As a yorkshire terrier parent, we want to know everything there is to know about our pet. While learning about your yorkie takes time - what his favorite food is, the telltale signs he's about to pee, what his preferred toys are - there are still a lot of (awesome) things you are about to learn.
For starters, here are 5 cool trivia about yorkies you probably didn't know about:
1. Yorkies are originally bred as rat exterminators
While the cute and cuddly yorkshire terriers we know today are known to be companion dogs, the breed was originally bred in the mid 1800's slightly bigger in size and for the purpose of exterminating rats. Today, yorkies are almost never used anymore to kill vermin, but now you know where the feistiness comes from!
2. The breed used to have a different name
The breed wasn't always known as the yorkshire terrier. Originally they were called Broken Haired Scotch Terrier, Broken Haired Toy Terrier or simply Toy Terrier. It was only in the 1970's that the breed adopted the name Yorkshire Terrier as a means to honor the place where they were first bred.
3. The Father of Yorkies was a Champion Show dog
Yorkies are descendants of many similar terrier breeds, including breeds that no longer exist such as the Clydesdale terrier and the Black-and-Tan terrier. But the one believed to have layed out the foundation for the yorkshire terrier breed and considered to be the "Father of Yorkies" is Huddersfield Ben, a champion show dog. In his short life of 6 years, he won over 70 prizes and sired numerous yorkies.
4. A yorkshire terrier holds the world record for "smallest dog in the world"
Sylvia, a yorkie, still holds the title for "smallest dog in recorded history". Today, the smallest dog alive is Miracle Milly, a chihuahua who measures 4 inches tall. But Milly is still larger than Sylvia, who only measures 2.5 inches tall. Before Milly, Sylvia held the title of smallest dog alive for 70 years.
5. Audrey Hepburn was a certified yorkie mom!
Audrey Hepburn was a legendary actress who everyone knew loved here yorkshire terrier named Mr. Famous. Numerous pictures show how attached Audrey was to her baby, bringing him everywhere, including film sets. Mr. Famous even made a special appearance on Funny Face, one of the actress' most popular movies.
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