Are you thinking of adopting a cute Yorkshire Terrier? If so, then you have probably already been researching the pros and cons of the popular little lap dog breed. To help you make up your mind, here are some interesting facts about Yorkshire Terriers that might surprise you.
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So let’s look at some typical personality and physical traits of this breed, along with its history.
10 Yorkshire Terrier Characteristics
Yorkshire Terriers in History
- Yorkshire Terriers can be traced back to Yorkshire, England.
- Yorkies were originally used for catching rats. This was long before they were promoted to the status of popular lap dogs.
- There is a fascinating story about a Yorkshire Terrier having ‘served’ during World War 11.
Personality Traits of the Yorkshire Terrier
- Yorkies are a very active breed, often referred to as the tomboy toy breed. They certainly look cute and pretty but don’t mistake these characteristics for shyness. Shyness is not a word I would use here. Rather the typical Yorkshire Terrier is quite courageous and not likely to show any fearful tendencies. I doubt that Yorkies realise just how small they are when in the company of bigger dogs,
- Yorkies can be barkers or yappers, particularly when challenged by loud noises or strangers. Their keen hearing can exacerbate this. However, this is a habit that can be controlled by reward-based training which means you can end up with a resident watch dog rather than a note in your mailbox from an irate neighbour.
- As mentioned, Yorkies are known to be very affectionate, a trait adding to their popularity reputation.
Yorkshire Terrier Physical Characteristics
- The Yorkie’s coat hair is described as being similar to human hair. As such, they are hypoallergenic with very little shedding. All breeds shed to some extent but this is one of the breeds with the least amount of shedding. However, their very fine hair can become knotted or matted if not brushed and groomed regularly.
- A healthy Yorkie can live up to 12 to 15 years.
- There are a few conditions that have often affected this breed. The Yorkshire Terrier can be susceptible to eye disorders as well as dental problems. Eye difficulties can be minimised by keeping the forehead hair relatively short or by gently tying it back in some way, a look that we have come to recognise as typical of this terrier. Knee cap dislocation can also be an issue so it pays to discourage jumping from elevated surfaces. Breeders sometimes use DNA tests to screen for health issues.
- The Yorkshire Terrier’s coat changes color as it matures from puppyhood. Puppies normally have a black and tan color. Your breeder would be able to give you an idea on which color combination to expect in your adult Yorkie.
Books on Yorkies’ Care and Grooming
If you are looking for a dog with loads of personality then this is one breed you could definitely consider. Yorkies have earned a reputation of being so very affectionate and they can entertain you endlessly with their antics.
There are some excellent guides that can help you in raising your cute little Yorkie.