yorkie puppies Like all terriers, these puppies were first bred to control pests and vermin. The silky Yorkshire Terrier was known by a few different names, including the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier and the Toy Terrier, before the Yorkshire region claimed them as their own in 1874. These courageous ratters were bred to be small enough to fit into the nooks and cracks in mines and mill buildings of 19th-century Britain.
While originally prized to control pests, British hunters soon discovered that yorkie puppies were small enough to carry in their pockets, making them a convenient helper to hunt down rabbits, foxes, and even badgers.
In 1872, this tiny terrier began showing up in America. By 1885, the AKC officially recognized the breed and grouped as Toy.