Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as "Yorkies," offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative and energetic. Named for the English county from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs' fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society.
They do not realize how small they are. Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction with their people. Without strong leadership they tend to become bossy, especially if their owners allow them to get away with naughty behaviors - like yapping and pulling - that would never be acceptable in a larger dog.
Did You Know?
The Yorkie became a fashionable pet in the late Victorian era and before.
In its beginnings, the Yorkie surprisingly belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs’ fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms.
The Yorkie made its debut at a bench show in England in 1861 as a "broken-haired Scotch Terrier."
Became known as a Yorkshire Terrier in 1870 after a reporter stated that "They ought no longer to be called Scotch Terriers, but Yorkshire Terriers for having been so improved here."
The Yorkie traces to the Waterside Terrier, also a "weaver dog."
Classes for the Yorkie breed have been offered in America since 1878.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Gold||234|
|Black & Tan||018|
|Blue & Gold||041|
|Blue & Tan||044|
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