Yorkshire Terriers, commonly referred to as “Yorkies,” are known for their small sizes and big attitudes. Yorkies are often big dogs trapped in little bodies, always on the lookout for adventure and maybe even a bit of trouble. Yorkshire Terriers are loyal and affectionate towards their family, but true to their terrier heritage, they're sometimes suspicious of strangers, and will bark at strange sounds and intruders. While you may think Yorkies are just tiny dogs who love to yap, here are seven, fun facts that may surprise you.
Height: 8 inches to 9 inches tall at the shoulder Weight:4 to 6 pounds Life Span:12 to 15 years
Because Smoky was not an official war dog, she did not qualify for rations or the medical care given to official war dogs. Instead, Wynne would split his rations with Smoky. She is also quite possibly the first therapy dog. She would go on rounds with the nurses at a hospital in New Guinea to try and lift the spirits of the injured and dying soldiers. She continued her work as a therapy dog even after WW II.
Perhaps one of Smoky’s greatest accomplishments was running a telegraph wire through a 70-foot pipe that had only an 8-inch diameter. Wynne tied the wire to the dog’s collar, and she ran it through the pipe to the other side. What Smoky did in only a few minutes would have taken hundreds of men several days to accomplish, thereby putting the men’s lives in danger during the process. Because of Smoky’s accomplishments, there are several memorials erected in her honor, both in the United States and elsewhere.
Other Yorkies have held the Guinness World Record for the smallest living dog. This includes Big Boss, who at 4.7 inches held the record from 1995 to 2002. Prior to that, another Yorkie, Thumbelina, had held the record at 5.5 inches tall and 8 inches long. By comparison, Yorkshire Terriers are typically about 3-7 pounds, although a healthy Yorkie could weigh even slightly more than that. They are also generally about 6-9 inches tall.
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