Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

Beautiful little Yorkie-girl
Healthy Yorkie after brushing
Yorkie adults for sale
Yorkshire Terrier tea-cup size
Size: 9-10 inches Temperament: protective, energetic Weight: up to 7 lbs

Origins

The Yorkshire Terrier developed in the 1800s in the historical area of Yorkshire in England. The breed is nicknamed Yorkie and is placed in the Toy Terrier section of the Terrier Group by the Federation Cynologique Internationale and in the Toy Group or Companion Group by other kennel clubs; although all agree that the breed is a terrier.

The Yorkshire Terrier is thought to have originated from breeding between dogs such as the Skye Terrier, Maltese, Paisley and Clydesdale Terrier. Making its first appearance in the United States in the late nineteenth century, the breed quickly gained popularity as a toy pet dog. The American Kennel Club first registered the breed in 1936.

Popularity

They are the second most popular breed of dog in the world and one of the most popular breeds in the USA.

Size and Weight

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog, weighting 7 lbs or less.

Coat

Yorkie's coat is long silky and hangs straight from a part that runs along the middle of the head, back, and tail. With a pattern described as "a tan with a blue saddle", the coat is dark blue on the back with a tan chest and tan on the head and legs. From the back of the neck to the base of the tail, the coat should be a dark gray to a steel-blue, and the hair on the tail should be a darker blue. On the head, high chest, and legs, the hair should be a bright, rich tan, darker at the roots than in the middle, which shades into a lighter tan at the tips. Also, in adult dogs, there should be no dark hairs intermingled with any of the tan colored fur.

It may take up to three years or more for the coat to reach its final color because Yorkshire Terrier puppies are not born with their adults coats. When it reaches maturity, a Yorkie can be black and tan, blue and tan, blue and gold, or black and gold.

Health and Diet

The diet of this small dog needs to be carefully monitored. You should try and feed him dry, nutritious food to keep tooth decay at bay, as the breed is known to be at higher risk from tooth decay and oral problems.

Try and avoid the temptation to overfeed your Yorkshire Terrier as this could lead to obesity and a myriad of related problems. Fresh water should always be accessible.

Grooming

If the coat is the correct silky texture, maintenance for it is relatively easy, requiring a daily brushing and a bath every month. Owners may trim the fur short for easier care. For shows, the coat is left long, and may be trimmed to floor length to give ease of movement and a neater appearance. Hair on the feet and the tips of ears can also be trimmed.

Temperament

Yorkshire Terriers offer big personalities in a small package. They do like to please their owners so they are very easy to train.

Yorkies are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative and energetic. This breed is generally very protective despite the tiny size and will want to enjoy plenty of attention and time from its owner.

They can be a lap dog after playing for a while then they will cuddle up with you, but they are most cuddly in their first 2-3 years of age.

Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a healthy well looked after Yorkshire Terrier is around 12-15 years of age.

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