Is a Yorkshire Terrier Right for You?
Yorkshire Terriers, also known as Yorkies, are a beloved and popular breed of dog known for their small size, playful personalities, and distinctive long hair. These charming little dogs have a rich history and are beloved by pet owners all over the world. In this article, we will share 13 interesting facts about Yorkshire Terriers, including their origins, physical characteristics, and unique personality traits. Whether you’re a Yorkie owner or simply a dog lover, these facts will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for this adorable and beloved breed.
In Landmark Research on Modern Dog Breed
development, the Yorkshire Terrier has been shown to share the most DNA with an ancestor of the following breeds:
Growing Up Yorkshire Terrier
The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials
each December in Orlando, FL. called the Fast CAT Invitational. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average speed for Yorkshire Terriers was about 16 mph. The fastest recorded speed was by a female Yorkie named Queen Of Cleptomania at 21.19 mph!
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a giant study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, the Yorkies ranked 9th out of 124 dog breeds for separation anxiety and 15th in attention seeking behaviors. Essentially, this means a Yorkshire Terrier is prone to jealousy when their owners give their attention to other dogs or people and is VERY prone to separation-related behaviors such as destroying things, losing their appetite etc.
Yorkshire Terrier Humor!
While Yorkshire Terriers are a
tough little breed, with an average lifespan of 13-15 years, it is not uncommon for a them to live 20 years!
The number one health concern for small dogs is accidental injury. More vets see Yorkies for falls, being stepped on, other dogs jumping on them, choking on a household object etc. than anything else! This is why many Yorkie owners are protective of their dogs-and some over-protective. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right mix with a small dog.
In addition, there are certain health conditions that effect them:
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