In the dawn of the 19th century, the Yorkshire Terrier, otherwise known
as the "Yorkie", was being developed by Scottish weavers who later migrated to England and settled in the Yorkshire area.
The Yorkie was initially bred to catch and kill small vermin in their underground dens. It was first registered as a purebred
in 1885 and today is one of the most popular breeds of dogs. This intelligent breed comes with a big dog heart and courage,
and is glad to act as a watchdog for its owner. The Yorkie needs to be treated like the dog it is, rather than just an adorable
toy dog with a pretty coat. They are determined, feisty, and are very curious about the world around them. This healthy breed
is long lived, with an expected life span of 12-15 years.
Yorkshire Terrier puppies are born with black and tan markings. As the
Yorkie matures, their coats turn to steel blue and gold. Since the Yorkie has hair rather than fur, they are non-shedding
and a low-allergy dog. The traditional Yorkie has long, silky blue and gold hair that is brushed straight down across its
back, while the hair on top of its head is bunched in a topknot with a bow. A Yorkie needs to have regular grooming and a
variety of hairstyles can be selected for this elegant breed. So whether you want a Yorkie that has long flowing hair or cut
short, you must pick what is right for you and your dog.
Since the Yorkie is small, they do not need much room to run. They are
well suited for small living spaces and can be potty trained to a potty pad, litter box, or outside. They are people dogs
and accustom themselves easily to household routines. The exercise a Yorkie gets inside the house is sufficient, although
a walk or trip to the park is something they always enjoy.
Care should be taken with Yorkies and very young children. Since Yorkies
are small, they could be injured with rough handling. This is especially important with Yorkies who are young or very small.
A larger Yorkie would be preferred for a family with young children.
The intelligent Yorkie breed is great as a companion dog. However, they
can also be trained for many different uses as service dogs. For the owners who wish to compete with their Yorkies, obedience
events, agility or flyball competition are available in many parts of the country.
Yorkies are well suited
for people of all ages. Seniors love them because Yorkies are active and keep them on their feet. Middle-aged adults love
them because Yorkies are inquisitive, intelligent and able to get their owner's mind off stressful work situations. Young
adults love Yorkies because they are feisty and always ready for a game of Tug of War, etc. Children love Yorkies because
they are a little bundle of energy ready to romp with their young owner. The wag of a friendly tail and the offering of a
paw can bring sunshine into any heart. The brave-hearted Yorkie with its self-assured, important manner could fit into any
home where a dog with a lot of spirit is desired. This lively dog will weave its way straight into your heart.