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AKC Meet the Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as "Yorkies," offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative, and energetic. They have long, luxurious blue and tan coats. This portable pooch is one of the most popular breeds according to AKC Registration Statistics.

A Look Back
Named for the English city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the 19th century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs' fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society.

Right Breed for You?
Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well, and make suitable pets for many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction with their people. Their long coat requires regular brushing.

  • Toy Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
  • Ranging in size from four to seven pounds.
  • Companion, ratter.

 

 

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Comments (2)

  • 20 Feb, 2012

    I strongly disagree Yorkies don't need much exercise. Because they're small?? What does that have to do with it. I'm small and I need lots of exercise. I now have my forth Yorkie and he and I exercise at least five hours brisk walk weekly. As a result, though ten years old, he's very energetic and healthy. I've seen many people hardly walking small dogs; and that's a big disservice to their pet. Walk the little beasties!! They'll love you for it!!

  • 20 Feb, 2012

    I strongly disagree Yorkies don't need much exercise. Because they're small?? What does that have to do with it. I'm small and I need lots of exercise. I now have my forth Yorkie and he and I exercise at least five hours brisk walk weekly. As a result, though ten years old, he's very energetic and healthy. I've seen many people hardly walking small dogs; and that's a big disservice to their pet. Walk the little beasties!! They'll love you for it!!