The Yorkeltie is a wonderful combination of both of his parent dog’s positive qualities. The tiny Yorkshire Terrier might be small but he has all the fierceness of larger Terriers. He was bred in Yorkshire, England to enter the mines and kill rodents. Many hunters also used the dogs to drive foxes and badgers down into their dens because the Yorkie easily fit into the small den holes. Many canine breeds are believed to have been used to create the Yorkie. The Manchester Terrier, the Paisley Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Maltese, the old rough-coated Black and Tan English Terrier and the Skye Terrier are all believed to have contributed to creating the feisty Yorkie. During the late 1800s, the breed started to be imported out of the United Kingdom and into the United States where they rapidly gained popularity. The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1885 and the breed was entered into the Toy Group. The Shetland Sheepdog is also affectionately referred to as the Sheltie. He is a direct descendant of the Collie and was created in Scotland’s Shetland Islands. The Rough Collie, the King Charles Spaniel, and the Spitz dog are believed to have been used to create the herding breed. Their thick double coat helped insulate the Sheltie in the harsh climate of Scotland. In the 1800s, the canines were widely bred in the Shetland Islands and sold to travellers. In 1911, the American Kennel Club recognized the Sheltie and entered them into the Herding Group.
The Yorkeltie is a loving and affectionate canine. He likes nothing better than being beside his family every day. Unlike many pooches that have an independent nature, he would rather please his owner and spend every waking minute as a companion. His quick wit, intelligence, and love of playing make him an ideal family pet. He will happily live in an apartment as long as he has adequate daily exercise. He gets along well with other dogs although as is the case with any canine, regular socialization is key. Obedience training and visits to the dog park will allow for plenty of healthy interaction.
The Yorkeltie is an active breed that requires exercise. A daily walk and playtime are usually sufficient to meet his needs. He often possesses a strong herding instinct, inherited from the Sheltie. His herding instincts will often kick in around small children or other pets. The breed’s quick intelligence makes him an excellent choice for obedience, flyball, or agility. He loves learning new things and he is happiest when he is working alongside his beloved owner. He will also be happiest when given adequate outdoors time, so be certain to include that daily.