Dachshund vs Yorkshire Terrier

Compare the Dachshund to the Yorkshire Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Dachshunds and Yorkshire Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Dachshund is very child friendly. The Yorkshire Terrier does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Dachshund.
  • Grooming - The Dachshund is easy to groom. The Yorkshire Terrier has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Dachshund has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Dachshund vs Yorkshire Terrier
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Breed NameDachshundYorkshire Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height5-11 in.8-9 in.
Weight11-32 lb4-7 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1400 AD1865 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyGoodGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Protective
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed17 mph11 mph
StrengthMediumLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLowLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameDachshundYorkshire Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingHighVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameDachshundYorkshire Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-16 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Acanthosis NigricansYesNo
BaldnessYesNo
BloatYesNo
CancerYesNo
Canine Diabetes MellitusYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
Cushing's SyndromeYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Demodectic MangeYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Lymphocytic ThyroiditisYesNo
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
NarcolepsyYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameDachshundYorkshire Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WavyYesNo
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & CreamYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
Blue & CreamYesNo
Blue & TanYesYes
ChocolateYesNo
Chocolate & CreamYesNo
Chocolate & TanYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn & CreamYesNo
Fawn & TanYesNo
RedYesNo
WheatenYesNo
Wild BoarYesNo
Black & GoldNoYes
Blue & GoldNoYes