Yorkshire Terrier or “Yorkie” Dog Breed
The Yorkshire Terrier has a beautiful mantle of long silky steel-blue hair, whilst a golden mane falls from its head and face. It’s a great family pet, but if kept traditionally, requires a lot of grooming. If you want a dog that spends a lot of time outdoors, this perhaps is not a great choice, as the silky hair can matt easily. For a similar natured dog more suited to the outdoors, I would suggest an Australian Terrier or a Silky Terrier .
The breed originated around England’s Yorkshire region in the mid 1800’s and were initially used as ratting dogs. There are 2 distinct lineages of terriers, the bull fighting terriers (eg the Bull Terrier, and the vermin hunting terriers. Other historically vermin -hunting terriers include the Airedale Terrier, the Australian Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier, the Cairn Terrier, the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Wire Coated Fox Terrier, and the West Highland White Terrier.
In terms of temperament, these dogs are courageous, alert, intelligent and absolutely love spending time with other dogs, especially other terriers.
The average lifespan is around 14 years, but they can live for up to 17 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 18-20 cm in height and weigh between 4 and 6 kgs in peak condition.
The yorkshire terrier is a favourite amongst US celebrities, with yorkie owners including Vanessa Williams, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, Tara Reid, Molly Sims, Kristen Cavallari, Miley Cyrus, Gisele Bundchen and Britney Spears – just to name a few!
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