Breed of the Week: Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, is a small breed that should not exceed 7 lbs and stands approximately 6-7inches at the shoulder. One of the most distinguishing features of this breed is the long silky coat that is blue and tan in color and is often decorated with bows to keep hair out of the eyes. Most owners keep their Yorkie at an easy to manage puppy cut rather than deal with the intensive grooming requirements.
Yorkies are small but confident dogs that show no fear. This playful active dog does well in almost any environment given adequate exercise and is often seen in urban areas due to their small size. Very terrier by nature, the Yorkie requires moderate socialization to people and pets in order to be friendly in all situations. Unsocialized Yorkies have given the breed a reputation of being “yappy” or “nippy.”
Due to their small size, Yorkies are prone to accidental injuries and joint issues such as luxating patellas. They are also prone to eye concerns and poor dentition.
- While Yokies were originally lower class pets belonging to weavers, leading to some superstitions regarding their coat, they became popular with the upper classes during the Victorian Era and can be seen in many portraits as lap dogs.
- Initially bred to catch rats, the Yorkie’s diminutive size allows them to get right in holes and burrows in search of prey
- During WWII a Yorkie named Smoky was used to carry messages between troops in the South Pacific and was considered quite the war hero.