Yorkshire Terrier


History

The Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred in England by individuals from the working class for the purpose of eradicating pests such as mice and rats. They came about as a result of breeding many different terriers that were chosen for the characteristics they had. The current Yorkie is much smaller than its ancestors, and its coat is silkier and more lovely. People keep them because of their adorable appearance.

Breed Highlights

As is common with dogs of the terrier breed, they have a reputation for being headstrong and hostile. If they are not taught, they will grow hostile against both people and other animals, and if they are not trained, they cannot be kept with children. They have the potential to bark nonstop and may develop severe separation anxiety, causing them to become extremely dependent. It is strongly advised that you put your dog through training so that he or she will mature into a well-mannered and delightful family pet. If properly nurtured, they may be quite charming and entertaining companions.

Grooming

Their lovely silky coats need daily brushing.  Professional grooming every three months or so and their hair can be shaved any length required.  You can read more on this in our article about shaving and brushing. A full coated dog is a lot harder to keep as it requires daily maintenance.  Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner, there are several products available designed especially for the Yorkshire Terrier breed.

Health

Because they are so small, they really need to be minded well.  They are not made for living outdoors or endure harsh heat or cold.  Accidental fractures are a common occurrence.  When minded well, their lifespan is about 14 to 16 years.

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