Yorkshire Terrier Facts

Yorkshire Terrier Facts
Yorkshire Terrier, also known as Yorkie, is small type of terrier that belongs to the group of toy breeds. It was created during the mid 1800s in Scotland by mixing different types of terrier such as Waterside Terrier with (today extinct) Black-and-Tan Terrier and Clydesdale Terrier. Yorkshire Terrier was soon transported to England to eliminate rodents from the coal mines and textile mills. Since this breed has been brought to perfection in Yorkshire, it became known as Yorkshire Terrier. Modern Yorkshire Terrier is mostly kept as a companion dog. This is the 6th most popular breed in the USA today.
Interesting Yorkshire Terrier Facts:
Yorkshire Terrier can reach 8 to 9 inches in height and 4 to 6 pounds of weight.
Yorkshire Terrier has long, silky coat that is gray, black and tan-colored.
Yorkshire Terrier has small head with black nose and small, pointed ears. Its body is small and compact body, and tail docked (to a medium length).
Yorkshire Terrier is devoted and affectionate dog. It is an excellent choice for families with older children. Yorkshire Terrier requires plenty of attention. It doesn't like to spend time alone.
Yorkshire Terrier does not tolerate extremely cold or hot weather. It is suitable for the life in the apartments. Yorkshire Terrier requires regular daily walks and plenty of exercise each day.
Yorkshire Terrier shows aggression toward unknown dogs. It is suspicious in front of the strangers and it loudly barks whenever it detects anything unusual. Despite its small size, Yorkshire Terrier is fearless and ready to attack even a bear to protect its owner.
Aside from extermination of rodents, Yorkshire Terrier was also used for hunting in the past (to force various animals to leave their underground burrows, so that hunters can easily kill them).
Yorkshire Terrier named Smokey was a hero during the WWII. It served as a therapy dog among injured soldiers and helped in connecting communication wires between the outposts in the Philippines.
Richard Nixon and Audrey Hepburn were great fans of Yorkshire Terrier.
Yorkshire Terrier named Schneeflocken von Friedheck, born in 1984 had unusually-colored, blue, gold and white coat. This dog became known as a father of entirely new breed of terrier called Biewer Terrier, that became officially accepted in 2014.
Yorkshire Terrier does not shed much. Its hair grows constantly and it needs to be combed each day to prevent formation of tangles and mats.
Yorkshire Terrier gives birth from 3 to 5 puppies.
Yorkshire Terrier can suffer from patellar luxation, retinal atrophy and hypoglycemia.
Dust, pollen and strong perfumes can trigger reverse sneezing, which sounds like resonant, goose-like honking. Loud sneezing usually lasts few minutes and it is harmless for Yorkshire Terrier.
Yorkshire Terrier has an average lifespan of 13 to 16 years.

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