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According to the American Kennel Club, the Yorkshire Terrier, commonly known as the Yorkie, was the 7 th most popular dog breed in the U.S. in 2015. It’s no wonder that the cute and feisty little Yorkie is such a beloved dog. Here are just a few interesting facts about this little guy which prove that good things come in small packages!

1. The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in Yorkshire, England in the 1800s to catch rats that lived in that industrial city’s textile mills.

2. A Yorkie named Huddersfield Ben (1865-1871) is said to be the “founding sire” of the breed. Many of his characteristics went into what we still recognize as the Yorkie of today.

3. The Yorkie became popular in America in the late 1800s, part of the general craze for all things English and Victorian at the time. The AKC formally recognized the Yorkie in 1885.

4. The Yorkshire Terrier has a reputation for being a hypoallergenic dog. While it’s true that the Yorkie’s long, silky coat sheds less than other dogs, experts warn potential owners that the source of allergies is actually in a dog’s saliva and dander.

5. The Yorkie’s silky coat grows to a very long length and falls to the floor in show dogs. It does require weekly grooming and occasional baths to keep it in good condition.

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6. While small, Yorkies are not stereotypical lap dogs. Their active, perky, and outgoing personalities make them best suited to owners who like to keep them occupied and busy.

7. Experts recommend that potential owners take a pass on so-called “teacup” Yorkies and stick to the traditional Yorkie (which comes in well under 10 pounds anyway). Teacup-sized mothers often have difficult births due to their tiny size and teacup offspring are at risk for several significant health problems.