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What are Yorkies?

Yorkshire Terriers, commonly known as Yorkies, are a small breed of dogs that originated in Yorkshire, England in the 19th century. They are known for their adorable looks, feisty personality, and loyalty to their owners. In this article, we will explore what Yorkies are, their physical and personality traits, as well as their history and care requirements

History of Yorkies

Yorkshire Terriers were originally bred in the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. They were developed from various terrier breeds, including the Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, and Manchester Terrier. Yorkies were initially used to catch rats in mills and factories, but their small size and adorable looks soon made them popular pets. The first Yorkie was brought to the United States in the late 1800s, and the breed quickly gained popularity. Today, Yorkies are one of the most popular toy breeds in the world.

Physical Characteristics of Yorkies

Yorkies are a small breed of dogs, weighing between 4 and 7 pounds (1.8 to 3.2 kilograms) and standing 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimeters) tall. They have a compact, muscular body with a long, silky coat that is usually tan and blue or black in color. Yorkies have a small, triangular-shaped head with pointed ears that stand upright. Their eyes are round and dark, giving them an alert and intelligent expression.

Personality Traits of Yorkies

Despite their small size, Yorkies have a big personality. They are known for being feisty, energetic, and confident, which can make them excellent watchdogs. Yorkies are also very loyal to their owners and love to be around them. They can be quite demanding, however, and need plenty of attention and exercise to keep them happy.

Yorkies are intelligent dogs and can be trained easily, but they can also be stubborn at times. Early socialization and training are essential to ensure that they develop good behavior and manners.

Caring for Your Yorkie

If you’re thinking about getting a Yorkie, it’s important to know that they require a lot of attention and care. They are highly social dogs and need regular exercise and interaction with their owners. They also require regular grooming to maintain their beautiful coats. In addition, Yorkies are prone to certain health issues, such as dental problems, hypoglycemia, and collapsed trachea. It’s important to work with a reputable breeder and veterinarian to ensure your Yorkie stays healthy and happy.

Need help deciding if a Yorkie is right for you?

Here at Blueberry Brook Yorkies, we are happy to educate you on the breed and answer your questions. We believe it’s important to make sure your new puppy is the right fit for you and your individual lifestyle. Contact us anytime.

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