The Yorkshire Terrier, nicknamed the Yorkie, is of the Toy, Terrier Group. They originated in Yorkshire which is a region in northern England during the 19th century. Yorkshire Terriers then known of Ratters group, were developed to catch rats in mines. They were also used for hunting to burrow underground after badgers and foxes. The Yorkshire Terrier began being shown in England under the name of Broken Haired Scotch Terrier in 1861. In 1874 the breed was given the name of the Yorkshire Terrier. Around 1872, the Yorkshire Terrier slowly made its way to America and the AKC or American Kennel Club officially registered the breed in 1878.

The Maltese were highly revered by members of the royal families. They were kept in the courts of Turkey and China. Some prominent ancient owners of Maltese dogs include the Roman Emperor Claudius and to Roman governor of Malta, Publius.

As the dog highly valued by the upper class, aristocrats, statespersons and royalty, the Maltese was a noble little creature.

The Maltese was intensely popular in England during the late 16th century. Two notable owners of Maltese were the rival queens, Queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots.  In ancient times people thought that the Maltese had the ability to cure people of sickness and would be placed on the chest of a person suffering illness. This inspired one to the breed's  names "The Comforter."  In more modern times, Elizabeth Taylor turned to a Maltese Companion for comfort after her brain surgery. Even after her recovery she continued the habit of keeping one of her Maltese on her lap at all Media events.

The Maltese was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888. Even though the AKC allows for only one color which is white, Maltese used to be several different colors. Just as in ancient times, Maltese owners today appreciate their sweet personality and lively antics. Who wouldn't want such an elegant beauty sitting in their lap?

Yorkshire Terrier Breed Information

During the Victorian Era the Yorkshire Terrier changed from the Hunting/Ratting dog into a Companion Dog. Royalty and the upper class society in England began to embrace the breed for its overall unique small structure and appearance. After becoming popular in England, the fad soon carried over to America.

The Yorkshire Terrier of Yorkie is a well sought after breed because they make the perfect companion. They may be small in size compared to other breeds but don't let their size fool you. They are characterized as being courageous and extremely intelligent. They are quite the protectors when it comes to their territory and family.  The Yorkie is a very energetic, lively and curious breed. Remember to always keep them in line, to ensure they are loyal and they know their place as a pet. Their stubbornness may make it difficult to train them but you have to make sure they know you are the master. With time and patience that can be resolved. The Yorkshire Terrier breed can get their feelings hurt very easily, Even a stern voice can make them pout and sulk. All a Yorkie wants, is love and affection. No home is complete without the pitter patter of Yorkie feet.

The Maltese is one of the oldest known breeds in the world. Even through the origins of the breed are unknown or highly debated, it is believed that it originated on the Island of Malta. Archeological finding places the Maltese in a prominent place in Egyptian culture around 600 to 300 B.C.  Images of the Maltese were discovered on Greek vases which date to approximately 500 B.C. One of the first known written accounts of these dogs was by the Greek philosopher Aristotle somewhere around 350 B.C. The Maltese also appeared in many ancients of Roman writings and poetry.  

Maltese Breed Information