The Yorkshire Terrier, the vibrant energy bundle, is one of the worlds most popular terrier breeds. Originated in the early 19th century in the county of Yorkshire and was bred for rat hunting.
The Yorkshire Terrier was probably bred by crossing Paisley Terriers, Clydesdale and Black-and-Tan Terriers. Some also believe Skye Terriers and the Maltese have been used.
The Yorkshire Terriers Coat
Adult Yorkshire Terriers, importance is placed on color, quality and texture. The hair must be glossy, fine, straight and silky.
From the back of the neck to the base of the tail, the coat should be a dark gray to a black color. The long coat of the Yorkshire Terriers means they require regular brushing.
The Yorkshire Terriers Temperament
Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, full of seemingly inexhaustible energy, overprotective, curious and they love attention. They are very independent and some says they are not suited for a home with typical young children.
The Yorkie make ideal companions for families with older children. The breed is easy to train, perhaps because they where bred as a working dog, they also need quite a lot of both physical and mental stimulation.
Yorkshire Terriers are know to bark a lot. But this only makes them ideal as watch dogs, they will sound the alarm when anyone gets near. If it’s too much to handle, the barking problem can be dealt with.
The Yorkshire Terriers Health
As with many other breeds, the Yorkshire Terriers also has their share of health issues. Some issues often seen is bronchitis, lymphangiectasia, portosystemic shunt and cataracts. They also often have a delicate digestive system with vomiting and diarrhea if they eat foods outside of a regular diet.
Originally they where about 6-7 kilos, but bred down to miniature size over time. Although a yorkie is often regarded as a fashion accessory for fashionistas, the breed has retained its original terrier properties, it is opinionated and stubborn.