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Origin of the Yorkshire Terrier - part 1
paisley_terrier.JPG The history of this gorgeous breed is interesting, and as many owners know, the location of this dog's history lends its name to the breed.

Several small Terrier breeds combined to create the Yorkie breed.

First known as the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier and then as the Toy Terrier, the Yorkie finally was given the official name as the Yorkshire Terrier in 1874.

Beginning as hunting dogs for small vermin...to becoming one of the most popular Toy breed companion dogs...the Yorkie has had a long and unique history.

In the mid 1800’s, England was at the top of the Industrial Revolution. Many miners and mill worker from Scotland traveled to England looking for work.

Many of those who traveled into England brought small Terrier dogs with them, then known as Broken Haired Scotch Terriers.

Which dog breed are the ancestors of the Yorkie?

Breeders did not keep records at the time that the Yorkie was bred into what the dog breed is today. However, based on the appearance of the breed it is thought that there were several dog breeds in the ancestral line:

Brought from Scotland into England were most likely 3 Terriers: Clydesdale Paisley Skye Mixed into the England Terrier, was the Waterside Terrier. http://www.yorkieinfocenter.com/yorkie-history-origin