|Yorkshire Terrier Breed Standard
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.
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.
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.
Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back.
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.
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.
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
Must not exceed seven pounds.
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.
|Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as "Yorkies," offer big personalities in a small
package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave,
determined, investigative and energetic. They have long, luxurious blue and tan coats. This
portable pooch is one of the most popular breeds according the AKC® Registration
A Look Back
Named for the English city from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in
the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings,
the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious
comments were often made about how the dogs' fine, silky coats were the ultimate product
of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to
families of European high society.
Right Breed for You?
Yorkies are easily adaptable to all surroundings, travel well and make suitable pets for
many homes. Due to their small size, they require limited exercise, but need daily interaction
with their people. Their long coat requires regular brushing.