Bred from 3 different dogs
One of the most interesting facts about Yorkshire Terriers is it was bred from three different breeds. The very first one ever born was a male, and he was named Old Crab.
The second one was Kitty, a female Yorkshire Terrier. It is believed that two of the dogs used to breed them are Maltese and Paisley Terriers. They were named Yorkshire even though they were bred with terriers from Scotland.
The original Yorkshire Terriers were known to come in a wide range of colors.
The Yorkshire Terrier breed of dog is classified as a toy breed, making them super small. They are well known for being one of the smallest breeds in all of the world. Some kennel clubs consider this breed of dog as a companion dog, even with their small size.
The average adult Yorkshire Terrier will grow to be seven to eight inches and weigh around seven pounds. The life expectancy for this breed is longer, eleven to fifteen.
6th most popular
There are many popular breeds within North America, both big and small. Yorkshire Terrier is the sixth most popular among these breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. Many different features are making them popular.
Their small size is one of the reasons they are loved so much. They are also popular in other parts of the world, such as the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is where they originate from, and they have remained popular there.
There have been so many famous Yorkshire Terriers over the years, and there will be more. One of these dogs is Huddersfield Ben, and he was owned by Mary Ann Foster. He is famous for creating the standard for this breed while he was a show dog.
There is a painting done by George Earl in 1891 of this dog to show what the standard is. He has fathered many puppies, making him the father of the breed.
A feature that makes a Yorkshire Terrier one of the most popular is they might have a hypoallergenic coat. It has not been proven though if they do have this kind of coat.
People believe they do because they shed far less than other breeds do. Scientists, on the other hand, do not believe they have this coat. They have proven there is a certain protein in a dog that triggers the allergies, not the fur.
One standard color
Even though Yorkshire Terriers can be found in different colors, only one is standard. The standard coloring is a tan coat with a blue saddle. There are different variations, though, which can be found on a Yorkshire Terrier.
The other coloring is called particular and is caused by a recessive gene. The coloring of these is white with tan and black or blue. Another possible coloring is a golden coat, but they are extremely rare to have happened.
Many genetic defects
A lot of Yorkshire Terriers are prone to have genetic defects, sometimes a lot of them. One of the most common ones is distichiasis, which is a minor health problem.
The genetic defect affects the way the Yorkshire Terrier’s eyelashes grow. It causes the eyelashes to grow at unnatural spots, which can cause eye problems. Another common one is hypoplasia, which causes the pivot point at the cervical vertebra not to grow right. There are many more defects.
Prone to certain health issues
There are some health issues Yorkshire Terriers are prone to suffer from and they are more prone than some other breeds. Some of the problems they are prone to suffer from are cataracts, keratitis sicca, bronchitis, and lymphangiectasia.
Another problem that could pop up, especially in puppies, is hypoglycemia. These problems are common because of their size, which makes it harder for the body to process different chemicals. They have to be kept on a regular food diet.
When Richard Nixon was president of the United States, a Yorkshire Terrier lived in the White House. His daughter, Patricia Nixon Cox, owned a Yorkshire Terrier named Pasha. She is not the only daughter of a president though to own a Yorkshire Terrier.
The current president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, owns one.
There are plenty of other celebrities who own this breed as well. Some of these people include Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra, Miley Cyrus, and Natalie Portman.
Famous war dog
During World War II, there were many different breeds of dogs who supported the war efforts.
Yorkshire Terrier is one of these breeds, with one standing out more than the rest. The dog went by the name of Smoky, and she was considered a war hero. She lived with her owner, Willian Wynne, in Cleveland, Ohio.
There is now a bronze statue at the place she was buried. The statue shows her standing on a G.I. helmet.
Introduced to North America in 1872
The first Yorkshire Terrier was introduced into North America in 1872. It happened shortly after the breed was created. In 1885, the Yorkshire Terrier breed was officially registered in the American Kennel Club.
The first one registered as a female Yorkshire Terrier by the name of Bella. When the Victoria era took place, this breed was the most popular one to be seen as show dogs. Even though the breed’s popularity has gone down, it always came back.
Smallest dog record
A Yorkshire Terrier holds the record for the smallest dog in history. The Yorkshire Terrier, who holds the world record, was named Sylvia. She was the pet of Arthur Marples, and she lived in Blackburn, England.
Sylvia was always compared to a matchbox because of her small size, she could fit into a person’s pocket. She was recorded to measure only 2.5 inches tall at the top of her shoulders. Her length was 3.5 inches from the end of her tail to the tip of her nose.