Do Yorkies Like to Cuddle and Be Held?


There are dogs, and there are Yorkshire Terriers or “Yorkies.” A small breed, standing around six to nine inches high and weighing less than fifteen pounds. These pint-sized pets have king-size energy and feistiness. It’s not surprising that people love to hold them and show them affection, but you may be wondering if the feeling is mutual? So…

Do Yorkies like to cuddle and be held? The answer is yes, as a breed, Yorkies love to be held and cuddled. Known for being playful and tenacious, Yorkies equally have an affectionate and loving character.

Being a tenacious terrier, Yorkies are loyal, full of energy, and playful, among other things. If you have a Yorkie, you know how much they love to be showered with attention. If you’re considering a Yorkie, you’re in the right place to learn all about their love for cuddling, as well as some other wonderful character traits.

Do Yorkies Love to Be Cuddled and Held?

As strong-willed as they are, Yorkies like little more than being with someone who loves show them attention and affection. And, cuddling a Yorkie is equally enjoyable for the owners, as Yorkie fur is so soft and silky.

While Yorkies enjoy cuddles whatever their age, you may find that they become even more affectionate as they get older. I’ve found this to be the case with many pets.

When they are young, there are just so many things to do and lots of new stimuli but as they get older, they’ve seen it all before and they have lots more time for cuddles.

So, although these dogs have a reputation for having a big attitude in a little body, they are born snugglers. They enjoy the attention and comfort of their owners. In fact, Yorkies bond very closely with their humans…

Yorkie-Owner Bonding

Yorkies develop a connection with humans more so than many other breeds. They cling tightly to their owners, not because of timidity. No, they are quite brave, inquisitive and bold. They hang out with their owners, simply because they enjoy the attention and love.

In fact, Yorkies can be so devoted and develop such a strong connection that some people say that they are just a “one-person dog”, only showing affection to a single individual.

While this can be true, particularly if a Yorkie becomes accustomed to spending time alone with an individual, they will eventually warm up to others too. This is true for our Yorkie, who was fairly reliant on my wife as her sole source of affection before we met. However, she definitely appreciates love and affection, whoever it comes from these days!

How to Nurture the Bond with Your Yorkie

While you will feel no shortage of love from your Yorkshire Terrier, there is always room to grow and develop that special companionship with your pet. Here are some ideas for exercising that bond.

  • Take Training Classes. This is something that has multiple benefits the earlier you start. Attending classes together is something special for you to do as a pair. And it also helps your Yorkie learn to socialize with other dogs. And, of course, can help tame a pup’s stubborn streak.
  • Take Regular Walks. Engage in regular strolls together. Keep in mind that walks should be age-appropriate. The younger your pup, the shorter each walk should be. Begin with short walks and frequent breaks. The AKCOpens in a new tab. has some helpful tips, too.
  • Have Pamper Sessions. Your Yorkie’s coat will need grooming, particularly if you grow their hair long. While you’re cuddling on the couch, get out the brush, and give your pup a relaxing beauty session. It’s good for you to get them used to it and your Yorkie will hopefully begin to look forward to this time together.
  • Play together. While hanging together on the couch is comfy for everybody, remember that your Yorkie is a very energetic dog! You’ll both benefit from getting out in the yard or throwing the ball around in the house. Take the time to have fun together.

Your Cuddly Companion is Also Very Smart

While Yorkies are one of the most playful and affectionate breeds, they also possess the characteristic of being smart and intelligent. They are actually incredibly trainable, particularly if you get them started young.

Yorkies love their owners and are very intelligent and eager to please. Offering effusive praise and treats for good behavior will work far better with the Yorkie than harsh correction.”

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According to Smart Canine, an agency for determining the intelligence of different breeds of dog, Yorkshires hold the 33rd position out of 100 breeds for intelligence.

Interesting and Loveable Yorkie Attributes

We already know the Yorkie is a popular, adorable, companionable, and intelligent breed. They also have some adorable quirks.

Yorkies Stare A Lot

One common thing you will notice in all Yorkies is that they stare…a lot! They make sure they keep their eyes on their owner, watching his or her every move.

The desire to stare is because they are curious about what you do or are doing. They may even be trying to figure out what you are thinking or what your next move is going to be. Are you getting them a treat? Preparing a meal for them? Getting ready for a walk?

Staring is a trait that is just a testament to their awareness, intelligence, and the bond with their owners. This is also one of the reasons that they are so easy to train as they are always paying attention to your cues and ready for your next move.

Yorkies Are Tiny Guard Dogs

While Yorkies are not the most intimidating of dogs (although it’s worth noting that I once had an exceptionally macho workman refuse to enter my house until the Yorkie was shut away), when something feels a little bit off around them, they are on top of it.

They are incredibly aware of their surroundings and at the very least they’ll make noises to let you know when something is wrong. They have a fearless nature and an innate desire to make you aware of any situation that is not to their liking.

They will often stand guard of your belongings too. Whenever we go out of the house, our little friend will quite literally stand between my wife’s handbag and any passers-by. If anyone comes too close for her liking she has a little grumble and lets us know about it.

Yorkies Are Attention-Seekers

Taking a good look at all the attributes that have been described above, you could easily say Yorkies are real attention-seekers. Sometimes, they do certain things just to be noticed, and each time they do, they become even more loveable.

Yorkies are Courageous

As small as they are, Yorkies are courageous little dogs. Inside that small glossy body of theirs is a strong spirit ready to defend itself or it’s loved ones.

Although they are small in size, they seem completely unaware of their diminutive size. Yorkies have a confidence level that surprises even the owners because they feel they can defend themselves from any situation.

While this is an admirable trait, You may have to watch out for other larger dogs when you’re out and about. If threatened, Yorkies will not back down until it’s too late, even if matched against multiple dogs 3 or 4 times their own size.

Watch Out for Separation Anxiety in Your Yorkie

Yorkies aren’t crazy about being away from their owners for too long, especially if something changes at home, and your absence is new or extended.

They can develop separation anxiety. This could lead to panic or even showing aggressive behavior. Here are some signs of separation anxiety:

  • Pacing
  • Whining
  • Shaking
  • Extreme barking
  • Accidents in the house (even if they are housetrained)
  • Chewing or digging

You may notice these symptoms just as you are preparing to leave, or while watching from a puppy cam while you are away. Separation anxiety is a seriously strong feeling for your dog. Some things you can do to help include:

  • Making sure your dog has enough exercise before you leave. A sleepy dog is more likely to be relaxed or snooze while you are away.
  • Try to work through it with training. Talk to your vet or trainer about methods for working through this time. Counter-conditioning and desensitizing training can work with patience and consistency.
  • Be patient with your dog. While your Yorkie’s anxiety can sometimes test your patience, remember this isn’t something your pet is choosing. These nervous feelings are very real – your dog is afraid you’ll never come back.
  • Natural calming treats and supplements. There are several threats on the market today with natural, non-habit-forming ingredients to help soothe your dog’s anxiety symptoms.

Your veterinarian and trainer are the best places to begin if you notice your Yorkie has signs of separation anxiety.

Your Multi-Faceted and Colorful Yorkie

There’s really not just one reason Yorkies are so popular. It is the combination of traits that make them a much-loved and sought-after breed.

For as adorable as they are, they seem completely unaware of their tiny size, wanting to protect their owners and home day and night. They are feisty, energetic, and curious, while at the same time, they are very content to snuggle in your arms.

So, does a Yorkie like to cuddle? Yes! They are cuddlers. And so much more.

Mark Ingram

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I hope that it was informative and useful in some way. I love all of my pets and their care is paramount to me. I hope that my writing will help others in caring for their pets also.

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