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Although the history of the Yorkshire Terrier is sketchy, much is known about the origin of this exceptional and vibrant breed. The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie for short, found a humble beginning in northern England in the counties of Yorkshire, Manchester, and Leeds for several years before 1750.

  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Life expectancy: 13 – 16 years
  • Origin: England
  • Height: Male: 18 – 23 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)
  • Temperament: Intelligent, Bold, Independent, Confident, Courageous
  • Colors: Blue & Tan, Black & Tan, Black & Gold, Blue & Gold

During this time, the industrial revolution began, creating small communities around coal mines, textile factories and mills. The people of these areas originally made their livelihood from the land and experienced great upheaval during the Industrial Revolution. Many had to learn new lifestyles to keep their families supported. Many of these persevering families from Scotland have been drawn to a small fledgling community to start a new life.

Along with this hardy group of immigrants came similarly strong pets and companions. During the 19th century, Scottish weavers began arriving, bringing sturdy Scottish terriers. Scottish terriers are not a simple bloodline, but they have created several different types of terriers, including the Yorkshire Terrier.


Some of the Scottish Terrier’s bloodline later became a breed known as Skye, Scottish Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, and the last Cairn Terrier named for its separation.

The Scottish Terrier was also known for being on Argyle or Isle of Skye. It was a bluish colour, also known as Scotls with broken or smooth hair, depending on the length of the coat.

There is every possibility that they were forerunners of modern skye terriers. Other varieties with Yorkie ancestor claims are the Paisley Terrier, the Clydesdale Terrier, and the Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier.

All of these Scottish breeds, along with British breeds, were working dogs used to control pests in coal mines and mills.

In an effort to produce canines with extraordinary skills in catching rats, ordinary men of the time breed only the smallest, fastest and best ratter in the bunch. These men were not out to produce a purebred, sophisticated breed of dog. Instead, they wanted the best dog to keep the mouse away. This is why no records were kept as to what breeds were mixed to create the Yorkshire Terrier.

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