Gertie the Yorkshire Terrier

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This lovable and jovial little lady is Gertie! Our friend Gertie is 4 years old.  

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The Yorkshire Terrier, also known as the Yorkie, is a small type of terrier originally bred in Yorkshire, England. You probably wouldn’t classify them as a working breed, but they were used in textile mills in 19th century England to kill rodents. The Victorians found them to be wonderful companions, and their popularity skyrocketed. The cute and energetic breed was introduced to the United States in 1872, and recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. Yorkies have been on the AKC’s top breed list for the last decade.

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Yorkies are usually placed on the list of “hypoallergenic” dog breeds; however, no dog is truly hypoallergenic, all dogs shed and release dander. Yorkies tend to shed minimally. People who suffer from pet allergies seem to tolerate the breed well.

A Yorkie should be groomed roughly every 6 weeks. Most owners choose to keep them clipped close for easy care, but some Yorkies are left long and silky in what’s considered a "show groom.” A Yorkie with a show coat should be brushed daily and groomed frequently.

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From Audrey Hepburn to Britney Spears, the Yorkie is a favorite breed among celebrities!

Click here for a full list of celebs that find the Yorkie irresistible!


Treat your Yorkie to a spa day with our groomer Darlene! Call us at 518-346-2030.

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Our groomer Darlene Galli has been a professional dog groomer for over 20 years. She has been our full-time groomer since we opened in 2010. River Road Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Niskayuna, NY. Our mission is to care for your pet with compassion and excellence. We treat dogs, cats, and small pocket pets. In addition to general medicine and surgery, our facility also offers a boarding kennel, doggie daycare, and grooming services.