Yorkshire Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Yorkshire Terrier comes from the same area as the Airedale and made his first appearance around 1850. The old Black and Tan Terrier was the basis of the Yorkshire Terrier and with crosses probably to the Skye and Maltese this new Toy breed was created. He acquired his name in 1870 and has since become immensely popular. As a terrier he was a working dog, but once he became smaller and glamorous he appealed to many as a decorative house dog.
However, there is nothing of the pampered Toy about the Yorkie; his terrier instincts remain strong and he considers himself a match for anyone and will quite happily challenge a dog infinitely larger than himself. Intelligent and alert his temperament is good and he enjoys playing with the family and a good walk.
The glamorous appearance of the showdog is not going to be achieved at home; the dogs you see standing on their little podiums in the ring have an infinite amount of time spent on their coats. When not being shown the coat is kept oiled and in wraps to preserve it from harm, not a practical proposition for a pet; many owners have them clipped and a good groomer can produce a very smart result.
He is usually about 9″ in height and weighs up to 3.1kg, although as with many Toys many dogs who find their way into pet homes are larger. Bitches, as with many Toy breeds are generally larger than the dogs. They are a single colour, a dark steel blue with a rich bright tan; it is a coat that should really glow.
A lovely little dog who has no idea how small he is, they make a wonderful pet, particularly if they are allowed to be the terrier they know they are.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs and the dedicated Rescue organisation for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.