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1557 Highway NN
Ironton, MO 63650 USA

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The Temperament Of A Male Yorkie vs Female Yorkie

Male Yorkie vs. Female Yorkie

Many people feel that a female yorkie will make better pets than male yorkies. This conclusion is usually based upon inaccurate information. We will take some of the common misconceptions of male and female yorkies behavior and discuss what we have actually experienced. In discussing these differences we will be speaking in terms of generalizations. These types of generalizations of male and female yorkie traits are just like the generalizations of female and male human traits. For each and every generalization there will always be exceptions.

Common Yorkie Myths

Below are a few of the common myths about Yorkies. We then follow each myth with what is our actual experience.

Female Yorkies are sweeter and more affectionate than male Yorkies.

Our experience is that male yorkies are usually more affectionate, exuberant, and attentive as compared to females. They seek your attention and are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. When we have company we invariably have to put the females in another room until the company leaves. The female yorkie is often not as likely to start a dominance struggle with you, however she can easily be clever and ingenious in acquiring her own way. She actually is considerably more susceptible to moodiness. Sometimes she could possibly be extremely sweet and loving and the subsequent day shy and removed or perhaps grumpy. (Sounds just like human females.) Most females will usually come to you for attention, but as soon as she has had enough, she will move away. Males are always waiting for your attention and close by.

Female yorkies are more docile as compared to male yorkies.

In dog packs, it is usually a female that is the alpha dog. In other words the female determines the pecking order of the other dogs in the pack, and competes with other dogs to maintain that order. Because of this fact the female dogs are usually, a lot more independent, stubborn, as well as territorial compared to their male competitors. The majority of fights will most likely break out between 2 female dogs.

Female yorkies are easier to train than male yorkies.

Since female yorkies tend to be, much more independent, obstinate, territorial and male yorkies are often encouraged by reward, and therefore are really willing to please, training a male is usually simpler than training a female. However, a male yorkie can be easily distracted during training, as they just want to get to playtime!

Female yorkies don’t display alpha behaviors such as “humping” and/or “marking”.

Females tend to be a lot more determined on exerting their importance by taking part in alpha dog actions such as humping as well as in fighting. The only Yorkshire Terrier we own that humps is a female. Just as males will urinate on top of where another animal has, so as to mark, the female will follow this same pattern. Neutered males seldom display secondary sexual conduct including humping, or marking or raising their leg. Males which are neutered at an young age typically do not ever raise their leg to go to the bathroom.


Some of the behavioral traits that we have discussed above are a result of having multiple yorkies. In a household that only has one pet may never experience these behaviors.

In our opinion, female yorkies don’t make better pets than male yorkies nor do male yorkies make better pets than female yorkies. One has to understand the differences and decide which sex better suits their lifestyle.

The other factor one should take into account is that male Yorkshire Terriers tend to bond to the woman in the household and female yorkies bond to the man in the household. If Glenda and I are sitting on the couch the males are with Glenda and the females are with me. If I go into the other room the females follow me and the males stay with Glenda. We have talked to other breeders to see if they have experienced this same phenomenon and many have replied with stories of women who have bought female Yorkshire Terriers for themselves only to have the female yorkie bond with their husband. Many of these women end up buying a male Yorkshire Terrier for themselves.