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Yorkie Characteristics: The faithful and lively Yorkshire Terrier is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Toy Dog Group (AKC:1885).

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Yorkshire Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Ratter and Lapdog and is known by its nick name the "Yorkie".

The Yorkie, is characterized by its graceful, glamorous appearance with its long, straight flowing coat and soft, lovable expression. Other characteristics of the Yorkie include dark, sparkling, medium sized, round shaped eyes; small, erect, V-shaped ears; a straight, high carried tail and an elegant gait.

The temperament of the Yorkie can be described as Courageous, Energetic, Loyal. The coat type of the Yorkie is described as long, luxurious coat in assorted colors.  The origin of the Yorkshire Terrier breed was in United Kingdom (England) where it was developed in the 1800's.

Yorkie Breed Group and Dog Type - Toy Dog Group (AKC:1885): The Yorkshire Terrier aka "Yorkie" is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Toy Dog Group (AKC:1885).

Other names for the Yorkie: The Yorkshire Terrier is universally known by the nickname of the "Yorkie" but was originally known as the Toy Terrier.

Origin of the name: The Yorkshire Terrier is named after the place it was originally bred in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the North of England. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their prey, such as rats and other rodents into their bolt holes.

Yorkie History and Origin: The country of origin of the Yorkie breed was in United Kingdom (England) during the 1800's. A champion dog breeder called Peter Eden (1825 - 1889) of the West Riding of Yorkshire is credited with breeding the modern Yorkie dog. Peter Eden decided to develop a miniature, prick-eared dog with a long, silky, silvery grey and tan coat that would appeal to wealthy women as a Ladies Dog.

To achieve his goal local Lakeland terriers, with wiry hair but the desired colored coats, were cross bred with Skye terriers and the Maltese dog to achieve and further enhance the desired results. Skye terriers were used to provide a prick-eared look, lengthen its coat and add a cool-toned, metallic gray color. To eliminate the wiry texture of the Lakeland coat Maltese dogs were used in the breeding program, imparting softness and silkiness to the hair, without reducing the length of the coat.

The Yorkie was gradually miniaturized through breeding from the smallest dogs. The new, miniature Yorkie breed was finally developed in the 1860's and had long, flowing tresses of soft, steel blue silk and ruddy gold colors. The Yorkie began being shown in England in 1861 and in 1874, the breed was given the official name of the Yorkshire Terrier. The Yorkie began being shown in England in 1861 and in 1874, the breed was given the official name of the Yorkshire Terrier. The Yorkie dog breed slowly began making its way into America in the 1870's and the Yorkshire Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885.

Yorkie History - The Pampered Dog: The Yorkie was a pampered dog right from the start. The Yorkie was only fed on a little meat and gravy, or fresh fish, with bread, mixed with green vegetables and small biscuits were the staple diet of the Yorkie. The Yorkie was not given any bones, as the act of gnawing them would ruin the beard and moustache.

Devoted owners of the Yorkie would often feed the dog by hand. Others would use a sort of mask or hood of elastic material which they tie over the Yorkie's head at meal-times to hold back the long face-fall of hair and whiskers, that would otherwise be smeared and spoiled. Coats were provided to protect the hair and cotton or linen stockings were put on the hind feet. A hair cosmetic called 'Hairmero' was applied to the coat to maintain its glistening sheen. The Yorkshire Terrier. The beautiful, unusual Yorkie was favored by royalty and celebrities and was the first 'Designer Dog'.

Yorkie History - The Hero War Dog: A courageous Yorkie called "Smoky" was a hero military dog during World War II, and served with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific after she was adopted by Corporal William Wynne. Smoky the hero war dog was credited with twelve combat missions and awarded eight battle stars.

Yorkie Modern History: The modern history of the Yorkie moved on and the adorable breed is now used as a family pet and companion. So popular is the Yorkie that during the 1990's dog breeders began experimenting with producing hybrids of two or more popular breeds. This resulted in the emergence of the Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier / Poodle), the Chorkie (Chihuahua / Yorkshire Terrier) and the Corky (Yorkshire Terrier / American Cocker Spaniel). The most well known Yorkie was called "Mr. Famous" and owned by the famous, iconic movie star Audrey Hepburn. "Mr. Famous" even appeared alongside Audrey Hepburn in the 1957movie 'Funny Face'.

Yorkie Height: The Yorkie breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 20-23 cm (8-9 inches). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 20-23 cm (8-9 inches).

Yorkie Weight - LOW shedding coat: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds). The weight of the smaller female dog is 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds).

Yorkie Coat Type: The coat type is described as a long, luxurious coat.

Yorkie Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Blue & Tan, Black & Tan, Black & Gold and Blue & Gold. The word 'Blue' is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color.

Yorkie Grooming - HIGH Grooming Needs: The coat of this dog grows continuously, like human hair growth. The dog grooming needs of the Yorkie are categorized as high in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The high grooming needs of the Yorkie is considered to be high-maintenance and requires almost daily brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Yorkie Litter Size: The litter size of the Yorkie dog breed ranges from 4-6 puppies. Yorkie puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Yorkie puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Yorkie Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Yorkie dog breed is described as Faithful, Courageous, Energetic, Loyal and Lively.

Yorkie Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is LOW. The Yorkie requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes every day. This small dog has a flowing, elegant gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Yorkie Diet: A fully grown Yorkie should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Yorkie Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Yorkie breed include Legge-Perthes disease, Patellar Luxation . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Yorkie dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Yorkie Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Yorkie breed is 12-16 years.

Yorkie Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Yorkie breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Yorkie names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Linx *** Nipper *** Reggie *** Eli *** Scout *** Body *** Tally *** Tripp *** Zeke *** Pepper.

Yorkie Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Yorkie names are Josie *** Tessa *** Pepper *** Georgia *** Lark *** Peachy *** Jax *** Milly *** Spring *** Molly.

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