Meet one of the most popular breed on the earth. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you the Yorkshire Terrier, one of the first 25 registered breeds with the American Kennel Club. Officially in a toy-group, but still a terrier - a big dog in a small body. Yorkies are very independent and feisty, intelligent and energetic. They're focused on people and love to work, that's why they follow commands and learn very quickly. Yorkie Terrier feels the mood of the owner and always tries to comfort and cheer him in the moment of sadness. He will be your best friend and will follow you everywhere you go.
The Yorkshire Terrier was introduced in North America in 1872 and the first Yorkshire Terrier was registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. During the Victorian era, the Yorkshire Terrier was a popular pet and show dog in England, and as Americans embraced Victorian customs, so too did they embrace the Yorkshire Terrier. As with many such new fashion trends, the interest crossed the ocean to the USA causing a rising demand. There were already breeders and fanciers of different Terriers waiting to consolidate all their Silky Coated Little Terriers as a distinct recognized breed. Now they had a name – Yorkshire Terrier. The affect was immediate and in a very short period Yorkies were being bred in 22 states. The breed’s popularity dipped in the 1940s, when the percentage of small breed dogs registered fell to an all-time low of 18% of total registrations. By 1900 the U.S. had forty-five states and there were breeders and fanciers in twenty-two of them. Yes, they were not a widely popular in the beginning, but in the 1960′s everything have changed. Yorkies became one of the most popular dog breeds.
We all love our pets and try to please and spoil them. Unfortunately, we end up suffering from it. The first mistake of all Yorkie owners is during their first day at home with the dog. Since you adore him, play with your puppy and never leave him without your attention. You should not take your puppy to bed with you even if he wines. Your puppy will get used to sleeping in its owner’s bed. Firstly, a dog should know its place. If you will train her to sit on the couch, she will always sit there. Since it is not normal for a dog to sleep in your bed do not get in the habit of bringing her to bed with you. Based on my own experience I can say that if you’ll take the puppy with you to bed the first several nights, she will end up sleeping with you. Try to develop all the qualities of the behavior that you would like to see in the future at an early age. Just like with humans, it is hard to radically change a habit or personality of an adult but easier to adjust a child’s bad habits.
Big things come in small packages, right? Such is the case with Smoky, the four-pound Yorkshire terrier that flew combat missions in World War II. Smoky was found in a foxhole by an American soldier and was sold to Corporal Bill Wynn for about $6. Wynn kept Smoky on the battlefield and in the fighter planes for the next two years, teaching him tricks and allowing him to comfort wounded soldiers along the way. This earned Smoky the distinction of being the first therapy dog on record.
Smoky’s career as a joy-giver didn’t stop with the war, either – he performed with Wynn onstage at hospitals and military functions for another 10 years after VE day.
Smokey comforted soldiers during World War II. Wynn chronicles his adventures with Smokey in the book, Yorkie Doodle Dandy.