Shimmering steel blue and sparkling gold in the sunlight, a Yorkshire terrier’s illustrious fur is something to behold. With two-toned fur cascading downward, Yorkies are prized toy dogs due to their regal appearance and sassy attitude. Yorkie puppies love bonding with their humans through consistent and loving affection.
Now a pristine lap dog, Yorkies had humble beginnings. In the 1800s, the English counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire bred Yorkies to be not sweet, but tough. With possible connections to the Watershed, Clydesdale, Paisley, and Skye terriers (and even malamutes!), a Yorkie’s miniature stature allowed it to squeeze between cracks to catch rodents in textile mills.
One very notable Yorkie named Huddersfield Ben kept the breed alive. Though terriers on average only weigh seven pounds, Huddersfield Ben clocked in at over 11 pounds and was a champion rat catcher in the mid-1800s. He sired a litter of puppies that many say are the ancestors of modern Yorkshire terriers.
Who is the best human for a Yorkshire terrier?
Known for being great city dogs, Yorkshire terriers are ideal for apartment environments. They can be a bit skittish at first, so slightly older children who understand how to handle small animals are preferable. Having the patience to devote to a Yorkshire terrier puppy is key, as they’re an intelligent, affectionate breed that loves being with their humans.
They enjoy learning new things, so take the time to get to know your Yorkie puppy’s spunky personality and don’t hesitate to train them in basic obedience and fun tricks.
Getting a Yorkshire terrier puppy
Choosing to adopt or go through a breeder for your new Yorkshire terrier puppy is a personal choice that requires research. Thankfully, there are many resources out there to help you find a rescue or breeder that offers healthy, ethically sourced Yorkshire terrier puppies.
Knowing what you’re in for when you get a Yorkshire terrier puppy is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. Whether you find a responsible breeder or are planning on adopting, it’s up to you to be prepared for an energetic and friendly addition to your household.