Australian Yorkshire Terrier

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Australia <> Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Australian Yorkshire Terrier

The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is a cross between an Australian Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier. They are usually black and brown, blue or red, and their coats can be long, medium, silky or straight, and are water-repellent. They don't need much care to keep their good looks, and hardly shed at all. Although they are playful, energetic dogs, they don't need much exercise, so would suit people who don't lead extremely active lifestyles. Terriers can be difficult to train as they are stubborn and easily distracted, but with positive reinforcement and rewards, it can be done.

History of the Australian Yorkshire Terrier

It's often hard to tell the two breeds apart because they're so similar. Not only are they similar in appearance, they are also very similar in the way they act. The main difference between these two breeds lies in what they were originally bred to do.
        

A little of the Australian Terrier

        
Australian Terriers were also good raiders as well as snake hunters. They share ancestors with the Cairn Terrier, the short-haired Skye Terrier and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. These wire-haired Terriers were brought to Australia from Britain in the early 19th century. Australian Terriers were the first native breed to be recognized in Australia, and were first introduced as the Australian Rough-haired Terrier in Melbourne in 1868. In 1897, they were officially renamed Australian Terrier. The Australian Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 and the United Kennel Club in 1970.
Standard of the Australian Terrier

A little of the Yorkshire Terrier

Known as Yorkies, the Yorkshire Terrier breed was developed in the 19th century to catch rats in mines. Workers would take them into mines and mill buildings to keep the rat population under control. Hunters were also known to carry one of the little dogs in their pockets, and tenacious Yorkies would go down burrows after badgers and foxes. Their ancestors were the Waterside Terrier, a small Scottish breed with a long blue-gray coat brought to Yorkshire, England in the mid-19th century by weavers. The Waterside Terrier was a cross between the old rough-coated Black-and-Tan English Terrier (common in the Manchester area) and the Paisley and Clydesdale Terriers, according to the American Kennel Club. These little dogs were first known as the Scottish Split-Haired Terrier, then as the Toy Terrier, but in 1874 they gave their official name to the Yorkshire Terrier. Actor Johnny Depp and his former wife Amber Heard were forced to apologize for failing to properly declare their two Yorkshire Terriers when they entered Australia in 2015.
Standard of the Yorkshire Terrier

Appearance of the Australian Yorkshire Terrier

The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is a hybrid breed made up of Australian Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier mixes, and is likely to take on many of the characteristics of these parent dogs. They are small dogs, with males weighing up to 7.5 kilos and standing up to 28 centimeters tall. Puppies are usually born black and tan or blue and tan, then develop adult coats that can be blue, red or gold and tan. They have small, shiny black eyes and a black nose. Ears are small and V-shaped, while tails are usually docked and they have small paws with black nails.

Temperament of the Australian Yorkshire Terrier

Australian Yorkshire Terriers are affectionate, highly intelligent and loyal dogs. They're very adventurous for small breeds and naturally curious, so it's best to make sure they're in a safe, enclosed yard, but beware, they love to dig. The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is often described as a big dog in a small body because of its strong personality, but it doesn't like to be left alone for too long. They can be a little reserved with strangers and best with older children. They have good hearing and bark quickly at all potential dangers, so they make good watchdogs. With this breed, it's best to start training when they're puppies, which will also help teach them good socialization skills.

Needs and activities of the Australian Yorkshire Terrier

All dogs need regular exercise to stay fit and use their accumulated energy in a positive way so they don't become destructive, and this breed is no exception. However, 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day should be enough for your Australian Yorkshire Terrier, especially if you have regular indoor playtimes. They are confident dogs and love a challenge. Originally bred as hunters, they are happy to chase balls around a yard and respond very well to positive reinforcement and reward play. The breed is also suitable for apartment-dwellers, provided they are taken out for daily walks.

Maintenance of the Australian Yorkshire Terrier

The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is considered low-maintenance, as it barely sheds, but depending on the parent breed mix, if your dog has longer hair, it may need regular brushing and trimming. Regular brushing is a good idea to keep the skin healthy, but to bathe your pet only when necessary. Small breeds often struggle with dental problems, so invest in a pet toothbrush and toothpaste and make it a daily habit. Yorkshire Terriers in particular are known to lose teeth even when relatively young, so good dental hygiene is essential for this breed. Ear cleaning and nail trimming should be an integral part of your Australian Yorkshire Terrier's grooming routine.

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