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How About a Yorkshire terrier?
Author: Connie Limon
If you are looking for a dog that weighs only a few pounds with a big spirit, the Yorkshire terrier or Yorkie may be just for you. The background of the Yorkie goes back to the 18th century. During the Industrial Revolution in England, Scotsmen left their country and headed south looking for work in England. They brought their families and dogs. Their dogs included Skye Terriers, Paisley Terriers and Clydesdale Terriers. The breeds ranged in size from 6 pounds to 20 pounds. They were all fairly heavily coated. Some had a silky texture to their coat. All carried blue-tan or gray coat colors. A common breed in Yorkshire, England at the time was the Waterside Terrier.

The present-day Yorkshire Terrier is a combination of these four breeds. The beautiful long-coated dog with a silky steel blue and tan coat is prized as one of the smallest dogs in the world and the most popular toy breed.

By the 1850's, Yorkies were being shown in England. The standard weight fell anywhere between 5 and 18 pounds. By 1886, the English Kennel Club recognized the breed as the Yorkshire terrier and placed it in the newly formed Toy Group. Currently the Yorkie reigns in the top ten breeds in popularity in Britain.

The first recorded Yorkie whelped in the United States was in 1872. At first, the American Kennel Club divided the breed classes by weight: Under 5 pounds and over 5 pounds. The larger weight class had few entries. Therefore it was decided to have one weight class for all Yorkies, specifying weight range between 3 and 7 pounds. Today, the American Kennel Club breed standard for a Yorkie is 7 pounds.

The Yorkshire terrier is a very popular breed in the United States. Two very excellent breeders who raised and showed Yorkies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s were the sisters Joan Gordon and Janet Bennett of the Wildweir Kennels. Their English import Ch. Little sir Model was the first Yorkie to win an all-breed best in Show.

At the present time the breed places in the top ten breeds in popularity of the AKC breeds. It continues to hold a number-one ranking as a Toy dog in America. Throughout all time the Yorkshire terrier has remained a favorite of the public.

Every breed of dog registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) has an official standard to help breeders and fanciers to understand the characteristics that define the particular breed. The standard tells us what makes the breed different from every other breed. A Yorkie's coat is blue and tan and floor length. There is a standard set for the Yorkie's ears, muzzle and tail to look a certain way. These characteristics are sought out by breeders, as well as the Yorkie's typical temperament and personality as described in the standard. The standard for the Yorkie as compared to other breeds is short. The largest section is on the coat, which is very important for the breed. If one is going to show a Yorkie, the correct coat and color are of most concern.

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Connie Limon raises Shih Tzu Puppies. She owns Little Guys Dog Clothes Shop. Purchase designer dog clothes for your Yorkie and other toy breeds at: littleguysdogclothesshop.com

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All You Need to Know About Yorkie Dogs!

Author: Richard Cussons

The Yorkshire Terrier, also known as Yorkie dogs, are one of the most adorable members of the toy dog category. They are a mixture of England's finest terriers, the Clydesdale terrier, English terrier, English black and tan terrier, waterside terrier and the Paisley terrier.

This breed of dog derived its name from their place of origin which is the Yorkshire, England. Yorkie dogs first made their way to America during the late 1800s but it was only until the early 1900s that Yorkshire Terrier made its exclusive name because there were so many different sizes. It was during this time that most dog enthusiasts prefer smaller sized Yorkshire Terrier.

Though it falls under the category of a toy dog, this breed is a bold, confident and courageous animal. Their behavior towards others vary. Just like other small sized dogs, they are always outgoing, eager for fun and adventure but they are sometimes a bit aggressive and aloof towards other small animals and strange canines. That old rough-edged terrier spirit still lingers on.

Dogs need plenty of exercise regardless of the breed. For Yorkshire Terriers, exercise is not a bother because they stay physically fit by running around the house or small apartment. But this does not mean that they should stay indoors all the time. Actually, they will also enjoy and appreciate going out for a brisk walk with their owner from time to time. Just ensure the dog's safety by walking on a leash to avoid problems with other small animals.

Although they may enjoy going outside to take a walk, they are not meant to live outdoors. Just like any other toy dogs, Yorkshire Terriers prefers the companionship and warmth of its family and human contact. If Yorkie dogs really need to be left outside, this should only be done for a short period of time. And just make sure that comfortable and adequate shelter and bedding is provided for them to utilize.

Yorkshire Terriers grow very long hair but they do not shed as much as other short-haired breeds do. Grooming needs depend on the style of the hair. Three to four times a week of thorough brushing is what trimmed pets needed while frequent grooming is needed for those with untrimmed long hair so that it does not tangle and mat.

The life span of a Yorkshire Terrier is up to 16 years provided it is living a healthy lifestyle in a positive environment, with its health minded and caring dog owner. Though there is no major health concern that can affect Yorkie dogs, they are still susceptible to other minor health issues such as patellar luxation. It is always best to seek out your veterinarian's help and have your Yorkie dogs specifically tested for eye problems, knee dysplasia and have a liver ultrasound.

Richard Cussons is big dog lover and you can find our more about Yorkie dogs at Yorkshire Terrier Savvy.com. Richard Cussons is a prolific author writing on subjects as diverse as puppies and legal advice. He has had over 20 books published and numberous article in print and on the web. http://www.all-about-puppies.com

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