Yorkshire Terriers, commonly referred to as “Yorkies,” are often big dogs trapped in little bodies, always on the lookout for adventure and maybe even a bit of trouble. Yorkshire Terriers are loyal and affectionate towards their family, but true to their terrier heritage, they’re sometimes suspicious of strangers and will bark at strange sounds and intruders.
Small in size but big in personality. The Yorkshire terrier is one of the world’s most famous dog breed. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Yorkshire Terriers:
Yorkshire Terriers are full of surprises
Number 1 – Raters
Yorkies were bred from all kinds of Terriers, including the Waterside Terriers. Their main purpose was to hunt rats. They were mainly used by miners and weavers to keep their workplace road and free. And Yorkie small size and fearless personality was the best for this job.
Number 2 – Therapy Dog
It’s believed that the first therapy dog was a Yorkshire terrier. During the World War II, an American soldier, Bill Wine find a Yorkie in a foxhole and took her with himself. The Yorkie traveled hospitals around the Pacific and the United States, working as a therapy dog for wounded soldiers.
Number 3 – Protectors
Yorkies might be small, but it seems they are not aware of it. No one told them because they are capable of standing out against much bigger animals. Dogs or people for you or themselves. They were bred to be fearless and they carry dis personated right to these days.
Number 4 – Weird Noises
Yorkshire Terriers are prone to reverse sneezing or a gag reflex. Instead of pushing the air out like a normal sneeze, they gasp for air, which is creating a honking sound. Kind of like a goose.
When you hear this for the first time, you might be scared about your Yorkie, but reverse sneezing is absolutely harmless and pass after a few minutes.
Number 5 – Human like Hair
The Yorkshire Terrier’s coat has very similar texture to human hair, and the coat is very beautiful, long and silky, or in a shorter Puppy Cut. Both require grooming maintenance.
It takes a lot of time to take proper care of the coat.
Number 6 – Yorkie in White House
Richard Nixon and his family were big lovers of Yorkshire Terriers, and they owned several of them. The Yorkie named Pasha even lived in the White House.
Number 7 – Biewer Terrier
In 1984, a Yorkie with unusual cold color was born. The Biewer, pronounced (Beeva) originated in Hunsruck, Germany in 1984. After raising and showing Yorkshire Terriers for 20 years, Werner & Gertrude Biewer created the first Biewer through the occurrence of a recessive piebald gene in their Yorkshire Terriers. “Darling von Friedheck” and Fru Fru von Friedheck” were the original pair used to begin the Biewer foundation stock.
Number 8 – Picky Eaters
It’s pretty common that Yorkshire Terriers has a delicate digestive system and they are kind of picky dogs. If your Yorkie is showing discomfort when eating or after eating, take them to the vet for a checkup and discuss food options.
Number 9 – Health
Yorkshire Terriers are generally very healthy dogs, but like all dogs, they do suffer from some health issues. The most common are patellar, loation, progressive retinal atrophy, and hypoglycemia.
The lifespan of a Yorkshire Terrier is usually between 12 to 15 years.
Number 10 – AKC Registration
Although Yorkshire Terriers do not have a long history, like some other breeds, they were one of the first breeds to be registered by the AKC.
Yorkshire Terriers were first registered in 885 with some other dogs like Beagles or Bull terriers.
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