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The Yorkshire Terrier's heritage is a mixed,
and somewhat a mysterious one. Most likely
he is a cross between the Dandie Dinmont
(a black and tan terrier) and the Skye Terrier,
and was developed in the western regions
of Yorkshire, England where he started out
as a ratting terrier. Further developments,
which included a smaller and smaller frame
over the years and the long silky coat,
are possibly a cross with the Maltese. The
Yorkshire Terrier soon became a lapdog and
was recognized and named in 1886 in England
where it continues to be the most popular
Toy dog. It shares a similar popularity
in North America. The Yorkshire Terrier
- Yorkie for short - makes a good pet for
the elderly or stay-at-home types; he does
not require very much exercise.
height of a Yorkshire Terrier is 9"
Yorkshire Terriers weigh 3 - 7 lbs (1.3
- 3.1 kg).
The glossy coat, one of the Yorkshire Terrier's
most distinctive features, is profuse and
long, straight, flowing and silky.
Yorkshire Terrier's coat color on the body
is a steel blue, with rich tan markings
on the head, chest and legs. Daily grooming
is required to keep the silky coat free
of tangles and clean.
The Yorkshire Terrier's personality is keen,
active, alert and always willing to please.
He is friendly but prefers the company of
adults over children.
There is a possibility of serveral genetic
health problems which may affect the Yorksire
Terrier, therefore it is highly suggested
to purchase from a very reputable breeder.
Some of these health concerns include Legg
Calvé Perthes, tracheal collapse,
water on the brain, luxating patellas, liver,
spine and eye problems. The average life
span of a Yorkshire Terrier is between 10
- 15 years.
This dainty, tiny dog was at one time used
to keep down the rat population in mines
and mills. Keep in mind, however, that today's
Yorkie is about half the size of the original
15-pound dog of the 1800s.
AKC: Group 5 - Toys
ANKC: Group 1 - Toy
CKC: Group 5 - Toys
FCI: Group 3 Section 4
KC: Non-Sporting - Toys
NZKC: Toy Group
UKC: Companion Breeds