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Background The Yorkshire Terrier was created around the middle of the 19th Century by crossing a number of Terrier varieties that existed at that time. This was done around the middle to north of England, especially in the County of Yorkshire, hence the name Yorkshire Terrier. The early Yorkshire Terriers could be as large as 6 kgs (14 lbs) and were used, like other Terrier breeds to kill rats. Over time, breeders produced a smaller, more beautiful dog that was a household pet and show dog, rather than a rat killer.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Yorkshire Terriers can live up to 16 years of age and occasionally even older.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Most Yorkshire Terriers are alert, active and inquisitive. They can be determined with a mind of their own but are faithful and loyal to their human family. They thrive on human companionship and will happily be included in family activities. They have a sense of fun and enjoy a game. Thanks to their alertness, they make a good watchdog and will bark if strangers come to the home. Although they are of small stature, they are generally a robust and healthy little terrier. They have the proportions of a normal dog but in miniature. Yorkshire Terriers have a coat that does not shed or moult and they are therefore a hypo-allergenic (low allergy causing) breed. The coat is not weather resistant and so Yorkshire Terriers should live indoors with periods outside for exercise.
Compatibility with other pets Yorkshire Terriers generally live happily with other breeds of dog as long as the dog is of similar size. A large dog could easily injure a Yorkshire Terrier unintentionally while playing roughly.
Care Requirements The Yorkshire Terriers coat will generally grow to the ground and needs to be brushed for an hour every second day to keep it free of tangles. The hair on the head needs to be tied up to keep it out of the eyes. If an owner wants less work then the coat can be kept trimmed short. This way, 20 minutes brushing twice a week should be sufficient. As Yorkshire Terriers are generally robust little dogs, they will happily go for a long walk with their owner. If the backyard is of sufficient size, then adequate exercise can be gained running round in the backyard without the necessity of being taken for a walk in the street.
Ideal Owner/s The Yorkshire Terrier is suitable for people of all ages, with or without children but it is best that children are over 5 years of age. This is because a young child could easily injure a Yorkshire Terrier. The most important issue when considering owning a Yorkshire Terrier is whether you have adequate time to look after and socialise a dog. Like most dogs, it is not good for a Yorkshire Terriers temperament to be left alone for long periods of time. If everyone in the household is away from 9am to 5pm then it is best to get 2 dogs so that they have company.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Yorkshire Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.