Yorkies were bred in 19th century Yorkshire, England, to help control pests in mines and cotton mills. They were originally heavier and larger than they are today.
Yorkshires were probably the result of breeding the Maltese with other local terriers and Scottish terriers.
They are compact dogs, about 8" at the shoulder. Eyes should be medium sized and not protruding or prominent.
Yorkies are smart, affectionate, alert and courageous. Although very active, they are still suitable for apartments because of their small size.
Keep in mind that it takes a lot of work to maintain the long coat; however, they can be kept clipped.
last updated Jan 6, 2000