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Yorkshire Terrier

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Yorkshire Terrier AKC Group: Toy
Height: Male: 8-9 inches; Female: 8-9 inches
Weight: 4 - 7 pounds,
Colors: Blue and tan coat, black nose, dark eyes and eye rims
AKC recognized in: 1885

Hailing from England since the 1800s, the Yorkshire Terrier breed came from a long roster of crossing different breeds. Among its known parent breeds are the Waterside Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier and rough-coated English Black and Tan Terrier. The breeds Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, and Maltese are also supposedly responsible for the occurrence of this particular breed.

From all these, the Waterside Terrier is said to be the breed closest to the origination of the modern Yorkshire Terrier breed. This is due to the former's characteristics, being a small dog with long blue-gray coat, which are very close to how the Yorkshire Terrier looks today.

Fondly called as a Yorkie, its cute nickname is a far cry from the rationale of its origination. It was originally bred to catch rodents. Due to this, this breed was looked down upon by upper class owners.

But when the breed was brought to America in 1872, breeders started to take notice of its long locks. Eventually, the Yorkshire Terrier dogs crossed over to be one of the most coveted elegant lap and show dogs.

It has a compact body with shiny and straight hair that could extend up to beyond floor length. Its coat is very noticeable not only for its luxuriousness, but also for its color. It is usually in different shades of deep steel to dark blue from head to tail. As for its face, feet and chest, these are typically covered in clear tan.


Yorkshire Terrier Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children two paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements four paws
Heat Tolerance two paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability five paws

Yorkshire Terriers are characteristically friendly. But unlike other toy terrier dogs, they sometimes act like the bigger dogs do. They can be very confident, and absolutely dislike disorderly playing. They are also very excited to go on adventures.

Due these traits, they make good watchdogs. Additionally, their territorial and bold nature prompts these dogs to bark vigorously at the sight of other dogs, small pets and other people. Then again, since it is a very intelligent dog, it can be trained to not bark as much.

The Yorkie will get along well with other pets in the household, as long as they have been there all along. They do not take well to new animals though.

They will not take well to being left alone for long hours. They need lots of attention and time with their families. While not good with small children, they will do perfectly well with an older child, as long as that child does not play rough.

Health and Exercise

Yorkshire Terriers live an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

The Yorkshire Terrier is prone to tracheal collapse, Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome and portal caval shunt or high blood pressure in the liver. Thus, this dog breed should be considered for ultrasound testing for its liver. Its knees and eyes might also be in need of testing.

Owners of this dog breed should also look out for occurrence of patellar luxation. Progressive retinal atrophy is another health risk for this dog, but such problem is rarely seen.

The Yorkshire Terriers very long hair is one of its greatest assets. To maintain its shiny appearance, the coat must be brushed thoroughly every single day. Since its coat tends to get really long, it should be regularly trimmed to floor length for the dog to easily and freely move around the house.

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