The Yorkie was created by working men of north England, who developed the breed for catching the terrible rats and mice that infested clothing mills and mine shafts. These hunting dogs could penetrate into badger and fox burrows.
The breed is not very old, but its origins are not entirely certain. However, it seems likely that Scotsmen seeking work in the woolen mills of Yorkshire brought with them various types of terrier, including the Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Manchester Terrier, Maltese and the now-extinct Clydesdale (Paisley Terrier). These were then crossed with local types, such as the longhaired Leeds Terrier.
At first, the Yorkie was a much bigger animal than the one we see today, but by selectively breeding the smallest individuals, the dog was gradually miniaturized over the years. It was made into a fashion dog. Women carried these little dogs in their bags and under their arms. The Yorkshire Terrier was first recognized by the AKC in 1885.
In 1984 a piebald Yorkie was born as a result of a genetic recessive gene occurrence from two Yorkshire Terriers. Today the piebald dogs are considered a different breed which is named the Biewer or Biewer Yorkie.
One of the Top Most Intelligent, Smartest Breeds of All.
Excels in Dog sports.
Love to be involved & active.
Energetic, Brave, Loyal and Clever.
Can be yappy, depending on owner and lifestyle it is subject to.
Yorkies that are allowed to become demanding & dependent can develop jealous behaviors, snapping if surprised, frightened or over-teased.
Can be difficult to House Train, but excellent & easy training in other areas such as Obedience and Dog Sports.
Do not do well in Cold, damp climates.
Not recommended for toddlers because of their delicate, tiny size.
Have delicate digestive systems, can be picky eaters.
Think they are 'big' ~ not aware they are a dog.
Can retain their puppy 'milk' teeth longer than other breeds. Between 4-6 months dogs lose their 'milk' teeth for their permanent canines. This breed sometimes struggle with the change. Keep an eye on this and have your vet check for the progression from milk to canine teeth period.
Good with children.
Sweet Toy Dogs.
Silky Coat makes it easy to groom, and choose look: long or short coats.
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