Are Yorkshire Terriers good with kids?

Yorkshire Terriers need an environment that is peaceful and calm, as they are very easily stressed out. They can become anxious in certain situations, like when kids are being kids and running around playing as they do. Yorkshire Terriers can potentially snap out and bite when they feel its all too much for them, here we explain!

I understand as an adult we all want what’s best for our kids, and you have come to the right place, I will give an honest opinion on whether or not Yorkshire Terriers are good with kids. It’s our responsibility to make the right choices. If you have landed here as your thinking about getting a Yorkshire Terrier and you are concerned if they get along with kids or not, this will help.

Yorkshire Terriers are cute, small and loveable dogs but do they mix with kids? You would think they would be compatible; however, let us explain why they aren’t.

Yorkshire Terriers have a very short fuse, and when it comes to kids they can often snap out in frustration, they don’t take any nonsense from no one, not even kids. Don’t get me wrong they make lovely pets, my mum had one for 15 years called Jasmin, and she was beautiful, full of character. I was in my early teens when we got Jasmin as a puppy, and she was playful and mischievous. I knew that Jasmin often liked her own space. Although I think if I were any younger, I wouldn’t have given her the space she required since I am obsessed with dogs.

Yorkshire Terrier dog standing on a bench
Family Dog Jasmin the Yorkshire Terrier

What age group are Yorkshire Terriers best suited to?

Yorkshire Terriers are best suited for kids from the age of 10 or up. Kids don’t understand Yorkshire Terriers, and Yorkshire Terriers don’t understand kids.

Why don’t Yorkshire Terriers like kids?

Yorkshire Terriers have a short fuse when it comes to kids, they lash out and get easily offended. Yorkshire Terriers believe they are big dogs. They often go about the house ruling it! But in a cute way that they get away with it. They like to get attached to their owner, and this can cause jealous reactions, especially between mothers and their kids. 

Personalities don’t mix with kids.

Yorkshire Terriers demand attention from their owners and often get attached to the primary owner, this in its self can cause problems. It’s not their fault that they get jealous or have a positive outlook at being a big fierce dog when the times right. It’s built into them from the start, and this is what gives the Yorkshire Terrier its unique personality. A Yorkshire Terrier personality comes from the breed’s history.

Why do Yorkshire Terriers think they are big dogs?

Yorkshire Terriers think they are much bigger than they are and they are oblivious to their size, and it seems from coming from diggers and ratting background has given them this fearless persistent character. They are more likely prone to challenge any sized dog, including small children when it comes to it, and they won’t think twice. They are quick to think on their feet and see it through with no thought.

Yorkshire Terriers best environment

Yorkshire Terriers need an environment that is peaceful and calm, as they are very easily stressed out. They can become anxious in certain situations, like when kids are being kids and running around playing as they do. Yorkshire Terriers can potentially snap out and bite when they feel its all too much for them.

I already have a Yorkshire Terrier, or I plan on having a baby.

I completely understand that you don’t want to get rid of your beloved pet and rightfully so you shouldn’t have to, I wouldn’t want to when you have brought them up from a pup especially, and you very much love your little Yorkie. However, you know your dog and understanding the risks involved is sometimes the resolution. By creating a time out zone for your dog and upping their training, should benefit a lot when it comes to introducing a new baby or a small child. Knowing what a Yorkshire Terriers personality is like you can limit the contact they have and only in the correct situations should they be together. If you genuinely think it won’t work, then you’ll have to make that tough decision. Nothing is impossible, and getting the right advice will help.

Child sitting nicely with a Yorkshire Terrier dog
Child sitting nicely with a Yorkshire Terrier

Ways to get your kid and Yorkshire Terrier to understand each other

  • From an early age, you need to educate your child to understand that Yorkshire Terriers need their space and that they are not toys, they can’t be pulled or picked up roughly.
  • Training is critical! a highly trained Yorkshire Terrier will react a lot better in sticky situations, teaching them the be gentle command will benefit, and the time out management will also help tremendously. An undisciplined dog is much harder to control than a well-disciplined dog.
  • Include your child in the training process; this will help with boundaries and a general understanding of a Yorkshire Terrier. It will also strengthen social bonds between them.
  • Have a dedicated area for your Yorkshire Terrier and make sure that your child knows this belongs to them; it needs to be out of the way, peaceful and calm.

Get the kids involved in the right areas.

child gently petting a Yorkshire Terrier whilst sitting down
A child gently petting a Yorkshire Terrier


Kids can help with particular day to day aspects of looking after a dog, and it will give your Yorkshire Terrier breed some good vibes from them. Get your small child to feed him or her; this will encourage a bond between them. 


Bonding through playtime, Yorkies love to play they are very energetic and love being active. Supervise a game of tug of war, or throw and catch, its a great way for them to have a positive relationship with your child.


Get your kids involved in walking your Yorkshire Terrier within reason perhaps in an open field, or the back garden. Please make sure you fully supervise them at all times. Teach your child to be gentle and firm at the right times; this will educate your child to understand a Yorkie better. Also providing treats when needed is another excellent way for bonding, as we all know, dogs love treats.


Encourage your kid to pet your Yorkshire Terrier gently to build his or her trust, and you must supervise at all times. When you’re around your child treat your dog the same way you would like your child to treat him or her.

Qualities of a Yorkshire Terriers

Putting kids aside, Yorkshire Terriers are loving, loyal, confident dogs. Amiable but fierce dogs and they love being fussed when the times right. They will keep you entertained, and there is never a dull moment with a Yorkshire Terrier.

Yorkshire Terrier in dog bed
Cute Yorkshire Terrier in a dog bed


If you are thinking of bringing a Yorkshire Terrier into the family home and you have small kids, your only creating more work for yourself. Think about other choices of dog breeds that are better suited. There are some lovely breeds of dogs that are great with children, take, for instance, the Poodle. A fantastic dog, they love kids; they are soft and gentle and playful. However, if you already have a Yorkie and or your planning on having a baby. Follow my above advice, you must have eyes on them at all times, and hopefully, you won’t have to make that horrible decision that we all dread. Good luck!

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. Qualified Dog Groomer and currently studying Canine Behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016



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