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.
September 12, 2011 @ 9:51 am posted by admin