The Yorkshire Terrier's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: England Original purpose: pet, showdog Name: Named for Yorkshire in England where it is thought that the breed originated. Historical notes: Very many people believe the breed is the result of the mingling between the Scottish and the English terriers when Scotsmen were displaced to England during the Industrial Revolution. On the Scottish side, the contributors are believed to be the Waterside, the Clydesdale, and Paisley Terriers. On the English side, they are the Manchester, the Maltese, and the Dandie Dinmont Terriers. The breed was originally known as the Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier that weighed 12 to 14 pounds, a far cry from the modern standard of 5 to 6 pounds, and was meant to catch rodents. In 1870 it was officially renamed as the Yorkshire Terrier.