All about the breeds

Parti Yorkie

The beautiful Parti Yorkshire Terrier is quite a remarkable sight to behold and making a huge impact in the USA. The Parti is a colored version of the standard Yorkshire Terrier. Mystery seems to surround this little terrier of a different color. Some claim the dogs are not purebred. Those who breed the colored terriers will disagree and want the public to know they are purebred and were produced from two standard Yorkshire Terriers.
Chocolate Yorkies

A Chocolate and Golden Yorkshire Terrier, in my opinion is a beautiful looking dog that can give its owner many years of love and companionship. If you are interested in chocolate or golden yorkie, then you need to read what other people say about chocolate and golden yorkies and then make your OWN educated decision on whether or not these Beautiful yorkies are for you. To get you started in this process there have been statements taken from other people and presented you with an opposing argument. A. A change of the DNA sequence within a gene or chromosome of an organism resulting in the creation of a new character or trait not found in the parental type. Either of the words, evolution or mutation can be used to describe this change.
B. The gene responsible for the unexpected color was present in one or both of the parent’s ancestors.

There are no medical documents indicating that yorkies that are chocolate, is a result of a change in the DNA sequence within a gene or chromosome, but there is some indication that the chocolate gene was introduced into the yorkshire terriers breed with the black/tan terrier known today as the Manchester Terrier by the Scott's using the Skye-black and tan terriers crosses and crossing them with the Waterside Terriers. This black/tan was referred to as a crossbred terrier dark brown in color.

2. Those that advertise this color as Rare are being dishonest in that they are just trying to enrich themselves with more money, in spite of the lack of pigment in the dogs they produce which could bring a genetic nightmare to the breed. Don't be taken in by this false advertising.

One of the definitions of rare is infrequently occurring; uncommon. Many show breeders have told me that, at least in the early years of breeding Yorkies, breeders would spray/neuter or even dispose of chocolate yorkies. This practice would even make the gene pool even smaller for the chocolate and golden Yorkies resulting in the likely hood of getting them even more uncommon. So whether the chocolate or golden yorkies are a result of evolution or from it's ancestors, the chocolate and golden yorkie occur infrequently and by definition should be considered Rare and Exotic.

3. One of the reasons for avoiding breeding "off-colored" Yorkies is because it could be a genetic defect that may affect the dog's health. Some health problems can include, but aren't limited to, severe skin problems, allergies total hair loss and in some cases long-term illness and/or death. A responsible breeder will not intentionally breed for undesirable traits.

The only colors that meet the AKC standard are Blue/Tan and Blue/Gold. So any other color such as Black/Tan and Chocolate/Tan are considered tation and in fact a show breeder has reported that they have not heard of health problems with the chocolate or golden born puppies, like with the blue born puppies. I would hope that all breeders consider health issues as undesirable traits, but as far as physical appearance, size, weight and color, the show breeder and the general public may differ greatly. What is highly undesirable for one group may be highly desirable for another group. Please have respect for other people’s opinions even though they may be different than yours.

Chocolate Yorkshire Terrier - The real truths are:
1. Chocolate Yorkies and Golden Yorkies do exist.
2. The chocolate/tan or Golden yorkie does not meet the Yorkshire ( yorkies ) Terriers AKC standard.
3. Chocolate and Golden Yorkshire Terriers, As of today can be considered Rare & Exotic.

1. Actually, the "Chocolate Yorkie" is an overload of red gold and is a mutation of our breed and should not be bred as it is a complete loss of pigment.

This statement contradicts itself. If the chocolate color is an overload of red and gold pigmentation then there can't be a complete loss of pigment. A complete loss of pigment should result in albino yorkies. Secondly, an unexpected color in offspring can occur in at least two ways:


Country of Origin: United States. Morkies, also known as Yorktese, are a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Maltese.

Size: It can be difficult to determine the size of a Morkie due to the fact that the offspring can take on characteristics from each breed involved. Generally Morkie's range in height between 6-15 inches and weigh between 5-15 pounds.

Coat: Typically, the coat of the Morkie is silky, straight and fine. Usually the hair is long and comes in a variety of colors such as black, tan, white, a combination of each, sable, etc.

Character: The Morkie is a lively, spirited, intelligent and loving dog. The mix of Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier usually produces a lively, playful dog devoted to its family with a loving sweet nature. The Morkie loves to play or curl up on the couch for a nap and requires frequent human companionship.

Temperament: The Morkie will do well with other dogs and non-canine pets that they have been raised with. If left alone too long, a Morkie may become bored and destructive along with incessant barking. They long for human companionship. The Morkie is suspicious of strangers and will alert the family to a stranger's presence as well as any sounds that appear out of the ordinary.

Care: The Morkie requires daily brushing to keep the hair from matting and tangling. Bathe when necessary and be sure to use a mild shampoo to avoid skin reactions.

Training: The Morkie should be socialized at an early age. Morkies can be a bit stubborn and require a gentle but firm and patient trainer. Special emphasis should be put on potty-training as some Morkies can be difficult to housebreak.

Activity: A Morkie is well suited for apartment living as long as they are sufficiently exercised and have toys to play with. They enjoy family play time, walks and play time in a fenced yard.
Traditional Yorkies

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small, toy sized dog. The small head is rather flat on the top, with a medium sized muzzle. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The nose is black. The medium sized eyes are dark with dark eye rims. The erect ears are V-shaped. All four legs are straight when viewed from the front. The round feet have black toenails. Dewclaws are usually removed. The tail is customarily docked to a medium length and carried somewhat higher than the back. Note: it is illegal to dock tails in most parts of Europe. The long glossy coat is fine and silky and falls straight down on either side. Coat colors come in a steal blue and tan color. The body and tail are blue and the rest of the dog is tan. Puppies are brown black and tan. The hair on the head is so abundant that it is almost always necessary to gather it in a band to keep from going into the dog's food bowl and to give the animal maximum visibility. Some owners choose to trim the hair on top of the head.


Yorkshire Terriers seem oblivious of their small size. They are very eager for adventure. This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. With owners who take the time to understand how to treat a small dog, the Yorkie is a wonderful companion! Affectionate with their master, but if humans are not this dog's pack leader, they can become suspicious of strangers and aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. They can also become yappy, as the dog does their best to tell you what THEY want YOU to do. They have a true terrier heritage and need someone who understands how to be their leader. They are often only recommended for older, considerate children, simply because they are so small, most people allow them to get away with behaviors no dog should display. This changes the dogs temperament, as the dog starts to take over the house (Small Dog Syndrome). Yorkies who become demanding and dependant appearing to need a lot of human attention and/or developing jealous behaviors, snapping if surprised, frightened or over-teased, have owners who need to rethink how they are treating the dog. Owners who do not instinctually meet the dogs needs can also find them to become over-protective, and become neurotic. Yorkies are easy to train, although they can sometimes be stubborn if owners do not give the dog proper boundaries. They can be difficult to housebreak. The Yorkie is an excellent watchdog. When owners display pack leadership to the Yorkshire Terrier, they are very sweet and loving and can be trusted with children. The problems only arise when owners, because of the dogs cute little size, allow them to take over the house. The human will not even realize it, however know, if you have any of the negative behaviors listed above, it's time to look into your pack leader skills. These are truly sweet little dogs who need owners who understand how to give them gentle leadership. If you own a Yorkie who does not display any of the negative behaviors, high five for being a good pack leader!

Height, Weight
Height: 6-7 inches (15-17½cm.)
Weight: 7 pounds (3.2kg.)
Health Problems
Some Yorkies are prone to slipped stifle, bronchitis, eye infections, and early tooth decay, poor tolerance of anaesthetic, and delicate digestion. Exotic treats should be avoided. They sometimes suffer paralysis in the hindquarters caused by herniated disks and other problems of the spine. Falls or knocks can cause fractures of fragile bones. Abnormal skull formations in Yorkies measuring less then 8 inches (20cm). Dams often have trouble delivering puppies and sometimes need to have a cesarean. Be sure to feed Yorkies some type of dry food or bone to chew on to help keep their teeth clean and strong. They should get their teeth cleaned at the Vet to keep them from falling out and creating infection.

Living Conditions

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.

These are active little dogs, who need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, it will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. If your Yorkie zooms around the house like a speeding bullet, it is a sign that he needs to go on more/longer walks where he is made to heel beside or behind the human. Remember, in a dogs mind, the leader leads the way. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard.
Life Expectancy

About 12-15 years

Regular grooming is needed. A clipped coat needs daily to weekly combing and brushing. Topknot is usually tied back with ribbon. Full show coats need hours of grooming and pet owners usually choose to clip them short giving them a shaggy look. They should have their teeth cleaned regularly. This breed sheds little to no hair.

The Yorkie was created by working men of north England, who developed the breed for catching the terrible rats and mice that infested clothing mills and mine shafts. These hunting dogs could penetrate into badger and fox burrows. The breed is not very old, but its origins are not entirely certain. However, it seems likely that Scotsmen seeking work in the woolen mills of Yorkshire brought with them various types of terrier, including the Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Manchester Terrier, Maltese and the now extinct Clydesdale. These were then crossed with local types, such as the long- haired Leeds Terrier. 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 Yorkshire Terrier was first recognized by the AKC in 1885.

In 1984 a piebald Yorkie was born as a result of a genetic recessive gene occurrence from 2 Yorkshire Terriers. Today the piebald dogs are considered a different breed; which is named the Biewer or Biewer Yorkie.