Here is a little history on the Yorkshire Terrier breed:
A Yorkshire Terrier derived from its native England. In late 1700, towns developed around industries in northern England. Farmers started new jobs in mills, coal mines and factories. They brought along their little pocket-sized pooches.
The Scottish brought the blue and tan paisley terriers, and the the stock men brought the waterside terriers, which is the otter dog. Both of them were crossed from old English Manchester and Skye Terriers.
In the county Yorkshire, they cross produced a blue and tan terrier with the long and silky coat of the paisley, the feisty temperament of the Manchester, and the hunting sense of the waterside terrier.
Then, by the early 1800's the Yorkshire terrier was selectively bred and refined, and brought to the show rings.
Hudderssfield Ben was the foundation of the Yorkshire Terrier breed. He earned his place in history as the father of the modern Yorkshire Terrier. He was produced by W. Eastwood and sold to Mrs. Jonas Foster, England’s first woman judge - an avid Yorkie breeder, and promoter for Ben.
Yorkshire Terriers made their way to North America by means of the first immigrants from the British Isles way before the American kennel club was founded in 1884.
Color of a Yorkshire Terrier:
The Yorkie is known for its gorgeous long silky coat. It is the prime character of the Yorkshire Terrier. The Yorkie's coat is born black with tan markings, turning to blue and golden tan. The head, chest and legs are golden tan. The tan is deeper in color at the sides of the head, ear roots and muzzle.
The coat should be moderately long, silky, and perfectly straight. It should be blue and tan with the blue extending across the back from the back of its neck to the root of its tail.
Body structure of the Yorkshire Terrier:
Head carriage should be a little high which gives the appearance of confidence and importance.
The skull of teacup Yorkies should not be too prominent or round and the muzzle not too long.
Healthy babydoll face Yorkies should have bright, sparkly, medium sized eyes - it shows intelligence.
The body should be short, compact and totally level. The height at its shoulders is the same as the rear. That shows a well proportioned Yorkie.
The tail is docked to medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back
A Yorkie shouldn't exceed 7 lbs
Yorkies are so fun to be around. If you’re in a bad mood they can sure bring you out of it. They love to play, do tricks, or just cuddle up next to you. They are game for anything, which brings us to the next step.
Small but brave. Remember it is a terrier and they like to do big dog things. So with outside activities, keep an eye on your little one.
They were born to hunt and they will.
Yorkies are real smart little dogs as well as a little stubborn. So patience and understanding must be there. Yorkies are very quick to learn.
Our new puppy owners say their puppies respond to puppy class very well.
Standard and teacup Yorkie puppies do very well with children, but parents need to teach their children they are small dogs and must be gentle. Always pick your puppy up with both hands.
A puppy is a great learning tool for children. It will teach them responsibility. And children can get into all kinds of AKC activities with their new buddy.