1. They Originate from Yorkshire in the 19th Century
Yorkshire Terriers have an interesting history. They were first bred in the county of Yorkshire in England in the mid-19th century. When workers from Scotland came to work in Yorkshire, they brought with them several varieties of small terriers. Details of how the dogs brought to Scotland led to the breeding of the Yorkshire Terrier are vague. It is simply known that they were originally bred by workers in the cotton and woollen mills. A quote by Mrs A. Foster from 1886 explains that reliable breeding information was not kept as the men working in the mills at that time were not well educated and did not have the capacity to record these details accurately.
2. They Were Bred from Three Dogs
One piece of information that is known is that the Yorkshire Terrier is a breed that was created from three different dogs. The first of these was a male called Old Crab. The second was a female called Kitty. The third was a female dog whose name is unknown. During the early stages of breeding, it is believed that the Paisley Terrier and the Maltese were used. While they were bred using terriers from Scotland, they are called Yorkshire Terriers to reflect the area in which this breed was improved.
They are now commonly referred to as Yorkies. Originally, the Yorkshire Terrier varied greatly in appearance, but these differences have now been ironed out through breeding. At one point, almost any terrier type dog with a long coat and coat colorings of blue, silver, and tan was referred to as being a Yorkshire Terrier.PAGE BREAK
3. A Yorkshire Terrier Called Smoky Was a Famous War Dog
It is well-known that various breeds of dog supported the war efforts of World War II. The Yorkshire Terrier was just one of these breeds. The most famous Yorkshire Terrier to serve in World War II was a dog called Smoky. She was a war dog that was considered a hero of World War II. Smoky was owned by William Wynne from Cleland, Ohio. The war veteran had adopted the dog while he was serving in the Pacific for the 5th Air Force for the United States. Smoky weighed just four pounds and stood at only seven inches tall. Despite this, she was a brave dog and faced many dangerous situations. She also faced primitive conditions, humidity, and equatorial heat. At the end of the war, she returned to the United States with Wynne. She died in 1957 at the age of 14 and was buried in an ammo box at Cleveland Metroparks at the Rocky River Reservation in Lakewood, Ohio. At her resting place, there is now a life-size bronze sculpture of Smoky sitting on top of the helmet of a G.I.
4. They Are the Sixth Most Popular Breed of Dog in the United States
The Yorkshire Terrier has now become the sixth most popular breed of dog in North America. This is according to the American Kennel Club. The Americans love the small size of this dog and its loving nature. The breed is also popular in many other countries in the world, including the UK from where it originates.