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14 Fun Facts About Yorkshire Terriers You Didn’t Know

A Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is a small dog breed with big personality. They are known for their short stature, long hair, and very vocal barking habits.

If you’ve never owned one before, it’s time to get acquainted! Here are 14 facts about yorkies that you probably didn’t know!

Yorkies were originally bred in Yorkshire, England.

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed by crossbreeding a variety of small terriers from Scotland and Ireland during the mid-1800s. The dog was originally called a Broken Haired Scotch Terrier, then later changed to simply “Yorkshire Terrier.”

Queen Victoria’s Love for Yorkshire Terriers Spawned a Craze.

Queen Victoria was one of the most beloved monarchs in history. Known for her modesty and dignity, she was a symbol of Britain’s strength as an empire during her 63-year reign.

She became a fan of Yorkshire Terriers after seeing them on an 1887 trip to Berlin, Germany. After that point, the popularity of these dogs exploded with more people owning them than ever before.

Yorkshire Terriers are Known for Their Feisty Personalities.

Yorkshire Terriers are a small breed of dog that is known for its feisty personality. They are alert, intelligent and self-confident dogs who are very social and playful.

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Yorkshire Terriers are known for their long life span.

Yorkshire Terriers are small, intelligent dogs that can live up to 16 years old with proper care and maintenance. These animals need a lot of attention and should not be left alone for long periods of time because they may become depressed or develop behavioral problems.

They do well in apartment settings as long as their living space is large enough for them to run around in. Yorkshire Terriers have a few common health problems that you should be aware of, such as obesity, eye infections, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus and skin disorders.

Yorkies Love to Cuddle.

Many people are aware of the Yorkie’s desire to be around their owners. However, they may not know that this breed enjoys being around other animals as well.

Yorkies love to cuddle with their owners and other animals. They enjoy laying in bed next to you or having a spot on your lap when you’re sitting down. Sometimes, these little dogs will even share your pillow if it is big enough for them!

Yorkies are Expensive Pets.

Yorkies are a popular pet, and they can be expensive. Yorkies can be purchased for about $800-$1200 at pet stores or up to $2500 from breeders.

There are extra costs to owning a Yorkshire Terrier which includes things like food, grooming, veterinarian visits and boarding when your dog is sick or needs care outside your home.

Yorkies Weigh Between 4 and 7 Pounds.

Yorkies are very small dogs, and they weigh between 4 and 7 pounds. They can grow to be up to 10 inches tall at the shoulder.

Yorkshire Terriers Were Bred to be Lap Dogs for Ladies in the Late 1800s.

Yorkshire Terriers were bred to be companion dogs for ladies in the late 1800s because they would sit on their laps while they worked on needlepoint projects. They are still seen as lapdogs today, but not always. 

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Yorkies were originally bred to hunt rats.

Yorkies were originally bred to hunt rats. This is because they are small, yet agile and energetic enough to get into tight spaces. They can also be used for hunting in areas that may have limited visibility due to low light or thick brush.

The original breeding of the Yorkshire Terrier began when a breeder from England wanted a breed of dog small enough to go down holes and burrows after game such as rabbits, mice, moles, voles and other animals.

Yorkies come in 4 colors combinations.

Yorkies come in four different colors: black with tan points, black with gold points, blue with tan points, blue with gold points. The most common color is the traditional black-and-tan.

Yorkshire Terriers Don’t Shed.

Yorkshire Terriers are known for their lack of shedding. They do not shed hair like other dogs, which makes them perfect for people with allergies,  but the Yorkshire Terrier does have an undercoat that will need to be brushed on a regular basis to avoid matting and clumping.

They weren’t always called Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most popular breeds of dog. However, they weren’t always called Yorkshire Terriers; originally, they were known as Broken Haired Scotch Terriers.

The term “broken haired” is often used to describe terrier dogs with a wiry coat that lacks an undercoat and so it is not well suited for colder climates.

Yorkies are Intelligent Dogs, and Ideal for Agility Training.

Yorkies are intelligent dogs which makes them ideal for agility training. The Yorkie’s small size and low center of gravity allow it to excel in the sport. Yorkies can easily be trained for jumping, running, and turning because they enjoy being challenged.

Yorkies are one of the most intelligent breeds out there. This is why many people say that they make excellent agility competitors. They love the challenge and their intelligence helps them learn quickly how to jump over obstacles, or run through tunnels.