Yorkshire Terrier Dogs 101 Best Toy Breed Ever Facts Yorkies
Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive
evidence that you are wonderful.
The Yorkshire Terrier, also fondly known as
the Yorkie, enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling
into soft pillow, but is lively and inquisitive,
physically and mentally quick, and spends
much time dashing around checking things out.
If this sounds like the match for you, stick
Welcome to Animal Facts, I’m Leroy and today
we discuss the small, elegant, easy to carry,
ever-popular lap dog, the Yorkie.
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Today, Yorkshire Terriers are popular companion
dogs, but these little dogs were bred from
a collection of terriers, including the Waterside
terrier, in order to hunt rats.
Miners, weavers, and other business owners
in Scotland in the mid-1800s used these tiny
exterminators to keep their workspaces rodent-free.
Because of their compact size, Yorkshires
could squeeze into tiny spaces; their fierce
personalities helped them fearlessly take
on their rodent prey.
Yorkies love squeaky toys.
Maybe it’s because the squeakiness stirs
up their age-old instinct to hunt.
THE FATHER OF THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER BREED
WAS A SHOW CHAMPION.
Yorkshire Terriers descend from several similar
terrier breeds, some of which no longer exist,
such as the Black-and-Tan Terrier and the
But the one dog considered the father of the
breed was a champion show dog named Huddersfield
He won more than 70 prizes and sired many
Yorkies, laying the foundation for the breed.
At the time, the dogs were called Broken Haired
Scotch Terriers or Toy Terriers, but by 1870,
they were known as Yorkshire Terriers, after
the region where they were first produced.
According to the American Kennel Club’s registration
statistics for 2016, Yorkie are the seventh
most popular dog breed in the U.S.
They trail only Labrador Retrievers, German
Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Bulldogs
and French Bulldogs.
In 1949, only 173 Yorkies were registered
by the AKC.
In 2007, they were the 6th most registered
breed by the AKC.
There are 4 color combinations approved for
the breed standard: Black & Tan, Black & Gold,
Blue & Gold, and Blue & Tan.
These 4 different combinations each have a
specific code associated with them, and that
number is entered on the dog’s registration
When American soldier Bill Wynne found a Yorkshire
terrier in a foxhole during WWII, he named
her Smoky and took her in.
The two traveled through New Guinea, and Smoky
soon began to help with the war effort.
Thanks to her small size and obedience, she
was able to run through pipes and string communication
wires under a former Japanese airstrip.
Without her help, soldiers would have had
to dig trenches and expose themselves to enemy
Smoky also toured hospitals throughout the
Pacific and the United States, working as
a therapy dog for wounded soldiers.
After wartime, she went to Hollywood, where
she performed on various TV shows.
There is a monument dedicated to her memory
where she passed away in Cleveland, Ohio.
The smallest dog alive today is a 4-inch Chihuahua
named Miracle Milly, but Milly is still bigger
than Sylvia, a Yorkshire Terrier who for 70
years has remained the smallest dog in recorded
Sylvia was 2.5 inches tall, measured 3.5 inches
long and weighed only 4 ounces.
Legendary actress Audrey Hepburn was famously
attached to her Yorkshire Terrier, Mr. Famous.
Lots of photos exist of Hepburn toting the
dog around with her on studio lots, and he
even made an appearance in one of her most
popular movies, “Funny Face.”
Other notable celebrity Yorkie owners include:
Tom Brady, Carmen Electra, Natalie Portman,
Ivanka Trump, Britney Spears, and Joan Rivers.
Yorkies are known for their long, flowing,
silky coats, which swish around the show ring.
But this beautiful feature is also incredibly
time-consuming to care for.
Because the coat is similar to human hair,
it tangles into knots if the owner doesn’t
brush it every day.
The bonus is that Yorkies don’t have an undercoat
so their coat doesn’t shed anymore than your
Many breeders recommend that owners keep their
Yorkies in a “puppy cut,” which is short and
easily to maintain.
This fact will remain a point of contention
among Cairn Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier
The original drawings in the first edition
of L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard
of Oz depict Toto as what some say seems to
be a Yorkie.
The assumption makes sense, considering the
breed was popular at the time and that the
Denslow owned one.
We will never know for sure, but we are certain
that in the movie, Toto is played by a Cairn
Judging by their bravery and boldness, Yorkies
have no idea how small they are, or else they
have the confidence not to let their diminutive
size hold them back.
Loyal to the bone, Yorkies have been known
to protect their owners from any threat.
In 2014, a 6-pound Yorkie in New Jersey even
chased off a hungry bear that wandered into
the dog’s home.
Well there we have it – ten colosal facts
about a tiny toy terrier.
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