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The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie as it’s called, is very confident, intelligent and active for a little dog. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1885 and is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. It is a curious breed which is eager to learn
The Yorkie is a small dog having a small head; short muzzle; eyes are prominent and set apart, nose is black; ears are v-shaped and stand erect; teeth meet in a scissors or level bite; legs are straight and tail is small and slightly curled over the back.
The exact origin of the Maltese breed is unknown. Some say that the breed derives its name from the island of Malta. Other theories suggest that the Maltese got its name from a now non-existent town of Melita in Sicily.
The Maltese is believed to have descended from a Spitz type dog, although other speculations suggest it might be a descendant of the Tibetan Terrier. Over the years, the Maltese was crossbred with smaller breeds such as the Poodle and miniature Spaniel to further reduce its size.
The exact origins of the Pomeranian breed is unknown. However, the breed gets its name from the region of Pomerania where the breed gained in popularity. The region of Pomerania is the present day northern parts of Germany and Poland. The breed was derived from the Spitz variety and was originally used a farm dog.
However, during the reign of Queen Victoria, the breed was purposely bred small in size which resulted in the present day Pomeranian breed over a period of time. The breed gained immense popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria as it was sported by most members of the royal family. The popularity of the breed continues to this day. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1888.
The Shih Tzu (pronounced Sheed Zoo) is an ancient royal dog. This breed is a native of Tibet and the word Shih Tzu means “Lion Dog” in Chinese. In ancient times this breed was very popular in Chinese royalty.
It is believed that Lhasa Apso was crossed with Pekingese to produce the Shih Tzu. During World War II the first Shih Tzu pair was imported to England. It reached in the United States during 1950’s and recognized by the AKC in 1969. Now Shih Tzu is one of the most popular Companion Dog in the world.
Maltipoos are a popular cross of the Maltese and Toy or Miniature Poodle. True to their parent breeds, Maltipoos are affectionate and gentle. They make super companions for empty-nesters and are excellent therapy dogs.Cross breeds such as the Maltipoo are often referred to as designer dogs, rather than mixed breeds, because they're purposely bred and are a combination of two known breeds.
Because both Poodles and Maltese are considered non-shedders, people who breed Maltipoos hope to end up with a hypoallergenic dog.
The Poodle has been known throughout Western Europe for at least 400 years and is depicted in 15th century paintings and in bas-reliefs from the 1st century. The subject is controversial of where the dog was officially developed and no one really knows the breed’s true country of origin.
France has taken a claim on the origin, but the AKC gives the honor to Germany, where they say it was used as a water retrieval dog. Other claims have been Denmark or the ancient Piedmont. What is certain is that the dog was a descendant of the now-extinct French Water Dog, the Barbet and possibly the Hungarian Water Hound.