History of the Yorkie

The facts concerning the history of the Yorkie are usually presented in modern books as being unknown. 

Huddersfield Ben
Breeder W. Eastwood of Eastwoods Yard, Huddersfield
Owner: Mary Foster
Born 1865 - Died 1871
Painting owned by Joan Gordon

According to many present-day writers Yorkies were the result of a number of breeds being bred together to produce the desired points.  How anyone could believe, or even imagine, these early fanciers would have bred from a Dandie Dinmont, a breed with an uneven top line; a Maltese, a totally white breed lacking any blue or tan markings or from a smooth coated Manchester Terrier (originally a smooth coated Old English Terrier) is not being realistic.  The name Manchester was not even given to this breed until a later day.  We can only guess this latter breed was named because one of Huddersfield Ben's ancestors was a dog named Albert from Manchester. 

One of the troubles in getting the Yorkies origin correct is that each  of the three breeds necessary to arrive at the final breed of Yorkie are now extinct. 

Clydesdale Terrier
circa 1880

Along the path to their disappearance the breeds simply merged into other breeds or their type gave way to another version.  The primary breed that is responsible for the Yorkie was the Clydesdale Terrier (the blue and tan silky coated version of the Skye); the second breed was the Waterside Terrier (or Otter Terrier) and the third was the Old English Terrier (toy rough and broken haired).  


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