Small but feisty, the Yorkshire Terrier is one of the tiniest types of dog on the planet – however, they are known to possess a bit of an attitude – while still remaining really lovely pets! It’s fascinating to see how small dogs can be when you compare them with some of the biggest breeds on the planet. It’s hard to believe these titchy terriers are the same animals as towering great danes and Irish wolfhounds!
That cheeky little dog you know and love is actually likely to be more intriguing than you give it credit for being. We’ve lined up some interesting facts about Yorkshire Terrier dogs to help break down some of the most fascinating nuggets this curious breed is known for.
Believe it or not, the Yorkshire Terrier might be titchy, but it’s actually a cross-breed from several different terriers over the years. Specifically, it’s the product of breeding from at least the Waterside Terrier.
The Waterside Terrier was a dog bred specifically to hunt and kill rats – we can’t quite imagine a Yorkie posing too much of a threat to a rat or two, but they are feisty little beasts to say the least!
In fact, it’s been commonplace over the years for Scottish businesses to set up a Yorkie or two to help control rodent populations. In many cases, these fierce critters are better than felines at keeping mice and rats out of the picture.
If you’re looking for a small dog which doesn’t leave hair all over the house and all over your clothes, the Yorkshire Terrier is likely to be a great fit for you. However, just as you normally need to clip and cut your own hair, you’re going to need to keep your Yorkie’s in check, too. Believe it or not, a Yorkshire Terrier’s hair can grow up to two feet in length, but please don’t let it get that far!
Yorkie hair needs a lot of grooming and brushing – it’s going to need a good brush everyday to stop it from matting and to help it keep looking glossy.
Yorkshire Terriers weren’t always named that way. In fact, originally, they were known as Scotch Terriers. The name change occurred after it was agreed that the dogs’ final breed came into play once they moved down into Yorkshire.
Yorkies are one of several breeds which suffer from a phenomenon called reverse sneezing. This may seem a little scary at first if you have never witnessed it in a dog, but it is just like a sneeze that goes inward, rather than which presses outwards. Therefore, don’t worry too much if your Yorkie starts gasping – they’re most likely having a good sneeze.
Yorkies started appearing in dog shows across England from around the mid-19th century onwards. Since then, they’ve been a big staple at shows such as Crufts thanks to their stunning coats.
A Yorkshire Terrier is a dog that’s confident and proud, which helps make them great companions on long trips and journeys. They are also fantastic for training and for dog shows for this reason, too – though they are known for their short tempers, too!
The smallest dog to have ever lived was a Yorkshire Terrier. Specifically, Sylvia was just 2.5 inches in height, 4oz in weight, and 3.5 inches long.
Many believe that the current success of the breed can trace back to a legendary pup called Huddersfield Ben. Ben was a brilliant rat-catcher, a stud, and was awarded over 70 different accolades at dog shows over the years.
Many famous people adore their Yorkies! Perhaps the most famous celebrity Yorkie – aptly named Mr Famous – was the prized pet of actress and UNICEF ambassador Audrey Hepburn.
Yorkshire Terriers often act as though they have no idea of their size. This goes to explain why they will continue to act aggressive against animals much bigger than themselves if they feel their owners are at risk.
Despite the very English heritage, Yorkshire Terriers are hugely popular in the US. This is to such an extent that they are thought to be among the six most popular dog breeds nationwide.
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