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History of the Yorkie

Like many other Terriers, the Yorkshire terrier was originally bred to be a rat catching dog.  The first Yorkies were developed from Waterside Terriers, small longish coated dogs, back in the mid 19th century.  Early Yorkies were much larger, being a least twice as big as  today's toy dog variety.  A cross-breeding with the Maltese resulted in the smaller dogs we have today.

The Yorkshire Terrier became an American Kennel Club recognized breed in 1885.

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