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  • Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

  • -Ann Landers

  • The Yorkshire Terrier, also fondly known as the Yorkie, enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling

  • into soft pillow, but is lively and inquisitive, physically and mentally quick, and spends

  • much time dashing around checking things out.

  • If this sounds like the match for you, stick around.

  • Welcome to Animal Facts, I'm Leroy and today we discuss the small, elegant, easy to carry,

  • ever-popular lap dog, the Yorkie.

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  • 10.

  • Today, Yorkshire Terriers are popular companion dogs, but these little dogs were bred from

  • a collection of terriers, including the Waterside terrier, in order to hunt rats.

  • Miners, weavers, and other business owners in Scotland in the mid-1800s used these tiny

  • exterminators to keep their workspaces rodent-free.

  • Because of their compact size, Yorkshires could squeeze into tiny spaces; their fierce

  • personalities helped them fearlessly take on their rodent prey.

  • Yorkies love squeaky toys.

  • Maybe it’s because the squeakiness stirs up their age-old instinct to hunt.

  • 9.

  • THE FATHER OF THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER BREED WAS A SHOW CHAMPION.

  • Yorkshire Terriers descend from several similar terrier breeds, some of which no longer exist,

  • such as the Black-and-Tan Terrier and the Clydesdale Terrier.

  • But the one dog considered the father of the breed was a champion show dog named Huddersfield

  • Ben.

  • He won more than 70 prizes and sired many Yorkies, laying the foundation for the breed.

  • At the time, the dogs were called Broken Haired Scotch Terriers or Toy Terriers, but by 1870,

  • they were known as Yorkshire Terriers, after the region where they were first produced.

  • 8.

  • According to the American Kennel Club's registration statistics for 2016, Yorkie are the seventh

  • most popular dog breed in the U.S.

  • They trail only Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Bulldogs

  • and French Bulldogs.

  • In 1949, only 173 Yorkies were registered by the AKC.

  • In 2007, they were the 6th most registered breed by the AKC.

  • 7.

  • There are 4 color combinations approved for the breed standard: Black & Tan, Black & Gold,

  • Blue & Gold, and Blue & Tan.

  • These 4 different combinations each have a specific code associated with them, and that

  • number is entered on the dog’s registration form.

  • 6.

  • When American soldier Bill Wynne found a Yorkshire terrier in a foxhole during WWII, he named

  • her Smoky and took her in.

  • The two traveled through New Guinea, and Smoky soon 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.

  • Smoky also toured hospitals throughout the Pacific and the United States, working as

  • a therapy dog for wounded soldiers.

  • After wartime, she went to Hollywood, where she performed on various TV shows.

  • There is a monument dedicated to her memory where she passed away in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • 5.

  • The smallest dog alive today is a 4-inch Chihuahua named Miracle Milly, but Milly is still bigger

  • than Sylvia, a Yorkshire Terrier who for 70 years has remained the smallest dog in recorded

  • history.

  • Sylvia was 2.5 inches tall, measured 3.5 inches long and weighed only 4 ounces.

  • 4.

  • Legendary actress Audrey Hepburn was famously attached to her Yorkshire Terrier, Mr. Famous.

  • Lots of photos exist of Hepburn toting the dog around with her on studio lots, and he

  • even made an appearance in one of her most popular movies, "Funny Face."

  • Other notable celebrity Yorkie owners include: Tom Brady, Carmen Electra, Natalie Portman,

  • Ivanka Trump, Britney Spears, and Joan Rivers.

  • 3.

  • Yorkies are known for their long, flowing, silky coats, which swish around the show ring.

  • But this beautiful feature is also incredibly time-consuming to care for.

  • Because the coat is similar to human hair, it tangles into knots if the owner doesn't

  • brush it every day.

  • The bonus is that Yorkies don't have an undercoat so their coat doesn't shed anymore than your

  • hair does.

  • Many breeders recommend that owners keep their Yorkies in a "puppy cut," which is short and

  • easily to maintain.

  • 2.

  • This fact will remain a point of contention among Cairn Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier

  • fans alike.

  • The original drawings in the first edition of L. Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard

  • of Oz depict Toto as what some say seems to be a Yorkie.

  • The assumption makes sense, considering the breed was popular at the time and that the

  • illustrator W.W.

  • Denslow owned one.

  • We will never know for sure, but we are certain that in the movie, Toto is played by a Cairn

  • Terrier.

  • 1.

  • Judging by their bravery and boldness, Yorkies have no idea how small they are, or else they

  • have the confidence not to let their diminutive size hold them back.

  • Loyal to the bone, Yorkies have been known to protect their owners from any threat.

  • In 2014, a 6-pound Yorkie in New Jersey even chased off a hungry bear that wandered into

  • the dog's home.

  • Well there we have it - ten colosal facts about a tiny toy terrier.

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