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Yorkshire Terriers treat the world as their oyster, carrying an air of self-confidence far more than their size would give them any right to be.
While they regularly attract attention through their stunning good looks and diminutive size, they keep the loyalty of their owners through their sparkling personalities.
This breed comes by his cheeky attitude and stunning good looks through hundreds of years of genetic blending, beginning with the gray, rough-coated Waterside Terrier. Then the silky Clydesdales were added.
The concoction finished up with a generous dose of the 18th century Scotch terrier. Mixed well, it was discovered that some of these resultant dogs produced tiny, feisty creatures with flowing, steel-blue body coats and a long tan headpiece.
By the Numbers
Size: must not exceed seven pounds.
Coat Care: 10 – Very High; he requires a daily brushing and weekly bath to maintain his flowing locks. If kept in a shorter haircut, a Yorkie's coat needs proportionally less care.
Trainability: 7:They can be surprisingly obedient. If taught with lots of games and fun, they can definitely become well trained.
Energy level: 7 Yorkies are energetic little guys. They need an equally energetic owner.
Good with Children: 4 They should not be around small children, especially when they are puppies. Older childen are usually okay.
Noise level: low -- 7 They can be noisy.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 8 They shed very little and are hypoallergenic.
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