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History of Yorkies

Yorkshire Terriers

When it comes to adopting a dog, every person may have their preferences, but there is one factor that is crucial to the majority of dog owners: what breed will you adopt?

Although there are hundreds of great dog breeds to choose from, today, we will only be discussing Yorkies.

About Yorkies

Yorkshire Terriers (or Yorkies for short)  may be small in size, but once they become a member of the family, they are loyal for life. They are known to have spunky and personalities—some would even describe them as sassy. However, they are not just energetic and playful, they are also very gentle, tender and sweet to those they know and love. 

Along with their sweet personalities, they have more than one soft side. Quite literally, their fur, also better described as hair, is soft, silky and requires regular grooming to keep it clear of knots, weeds and more. One great way you can show your dog your love for them is by helping them maintain it with shampoo and conditioner. 

Make sure to buy these soaps specifically made for dogs. The best dog shampoo and conditioner will help to keep your pet clean and healthy, while also helping them look great too. The right combination of ingredients can produce a variety of results, ranging from deep cleaning to conditioning and moisturizing.

Yorkies are the perfect family pet. They are hypoallergenic, intelligent, and small enough for any home, growing usually between 7-8 inches. These dogs also have a long lifespan, anywhere between 13-16 years.

Brief History of Yorkies

The history of Yorkshire Terriers is an interesting one, and much like their personalities, very unique. 

Before Yorkies were considered a luxury dog, they were first considered a working dog. They used to be “ratters”, meaning that they would chase and exterminate rats in the sewers. They could do this because of their fast speeds and small bodies. 

Eventually, hunters took notice of these dogs and their ability to hunt small game. Many people used Yorkies to hunt small animals, specifically ones that lived in burrows. 

As word spread about how terrific this dog was, people around the world started to take notice of his silky hair and began bringing them into their homes. 

However, as Yorkies began to make their way into America, there began to be an increase in an off-breed, known as Parti Yorkies. These dogs are very similar to regular Yorkshire Terriers, except for some differences in color. Specifically, traditional Yorkies are considered to only be black, tan, blue, and gold, whereas Parti Yorkies include sable, tan and other brown shades. 

At the time, Parti Yorkies were not allowed to compete in dog shows, and many breeders found these puppies to be an inconvenience. Some breeders even had these types of dogs put down to try and stop the breeding of the recessive brown genes. 

Fortunately, things have shifted since then. Now, Parti Yorkies are not only considered good pets for homes, but in the year 2000, the American Kennel Club (or the AKC) finally recognized them as an official breed. 

Though it took a while for the world to see Parti yorkies as an official breed, we know that these canines are the sweetest little things, and they will only fill your life with joy. 

Yorkies Today

Nowadays, we see Yorkies in many families’ homes, and it’s no surprise to see why. Yorkies are very easy to train and can become excellent companions.  They also love to play, which makes them great for families with children.

These small dogs are not only small enough for any home or apartment, but don’t shed and therefore don’t leave traces of dog hair behind them. This is extremely helpful for people with allergies (like my family!) 

They are loyal, intelligent, and love to be near their people. Yorkies are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world today. They are highly sought after, and there is often a waiting list to adopt one.

Arizona Yorkies

In the photo above, you’ll see our first dog, Pretzel. Our family has had her for over 7 years, and she has brought so much joy to our home. She will jump into bed when you are feeling sick to try and comfort you, follow you around to make sure you’re not alone, and her funny personality always puts smile on our faces!

She is a part of the family, and we can’t imagine these last few years without her.

We know what it means to care for a Yorkie, and we understand the love that these canines have.

This is why we care so much about placing puppies into good homes. 

Here at Arizona Yorkies, we want to make sure that our puppies are adopted into loving families. They are loyal companions who will always be there for you, and they deserve a loving, welcoming home where they will be cared for diligently.

If you are interested in adopting a Yorkie Puppy for yourself, feel free to contact us, or let us know your questions and concerns – we are happy to help!

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