Yorkies have hair, not fur. Unlike most dogs, Yorkies don’t shed because they have only a single layer of fine hair—like humans—instead of an undercoat.
The Yorkshire Terrier is the most popular small dog breed in the United States. It's often called by its nickname the Yorkie. The American Kennel Club classifies the Yorkie as a Toy dog, but also agrees that it is a terrier.
Where to Yorkshire Terriers come from?
Well, Yorkshire, of course! To be more specific they originated from Yorkshire, England where they were first bred to kill rats in clothing mills.
Yorkies love squeaky toys. Maybe it’s because the squeakiness stirs up their age-old instinct to hunt and kill mice! In fact, Yorkies were once called “ratters” and used in mills to control the rodent population.
Yorkies consistently rank in the top 10 most popular breeds in the United States. Other popular breeds include Labrador Retriever, German Shepherds, Beagles, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, and Poodles.
These small dogs are active and bold. They can be good pets and companions, but need to be trained not to bark too much. They also tend not to like walking on a leash and can be difficult to house break.
Yorkies should not be left outside unattended. Coyotes and even large birds of prey can easily take off with your small dog when you’re not looking—so better to be safe than sorry and always accompany your pooch while outdoors.
There are 4 color combinations approved for the breed standard: Black & Tan, Black & Gold, Blue & Gold, and Blue & Tan. These 4 different combinations each have a specific code associated with them, and that number is entered on the dog’s registration form.
Yorkies make great therapy dogs. Because of their portability and non-threatening size, Yorkies are great animals to take on visits to nursing homes and hospitals. And because they love to be lap dogs, they make great companions for shy children to practice their reading in front of.
Yorkies are not the best choice in homes with small children. Because Yorkies are so small and have fragile bones, they do better in homes with older children and adults.
Most Yorkies enjoy swimming. Although it’s a good idea to keep your tiny pup supervised whenever he is in the water.