You know he or she is very cute. This feisty ball of fur charms and enchants its owners.
However, there are other things that you should know about your dog or a Yorkshire Terrier that you are considering bringing home.
According to the American Kennel Club, there are several things you probably did not know about this bundle of fur, the Yorkshire Terrier.
It is one of the AKC’s chosen top 10 breeds.
1. It is considered a Tomboy dog
Although it is tiny, the Yorkie has earned the nickname, “the tomboy toy”, due to its spunky personality.
Confidence and courage are the marks of the breed. The standard for this breed says,
“The dog’s high head carriage and confident manner should give the appearance of vigor and self-importance.”
Yorkies are used as companions as well as therapy dogs and are known for their agility.
2. The coat of the Yorkie is similar to human hair
As a show dog, the Yorkie’s hair is long and flowing as well as silky. To keep this beauty in the show dog, hair is brushed every day or it will tangle.
The Yorkie does not shed any more hair than a human does.
It is recommended that pet Yorkies get a “puppy cut”, short hair that is easier to maintain.
3. Although high-class looking, Yorkie’s have a blue-collar background
Although they may wear fancy bows and top-knots today, Yorkies were originally bred for vermin and rat-catching in the mines and underground tunnels.
The “Broken-haired Scotch Terrier” made its first appearance in 1861 in Yorkshire England; the name was changed after the breed had improved and earned a better name, nine years later.
Give your Yorkie a stuffed mouse and watch it go back to its roots.
4. Men also like Yorkies
Although they think they would like a real “man’s dog”, such as a German Shepard, many men come around after getting to know this feisty friend.
In some cases, in fact, the dog has bonded more with the husband than the wife. According to the AKC,
“Other “real men” who love Yorkies: Bruce Willis, football star Brett Favre, Justin Timberlake, Orlando Bloom, and most famously from the recent Australia dog-smuggling incident, Johnny Depp.”
5. Toto (from The Wizard of Oz) May Have Been Inspired by a Yorkie
Fans of the Cairn Terrier insist this dog breed was the inspiration. In the movie, Toto was played by a Cairn Terrier, so that is the familiar Toto.
However, early sketches from the book by L. Frank Baum show the dog looking much more like a Yorkie; the illustrator, W. W. Denslow, in fact, owned a Yorkshire Terrier. The discussion goes on…
6. There was a Yorkie War Dog Hero
Found in the jungle of Papua New Guinea, a Yorkie was named Smoky and brought back to the soldiers’ barracks during World War II.
He became a hero after he was able to drag a communications cable through an 8-inch-wide, 60-foot-long drainage culvert, saving the lives of soldiers.
U.S. Army Corporal William Wynne took care of Smoky and later wrote a book called Yorkie Doodle Dandy.
He is honored at six war memorials in the U.S. and is included in AKC’s Museum of the Dog.
7. With the right training, a Yorkie can enjoy the big city
Yorkies are often on the list of top NYC dog breeds; they do well in large urban environments with the proper socialization.
Because they are confident little dogs, the noise of the crowd or a passing truck does not bother them.
Things to Know About the Care of the Yorkshire Terrier
Covered elsewhere in this Yorkshire Terrier Guide in detail is information regarding these subjects for the care of your little dog.
Here are some tips from AnimalWised:
Your Yorkie needs a healthy diet; the amount of food will be determined by his age, size, level of activity and more.
Your dog should be socialized as well as trained. He should interact with people as well as other dogs. This will help alleviate his fear of bicycles, skateboards, scooters and more. Take him for long walks, as he enjoys exercise.
This is his method of communication. It can be from stress or enthusiasm, but if it is excessive, there are methods to train him.
Bathe him often and use a conditioner for smooth fur. Use a hair dryer to take out knots in his fur.
If you do this, begin when your Yorkie is a puppy. Use canine toothpaste, as human toothpaste is toxic to your little friend.
Keep your Yorkie warm with clothing during cold weather. Not just to look cute, clothing helps protect this breed towards a tendency for diseases, such as bronchitis.
Although they are tough, this small dog can be injured from bad falls or blows, so they should be watched when playing around children.
Stomach issues, loss of teeth and giving birth can also be problems for the Yorkie.
So now you know the good, the bad and the fun of having a Yorkie.
Your furry friend needs attention, love and good care, and this small creature will reward you with their spirit, intelligence, companionship, and tenderness.