Description: The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog, which is in the toy dog class. This breed is 6-7 inches in height, and weighs approximately seven pounds. This breed has a life expectancy of 12-15 years. The Yorkshire terrier has a small head, that is flat on top, and they have a medium-sized muzzle, that is not long. Their teeth meet in a scissor or level bite, and can be undershot. They have a black nose. This breed has dark eyes, which are medium in size and not very prominent. Their eye rims are dark. The Yorkshire Terrier ears are small, erect and are V shaped, that are carried not to far apart. All the legs are straight, and we see round feet with black nails. In some countries, the tail is docked to a medium length, in countries where this is allowed.
The Yorkshire Terrier coat is glossy, fine, and silky in texture. The hair on the body is moderately long and should be straight. The hair on the head is long and should be tied up with a bow, or parted in the middle and tied with two bows this allows the dog to see and eat easier. With the Yorkshire Terrier breed, the hair on the muzzle is very long. With the colouring puppies are born black and tan are normally dark body colour, this changes as they grow older. Coat colours come in steal blue and tan, with the body and tail being blue and the rest of the dog is tan.
History: This breed comes from Yorkshire in England and was created by the working man, who wanted a dog that could catch the terrible rats and mice infected the mills and mine shafts. The Yorkie is not an old breed and came into existence in the 19th century. It is believed it came in part from Scotland’s with the migrating workers, and possibly in its genetic makeup, is the Paisley terrier, Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Manchester Terrier, Maltese, and the Scottish Terriers, but not the ones we see today.
Early in its history, any shape of terrier having a long coat with the blue and tan colouring was classed as a Yorkshire terrier. A lady called Mary Ann Foster, who showed Yorkshire Terrier dogs throughout Great Britain, helped define the type of the Yorkshire terrier. The Yorkie breed was also used in ratting competitions; this was a popular sport of the time. This dog, with selective breeding, has gradually miniaturized this breed. As they became smaller the ladies found them to be a fashion extension as they can be neatly be carried in a handbag. The Yorkshire Terrier breed is now a companion dog. This dog was first recognized by the AKC in 1885. The earliest records of the Yorkshire terrier born in the United States are in 1872.