Yorkshire Terriers (and Yorkie Mixes) are energetic, assertive, toy dogs with large-dog attitudes. This tiny dog with an engaging personality and dauntless courage has endeared himself to pet lovers everywhere. His qualities as a companion are unsurpassed for he is possessed of great intelligence, a readiness to accept training and the fearlessness and tenacity of a dog many times his size. I think that when a Yorkie looks in the mirror he is surprised at his appearance, because he expects to see a German Shepherd! He surely does not feel or act, like the picture of the little fluffy dog looking back at him. He has the obvious practical advantage of diminutive size, making him a great choice for pet lovers in this era of condensed living space. Your pup can easily fit into your life style. He can live on a farm or in a tiny apartment. What he wants most is the love and attention from his human. If you do your part, he will do his! My best wishes for you and your new furry kid!!!
General Appearance That of a long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs evenly and quite straight down each side of body. The body is neat, compact and well proportioned. The dog's high head carriage and confident manner should give the appearance of vigor and self-importance.
Head Small and rather flat on top, the skull not too prominent or round, the muzzle not too long, with the bite neither undershot nor overshot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is acceptable. The nose is black. Eyes are medium in size and not too prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intelligent expression. Eye rims are dark. Ears are small, V-shaped, carried erect and set not too far apart.
Body Well proportioned and very compact. The back is rather short, the back line level, with height at shoulder the same as at the rump.
Legs and Feet Forelegs should be straight, elbows neither in nor out. Hind legs straight when viewed from behind, but stifles are moderately bent when viewed from the sides. Feet are round with black toenails. Dewclaws, if any, are generally removed from the hind legs. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed.
Tail Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back.
Coat Quality, texture and quantity of coat are of prime importance. Hair is glossy, fine and silky in texture. Coat on the body is moderately long and perfectly straight (not wavy). It may be trimmed to floor length to give ease of movement and a neater appearance, if desired. The fall on the head is long, tied with one bow in center of head or parted in the middle and tied with two bows. Hair on muzzle is very long. Hair should be trimmed short on tips of ears and may be trimmed on feet to give them a neat appearance.
Colors Puppies are born black and tan and are normally darker in body color, showing an intermingling of black hair in the tan until they are matured. Color of hair on body and richness of tan on head and legs are of prime importance in adult dogs, to which the following color requirements apply: Blue: Is a dark steel-blue, not a silver-blue and not mingled with fawn, bronzy or black hairs. Tan: All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to still lighter tan at the tips. There should be no sooty or black hair intermingled with any of the tan.
Color on Body The blue extends over the body from back of neck to root of tail. Hair on tail is a darker blue, especially at end of tail.
Headfall A rich golden tan, deeper in color at sides of head, at ear roots and on the muzzle, with ears a deep rich tan. Tan color should not extend down on back of neck.
Chest and Legs A bright, rich tan, not extending above the elbow on the forelegs nor above the stifle on the hind legs.
Weight Must not exceed seven pounds.
Disqualifications: Any solid color or combination of colors other than blue and tan as described above. Any white markings other than a small white spot on the forechest that does not exceed 1 inch at its longest dimension.
The Parti Color Yorkie Puppies
The rarest and most highly sought-after Yorkshire Terrier puppies in today's market are Parti Color Yorkie puppies. This is due to both their unusual coloring and the uniquely adorable appearance of "Yorkies." The word "Parti" originally referred to any dog with "more than one color." Over time, however, the term has come to describe a dog that is basically white with a particular color pattern (spots or patches). Parti Color Yorkies first came on the scene in the 1800s. However, the Parent Club made a decision at the time that the preferred color for Yorkshire Terrier was the standard colors you see today. As a direct result, the tiny Parti Colored Yorkie pups were not accepted and were essentially "banished" (given away without any pedigree papers). This remained their fate for over a century.
The AKC officially accepted our Parties after voluminous DNA-tracing. The most common characteristic of our
Parti Color Yorkies is a basic white body with other colors including such unique combinations as white/black/blue and white/black/tan.
The Real Deal
Many people have the mistaken notion that a Parti Color Yorkie is not eligible for AKC registration. This is simply not true. In fact, Parti Colored Yorkshire Terriers can be registered with the AKC. Every one of our rare AKC registered Parti Color Yorkies is 100% purebred Yorkshire Terrier. AKC has designated Parti colored Yorkie pups alternate color number as shown in the chart. However, for show purposes, while they are accepted in the obedience ring, Parti Yorkshire Terrier Pups are not yet eligible to be shown in the confirmation ring.
The Mating Game
The AKC requires four (4) photos of each puppy (front, back and both sides) to be sent in with the registration papers as the Parti Color puppy is registered on a case-by-case basis. We are very proud of our 100% acceptance rating by this process to date. The Parti gene is recessive and must be on both the sire's and the dam's pedigrees. If you breed a Parti Color Yorkie breeder to another Parti Color, ALL the puppies will be Parti Color. However, if you breed a Parti Color to a Parti Color carrier, this will result in two Party Color puppies and two Parti Color carrier puppies. Breeding two Parti Color carriers will yield one Parti Color pup, two Parti Color carrier pups and one standard color puppy. A Parti Color carrier bred with a standard color Yorkie will produce two Parti Color carriers and two standard color pups. Naturally, two standard color Yorkies, when bred, will result in all standard color puppies. Note: These figures are averages based on a litter of four puppies. You may get more of the Parti Color Yorkie puppies in one litter and less in another.
For me, life is too short to worry about the color of my dog! If you enjoy the color, then that is what counts! The Parti and the Gold may never again be showable in AKC conformation Shows (I have come across an AKC Champion that has GOLD as it's color, that dog is CH. Pretorius' Dandy Sensation TA764014 12-72 GOLD), but then again, since so many people are now concerned about keeping these rare colors alive and well, we may yet see the Parti and the Golds in the AKC show ring! Other dog shows under a different registry are accepting the Parti Colored Yorkies to be shown, even to their Championship! So, I personally will keep my hope alive that one day, these specially Colored Yorkies will be allowed to take their rightful place, not only in our homes, but also in the show ring!
Breeding your Parti Colored Yorkie
On the average of 4 puppies you will get the following results.
Parti to Parti = All Parti Puppies
Parti to Carrier = 2 Parti/2 Carriers
Carrier to Carrier = 1 Parti, 2 Parti Carriers &
Carrier to Traditional = 2 Carriers/2 Traditional
Parti to Traditional = All Parti Gene Carriers
Since this is only an average you may have more or less Parti puppies in a litter.
How Parti Yorkies Came to Be ... ~ By Sue White ~ Many skeptical Yorkie owners and breeders, absolutely refuse to believe that the Parti colored Yorkie is anything other than a recent "behind the kennel bred" mutt. They say: "There is NO white gene in our Purebred Yorkies" or "There is NO record of any Yorkie ever breeding to a white or parti colored dog" or "No show breeder who's been breeding and showing for 30 or 40 years, has ever produced a parti colored Yorkie." I'm going to try to educate people on color genetics, recessive genes and how the Parti gene remained hidden in the Yorkshire terrier breed for years.
We know from our Yorkie history, that early records were not kept on the foundation breeding stock. I seriously doubt, that back in the days where spaying and neutering was not done, that the farmers and working class families didn't have the "occasional" unplanned pregnancy in their canines. If anything, it happened more then, than it does today. History also notes that the Maltese was bred to the Yorkshire terrier to enhance the texture and length of the Yorkshire terriers coat, since most of the early dogs thought to have started the breed, were broken haired dogs with shorter, coarser coats. It's documented in some of the earliest records that the foundation stock of our breed, were cross-bred dogs and dogs without pedigrees (who's heritage is unknown). Even if these dogs didn't look parti colored they could very well have harbored the recessive Parti gene in their DNA makeup. Whether their mother/father, grandmother/grandfather or great grandmother/great grandfather ... Was parti colored, no one would really know, since record keeping at that time in history, was little to none.
The Parti gene can only be expressed if a parti gene carrier is bred to another parti gene carrier. A carrier will look like a traditional colored Yorkie but is born with maybe some white on it's chin, chest and/or feet. In this case where a parti carrier is bred to another parti carrier, 25% of the offspring will be traditional Yorkies (not carrying the gene), 50% will be traditional colored Yorkies who do carry the recessive parti gene and 25% of the offspring will be actual Parti colored dogs. AKC has allowed Parti colored Yorkies to be eligible for registration since 2000. Prior to that time, parti colored offspring were normally given away without papers or destroyed (yes, destroyed). I know of several breeders who have destroyed a litter of "surprise" parti colored pups.
The most prolific known line of Parti Yorkies is the "California line" or Nikko's line. These dogs are all descendants of an AKC Champion named Nikko's Rolls Royce Ashley. Two dedicated breeders in California, fought to get this line of Parti colored Yorkies, registered by AKC. This line of Parti carriers and Parti colored Yorkies comes from a well known show breeder who's been breeding and showing for over 40 years. Forty-two litters and generations of dogs from this line were DNA'd prior to AKC's approval of registration.
The Yorkshire Terriers breed standards have changed over the years. The "Standard" color is blue and tan, any other color is considered to be "Off Standard." Until the new color disqualification rule went into effect, off standard colored, black and tan and black and gold yorkies have entered the show ring and won their champion status. Standards have changed and not only do we now have smaller sized dogs than in the late 1800's, but some of our "off standard," darker coated dogs have been allowed into the show ring.
Hopefully these types of changes along with a better understanding of color genetics, will open the door for the continued, growing acceptance of the Parti colored Yorkie. Parti Yorkies ARE RARE, they are hard to find and as supply and demand goes, they do cost more than the traditional colored Yorkie.
Parti colored Yorkies are healthy animals and they are not a genetic freak of nature as some people, groups or websites suggest. In this day of scam artists and people looking to make a fast buck, my suggestion is to buy from reputable breeders who have their dogs DNA'd and/or their dogs are from known lines of Parti producing dogs. There are other Yorkie lines of parti carriers and producers but the California line is the best known. So do your research, get references and have an open mind. This gene has been in some of our Yorkie bloodlines for years and years and years ... And if you think it's not possible, don't be surprised if one day, your own purebred Yorkie produces a pup of a different color!
At Belles Beautiful Butterflys,
we strive to breed some
beautiful Yorkie puppies.
We have Black & Tan, Parti,
Parti Carrier & Golden Yorkie pups.
2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
3. The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
4. The dog can get on the old furniture only, but has to stay off the new couch.
5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.
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7. The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.
8. The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.
9. The dog can sleep under the covers every night.
10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.
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