During the 1940’s the popularity of the Yorkshire Terrier began to drop. Smoky was a famous dog from World War II. She was considered quite a hero as he served with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific. Her notable service brought this breed back into the mainstream. American William Wynne found Smoky in a shell hole near the Japanese lines in New Guinea.
She did not understand commands given in English or Japanese. She became part of the troop, going on over 150 air raids and 12 sea missions. Her courage was great and she is hailed for surviving a treacherous typhoon at Okinawa.
While serving with her American troops, she quickly learned amusing tricks which not only entertained the troops...but also enabled her to help the Signal Corps by carrying a telegraph wire through a 70-foot, eight-inch pipe.
Smokey also jumped from a 30-foot tower with a parachute made just for her. After the War, Smokey spent her time visiting veterans' hospitals with her owner, William Wynne, the man who found her.
The Yorkie Creates an Offshoot
In 1984 the Yorkshire Terrier is credited with the formation of a new dog breed: The Biewer Terrier which was at first called the Biewer Yorkshire Terrier
. Born to two Yorkies, but very rare in color, this led to a 30 year journey to AKC acceptance for the Biewer.
After generations spent in mills and a rich history of chasing down vermin in fields, the Yorkshire Terrier is ranked among the most popular toy sized breeds in many countries, including the US, the UK, Australia, Italy and parts of South Africa.