Yorkies, or Yorkshire Terriers, are one of the most adorable dog breeds. So, if you want to know more about these dogs, below are some of the interesting facts about Yorkies, our adorable terriers.
Today, many people treat their little Yorkies as princesses. But did you know that in England, these dogs were far from royalty? Englishmen actually used Yorkies to rid their houses of rodents. Yorkies helped poachers hunt for rabbits and other rodents. Yorkshire Terriers were also used by some miners to help them see in the dark. Yorkies’ coats shine in the dark and so they helped miners in transporting wire through the tunnel.
Surely all that work would lead to sweating. Yorkies have sweat glands too. Yes, dogs usually relieve themselves of heat by panting. But Yorkies happen to have sweat glands in between their paws. That’s a pretty odd place for sweat glands. Just imagine humans to sweat it all out in between their toes. You’re gonna have one pair of smelly shoes.
And after all that work, you would be dead tired and early to hit the sack. Yorkies, in their first two weeks of life, are pretty much heavy sleepers. They spend about 90% of their time sleeping at that age, that’s about 21 and a half hours. Imagine sleeping that long. But don’t worry, Yorkies are far from being lazy when they grow up.
Yorkies are quite adventurous. They love to chase small animals that highly resemble rodents. They are also highly territorial. Yorkshire Terriers will fight to protect and defend their possessions. These little dogs can be very aggressive which means that they tend to bark more compared to other dog breeds.
In fact, Yorkies can be very small. The smallest dog that was ever recorded, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is a Yorkshire Terrier. Her name was Sylvia, from Blackburn, England. She stood at 2 and a half inches from paws to shoulder, and was as long as 3 and a quarter inches. She weighed only a mere 4 ounces, pretty small eh? Sadly, Sylvia did not live long. She lived for only 2 years.
2 years is quite short for the average lifetime of Yorkshire Terriers. The average lifespan of a Yorkie is from 12 to 15 years. So, you can expect your little buddy to live with you quite long. One thing is for sure about these Yorkies, you can expect them to stand by your side despite their small stature. Yorkshire Terriers can be small but they have the heart of a lion.