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Yorkie Fun Facts You Never Knew

By Mawoo Pets · 5 Mar · 8 mins read
Yorkie Fun Facts You Never Knew

If there's one breed of dog that captures hearts with its sprightliness, playful nature, and irresistible cuteness, it's the Yorkshire Terrier. Fondly referred to as 'Yorkies', these tiny canines are one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.

Yorkies are an enchanting mix of 'all sweetness' and 'terrier sprightliness', a mix of qualities that has given them a dedicated followership. Here are some fun facts and fascinating tidbits about this beloved breed that will make you love them even more.

22 Fun Facts about Yorkshire Terriers

1. Originated During the Industrial Revolution 

You may be surprised to hear that the origins of the Yorkshire Terriers date back to the industrial revolution. Weavers who were migrating from Scotland to Yorkshire around the mid-19th century brought their terriers with them. These pups were initially bred to catch rats in clothing mills,  and were bred over time to beomce the companion breed we know today. 

2. Huddersfield Ben: The Grandfather of Yorkies 

In the annals of Yorkie history, one name stands out: Huddersfield Ben. Born in 1865, this iconic dog is acknowledged as the foundational sire for this breed, and played a key role in solidifying the breed we know and love today. 

painting of huddersielf ben the original yorkiePortrait of Huddersfield Ben - the first Yorkie

3. From "Broken Haired Scotch" to "Yorkshire Terrier" 

The Yorkshire Terrier wasn't always known by its current moniker. At first, these delightful dogs were known as Broken Haired Scotch Terriers or Toy Terriers. However, by the 1870s, these pups had stolen hearts in Yorkshire, and as such, earned their current name. 

4. Life-Saving Heroes: Yorkies in Combat 

During World War II, a Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky was discovered in a foxhole. Smoky quickly became a war hero, aiding the troops by carrying communications wires through narrow, dangerous tunnels. She's credited with savings 250 lives and 40 planes by helping establish communication lines.

Even today, Yorkies are known for their life-saving behaviors, warning their owners about impending illness or danger. This is all from their protective instincts and loyalty. It turns out that Yorkies are not just adorable but fearless and resourceful too! 

yorkie smoky sitting in a helmetYorkshire Terrier "Smoky" from WWII

5. Smallest Dogs Ever Recorded 

A Yorkie with the name "Sylvia" holds the title of being the smallest dog in the world. Standing only at 2.5 inches high and weighing a mere 4 ounces, Sylvia entered the record books in 1945 in England, where she stands tall even today.

While your Yorkie might not reach such diminutive proportions, he or she's nevertheless part of a breed that has made its mark in world history. 

6. Yorkies Are a Frequent Celebrity Favorite 

No, it’s not just the commoners who are smitten with these adorable canines. Quite a few celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Depp, and Paris Hilton, have a soft spot for Yorkshire Terriers. These little four-legged stars also often make appearances on social media, strutting their adorable style. 

audrey hepburn holding her yorkshire terrierAudrey Hepburn and her Yorkie

7. Yorkies Excel in Dog Sports 

Yorkshire Terriers may be small, but don't let their size fool you. These little furballs are incredible athletes. They can participate and excel in canine sports such as agility, tricks, and rally obedience. This not only strengthens their body but also sharpens their minds while harnessing their innate agility and alertness. So, don't hesitate to set up an obstacle course for your Yorkie in the backyard! 

8. Their Color Changes as They Mature 

Contrary to what you might expect, Yorkshire Terrier puppies aren't born with their iconic blue and tan coat. They first greet the world in black, transitioning to their signature hues after their first birthday. A Yorkie's color depth can even fluctuate with age and the females' heat cycle, growing lighter then darkening again. 

9. Yorkies Have Human-Like Hair 

Remarkably, Yorkies share a hair growth pattern similar to humans. Their silky fur, praised for its glossy sheen and soft texture, grows continuously. This means that, without haircuts, a Yorkie's hair could grow long enough to reach the floor.

yorkie with long silky hair

10. They're Natural Low-Shedders 

The Yorkie's coat isn't merely beautiful; it's also low-shedding! Unlike other breeds, which produce dander and shed regularly, Yorkies' human-like hair rarely sheds. This characteristic makes them an excellent choice for allergy sufferers or anyone looking to avoid the common pet owner's struggle with finding pet hair everywhere! 

11. Not Your Typical Playmates for Children  

Though Yorkies are friendly and lovable, they might not be the ideal pet for young children. Due to their small size and sensitivity, rough and tumble play can be risky. Always supervise interactions between Yorkies and children to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both. 

12. Yorkies Have a Show Dog’s Grooming Rigor 

Show dogs boast floor-length hair, but maintaining this posh look requires dedication. Regular grooming sessions keep the Yorkie's hair mat-free and gorgeous. Plus, it's the perfect opportunity for some quality cuddle time! 

Their routine must also include weekly baths, ear checks, and even pedicures! Using gentle shampoos and conditioners lets your Yorkie's coat shine, while regular ear checks and nail trims prevent infections and health issues. 

13. Small Mouths = Dental Dilemma 

Yorkshire Terriers have very small mouths and so are particularly vulnerable to dental diseases, because their tiny mouths are prone to accumulating tartar buildups. Regular brushing and professional dental cleanings help keep those precious smiles healthy and bright! Toothbrush time could be a bonding moment and vital for your canine's overall health. 

14. Yorkies Are Always Young at Heart 

Ever noticed how Yorkies don't seem to slow down, even as they age? Yorkies maintain their puppy-like energy well into their mature years. Their zest for life and love of playtime can provide endless entertainment for their owners. However, it's essential to remember their need for interactive play and mental stimulation, which helps keep them agile and young-at-heart! 

15. Yorkies Have a Funny Running Style 

Watching a Yorkie run can be quite entertaining. Due to their small stature and long hair, they have developed a distinct prancing-like gate, which is a remarkable sight to behold. It's as if each day of their life is a mini agility course! 

16. Yorkies Love Adventure 

Yorkies aren't your typical lap dogs. They have a well-defined sense of adventure and love exploring their surroundings, sniffing out new scents, and meeting new friends. Be it a new toy, a changed room layout, or a neighborhood walk, these little detectives enjoy exercising their curiosity and zest for novelty. This keeps them physically and mentally stimulated. Always remember, a busy Yorkie is a happy Yorkie!

17. The Challenge of Housebreaking 

Small but stubborn, Yorkies offer a unique challenge when it comes to housebreaking. Their stubborn nature can make the training process more difficult than some other breeds. One considerable obstacle is their sensitivity to wet or chilly weather, which may make them reluctant to go outside for bathroom breaks. Using pads, creating sheltered outdoor areas, or timing outings for the most pleasant parts of the day can help mitigate this issue. 

18. Yorkies Can Suffer from Separation Anxiety 

Yorkies love company and don't do well when left alone for long periods. They are emotionally intelligent and attach strongly to their owners. They may even develop separation anxiety if they feel abandoned. So, make sure you have enough time for cuddles, walks, and playtime when you bring a Yorkie into your life. 

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19. They Are Masterful Barkers 

Barking is a language mastered by Yorkshire Terriers. Despite their small stature, these little dogs can make a big noise. As a breed known to stand their ground, Yorkies use this vocal talent to proclaim their territory and alert their loved ones to potential intruders. They can make excellent watchdogs in small packages.  

If barking is a concern for you - don't fret! Socialization and exercise can help manage your Yorkie's barking tendencies.

20. They Have Mighty, Fearless Personalities 

Despite being one of the smallest dog breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier packs an enormous personality. They carry an almost-fearless demeanor that belies their small size. With their towering self-esteem and headstrong nature, these terriers aren't afraid to face larger dogs or take on challenges. 

21. They're a Common Pick as Service Dogs 

Yes, small dogs can be service dogs, too! Despite their reputation for being pampered, Yorkies are far from being just fashion accessories. Many of them serve as service dogs and provide companionship and emotional support for those in need, given their size and affectionate natures. These therapy dogs are often found in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, using their inherent charm to bring smiles to people's faces. 

22. They're One of the Longest-Living Breeds

Yorkies are one of the longest-living dog breeds, living an average of 12-15 years or more. Many small dog breeds live longer than their large-sized counterparts, and as one of the smallest dog breeds, your Yorkie is likely to be by your side for a long time. 

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, this family-favorite breed make for high-energy, playful, and loving companions. They might be small in size, but their personalities pack a lot of strength, bravery, and spunk. With their long, silky coats and entertaining antics, Yorkies definitely demand attention but in return, offer buckets of love. 

If you have your heart set on a Yorkie, you can browse our available Yorkie puppies from outstanding breeders. If you're unsure whether Yorkies are right for your family or are wondering which breed may be best for you, consider trying our Dog Breed Quiz to find the perfect match for your lifestyle.  

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