History of the Yorkshire Terrier also called "Yorkie" for short.

The Yorkshire Terrier also known by its common nickname “Yorkie” originated in Scotland in the 1800s and was bred as a working class dog bred to catch the rats that became a problem in the mills.  They became a popular breed when many Scottish immigrants came to Yorkshire England to find work in clothing mills.

In the early 1800s, Yorkshire Terriers were a mix between the Paisley and Skye Terrier breeds. In the 1860s, a Yorkshire Terrier named Huddersfield Ben set the standard for the modern breed Yorkshire Terrier as many people love to date all over the world.

The Yorkie was introduced to America in 1872 and the American Kennel Club (AKC) allowed the breed to be a reputable pure breed dog in 1878, where it was one of the first twenty-five breeds registered. In 2008, the American Kennel Club listed the Yorkie as the second most popular dog breed in America right behind the Labrador Retriever.

There are several differences in the Yorkie of today compared to those of traditional Yorkshire Terriers. Originally bred from rough coarse textured haired terrier breeds, the Yorkie of today have been known to have had Maltese bred into the bloodline to produce the long silky hair that is a standard for the breed. It is difficult to determine for sure which breeds were used when creating the modern Yorkie since many breeders, interested in simply breeding the best possible mousers and rat catchers, did not keep accurate records. In addition, traditional Yorkshire terriers also weighed roughly thirty pounds. According to regulations set forth by the AKC, Yorkshire Terriers should weigh between four and seven pounds. In traditional Yorkshire Terrier history, the dog's tail would have been docked, but now in more recent European dog shows, un-docked tails are being accepted.

Some famous Yorkshire Terriers in addition to Huddersfield Ben., CH Blairesville Royal Seal furthered the breed's popularity by winning more than thirty competitions and placing Reserve Best in Show an astonishing sixteen times. Also in the winning circle is Champion Ozmillion Mystification, who was the first Yorkshire Terrier to win 1997 Best in Show at Crufts, which is the largest annual dog show. Pasha, who lived in the White House during Nixon's term, also helped added popularity to the Yorkie.

The Yorkshire Terrier has been a very popular breed amongst the celebrities:

  • Joan Rivers owned a Yorkie named Veronica and also was on television with a Yorkie named Spike.
  • Missy Elliott owns a Yorkshire Terrier named Poncho. This dog even appeared in her musical video "Lose Control."
  • Justin Timberlake owns two Yorkshire Terriers named Bella and Bearlie.
  • Bruce Willis owns a Yorkshire Terrier named Wolf Fishbein (Wolfie); he named the dog after a character in the Woody Allen movie Crimes and Misdemeanors.
  • Raven-Symone owns a Yorkshire Terrier named Shawty Pimp. Her pooch even appeared with Raven in a photo shoot for Ebony magazine.
  • Actress Tara Reid owns a Yorkshire Terrier named Stoli.
  • Ivanka Trump owns a Yorkie named Tiger.
  • Hilary Duff owns a Yorkie named Jack.


As you can see, this breed is very popular with many people.  One of their greatest features is that they don’t shed and people who normally are allergic to dog hair dander, normally don’t have allergies from the Yorkie so they are known as being hypoallergenic.  Their size makes them popular as many of them are small enough to fit into a purse or carry onto your flight on an airline.  Though they are small, they have the big dog mentality and usually are not fearful of anything and will take on even a larger dog just to protect their owner.  They are very loyal to their owners and they are small enough to have in a condo or apartment.  So now you know why so many people have fallen in love with these cute little fur babies.