Where Is the Yorkshire Terrier From?
The Yorkshire Terrier originated in northern England in the mid-19th century. Workers from Scotland came to Yorkshire county in England looking for work in mines. These workers brought different type of small terriers with them, such as the Waterside Terrier and the Scottish Clydesdale Terrier. These breeds were then bred together in Yorkshire, hence the name Yorkshire Terrier (also called the Yorkie). They were first developed to catch rats in the mines, gaining a reputation as little exterminators.
The Yorkie was eventually brought to North America in 1872, where breeding changed them from little exterminators to loving, companion pets. The Yorkshire Terrier was approved and registered by the American Kennel Club in 1885, and they would eventually become one of the most popular breeds in the United States.