This cheerful little dog is not only hypoallergenic; he is also very energetic and his love knows no bounds. Of course, his long coat needs some maintenance, but it’s so nimble that you won’t have a problem with this at all.
1. Yorkshire terriers started out as rat catchers
These little dogs were bred from a collection of terriers, including the Waterside terrier, to hunt rats. They were mainly deployed in Scotland to keep workplaces of miners, weavers, and other entrepreneurs rodent-free.
Their small size made them easy to get into small spaces and their character was not afraid to chase their prey. In addition, the dogs were also often used to rinse prey from their den.
2. Weavers brought the dogs to England
In the mid-1800s weavers came to England for work and brought the small dogs with them. From 1861 the dog really came on the scene.
3. Name change
When the breed was first seen in England, the dogs were first given a very different name and were called broken-haired Scottish terriers. They lived like this for nearly a decade until reporter Angus Sutherland believed the name should be changed.
Although the breed originated in Scotland, Angus was of the opinion that now that the dog had further perfected itself in Yorkshire, the name had to change to Yorkshire terrier. People agreed to this and in 1870 the name was officially changed to Yorkshire terrier.
4. Ben was the success of the Yorkshire terriers
Most who take a Yorkshire are descended from Ben Huddersfield, who is known as the father of the breed. The male was a real rat catcher and also very good at the dog shows. The dog won no less than 70 prizes.
It was a hefty dog weighing 11 pounds, but all of his offspring remained below 5 pounds which were normal. The dog was only 6 years old but left an impressive legacy. Most of the Yorkshires now bred from the shows are distant descendants of Ben.
5. Smoky the service dog
During World War II, American soldier Bill Wyne found a Yorkshire terrier in a foxhole. He called her Smoky and took her everywhere. They traveled through New Guinea and soon Smoky started to help with the war.
Thanks to her small size and good obedience, she was able to easily crawl through pipes and with that she was able to put communication wires under a Japanese runway on a string.
Without her help, the soldiers would have had to enter the trenches and expose themselves to enemy fire. Smoky also went to several hospitals in the Pacific and the United States. There she served as a therapy dog for wounded soldiers.
After the war, Wyne and Smoky went to Hollywood, where they appeared on various TV shows. In Ohio, Cleveland,
6. Yorkshires have a lot of hair growth.
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Yorkshires depend on their owners to control hair growth. Yorkshire’s hair continues to grow just like a human.
It is often the case that shows dogs have longer hair, but often owners keep the hair short to prevent the dogs from tripping or food getting stuck in the hair. This shaggy look is often referred to as the ‘puppy cut’.
7. A Yorkshire provided a completely new breed
In 1984 a Yorkshire named Schneeflocken von Friedheck was born, with unusual markings such as blue, white and gold. The breeders Werner and Gertrud Biewer decided to take this unique puppy and create a new breed.
With careful and selective breeding they ensured a clear standard for the breed known as the Biewer Terrier. In 2014, the American Kennel Club approved the new Yorkshire as an officially registered breed.
8. Yorkshires can make funny sounds
Yorkshire terriers are very sensitive to gagging the pharynx or reverse sneezing. Normally, the air is pushed out of the nose during normal sneezing, but instead, the dog will gasp for air, making them sound like a gaggling goose.
It seems to look somewhat serious, but it is completely harmless and after a few minutes it will be over again. Usually, this is caused by irritants such as pollen, dust, cleaning products, and perfumes.
9. One of the first registered dogs.
Although the Yorkshire terrier is not a particularly old breed, it is one of the first registered breeds with the American Kennel Club. The Yorkshire terrier was registered in 1885 along with the Beagle, Basset and Bull terrier.
10. Yorkshires are not afraid of anything
Yorkshires are small dogs with an average weight of seven pounds, but despite their small size, they are not afraid of anyone. They are therefore not afraid to take on larger animals.
In August 2015, Larry Yepez stepped out in the early morning while it was still dark. A bear grabbed his garbage and attacked the man. Yepez got into a fight with the bear but struggled to get away from the bear.
Luckily for Yepez, his Yorkshire diverted the bear’s attention and the duo eventually managed to escape. Thanks to the intervention of his pet, Yepez was able to drive to the hospital himself and eventually was able to retell his story.
11. The Yorkshire does not shed
The Yorkshire, as they call it, is a hypoallergenic dog, in other words, they don’t shed. Ideal for allergy sufferers!