The Yorkshire Terrier Snuggles & Kisses There's a Time for Play and a Time for Love
A dog breed that's sure to love. The Yorkie may come at the end of the alphabet, but it's one of the top most popular breeds. This petite terrier is adorable, highly intelligent, affectionate, smart and overflowing with liveliness. With their spunky and impish sense on humor they will certainly fill your heart and home with love! Curious and Bold Spirited and Loyal Active and Brave Self-Confident
All about Yorkshire Terriers
Written by Anna
The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world, yet them seem oblivious to their minute size, and are an energetic dog breed that is forever seeking adventure, love and attention.
So, Where did the Yorkshire Terrier come from? The Yorkshire Terrier also known as it's nickname, "Yorkie" is no more than 100 years old and originated during the Victorian Era in Scotland, Northern England. They derived from the now-extinct Paisley Terrier referred to as the "Clydesdale Terrier", a terrier type dog similar to the Skye Terrier. The Yorkshire was originally bred for catching rats in mines and clothing mills and also bred to hunt and borrow underground after badgers and foxes. The Paisley Terrier had a long flowing silky coat of Blue and Tan, that they acquired from their ancestors the Waterside Terrier, a small Scottish breed. This is where the Yorkshire gets its color and silky long coat from. The Yorkshire made its first appearance in England in 1861 during a bench show. At that time they were known as the "Broken Haired Scotch Terrier". Yorkshires kept this title for (9) nine-years until a show reporter commented that the breed should be known as the "Yorkshire Terrier" because the breed had improved so much since their arrival to England.
The Yorkshire that owners know and love today is slightly smaller than the original breed and is now considered more of a fashion accessory to some rather than a hunter. Yorkshires love to be pampered by it's owner, yet still enjoy activities and remains a true Terrier at heart. They are born Black and Tan and gradually change into a Blue and Tan color around 1-2 years of age with the color shift beginning at their feet. Some Yorkshires can take as long as 3-4 years before their true coat color emerges. They have a long, silky and straight coat that is parted down their backs and flows down to their feet. They are very intelligent, alert, active, clever and quick learners. They make a wonderful and devoted watchdog and companion that need and require a firm but consistent owner in order to be a well rounded loving family pet. Below are pics of the Paisley Terrier, "Huddersfield Ben" and his pedigree, a Yorkshire Terrier born in 1865 universally acknowledged to be the foundation Sire of the breed today.
Huddersfield Ben Whelped in 1865 and died in 1871. In spite of his short life span, he was responsible for producing most of the foundation stock of the Yorkshire Terriers seen today. He was an extremely popular stud dog, being prepotent and especially due to his reputation as "One of the first to breed true to the Yorkshire Terrier type". He regularly sired stock that competed in the under 7 lb limit dog shows. Huddersfield died in 1871 when he was ran over by a carriage and killed at the age of 6 years.
1943 "Smokey" a famous female war dog who served as a service dog in World War II.
Yorkshire Terriers are born Black and Tan and the variation of coat colors that are the Standard are: Black and Tan, Blue and Tan, Black and Gold and Blue and Gold. Today there are coat colors that are non-standard and they are: Liver (chocolate), Solid Tan (Gold), so dark they appear Black, a shade of Blue and Silver and other color variations of the Yorkshire Terrier, the Parti, Biewer, Biro, Golddust and the Ocean Pearl/Sable that will be discussed on the following pages. Now, these colors have been around for quite some time due to gene mutations and have been documented to have been killed or passed out the back door of reputable breeders in the past because they were not the standard for the breed. They are recognized as being pure-bred's but just not the right color for the standard for conformation showings and even been acknowledged to be breeds of their own right.
Yorkshire Terrier Weight Chart
Find your puppy's age on the left and locate their current weight and follow it down to find the estimated adult dog's weight. *Remember 1-lb=16-0zs*
The Yorkshire Terrier Official Breed Standard is: General Appearance: a toy breed with long-coated hair hanging straight and evenly down each side, parted from head to end of tail. Head: small and flat, not too prominent or round, rich golden tan and should not extend down on back of neck. Muzzle: black nose, not too long, with scissor bite. Eyes: medium in size, dark in color, sparkling with intelligent expression. Ears: small, V-shaped, carried erect and set not too far apart. Neck: chest bright rich tan, may have small white patch. Body: well proportioned, very compact, back is level with shoulder and rump. Tail: docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than level of back. Legs: straight, round paws with black toe nails, dew claws may be removed. Coat: glossy, fine and silky in texture, long and straight. Color: born black and tan until matured then blue-a dark steel blue, not silver, all tan hair is darker at the roots and should have no black hair intermingled with the tan. Height: 8-9 inches and the shoulder Weight: 1.8 kgs (4 lbs) up to 32 kgs (7 lbs) Faults: any solid color or colors other than blue and tan, any white markings other than small patch on chest.
The American Kennel Club AKC does recognize non-standard colors as pure-bred and will register them, they are allowed to participate in all sanctions except for conformation showings.
Bad Foods for Yorkies....
The following is a list of foods to avoid giving to your Yorkie: onions, chocolate, grapes, raisins, most fruit with pits and seeds, macadamia nuts, bones from meats, potato peelings, green potatoes, rhubarb, broccoli, tomatoes, pork, yeast dough, coffee including coffee grounds, tea, beer, wine, alcohol of any form, human vitamins, moldy-spoiled foods, persimmons, raw eggs & fish, salt, baking soda, baking powder, mushrooms, sugar-free foods, nutmeg, avocado, fatty foods in excess, dairy products, figs and orange or lemon seeds, leaves, peels and stems.
Dangerous for Yorkies....
Cocoa Mulch- this is very toxic, many people use this in their gardens. It comes in a variety of brands. Don't let your yorkie loose in yards with this bedding in the yard!
Greenies/Mini- this is a dangerous hazard offered at pet stores and some grocery stores. They can make Yorkies sick and also cause intestinal blockage. Don't give this treat to tiny toy breeds.
Bully Sticks- another dangerous hazard that can cause choking and kill your little loved one. Don't offer this treat to tiny breeds.
Rawhide- lastly this hazardous treat has the tendency to break off shreds that become lodged in their airways and kill them. They can also swallow large chunks that become blocked in their intestinal tract, that require surgery to remove. Don't offer these to tiny toy breeds.