The adorable little Yorkshire Terrier was developed in Yorkshire, England in the 19th century. It was originally designed to catch the numerous rats in the clothing mills in the area. The nickname “Yorkie” has long been attached to this diminutive breed of dog. They weigh less than 7 pounds with the attitude of one that weighs 70 pounds. Delightfully coated with a long silky coat in tan and blue, it is a popular member of the toy group in many parts of the world. Some kennel clubs have a companion breed category and the yorkie fits into that group as well.
The adaptable tiny terriers travel very well and are good pets in a variety of homes. They do not require a lot of exercise, but they do need to be exposed to people on a daily basis. Their coats become badly matted if not frequently brushed. A yorkie is an adorable little dog. While they were originally in the working class due to their rat-catching abilities, they soon became very busy home pets.
A good yorkie will have a long coat that is parted at the face from the skull base to the tail. The compact body is well proportioned. They will carry their little heads up high and look like confident little pooches all of the time. It would be easy to see that they are very self-important. Attitude counts with the yorkie.
The coat is of primary importance in the yorkie. When they enter a show ring their coat should be glossy, silky and fine. The color is blue from head to tail and becomes darker towards the end of the tail. The tan head grows deeper on the sides, muzzle and ear roots. The tan should not continue down on the back of the neck. The neck and chest are a bright tan and does not extend above the stifle or the elbow. The hair of the yorkie should fall evenly on each side and should be even on each side.
The yorkie is a great family pet. The terrier breeds, by nature, are inquisitive and busy. The little ones don’t need a lot of exercise, but they do need a lot of attention and training to make them the type of pet you want them to be. Their demeanor is one that will show their own attitude and should not be mistaken for defiance. They need to be taught the things that will keep their owner content.
When you consider their original purpose, rat hunting, you can understand their need for adventure. They have a natural instinct that will stick that tiny yorkie nose in places it may not belong. It is up to you to teach the little one the proper way to behave and get them well socialized before they fully mature.
If you have very small children who are not familiar with dog ownership, you will need to pay special attention to the interaction. A yorkie is fragile due to its size. A very small child can cause injury.