yorkshire terrier coloring

Yorkie Coloring

Yorkshire Terriers today can be found in a variety of different colors and sizes. However, the very first Yorkshire Terriers, often referred to as traditional Yorkies, were born with a black and tan puppy coat.

Black And Tan Yorkshire Terriers (Traditional)
Traditional Yorkies are still just as popular today as they were back in the 18000s. In most Traditional Yorkies, the puppy coat will grow out to reveal a blue/tan or blue/gold adult coat. Sometimes, the puppy coat does not break, and the adult dog carries are beautiful black and tan coat for life.

Black And Tan Yorkie Puppies
Traditional Yorkie puppies born with a black and tan puppy coat.

If a Yorkie does break coat, the color usually starts to change first on its heads when the puppy is around 6 months. The blue color found in Yorkies is not the typical blue we commonly use in art. It is more of a diluted black color, and it can be seen in a variety of shades, ranging from from a dark steel blue to a shiny silver blue. The dark steel blue can easily be mistaken for black, but when observed closely in the sunlight, you can see the  difference between steel blue and black. The saturated steel blue color is very difficult to produce.

Traditional Yorkshire Terriers are born with two distinct colors – black and tan. The amount of black and tan on the puppies will vary from pup to pup. Sometimes if the puppy carries the parti-colored gene, they may have some beautiful white markings on their chest or feet.

Black White And Tan Parti Yorkie Puppy
Black, White, And Tan Parti Yorkie Puppy

Rare And Exotic Yorkshire Terriers
The Yorkies nowadays might be in a wide range of colors different from the standard ones. The parents of such puppies are caring certain recessive genes which lead to the puppies having such unique colors.

Parti Yorkshire Terriers
Parti-colored Yorkies are often mistaken for a new color variation. However, these beautiful creatures have been around since at least the early 1800s. Yorkie breeders in the early 19th century were known to discretely sell any Parti Yorkies born out the back door, as they were rare and unusual. At that time, it was not understood why the occasional tri-colored Yorkie could be born from two black and tan parents. However, with the advancement of DNA and genetic testing, it was discovered that the Parti Yorkie is a full-bred Yorkshire Terrier. A Parti-colored Yorkie can only present when two recessive genes are present in the puppy, one from each parent. A Yorkshire Terrier that does not carrie the Parti-color gene cannot produce Parti-colored puppies. After thoroughly  researching their history and conducting DNA tests. The AKC concluded that the Parti Yorkies are indeed purebred Yorkshire Terriers which differ only a recessive gene that codes for  their exotic coat color. Parti Yorkies most commonly have black, white and tan coloring. However, here at Blueberry Brook Yorkies, we have also been successful in breeding Chocolate Parti Yorkies and Golden Parti Yorkies. 

Golden Sable Blonde Yorkie
Golden Sable Yorkie Puppy

Golden Yorkshire Terriers (Sable, Blonde)
Golden Yorkies (also known as as Blonde Yorkies or Sable Yorkies) are extremely rare. They are born with a solid golden color or gold with white markings. For example, they may be solid gold with a white chest or white feet. Golden Yorkshire Terriers can have varying shades and variations of the gold color – from a light blonde to a deep rich golden sable.

Chocolate Yorkshire Terriers

Whereas traditional Yorkies are born black and tan, Chocolate Yorkies are born a solid brown color. The Chocolate coloring occurs when both puppy parents carry the recessive Chocolate gene.
Chocolate Yorkies are registered with the AKC as having either Liver or Chocolate coloring. Chocolate Yorkshire Terriers have the same temperament seen in the traditional, Parti and Golden Yorkies.

Chocolate Yorkie Puppy
Chocolate Yorkie Puppy With White Markings
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