waking minute as a companion. His quick wit, intelligence, and love of playing make him an ideal family pet. He will happily live in an apartment as long as he has adequate daily exercise. He gets along well with other dogs although as is the case with any canine, regular socialization is key. Obedience training and visits to the dog park will allow for plenty of healthy interaction.

Yorkeltie Activity Requirements

The Yorkeltie is an active breed that requires exercise. A daily walk and playtime are usually sufficient to meet his needs. He often possesses a strong herding instinct, inherited from the Sheltie. His herding instincts will often kick in around small children or other pets. The breed’s quick intelligence makes him an excellent choice for obedience, flyball, or agility. He loves learning new things and he is happiest when he is working alongside his beloved owner. He will also be happiest when given adequate outdoors time, so be certain to include that daily.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Yorkeltie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Yorkeltie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Yorkeltie size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Yorkeltie size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Yorkeltie size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Yorkeltie size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 16 lbs
18 Months
Male Yorkeltie size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Yorkeltie size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 16 lbs

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