Description & History

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed by working men and their families in the last century.

It is believed to be the result of cross-breeding between the English Black and Tan, the Skye Terrier and the Maltese.

The nineteenth century Yorkshire Terrier was much bigger than today's Yorkie and was bred to combat vermin, not only in homes but also in factories and mines.

By the turn of the century selective breeding gradually created today's smaller dog, although its ability as a terrier has by no means diminished.

The Yorkie, when no longer required for its sporting activities, gradually moved up the social ladder to become not only a much loved pet, but also a very successful show dog.

The breed became officially known as the Yorkshire Terrier in 1886 and was also recognised by the British Kennel Club in the same year. It is one of today's most popular breeds in the British Isles and other countries worldwide.

The Yorkie, is the smallest of the British toy breeds. Although an affectionate dog, it is no softie and, like other hardy breeds, enjoys playing and even hunting among the hedgerows, should the opportunity arise.

Rosamund Walters.

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