Actual and factual: . . The Yorkie is a rel…

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The Yorkie is a relatively new breed, originally bred in the mid-1800’s. At first the breed was used as an exterminator to hunt rats in mines and clothing mills.

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The Victorian Era changed the view of the Yorker as a ratter to a prized pet. Both the upper class and Royalty placed great value on the breed because of its small stature and big personality.

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The Yorkie’s coat is silky and fine (like human hair) perfectly straight and (preferably) with a high sheen and they don’t shed. In the show ring, the breeds hair is grown out and it is not uncommon for hair to grow to 2ft or more in length.

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Possibly one of the first Therapy dogs was a Yorkshire terrier found in a foxhole in New Guinea during WWII. An American soldier named Bill Wynne found her and named her Smoky. The two traveled through New Guinea, and she immediately began to help with the war effort. Thanks to her small size and obedience, she was able to run through pipes and string communication wires under a former Japanese airstrip. Without her help, soldiers would have had to dig trenches and expose themselves to enemy fire.

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During and after the war, Smoky toured hospitals throughout the Pacific and the United States, working as a therapy dog for wounded soldiers. One can visit a monument dedicated to her memory where she passed away in Cleveland, Ohio.

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