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Description of Yorkshire Terrier

The Breed History

The Yorkie’s origins trace from Scottish terrier lines in the Victorian era, specifically the Waterside terrier crossed with Paisley, Skye, Clydesdale, and rough coated Black and Tan English terriers. This terrier went to Yorkshire England from Scotland as a companion for immigrating weavers. They were brought to the USA in the late 1800s, and AKC recognition occurred in 1885.

Breeding for Function

This terrier was originally used to help control vermin. It was originally much larger, but was progressively bred for smaller body size, and as a companion dog, enjoys travel in purses and totes.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 6" (15 cm), male 7" (18 cm)

Weight: females less than 7 lb (3 kg), males less than 7 lb (3 kg). They average 3-5 lb (1.5-2 kg)

Coat: The long silky, low-shed straight haircoat is colored the trademark blue and tan. Coats are parted over the topline and the forehead in the middle, or more commonly, the topknot is tied up. The body coat has a dark blue metallic highlight that develops at maturity. Puppies are born black and tan.

Longevity: 12-15 years.

Points of Conformation: Yorkies possess a small head, the eyes are prominent, large and dark, the nose is black and button shaped, ears are set high, V-shaped and held pricked up or semi-erect. The muzzle is tapering and trim. The tail is generally docked to one half length, and the compact body has a short, level topline. Dewclaws are usually removed, and nail color is black. They move with agility and straight, medium-length strides.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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