|Bred as working dogs, Yorkshire Terriers are a relatively "new" breed compared to many dogs. They were developed in the mid to late 1800s by the working class, to help ferret out rats and mice in the weaving looms, chasing down rats in the mines and generally working as hard as their masters!
Often described as feisty, Yorkies may be “toy dogs” but they are also real terriers - the ideal Yorkshire Terrier character is described with a "carriage very upright" and "conveying an important air” according to the Kennel Club of Great Britain.
Though small, the Yorkshire terrier is active, loves attention and certainly isn't your typical "lapdog."
Dog experts give high points to the Yorkie's very long coat -- its glossy quality, and its texture which must be fine, straight, and silky... it's long and is parted down the middle of the back. Many owners prefer the cute, short puppy cut though - it's easier and quicker to look after.
|Maltese are one of the oldest dog breeds, bred as lapdogs many, many years ago. In fact, historians claim that the great philospher Aristotle actually mentioned Maltese dogs around 370 BC!
As the name implies, the Maltese breed is descended from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean area, most likley the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Maltese are known for their long silky, pure-white hair, so long in fact that in show dogs it actully trails on the ground.
Maltese are lively and playful and thrive on lots of love and cuddles. They're affectionate companion dogs, and adore plenty of love and attention -- the true lapdog.
Maltese like small enclosed yards or playing indoors so do well in apartments and townhouse since they're not big explorers.