Did you know . . .
The Yorkie became a fashionable pet in the late Victorian era and before.
In its beginnings, the Yorkie surprisingly belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs’ fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms.
The Yorkie made its debut at a bench show in England in 1861 as a “broken-haired Scotch Terrier”.
Became known as a Yorkshire Terrier in 1870 after a reporter stated that “They ought no longer to be called Scotch Terriers, but Yorkshire Terriers for having been so improved here”.
The Yorkie traces to the Waterside Terrier, also a “weaver dog”.
Classes for the Yorkie breed have been offered in America since 1878.