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Yorkshire terriers, like many terriers, were originally bred for controlling vermin. Now, Yorkies are our most treasured lap dogs and a favorite dog of apartment dwellers and those who need a dog with hypoallergenic fur. Tiny and tough, sometimes shy, a Yorkie’s personality and instincts require thoughtful toy choices.
Best Toys for Yorkshire Terriers
Bred for hunting creatures even smaller than them, Yorkies continue to love to chase, search, and catch prey. There are piles of options in balls, plush toys, and puzzle toys to satisfy your Yorkie’s prey drive in the most adorable ways.
A toy should provide your Yorkie with:
- the physical exercise they crave
- give them a treat or toy to seek and destroy
- opportunities to interact with playmates, including you!
- dental health support
Other qualities to look for in a Yorkie toy:
- durability so you’re not constantly replacing toys
- correct sizing for tiny playtime
- able to hold your dog’s attention, and keep it
- easily washable
With these traits in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best (and cutest) toys for your little Yorkie.
Cozies, KONG’s line of plush toys, are a super cuddly companion for your pup. The squeaker will entice the hunter inside your Yorkie, with less stuffing for less mess.
Marvin the Moose is the bestseller, but the line also includes a pink elephant, purple rhino, green alligator, pink monkey, white lamb, yellow duckie…we may own them all.
They’re almost as cute as your Yorkie’s face.Buy on Chewy
Despite its humble appearance, this tug toy is both durable and interactive, offering easy hours of fun for you and your pup (or your pup’s trusted canine friends!).Buy on Amazon
Another humble looking toy, this tiny little ball packs in a lot of features. It’s non-toxic and durable, can be used for chasing and fetching, and serves as a puzzle toy for treats. It’s sure to keep your Yorkie chasing it around until the treats run out, and maybe even after.Buy on Chewy
This bumbly little wonder from PetSafe piques your pup’s interest with its unpredictable bounces and rolls. All of its angles make many ways for little paws to grip and hold. For your pup, the best part will be the treats inside.Buy on Amazon
Another great toy for searching out treats, this one is more difficult for those puzzle-master Yorkies. This toy is durable and washable. You can even pop it in the dishwasher.Buy on Chewy
This is definitely the most expensive toy on our list, but it’s also the most functional.
It’s a sad fact that we can’t always cuddle our dogs, offering comfort with our heat and heartbeat. This smart toy gives your pup the comfort they crave when you can’t be there.
A very popular behavioral aid toy, the Snuggle Puppy provides an anxious pup with the feeling of a live companion. The cute little plush pup is stuffed with goodies that mimic a heartbeat and offer warmth.
The Snuggle Puppy’s feature may address whining and barking, as well as assist your dog in sleeping through the night.Buy on Amazon
For the Yorkie who loves a ball and intriguing sounds, this little ball will engage your dog in both ways. When your little dog bats, prods, or picks up this toy, the ball will emit a phrase or noise designed to interest dogs.Buy on Amazon
Another puzzle toy for your little genius, this is a challenging toy that hides treats in drawers and pegs. Also dishwasher safe and with non-skid feet.Buy on Chewy
The Benebone focuses on function, not to be bothered with bright colors or cuteness (though, like your Yorkie, the mini size automatically makes it cute).
Ergonomically designed so your pup can grasp it, the Benebone smells and tastes good (it isn’t edible though, so offer with supervision). And it’s designed to keep your dog’s tiny teeth healthy.Buy on Chewy
Designed for little ones, this chew toy looks super cute hanging from your dog’s mouth. It’s also a great start on fulfilling every dog owner’s training dream: teaching your Yorkie to retrieve your keys, wherever you may have left them.Buy on Chewy
Classic and incredibly durable, every dog needs a KONG. It’s fun to chase, good for indoor and outdoor use, and has a pocket to stuff with (dog safe) peanut butter, treats, or your pup’s favorite veggies.Buy on Amazon
We’re of the opinion that every cute pup needs a cute stuffed owl. Hoots will keep your Yorkie on the hunt for its squeaker or cuddled up for its plushness.Buy on Chewy