DOG PAWtobiography: Meet the Yorkshire Terrier, our dog of the week!

Many of you PetDoc followers have told us you have a Yorkshire Terrier so this week’s Dog PAWtobiography is the Yorkie! These dogs may be small in stature, but they certainly have a larger than life personality! The Yorkie is the most popular among the toy dog breeds.

yorkshire terrier

Many of you PetDoc followers have told us you have a Yorkshire Terrier so this week’s Dog PAWtobiography is the Yorkie!

These dogs may be small in stature, but they certainly have a larger than life personality! The Yorkie is the most popular among the toy dog breeds. While they have the feisty trait of the terrier clan, these bundles of adorableness make loving companions.

yorkshire terrier

In the mid 1800’s, when weavers went to England to find work, they brought their small dog breed, the broken-haired Scotch terriers with them. Nearly a decade later, Angus Sutherland, a reporter suggested the name be changed. He believed the breed which had originated on Scotland, had in fact been perfected when it arrived in Yorkshire. In no time, everyone wanted one of these dogs and they started being shown in 1861. The name officially changed in 1870.

Yorkshire terriers can be prone to reverse sneezing (pharyngeal gag reflex), which can be brought on by irritants such as pollen, perfumes and cleaners. Thankfully this is a harmless condition, however it does cause the Yorkie to make a goose like honking sound!

yorkshire terrier

An average Yorkshire Terrier will measure usually 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulder and weight can range between 4 to 6 pounds. They can live between 12 – 15 years.

Famous owners included Audrey Hepburn and Whitney Houston.
This dog is most likely to be called Gizmo or Bella!

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See the Yorkshire Terrier in action in the video below!

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