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History Of Yorkies

The Yorkshire Terrier is rumored to be a product of blending Scottish and English terriers. During the Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) when many Scots were displaced and settled in England , they brought along with them their Scottish terrier. Over time, the two unique breeds co-mingled and the result was the Yorkie.

Although pedigrees are not available for the first Yorkshire Terrier ancestors, several breeds have been suggested, including the Waterside Terrier, the Clydesdale Terrier, and the Paisley Terrier.


The Scottish influence, brought in by the weavers during the industrial revolution, are the same ancestors as the Scottish Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, and Cairn Terrier (all once one breed), as well as the Skye Terrier. Many have suggested that at some time the Maltese, an old breed from Malta , may be in the background of some as well.

The original Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie), is known as the "Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier" was a with wire hair whose intended purpose was the catching of mice and other vermin that lived in small spaces. Today, standards have changed drastically and Yorkies are usually under 7 pounds.

The breed was renamed the Yorkshire Terrier, after the county of Yorkshire , England In 1870. The father of the breed is considered to be Huddersfield Ben, who was born in 1865 and died in 1871 from a carriage accident, the inbred offspring of a mother and son. Huddersfield Ben was bred by Mr. W. Eastwood Huddersfield. A multiple champion, Huddersfield Ben set the foundation for what would develop into the modern Yorkie.

Since there creation in the 1800s, the Yorkies have seen overwhelming success. From models like Gisele to Hollywood starlets like Paris Hilton, Yorkies are a hit!

Based on registrations, Yorkshire Terriers became the #3 most popular dog breed in the United States in 2005 according to the American Kennel Club, trailing only the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever.

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