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10 Jun 2015 - 05:30:42 pm

A Spotlight On Smallest Dog Breed In The World

If you're searching for a dog that weighs just a few pounds with great spirit, the Yorkshire terrier or Yorkie may be just for you. The background of the Yorkie goes back in the eighteenth century. Scotsmen left their country and headed south looking for a job in England during the Industrial Revolution in England. They brought their families and dogs. Their dogs included Skye Terriers, Paisley Terriers and Clydesdale Terriers. The breeds ranged in size from 6 pounds to 20 pounds. They were all fairly heavily coated. Some had a silky texture to their coat. All carried blue-tan or gray coat colors. A common breed in Yorkshire, England at the time was the Waterside Terrier.

The present-day Yorkshire Terrier is a mixture of these four breeds. The beautiful long-coated dog with a silky steel blue and tan coat is prized as one of the smallest dogs in the whole world and the most popular toy breed.

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Yorkies were being shown in England by the 1850s. The standard weight fell anywhere between 5 and 18 pounds. The English Kennel Club recognized the breed as the Yorkshire terrier and placed it in the recently formed Toy Group by 1886. Currently the Yorkie reigns in the top ten breeds in popularity in Britain.

The first recorded Yorkie whelped in the United States was in 1872. At first, the American Kennel Club divided the breed classes by weight: Under 5 pounds and over 5 pounds. The larger weight class had few entries. Therefore it was agreed to have one weight class for all Yorkies, specifying weight range between 3 and 7 pounds. Today, the American Kennel Club breed standard for a Yorkie is 7 pounds.

The Yorkshire terrier is a very popular breed in the United States. Two very excellent breeders who raised and showed Yorkies in the fifties, 1960s and seventies were the sisters Joan Gordon and Janet Bennett of the Wildweir Kennels. Their English import Ch. Little sir Model was the first Yorkie to win an all-breed best in Show.

At the present time the breed places in the top ten breeds in popularity of the AKC breeds. It continues to hold a number-one ranking as a Toy dog in America. Throughout all time the Yorkshire terrier has remained a favorite of the public.

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