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The Energetic Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed

yorkshire terrier dog breed
The Yorkshire Terrier dog breed is about 100 years old and where it originates from are not entirely certain. At first the Yorkshire Terrier was much bigger than the ones we see today and through selective breeding have become smaller. They were made into a fashion dog when women began to carry them around in their bags or under their arms and the first Yorkshire Terrier with the characteristics demanded by the standards of today was first shown at a dog show in 1870.

Breed Specifics
The Yorkshire Terrier is part of the AKC Toy group and was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1878.
Height: 6-7 inches
Weight: 7 pounds
Longevity: 12-15 years

Description
The Yorkshire Terrier dog breed has an ultra long, fine silk coat which parts along the spine and falls down straight on either side of the dog’s body. Often the tail of the Yorkshire Terrier is docked to half its original length and is carried level with its back. The Yorkshire Terrier has a flat head and medium sized length muzzle with a black nose and regular teeth. They are extremely lively and the ears are v-shaped and can be either erect or semi-erect. The dog’s limbs are straight and it has round feet with black nails.
Color: Steal Blue body and tail and the rest of the coat is Tan in colour.

Temperament
The Yorkshire Terrier is very eager to have adventures and get into trouble and is highly energetic. However, they are also clever, brave and loyal and are affectionate towards their owner. The Yorkshire Terrier is a breed which is very demanding and dependant on their owners and crave lots of attention. Although they are usually sweet and loving they can become snappy if they are surprised or frightened. Although they like to bark it is very easy to teach them not to.

Health Issues
Some Yorkshire Terriers are prone to suffering from either bronchitis or early tooth decay. The may sometimes suffer from paralysis which is caused by herniated disks in their hindquarters as well as other problems associated with the spine. Their bones are fragile so knocks or falls can easily cause fractures.

Lifestyle
The Yorkshire Terrier dog breed is suited to apartment life and is sensitive to the cold so it prefers warmer climates. Although a Yorkshire Terrier does not need regular exercise it will benefit from the opportunity to run around and play.

Grooming
A Yorkshire Terrier will need to be groomed regularly and they shed little or no hair, but a dog that has had his coat clipped will need to be combed and brushed daily to weekly. Their teeth should be cleaned on a regular basis also.


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