The Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire,…

The Yorkshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire, a county in northern England. In the mid-19th century, workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire in search of work and brought with them several different varieties of small Scottish terriers.

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Originally it was three (3) dogs, bred from Scotch terriers (note: meaning dogs from Scotland, not today’s Scottish terriers) by chance that the eventual creation of the “Yorkshire Terrier” was done by these same Scottish workers, working in the cotton mills. This may sound strange as it wasn’t someone dedicating time and effort to shape and influence the breed but regular workers and the right breeds of dogs in the factories. The name Yorkshire Terrier was given to them on account of their being improved so much in Yorkshire, England that the name stuck.

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Not long after the Yorkshire Terrier was introduced into North America. In 1885 the first Yorkshire Terrier was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) Yorkies were a popular pet and show dog in both America and England. The creation of the Yorkie was heavily influenced and grew during the Victorian era and as Americans embraced Victorian customs, so too did they embrace the Yorkshire Terrier.

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The breed’s popularity dipped in the 1940s, when the percentage of small breed dogs registered fell to an all-time low of 18% of total registrations. Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier and famous war dog from World War II, is credited with beginning a renewal of interest in the breed. The American Kennel Club ranked the Yorkshire Terrier as the 6th most popular pure-breed in the United States of America in 2012 and 2013.

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