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Dog Preed Profile: Yorkshire Terrier

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Dog Preed Profile: Yorkshire Terrier GK Hart / Vikki Hart / Getty Images

Group:

Toy

History:

Yorkshire Terriers can be traced back to the Waterside Terrier and developed as a result of breeding with various other terriers throughout England. Originally known as Scotch Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers were brought to Yorkshire by weavers in the mid 19th century. During the Victorian Era they became quite fashionable. The trendiness of this breed is still notable today, as Yorkies are one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

Size:

5 to 7 pounds

Color:

Blue and Tan

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to develop hereditary conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

About the Breed:

Yorkshire Terriers, commonly called “Yorkies” are little dogs with big personality. Though categorized in the toy group, they take on many terrier traits as well – especially in personality. Early training and socialization with people and other dogs will help keep that “big personality” on track. Yorkies are well suited to apartment living due to their small size, but they are active dogs that still need regular exercise.

The Yorkie is just one of many hypoallergenic dog breeds. Yorkies have silky, continuously growing hair which should be brushed regularly if kept long. Many Yorkie owners choose to keep their hair cut short. Either way, the breed requires a moderate amount of routine grooming.

Yorkies tend to be very vocal, protective and loyal. Despite their small size, they make excellent guard dogs. At heart, Yorkies are wonderful companions that love to be pampered and snuggle up to their loved ones.




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