|Yorkshire Terrier Standard
CKC Toy Group
Origin and Purpose
originally bred in Yorkshire, England for the
not-so-glamorous job of keeping down the rats in
contests. If this seems a far cry from the dainty,
profusely coated dog of today's show ring, it should
be remembered that this all took place in the the work
of a terrier and when it weighed in the area of 15 lb.
The breed made a big hit with the ladies and soon was
in great demand as a pet.
That of a well-balanced long-coated toy terrier, readily
identified by its straight-flowing silky body coat of
bright shiny lustrous steel blue and clear-shaded
golden tan. the hair is parted on the muzzle and from
the base of the skull to the end of the tail. The Yorkie
is square and well proportioned. The dog's high head
carriage and alert expression give the appearance of
self-confidence, a sparkling and vigorous manner.
The keenly alert air of the terrier is characteristic. He is
intelligent, friendly, and willing to please.
The weight not to exceed 7 lb. (3 kg).
Coat and Colour
Quality and texture of coat is of prime importance.
The hair is glossy, silky, and fine in texture reflecting a
certain brilliance and feels cool to the touch. The coat
on the body hands perfectly straight, not wavy,
showing the outline of the well-bodied Yorkie. On the
mature dog, the coat will eventually reach floor lenght.
The fall on the head is long and tied in the centre with
one bow. The hair on the muzzle is moderately long.
Puppies are born black with tan markings showing a
gradual progression to the colour of the mature adult
dog to which the following colour requirements apply.
The body coat is a bright steel blue, not light silver and
not BLACK, not mingled with fawn, bronzy or black
hairs. The blue extends over the body from the back
of the neck to the root of the tail.
Head, Chest and legs
A clear golden tan deeper in colour at sides of head,
at ear roots! and on the muzzle, with ears a deep
golden tan. The golden tan hair is shaded from the
roots down and does not extend down the back of the
neck, nor above the elbows on forelegs or above the
stifle on the hind legs.
Head: Skull should be rather small and flat, not too
prominent or round. Muzzle not too long in proportion
to skull, set on a 90 degree angle to the head forming
the stop. Nose jet black. Mouth either level or scissor
bite with strong sound teeth.
Eyes oval, dark and sparkling, having a sharp,
intelligent expression, placed so as to look directly
forward. They should be prominent and the eye rims
should be dark in colour.
Ears small V - shaped, carried erect, set high on the
head, with the hair trimmed short on the tips.
Medium lenght, blending smoothly into the shoulders
to create the elegant head carriage.
Legs quite straight, elbows neither in nor out, pasterns
strong and straight with ideal shoulder angulation of 45
degrees. Feet are round with black toenails. dewclaws
should be remowed. Body: Topline must be level. The
chest has a good spring of rib, oval in shape, with
gradual rounding toward the base with sufficient depth
for the elbows. The loin to be short and strong.
Sturdy, well - muscled hindquarters with proper
angulation, sound stifles and hocks turning neither in
nor out. Feet are round with black toenails.
Dock to a medium length, with plenty of hair, darker
blue in colour than the rest of the body, especially at
the end of the end of the tail, carried higher than the
leve of the back.
Smooth and flowing, moving in a straight line, with a
free and easy stride.
Excessive shyness; cottony or woolly texture coat;
black body coat on a mature dog; fawn or bronzy hair
intermingled with blue; sooty or black hairs
intermingled with the golden tan of adult dogs;overshot
or undershot bite; rounded bat ears, cropped ears;
roached back, sloping croup.
Ears held erect by tying the hair into the topknot. Any
adulteration inthe colour of the coat by artifical means.
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 hind legs.
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.
Approved July 10, 2007
Effective October 1, 2007