King Charles Yorkie

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the King Charles Yorkie

The King Charles Yorkie is a hybrid dog, a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Yorkshire Terrier. They are also known as Yorkalier, York-a-Lier and Cava-Yorkie. Known for their good temperament, they are an excellent option for novice dog owners, but are prone to barking. The King Charles Yorkie is a small to medium-sized dog with good looks and a patient personality. They really are an almost faultless breed, except for their love of barking. Loving, loyal, funny, intelligent and kind, these furry friends are excellent family dogs and can even get along with the cat. Just be prepared to devote time to his daily grooming and don't miss out on the exercise, just because he's a smaller dog.

History of the King Charles Yorkie

The King Charles Yorkie is a newcomer to the scene, with the first hybrids appearing with the new century. However, both parent breeds have a long and illustrious history.
        

A little of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

        
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a long history dating back to the 16th century. This attractive Spaniel was a favorite of royalty and nobility, and it was their most famous patron, King Charles II, who gave the breed its name. In the 18th century, the breed's popularity as a pet waned in favor of flatter breeds such as the Pug, but it was inevitable that they would make a comeback at some point. This happened in the mid-19th century under the patronage of the Duke of Marlborough, who was responsible for breeding Cavaliers with the coat color known as Blenheim.
Standard of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A little of the Yorkshire Terrier

The key to the Yorkshire Terrier heritage is their name. They are a true Terrier, in that they were bred to hunt rats, mice and vermin. In the days of the Industrial Revolution, their work was in Yorkshire factories, where these little dogs lived at home with their master, who then took them to work alongside them in the factory. The charming nature of these little dogs was recognized and they became Victorian pets. In the 1860s, one dog, Huddersfield Ben, was particularly popular as a lord and was responsible for the foundation of the dog as it is known today. Finally, in the 1870s, the breed became officially known as the Yorkshire Terrier and found favor with Queen Victoria herself.
Standard of the Yorkshire Terrier

Appearance of the King Charles Yorkie

The King Charles Yorkie is a small to medium-sized dog. It's the nature of hybrid dogs that in the same litter, there may be puppies that distinctly resemble a Cavalier or a York, and some are a true mix. The King Charles Yorkie has a slightly rounded skull with a medium-sized muzzle and a black leather nose. Attention is often drawn to their eyes by the presence of beige eyebrows. Their ears can be floppy like the Cavalier or slightly pointed like the York, but always covered with a generous amount of fur. The same is true of their tails, which are straight and waggly, and festooned with feathers. The King Charles Yorkie has a long, soft, silky coat, which can be the classic black and bronze associated with the York, or a combination of ruby, black and tan, or even tricolor.

Temperament of the King Charles Yorkie

The King Charles Yorkie is loyal, loving and eager to please, and is an excellent family dog. They have many other excellent qualities, such as being gentle and patient, and can even get along with cats. One potential disadvantage is that these hairy four-leggers like to bark. This can make for unhappy neighbors if you live in an apartment.

Needs and activities of the King Charles Yorkie

While the King Charles Yorkie may not be a sporting dog per se, it has Terrier in its DNA and that means it has energy to spare. Combined with the Yorkshire's playful nature and the Spaniel's passion for hunting, the King Charles Yorkie will need a few training sessions a day, whether it's a simple walk or a wander around the yard. This breed is perfectly designed to be carried in a handbag or backpack, but don't expect it to stay there all day. Allow around 60 minutes of playtime once or twice a day to walk your dog and give him the exercise he needs. Training will also be important, given the intelligence of this breed. Simple physical exercise won't be enough to satisfy him, so make sure you train him too.

Maintenance of the King Charles Yorkie

This breed is a low-maintenance dog due to the fine, silky nature of its coat. Although it doesn't shed much, the King Charles Yorkie will need weekly brushing if you want to keep its coat tangle-free and shiny. Brush your dog at least three times a week to minimize shedding and remove knots and braids that may appear in his fur. Bathing should only take place every two months or when your dog enters an activity he shouldn't. That's because the King Charles Yorkie doesn't have an unpleasant odor, and its coat isn't so completely white that it requires frequent bathing to maintain it. In addition to brushing and bathing, be sure to dry your dog's ears thoroughly after bathing to avoid ear infection and irritation. Trim your dog's nails every few weeks, or whenever you hear them clicking against the floor.

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