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The Yorkshire Terrier is the result of cross breeding between a variety of terrier types and first appeared around Englandís Yorkshire region during the middle of the 19th century.

The early Yorkshire Terriers could be as large as 6kg and were used, similar to other terrier breeds, to kill rats. Over time, breeders produced a smaller, more beautiful dog that was a household pet and show dog, rather than a rat killer.

Ideal owners

The Yorkshire Terrier is suitable for people of all ages, with or without children, but children do need to be supervised around this small dog. The most important issue when considering owning a Yorkshire Terrier is whether you have adequate time to look after it.

Similar to most dogs it is not good for a Yorkshire Terrierís temperament to be left alone for long periods of time, and if everyone in the house is away for most of the day then it is best to get two dogs so that they have company.