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Yorkshire Terrier – Dog Breed Guide
Adopt a Yorkshire Terrier, Dog Breed Guide
In 1995, the Guinness World Records awarded one Yorkshire Terrier the title “The World’s Smallest Dog”. The Yorkie’s name was Big Boss who was just 4.7 inches tall only 5.1 inches long when he hit his first birthday.
Date – Officially named and recognized as a purebred in 1870
Country – England
Family / Group: Companion, Toy
The Yorkshire Terrier dog breed or fondly called Yorkies originated in Yorkshire, England and was officially named as a breed in the year 1870. They were bred and developed to be efficient rat hunters in Yorkshire’s cotton mills and mining projects. During the Victorian Era, these ratters became a fashionable companion. Yorkies were originally called broken-haired Scotch Terriers that have links to various terrier breeds. Yorkies are believed to be the descendants of several dogs including Old English Black and Tans, Rough Coated English, Waterside and Glysdale, all of which are terriers are native to the British Isles.
Yorkies are true blue terriers. They are small scrappy dogs that display courage and will often be assertive. They are well behaved and will get along with children, other dogs and other pets. They are also known to be nippy and a bit demanding.
These dogs were originally bred as a ratter. Today they are mostly bred to be companions.
Yorkies are great apartment pets. They can adapt to most living environments including city, rural and suburban areas.
Yorkies require special attention when it comes to grooming their long silky and glossy coat.
Like most terriers, Yorkies can be a bit hard to train. Patience and persistence is the key.
Yorkies are dogs known to have a liver shunt, luxating patellas, hypoglycemia and Legg-Perthes disease. They are also prone to various dental problems.
These small dogs are very active! The Yorkshire Terrier dog is required to be taken on walks every day.
Suggested Pets for Adoption
Bellevue, OH (1831 Miles) Female, Senior Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie (medium coat)
Marlborough, CT (2681 Miles) Male, Adult Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie
SSL, UT (600 Miles) Female, Adult Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie / Mixed (medium coat)
Westmont, IL (1400 Miles) Male, Adult Cairn Terrier / Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie / Mixed (long coat)
Holly Springs, NC (2332 Miles) Male, Senior Maltese / Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie (medium coat)
Florence, KY (1727 Miles) Male, Young Dachshund / Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie / Mixed (medium coat)