Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 9 in (22cm)
Weight: 7 lb (3kg) maximum
Coat: Glossy, fine, and silky
Color: Dark steel blue (not silver blue) extending from back of head to root of tail, never mingled with fawn, bronze, or dark hairs; face, chest, and feet rich, bright tan
|The Yorkshire Terrier or Yorkie is a comparatively
recent breed, having been developed in Yorkshire,
England, within the last hundred years through the
crossing of a Skye Terrier and the extinct Black and
Tan Terrier, a forerunner of the Manchester Terrier.
The Maltese and Dandie Dinmont may also have
contributed to its make-up. The Yorkie is seen in
many different sizes and people often think there
are two varieties, miniature and standard. In fact,
the Yorkie should not exceed 7 lb (3kg), making it
one of the world's smallest dogs. There are, however,
many larger specimens that are ideal as pets.
The Yorkie is suited to town or country living, and
like most small terriers, is utterly fearless. This bossy,
inordinately affectionate and lively little dog makes a
fine pet. It is also a first-class show dog for those with
the time to spare for intricate grooming.