Yorkshire: Origin and history of these dogs

Their origin, as we know them today, dates back to the 19th century, in the midst of the industrial revolution. It was the Scottish workers who, when they arrived in the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire (England) – of textile tradition – in search of work, gave rise to this breed.

According to the archives, these people disembarked in different areas of England and many of them arrived with different varieties of small-sized dogs (terriers) that were prepared to hunt and kill uncomfortable rodents such as rats or mice.

Later crosses with small dog species such as the skye terrier, the waterside terrier and the clydesdale terrier, finally gave rise to the yorkshire terrier. Although many consider that the bichon maltese is also part of the origin of this admired breed.

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Although in its beginnings it was considered a dog representative of the working class, the bourgeoisie and the more noble classes did not take long to take notice of this particular breed. This meant, as it could not be otherwise, a before and after for the yorkshire: and is that, from that moment, would become an unconditional companion that only the most powerful and wealthy families could own.

From then on, they began to consolidate as one of the most desired dog breeds that every glamorous and stylish woman wanted to have as a pet. So much so, that the breeders of yorkshire could not cope with the great demand of the moment.

Over time, the human intention has been to get a miniature dog and many have been those who have endeavored to originate increasingly smaller species (or misnamed yorsay toy, yorkshire toy or dwarf yorkshire). This practice, against which still fight the great defenders of this beloved animal, has led to tiny dogs weighing up to 900 grams and tiny dimensions.
Yorkshire terrier dog breed, a must for both the working class and the bourgeoisie.
The popularity of the Yorkshire breed has changed a lot over the years suffering successive ups and downs. Already in its beginnings, it was a breed of dog characteristic of the lower and humble social classes due to the use they were given as hunters of small rodents such as rats and mice.

But the high society and the bourgeoisie did not take long to notice the Yorkshire breed of dog, becoming years later the most popular pet among nobles and millionaires. So much so that it served as inspiration for many artists who decided to portray them in their works of art, as in the case of the oil painting Huddersfield Ben.

From Great Britain, Yorkshire dogs made the jump to the United States and the rest of Europe, where they continued to captivate many families with their character and peculiarities. In fact, in the United States the yorkshire terrier dog breed became the most popular during the year 2002, undoubtedly a great milestone in the history of the yorkshire terrier!

Videos and photos of yorkshire dogs
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Yorkshire terrier with his owner
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How are they? How to recognize a yorkshire terrier?
According to the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) standard, it was not until 1870 that the current name of yorkshire terrier was accepted. Originating in Great Britain, this breed of dog has an innate hunting instinct that makes them very particular.

Elegant in appearance, its physique stands out mainly for its long, straight, fine and silky coat, in addition to its small size, although well proportioned. According to this standard, the weight of the yorkshire should not exceed 3.2 kilos in adulthood and should respond to a hair color in shades of intense and bright fire. However, it must be taken into account that they should be darker at the roots than at the tips.

They have a small, flat skull and a not very long muzzle. Their teeth are scissor-shaped and their eyes are medium-sized, bright and dark. In addition, their ears are small, V-shaped, erect and covered with short hair. Finally, they boast a tail with plenty of fur, a little higher than the level of the back.

Beyond their physical peculiarities, the Yorkshire are intelligent, active, cunning, playful and curious dogs. They love to explore and go outdoors. In spite of their small size, they enjoy taking long walks, especially in nature.

The most daring ones are mischievous and crazy, but they love to feel affection and affection from their owners. In general, they are usually well predisposed to interact with other dogs, even in coexistence. They are also perfect in families with children, since the yorkshire get along great with the little ones. Of course, we must be careful not to pull their hair, tail or ears, as they are things that Yorkies hate.

Breeding and reproduction of yorkshire dogs
If you have a yorkshire terrier, it is likely that at some point the idea of expanding the yorkie family through breeding and reproduction has crossed your mind. In this certainly sensitive factors such as pedigree, the health of the animal and the purity of the breed come into play.

Since it is not easy, and the practice is strongly discouraged for inexperienced breeders, it is best to leave this task to professionals. But, are you curious about the reproductive cycle of these puppies? Read on!

Female Yorkies reach puberty when they go through their first heat, which is usually between six and eight months of age. However, often, this first heat is usually silent and goes unnoticed, since the dog hardly gives signs of it physically and her behavior does not vary too much because she is not yet attracted to males.

It will not be until the second or even third heat when the bitches reach their point of greatest fertility, so it is advisable to avoid procreating before that time. In any case, to know what stage your bitch is in, it is necessary to differentiate between four phases of the estrous cycle:

🟠 Proestrus: it lasts for 5 – 15 days. At this stage, the bitch shows signs of bleeding and increases the size of her vulva, but is not yet accessible for mating with the male. Other frequent signs, are increased frequency of urination and her insistence on going for walks.

Estrous: this phase lasts between 5 and 10 days, although it is variable. It begins when the female accepts to be mounted by the male. It is a time of great fertility, so there is a great chance of becoming pregnant. Physically, the vulva continues with a large size and bleeding, although to a lesser extent, persists. Past estrus, the bitch will again reject the male.

Diestrous: this is a period of approximately 60 days, in which the bitch returns to normal and no hormonal alterations occur, if she has not become pregnant. In some cases, “psychological pregnancy” behaviors can be observed, in which the bitch can be seen guarding and protecting objects as if they were her puppies or storing milk in her breasts.

🟠 Anestrus: begins when the diestrous ends and lasts until the onset of the next estrus (female yorkshire terriers go through estrus twice a year). In this phase, neither the female will be attracted to the males, nor the males will be attracted to the female. In addition, there is no reproductive attitude.

The number of yorkshire puppies depends a lot on the weight, size and age of the mother. It also influences considerably if it is her first pregnancy or not. Smaller females can have up to two or three puppies in their first heat, while those of a more advanced age can gestate even six puppies.

Females that are small in size and are fertilized in their second or third heat usually have an average of two or three puppies, while older females may have as many as six puppies at each birth.

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Yorkshire Terrier, the favorite pet of celebrities and celebrities
In Europe, the popularity of the Yorkie is also important, but it has not managed to reach the levels of the American country. This is due, in large part, to the fact that in Europe, large-sized dogs are preferred; while small-sized dogs such as the Yorkshire Terrier are adopted -mainly- by families with children and the elderly.

Being a very versatile breed that, in addition, does not need large spaces for its development and is perfect for traveling, the Yorkshire dog has also been chosen by celebrities around the world as a companion animal. This is the case of actress Naomi Watts, singers Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus or billionaire Paris Hilton.

Yorkshire puppy vs adult yorkshire: differences with the passage of time
When you adopt a yorkshire puppy, it is not strange to experience on occasion that you have a responsibility very similar to that of having a baby. Sometimes, even fears or insecurities may appear. Due to its small size, if the adoption takes place at a few months, you will have between your hands a tiny but charming animal.

While from birth until they pass the first year of age they maintain a straight coat and very dark black, in adulthood their hair becomes intense shades of tan and shiny touch. During this first stage, it is important to offer your yorkshire the proper care for proper development and prevent the appearance of disorders or abnormalities.

It is also advisable to keep away the most frequent diseases following the recommendations of your trusted veterinarian and an adequate vaccination schedule.

At what age do Yorkshire Terriers raise their ears?
Another of the most obvious signs of the passage of time is when the Yorkshire Terrier’s ears perk up. At what age do Yorkshire Terriers perk up their ears? Although in their first months of life they usually have their ears in the shape of “v” and slightly curved, in adulthood it is usual that they end up erect. Of course, we must ensure that the area is not too overloaded with hair, as this may prevent the lifting of the ears of the yorkshire by its weight.

Be that as it may, avoid carrying out any homemade invention or bandage to force the ears of your yorkshire terrier to rise. Following the advice given above, it is natural that, with time, your dog’s ears will eventually rise. Be patient and wait for the time to come. But, if it doesn’t, don’t worry and accept him as he is. Never try to modify his physical appearance by means of unnatural interventions.

7 things you should know if you want to have a yorkshire terrier as a pet
It is not strange that, if you have come this far, you are considering having a yorkshire dog as a pet. First of all, we advise you not to rush. Although it may not seem like it, it is a very important decision, because for better or worse, being in charge of a dog carries a great responsibility.

If you are going to think about it, the most important thing is to consider whether, in case you take the big step, you choose to adopt or buy. From yorsay.es we always support adoption as a first option, (be careful if you are going to buy a yorkshire for sale online, you can run into a case of fraud, we tell you all about it in our article on yorkshire toy), because with a small gesture you can contribute to improving the life of an abandoned yorkshire dog.

Whether through adoption or purchase in kennels or specialty stores, it is important that you know a few things before having a yorkshire at home:

1️⃣ It is not a toy: like any other animal, it should be treated with affection and should not be subjected to too much stress, as this can seriously damage their health.

2️⃣ They require the usual care of any dog: visits to the vet, investment in vaccinations, food and hygiene products… In addition, because of their character and personality, they demand a lot of time (to play, go for walks, care, education…) and pampering, as they are always on top of them.

3️⃣ They are delicate and sensitive: due to their size and physical characteristics, they are sensitive to cold and heat. The small size of their body is also a reason to be more prone to bone and muscle diseases. They are also one of the breeds most affected by dermatitis in dogs.

4️⃣ Do you have adequate space: although they do not require large spaces or grounds to maintain their usual activity, they need to live in clean and tidy places, with a pleasant temperature, offering shelter from extreme temperatures and direct exposure to the sun.

5️⃣ They are great friends of children, but…: the relationship of the Yorkshires with the smallest of the house is usually great and easily compatible. However, the puppies deeply hate pulling their hair, ears and tails, as well as any other mischief they may suffer from children. You have to make sure that this does not happen!

6️⃣ What do I do with my yorkshire on vacation: a common problem is not knowing what to do with him when the vacations come. Think before it’s too late a plan b or alternative if your little Yorkie can not accompany you wherever you go: a relative, a friend, a kennel, hotels that accept dogs … but never abandon him!

7️⃣ Its life expectancy usually exceeds 10 years: think that during all that time you must provide specific care yorkshire need and ensure a good quality of life. How do you see yourself 10 years from now? Does having this pet in your plans? Stop and think about it before making a decision!

Remember that in our blog you can learn more about the care, feeding and pampering for your yorkshire.