Yorkshire Terrier originated mainly in Yorkshire, a region of northern England and that is where the breed got its name. Countless workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire in the mid-19th century in search of work and they brought several varieties of small terriers with them. Exact information about the breed is scarce, however the breed most sprang mainly from three dogs, a female named kitty, a male named Old Crab, and another female terrier whose name is not known. Paisley Terrier was also somehow figured into the early dogs and some researchers believe that Maltese breed was also used. The breed made its first public appearance in England in 1861 in a bench show where they were classified in the “Broken-haired Scotch Terrier” class. The Yorkshire Terrier held this title for almost 9 years until a reporter, during one show, commented that this breed should’ve been called as Yorkshire Terriers, since the breed had mainly originated in Yorkshire.
Self-assured and smart, Yorkshire Terriers are a blend of lovely small size and fun loving terrier spirit. The breed is friendly and social if groomed well however displays a huge range of personalities. Most of them are perky and cuddly and keep following their owner’s footsteps all day long, while others can be outgoing and mischievous.
- Activity level: 5/5 (highly energetic and adventurous)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (very intelligent and quick learners)
- Curiosity: 5/5 (curious about everything)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (friendly with family members)
- Vocal: 4/5 (likes to bark loudly)
The breed is long-haired and small with well-proportioned and compact bodies. They have a silky and long coat in colours of steel gold and steel blue. Their hairs are parted down their back and grow to the flow. They have a very flat head and a not so big muzzle. They have beautiful tail usually as big as half the dog’s own length.
- Fur: They have a fine, glossy and perfectly straight hair on the coat. The coat’s colour is the hallmark of the Yorkshire Terrier with dark steel blue and blue and a clear tan.
- Eyes: They have medium sized dark yet bright eyes with dark rims around them.
- Body structure: They have a reasonably strong, compact and well-proportioned bodies with a flat and big head and medium sized tail.
- Facial features: The Yorkshire Terrier breed dogs have a perky look on their face with flat head, medium-length muzzle and small, triangular and erect ears complimented by their button nose in black.
- Weight: The male Yorkshire Terriers weighs around 2 kgs (4-6 pounds) while the female dogs weigh about 3 kgs (5-7 pounds).
Most Yorkshire Terriers can live a nice long life, however, some of them are prone to liver shunt disease which is a severe liver disease. Other a bit uncommon diseases this breed may have include knee problems and eye diseases.
They need frequent brushing without which they become a matted mess. If daily brushing is not something you can manage, then you must make frequent trimming a routine to keep their coat neat, short and healthy. Their teeth may require weekly brushing. It is also important to protect your Yorkshire Terrier’s eyes from dust as it can easily lead to eye disease in this breed.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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