Grooming and Care for the Yorkshire Terrier in 1916

Yorkshire Terrier dog breed, grooming, food and care information has changed a lot in almost 100 years.

From the Archives of Dog World: Enjoy this all-access pass to dog history from the pages of the longest published dog magazine. This content remains in its original form and reflects the language and views of its time. Health and behavior information evolves and only the most current advice should be followed.Mrs. Thorpe would like to say a few words on the Yorkie. She is sorry to say it is a very much neglected toy breed, tho a little more popular than 12 months ago.

The Yorkies are not the trouble people seem to think they are, if one only learns just how to care for them. They are no more trouble than the Pom or the Peke. Of course the show dog is a little more trouble then the brood matrons.

To get the best results wash once in two weeks, keep stocking on hind feet. Brush each morning with a greasy brush. Coconut oil is a good as any thing as it is a clean grease. Tie up the fall after brushing and see that the stockings are right.

Feed boiled rice and cooked meat once a day and, at night, a little crackers and milk. Give raw meat 3 or 4 times a week.

Keeping a kennel not too small. We in England allow a Yorkie half an hour out and 3 hours in, that is why the kennels should not be too small, and out of the sun as the sun fades the tan. Have an all wood kennel with a glass door and a space for air over the glass is the best for a Yorkie.

People make a dreadful mistake when they say that the Yorkie is not a strong dog, for I know that they are much stronger than either the Pom or the Pekes. You don’t often hear of a Yorkie having the distemper and when they do it is so light you don’t know they had it.

My little show and stud dog Clayton Wee Marvel goes out all kinds of weather, snow or rain, all the same to him he never hurries, loves to be out in it. Of course I dry his feet and put him on dry stockings.

I have kept Yorkies for 20 years and owned two English Champions and Marvel is well in his way to make me a third American Ch. He beat all comers at New York on the 12th of February. He was best Yorkie and best toy any breed in Mr. Fords classes. He about met all the best dogs we have in the States, as Mrs. Beabody came all the way from Boston and she was the one to congratulate me on my beating her, she was a sport allright. If any one has a Yorkie and don’t know how to take care of it, if they will write to me I shall be pleased to give them advice free.

Excerpted from Dog World, March 1916, Vol. 1, No. 3. For back issues of Dog World, click here.

*Other names for the Pomeranian dog breed: Pom
*Other names for the Pekingese dog breed: Peke

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