Nikko the Yorkshire Terrier visited us in Galt

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A Yorkshire Terrier like Nikko, seen here at our Galt clinic with his human, is a sure bet when it comes to happy companion pet who can keep his family happy, too. Yorkies are always small, hairy and cute but in spite of it’s pampered looks, this is really is a working terrier. They were bred by the mid 19th century cotton and wool millers in the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire, England for the express purpose of rat control. That’s not surprising but that’s not all: Long after bull baiting, boar baiting, and dog fighting were outlawed in 1835, England continued to permit the blood sport of rat baiting. Unbelievably, in spite of their refined looks and sweet temperament, Yorkies were so good at their job that they also made their way into the commercial rat-baiting pits of the day and were quite competitive with the other bigger terriers and bull terriers at catching and fighting rats! Today’s Yorkies are smart, active, a little independent and make a great house pet. Also they do not shed so are considered to be hypo-allergenic. One warning: Their coat will grow all the way to the floor so Yorkies require clipping or else constant grooming. Be sure to check with the groomer to see if a Bordetella (Kennel Cough) or Canine Influenza may be required. – Geoffrey Antipa



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