If your a Yorkshire Terrier owner, or if you want to be, you’re not alone. The AKC (American Kennel Club) tracks which purebreds are the most popular dog breeds. The Yorkie, as it’s affectionately known by Yorkshire Terrier enthusiasts, has been climbing the list for several years, and was ranked as the #2 most popular dog in America for 2006.

The #1 most popular dog is still the Labrador Retriever, but the Yorkie has overtaken the well known German Shepard and Golden Retriever.

Yorkshire Terriers are gaining more popularity as families are finding the convenience of a smaller dog more suitable to their lifestyle. A small, portable dog like the Yorkie is suited very well to a fast-paced lifestyle.

Yorkies are quite popular, not simply because of their size, but because of their loving nature, the distinctive look, lack of shedding and dander, and loyalty. The Yorkshire Terrier breed makes an excellent watch dog. Although they’re not as strong and tough as larger dogs, they are certain to alert you to any strange behavior.

The Yorkies exciting personality and family friendly attitude make this small dog breed a more popular pet as time moves on.

Visit the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org

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