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A Brief History of the Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier takes it name from the county of its origan, Yorkshire, England.

Almost a hundred and fifty years ago, in 1856 to be exact, a number of Yorkshire dog fanciers banded themselves together in an endeavor to produce a small dog that would be suitable for a pet as well as a utility animal.

The exact origin is not known, although it is thought that the Black and Tan terrier, along with the Paisley Terrier and the Maltese had much to do with the makeup of what we know today as the Yorkshire Terrier. This might account for the difference in coat textures, color and size that we still see.

The Yorkshire Terrier was recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1886, at that time it was much larger than we know it to be today, sometimes weighing as much as fifteen pounds. One of the better known dogs was Huddersfield Ben, sometimes referred to as the father of the Yorkshire Terrier. He was born in 1865 and was credited with contributing his excellant type and quality to future generations.

By the late 1800's the Yorkshire Terrier was becoming known in the United States and the first Yorkie registered with the AKC was in 1897.

Since then, there have been many great dogs. Space would not allow me to name them all, who did so much toward creating the beautiful Yorkie that we have today.