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Below you will find the Yorkshire Terrier Breed Standards and requirements for this breed in the major Dog Kennel Clubs such as UKC and the AKC.
- Overall Appearance: The Yorkie is a toy breed terrier with long hair, parted in the middle in a super model fashion. The expression of this breed is that of a terrier – sharp and vigorous. However the Yorkie exhibits more self importance in their expression than most terriers.
- Head: The head is small and rather flat on top. The muzzle is not long nor short, and the head is not round. The eyes are sparkly, dark and beady terrier eyes. The nose is black and the lips are dark. Ears are very small and v shaped and carried erect with very little space between them.
- Neck and Body: The short neck is carried high on an almost perfectly compact and level body and topline and backline.
- Tail: The Yorkie’s tail is docked to a medium length and carried just a bit higher than the level of the back.
- Forequarters and Hindquarters: Forelegs are 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. Back declaws removed, front declaw removal is optional.
- Coat: Hair is glossy, fine and silky. Coat on the body is moderately long and perfectly straight (not wavy at all). Hair needs to be trimmed just at the top of the feet to allow movement.
- Color: Puppies are born a color that resembles black and tan, but will mature to a steel blue body or vibrant black with a rich, golden tan coloring. Yorkie’s can only be this color combinations. The only color combinations are: Black & Gold, Black & Tan, Blue & Gold, Blue & Tan.
- Gait: The desired movement for the Yorkie is not defined in the AKC breed standard.
- Size: Height is not defined in the breed standard for males nor females, however weight should not exceed 7 pounds.
- Temperament: Due to the Yorkie’s small size, they are suited for small homes and apartments and also do not require a lot of exercise. However, the Yorkie needs daily socialization with new people and daily obedience practices. Without this, they will become bossy, very vocal around strangers, and very protective and jealous of their master, and lack manners.
Yorkshire Terrier Breed History
The AKC first recognized the Yorkshire Terrier in 1885. Yorkshire Terriers were used in the 19th century to catch rats in clothing mills. They are named after the town of Yorkshire, where they were employed after being migrated from Scotland and England and were probably once the Waterside Terrier.
List of Yorkshire Terrier Breeders
Below is a list of Yorkshire Terrier Breeders, check back often for new kennels.