Surprisingly, the Yorkshire Terrier, known for its refined “furniture” and long, silky coat, began its history as a catcher. His most likely antecedents are a mix of various Scottish and Welsh terriers, including the Skye terrier, the Clydesdale terrier and even perhaps the Dandie Dinmont.
Selective breeding over the years has miniaturized the Yorkie. This is the second smallest dog in the American Kennel Club register (Chihuahua being the smallest). Selective breeding has also improved the texture and length of the coat. The Yorkshire Terrier is known today in the ring for its silky coat, characterized by a steel blue color on the back and sides, gradually melting into a beautiful shade of “autumn orange”. The long hair on the top of the skull can be pulled back and tied with a bow on the back of the skull or two bows on each side between his ears.
The treatment of the Yorkshire coat is extensive. The long silky coat requires daily grooming. Those who do not have the time to do such a task would do well to bring this dog regularly to a groomer or keep the coat neat to a reasonable level. The mantle length in an adult reaches the ground. In addition, facial hair around the eyes and whiskers under the chin and mustache can collect a considerable amount of food damage and require regular disentangling. Yorkie shampoo is certainly easy, a kitchen sink with an accessory sprayer works well! The shampoo should not be a “human” shampoo, the dog shampoos that are also conditioners work well and, if the shampoo does not contain conditioner, an additional conditioner should be applied. The coat should be brushed slightly wet, it is best to have a hair dryer gently blowing the coat as you brush, as this helps to “separate” the hair. Do not brush a “dry” layer, it will break the ends. If the dog has not been bathed, spray it on the coat by brushing it. As with any breed of dog, and more specifically a breed that is an “indoor” dog, his nails must also be regularly maintained. Every six to eight weeks is the norm.
The Yorkshire temperament is well suited for pampering fashion. It seems that this little dog really likes to be “trimmed” and wrapped. Most Yorkie owners point out that their pet does not like anything more than a “dress up” outfit on their best Sunday to go out for a walk. However, a Yorkie who has not been treated since the beginning of her puppy life will NOT appreciate the attention of brushing, etc., and these little characters can pose many problems for a groomer who is not ready for a battle. If you have trained the dog to stand on a grooming table, you will find that the work is relatively easy, especially if the grooming table is adjusted to your height.
The Yorkshire Terrier has an affectionate and loyal temperament, but as most small dogs often have trouble robbing. Although he has most likely lost his “hype” instinct, he has maintained a lively and inquisitive temperament and is extremely well suited to companionship and companionship. The keen character, however, can certainly cause trouble and an ignored Yorkie can take a lot!