Silky toy terrier with roots in the Yorkshire cotton mills
It is thought that Scottish labourers travelling to work in the mines and cotton mills of Yorkshire in the 1850’s, brought their terriers with them and these provided the basis of the breed. There are no written records of how Yorkshire Terriers came about so their origins are a little unclear, but it is thought that Yorkies have an illustrious lineage with the Manchester Terrier, Skye Terrier and Paisley Terrier, as well as the Dandie Dinmont and Maltese having been used too. Yorkies were bred to be ratters, something that’s deeply embedded in their terrier psyche and which remains an extremely strong trait in their characters to this day. They were originally exhibited as Scotch Terriers back in 1861, but later they were renamed Yorkshire Terriers with the breed being finally recognised by UK The Kennel Club in 1874, a year after the club was first founded. These little dogs soon found their way over to the United States and were recognised as a unique breed by the American Kennel Club soon afterwards. For a long time Yorkies were the preferred dogs of the “working classes” thanks to their expert ratting abilities, but today, these little terriers are still as popular family pets and companion dogs thanks to their charming looks and feisty personalities.
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OTHER NAMES – Yorkie
LIVING WITH THIS BREED
The Yorkshire Terrier is the perfect choice for first time owners because they are extremely intelligent and always eager and willing to please which in short, means these active little dogs are easy to train. They may have a bit of an attitude at times, but in the right hands and with the correct amount of socialisation, the Yorkie is just at home living in an apartment as they are living in a large country house. They form strong bonds with one person in a household which sees them become very protective of them. They can be extremely territorial and will defend what is theirs without any hesitation whatsoever. They are prone to barking which should be corrected when dogs are still young and even then, a lot of Yorkies are known to like the sound of their own voices, they will always let an owner know if there are any strangers about and some will bark for no reason too. They are very affectionate, but not that good around children unless they have grown up together because Yorkies are so small, they are more at risk of breaking bones if playtime gets too rough which younger children might not fully understand. They are better suited to families with older children rather than toddlers for this reason. Yorkies have a real sense of fun and love nothing more than to be the centre of attention, being entertained and entertaining the people they love. They remain very puppy-like well into their senior years which is just one of the reasons it’s so much fun to share a home with a well socialised, outgoing and confident little Yorkie.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||England|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Companion, Vermin Hunting|
|TEMPERAMENT||Intelligent, Affectionate, Bold|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||30 minutes per day|
|WEIGHT – MALE||Up to 7 lbs / 3.1 kg|
|WEIGHT – FEMALE||Up to 7 lbs / 3.1 kg|
|COAT TYPE||Long, Straight, Silky|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||12-15 years|
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Yorkshire Terrier’s coat is very similar to human hair and should be treated accordingly. If the coat is kept long, it needs to be brushed daily.
- To avoid eye irritation, the hair on the upper part of the head should be trimmed short or pulled up into a topknot. Many breeders recommend that owners keep their pet Yorkies in a “puppy cut,” which is short and easily to maintain.
- Yorkies are highly adaptable and will be just as happy living in an apartment in town as they would be living in a house in the country, providing they are given the right amount of mental stimulation and not left on their own for any great length of time.
- Yorkies will tolerate living with cats providing they have grown up together, but they should not be trusted around smaller pets and animals because of their strong instinct to hunt which might kick in with disastrous results.
- It also pays to be cautious when a Yorkie is around bigger dogs because they really have no idea how small they are and will happily take on the world if the mood takes them and this includes very large dogs.
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WEBSITES ABOUT YORKSHIRE TERRIERS
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- The Yorkshire Terrier Information Center
- Yorkshire Terrier Club of America
- All Things Yorkies
- Yorkie Advice
- Yorkie Page
- Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Foundation
- Yorkshire Terrier Club of The Nation’s Capital
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