Yorkshire Terrier is a member of the toy group, but a stout heart beats beneath the long silky coat, and Yorkies are known far and wide for their cheek.
They have not been rated among the most popular breeds at any time because they require far too much attention to coat for that. But they have enjoyed a steady demand for well over 80 years.
As his name implies, the dog was bred originally in the north of England and when dog shows became important events and “circuits” were organized, the little dogs attracted a great deal of attention in other parts of the country.
Properly groomed Yorkshire Terriers make lovely little house dogs, are very affectionate, keen mousers, and are very active. Unlike most larger breeds, they can have plenty of exercise in an ordinary back yard, but they do like their daily walk as much as any other breed.
Good ones weigh between 3 and 4 pounds, but some of the tinies weigh less than 2 pounds at maturity. Although they must spend so much time indoors to preserve the color of their coat, they are disease resisting, easy breeders and generally live to a ripe old age.
Outstanding feature of the Yorkshire Terrier is his long, very silky coat. It is parted from head to tail and is brushed straight down.
It is the usual practice to plait this long hair to prevent the dog tripping over it. This is only done when visitors are not around, much as Milady puts her hair in curlers. Others keep the little dogs in bootees to prevent them from breaking the fine coat.
Correct color of the body coat is a hard steel blue. This color fades gradually as the years go by into a clear, gleaming silver.
The head is covered with rich golden hair, which is pulled back and plaited behind the ears. A long mustache grows on either side of the face which is also golden in color, as is the front of the neck, the legs and the rear portion.
The head is fairly short, with dark, keen eyes, and the ears are carried erect. The tan or golden of the Yorkshire Terrier should be lighter at the tips than it is at the roots. In all other breeds, excepting apricot colored Poodles, hair at the tips is darker than at the roots.
The dog should carry himself with an air of importance, has a short, straight top line, high set on docked tail, well sprung ribs and the legs, though fine in bone, should be sound and move straight forward with no sign of weakness.
The prospective buyer of puppies must be prepared to spend quite a lot of time attending to the coat. Daily brushing is essential if the dog is to look right. The coat is so fine that even one day’s neglect will cause it to knot, and a neglected Yorkie is a very sad sight indeed.