Yorkshire Terrier Information
Traditional Yorkshire Terriers
The Yorkshire Terrier is 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 the body. The Yorkie is one of the world's
smallest dogs and should not exceed 7 lbs in weight. He may
be tiny but he is a big-dog in a little-dog package. Newborn
Yorkies are born black in color with tan on the eyebrow, jaws,
chest and feet. They are fully mature in two years. They are
compact in size, sweet in nature and cheerful in character.
With long, silky hair that is continually growing, regular
grooming is needed, however this breed sheds little to no
The Yorkshire Terrier seems oblivious of its small size.
It is ever eager for adventure and trouble. This little dog
is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. Affectionate
with its master, but sometimes suspicious of strangers. It
can be aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. In other
words, it has true Terrier heritage. They do best with older,
considerate children. Yorkies are easy to train, although
they can sometimes be stubborn. The breed is demanding and
dependant and needs a lot of human attention. The Yorkie is
an excellent watchdog, defending its territory in no uncertain
manner. They can get snappish if surprised, frightened or
over-teased, but are usually very sweet and loving. They can
be difficult to housebreak. These little dogs should not be
over-protected, for they may become neurotic. The Yorkie likes
to bark, but it can easily be taught not to do so.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a lively little warrior that does
not need a lot of exercise. Although it will benefit from
regular opportunities to run and play. The Yorkie is a good
dog for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will
do okay without a yard. The Yorkie is sensitive to the cold
and prefers warm climates.
The Yorkshire Terrier can easily be injured by small children;
if you are considering a Yorkshire Terrier you must be able
to supervise the dog around small children. The Yorkshire
Terrier is an independent dog, but a devoted companion. Despite
his small size he is more than willing to act as a guardian
for his master.
The Origin of the Yorkie
The breed is only 100 years old or so, but its origins are
not entirely certain - probably because the working men of
north England, who developed the Yorkshire Terrier for catching
the terrible rats that infested the mine shafts and as a hunting
dog that could penetrate into badger and fox burrows, avoided
divulging the secret of their success to those who might have
cashed in on a lucrative side line. However, it seems likely
that Scotsmen seeking work in the woolen mills of Yorkshire
brought with them various types of terrier, including the
Skye and the now extinct Clydesdale. These were then crossed
with local types, such as the long- haired Leeds Terrier.
The Maltese, Black & Tan Manchester, and Dandie Dinmont
Terriers may also have contributed blood lines. At first,
the Yorkie was a much bigger animal than the one we see today,
but by selectively breeding the smallest individuals, the
dog was gradually miniaturized over the years. They were made
into a fashion dog. Women carried these little dogs in their
bags and under their arms. The first Yorkshire, with the characteristics
demanded by its standard today, appeared in a dog show in
Did you know?
- The Yorkshire Terrier made its first appearance at a bench
show in England in 1861
as a "broken-haired Scotch Terrier."
- The earliest record of a Yorkshire Terrier born in the
United States dates to 1872.
- During the late Victorian era, the Yorkshire Terrier quickly
became a popular pet.
- The Yorkshire Terrier became an AKC-recognized breed in
- The Teacup, Tiny and Baby Doll Yorkies are NOT AKC standard
We do not claim to sell AKC standard Yorkshire Terriers.
If you have questions, please contact us using our form
or by regular email.
We will be happy to clarify the differences for you.
AKC Breed Standard
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
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
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
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.
One of our Gold on Gold Male Yorkshire Terriers
Holly, a female Baby Doll Face Yorkshire Terrier
Doll Face Yorkie mom and pup.
Rylin, a female Yorkie in the Stack Pose.
Some of our puppies, Baby Doll Face Yorkshire Terriers.
Francine...Hard day at work!