Yorkshire Terrier History
The Yorkshire terrier is an old breed of dog that was originally developed in the county of Yorkshire, England. They were bred as rat catchers for working-class people living in textile mills and coal mines. The first true “Yorkies” have been traced back to the early 1800s when they were recognized by English Kennel Clubs. Nationals from Scotland and Ireland also used these small dogs to hunt small game like rabbits and badgers.
In 1886, the first official Yorkie show took place at the General Terminal Showgrounds in Birmingham, England which became a popular annual event ever since. By 1901, the AKC had officially accepted them into their registry just before they gained worldwide popularity due to being owned by celebrities such as Lassie and Lady Astor during this time period.
Today it is one of America’s most popular companion breeds with its spunky temperament, affectionate nature and undeniable cuteness - making it a much sought after pet for families around the world.
Yorkshire Terrier Characteristics