Description: The Yorkshire
Terrier is a long-haired toy terrier
whose blue and tan coat is parted on the
face and from the base of the skull to
the end of the tail and hangs evenly and
quite straight down each side of the
body. They are a small and well-balanced
breed, having square proportions. They
have naturally erect ears, a black nose,
and a flat and small skull. The puppies
of Yorkshire Terriers are born black and
tan, but soon gain more adult colors as
they get older. Newborn Yorkshire
Terriers are born black in color with
tan on the eyebrow, jaws, chest and
feet. They are fully mature in two
years. The Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier) is
one of the world's smallest dogs and
should not exceed 7 lbs in weight.
Yorkshire Terriers may be tiny but they
are a big-dog in a little-dog package.
The Yorkie is an intelligent and
confident pet. They are spirited and
spunky, affectionate and lively.
Although small, they are still terriers!
They can be scrappy, courageous and
assertive. They get along with everyone,
but they may get nippy if not trained or
socialized correctly. Yorkshire Terriers
are compact in size, sweet in nature and
cheerful in character.
Other Names: Yorkie
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 6 - 9 inches.
Weight: 3 - 7 lbs. They should
not exceed 7 lbs.
Colors: Dark steel blue from back of
head to root of their tail. Face, chest
and feet are bright tan.
Coat: Glossy, fine and silky.
Temperament: Yorkshire Terriers are
intelligent, confident, and
affectionate. Lively and spirited, the
Yorkshire Terrier is no wimp. They do
sound the alarm if the need be, and
though small can be hardy. They are
brave and self-assured, and posses the
typical terrier attitude. They are
devoted, assertive, and courageous. They
can be demanding and/or nippy if they
are not correctly socialized or trained,
and should be kept from children if this
is the case.
With Children: Yes, does best
with an only child and no roughhousing
or hectic activity.
With Pets: Yes, they should be
even tempered and co-exist peacefully
with other breeds.
Special Skills: Rat catcher and
Watch-dog: Very High.
Care and Training: Frequent daily
brushing will keep the coat of the
Yorkie in beautiful condition. They need
consistent grooming. Yorkshire Terriers
do best when some type of exercise is
given, though it need not be special. A
romp through an apartment or house will
suffice. Extra care must be taken for
the Yorkshire Terrier in cold or bad
Learning Rate: High. Yorkies are
easily trained but be careful not to
spoil them, they can become demanding
and nippy. Obedience - medium to low.
Problem Solving - High.
Activity: Very High. This little
breed has a lot of energy to use, and
fortunately a small amount of room is
needed for this.
Special Needs: Dental care,
grooming, socialization, supervision
with children and large animals, and
Living Environment: Yorkshire
Terriers are quite adaptable. They can
live anywhere from the city to the
country. An apartment, house, urban or
rural living is great for this breed.
The best owner for this breed would be a
firm but loving individual or family.
Health Issues: Eye irritations,
hypoglycemia, Legg-Perthes disease,
liver shunt, patellar luxation,
premature dental disease and some
puppies are born with open fontanels
(parts of the skull).
Life Span: 12 -15 years. These dogs,
like most smaller dogs, can live a long
Litter Size: 2 - 3 puppies.
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: Yorkshire Terriers first
originated in the same district as the
Airedale terrier in England. They first
appeared from "Huddersfeld Ben", the
"first" Yorkie, around the year 1850.
The Yorkie is thought to be made of the
Old English Black and Tan Terrier,
Maltese, Clydesdale Terrier, Manchester
Terrier, Paisley Terrier and Skye
Terrier. But, there are different lines
that may have come from different dogs
in the first place. Today they retain
all of the same traits, however. The
breed was perpetuated by income of poor
farmers and workers, and thus to compete
in the market, they would not share
their "ingredients" of their particular
Yorkies. The Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier)
became a fashionable pet in the late
Victorian era in Yorkshire, England.
They were originally called the
Broken-haired Scotch Terriers. Yorkshire
Terriers are a half progenitor of the
Silky Terrier. The Australian Terrier
and the Yorkshire Terrier were mixed to
create the Sydney Silky, or Silky
Terrier. Only 20 years from their start
did they come to America, and 66 years
later became recognized by the American
Kennel Club. Yorkshire Terriers made
their presence known in the U.S. today
and have become one of the most popular
toy breeds ever.
First Registered by the AKC: 1936
AKC Group: Toy
Registries: AKC, APR, UNITED, CKC,
FCI (Group 9), KC (GB), UKC
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