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I am a yorkie, so decided it might me a fun idea to share with you a few fun facts about my breed.

The Yorkie was originally bred to be an exterminator in the mid-1800s. They were used to hunt rats in mines and clothing mills and also for hunting badgers and fox underground.

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Ben Huddersfield

The “Father” of all Yorkies is thought to be a champion showdog named Huddersfield Ben (1865). Although he only lived for 6 years, he won over 70 prizes and sired many puppies, laying the foundation for the breed.

In World War II, an American soldier found a Yorkie pup lost in a foxhole. He named her Smokey and she went on to become one of the first therapy dogs and later advanced onto stringing communication lines between the outposts in the Philippines.

Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States and kept a Yorkie named Pasha at the White House with him and his family.

Newborn Yorkies weigh about 2.5 ounces (0.7 kilograms) and have very short, soft hair which is usually a mix of black and tan colors.

The tail of the Yorkie is usually docked—or trimmed to be smaller—at birth. Tails are docked to about half their original length.

Yorkies are known for being a brave and bold dog in a little body.

 chloe the yorkie in a purse yorkshire terrierLoyal and loving, this dog does not want to be left alone and in fact is known as a “purse dog,” they love to go everywhere with it’s owner.

This breed loves to curl up in a little ball when sleeping or just taking a quick nap.

NEVER play rough with a Yorkie, their tiny statue is not built for this and could lead to broken bones or other injuries.

Yorkies love to swim, but be sure to put a life vest on—these tiny pups can easily be whisked away by a strong current due to its smaller frame.

Free-feeding (food left out at all times) is recommended for puppies up until they are about 4 months-of-age. After this a regular three small meals-per-day is required (around ¼ cup of food or less per-feeding).

This breed does not have a very long attention span, so training using one-word commands (Sit, Stay, Come) with each individual training session will work best.

The Yorkshire terrier (or Yorkie for short) is the 6th most popular dog in all of the US. The Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle and Bulldog make the list before the Yorkie.

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Cede Higgins

Cede HigginsBecause of their size, Yorkies are a part of the “Toy” dog group, not the “Terrier” group according to the AKC (American Kennel Club).

A Yorkie has only won Westminster’s Best in Show title once, in 1978, and the dog’s name was Cede Higgins.

The smallest dog on record is a Yorkie named Sylvia. She was only 2.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches long and weighed in at a mere 4 ounces.

NFL star Tom Brady and Supermodel Gisele Bundchen had a Yorkie named Vida.

Hilary Duff has a Yorkie named Jak, which was apparently a present from an ex-boyfriend.

Singer/songwriter Missy Elliott reportedly paid $3,500 dollars for her Yorkie, Poncho.

Mr. Famous yorkie Audrey Hepburn

Mr. Famous

Audrey Hepburn’s beloved Yorkie, Mr. Famous, was often seen with this legendary actress and even made an appearance on the movie, “Funny Face.”

Actress Natalie Portman has a Yorkie named Whiz.

Actress Naomi Watts was often photographed with her Yorkie named Bob.

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