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STANDARD FOR THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER
As defined by the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America
And adhered to by the American Kennel Club

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 the 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.

Head
  Small and rather flat on top, the skull not to 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 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 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, show 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, bronze 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 the body
  The blue extends over the body from the back of the 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 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.

Weight
  Must not exceed seven pounds.

Disqualification
  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 April 12, 1966. Approved Addition of DQ October 1, 2007
 



 
DISQUALIFICATION CLARIFICAION

Letter to the Judges for Disqualification Clarification
TO: AKC Judges, AKC Judging Operations
FROM: Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Board of Directors
DATE: September 26, 2007
SUBJECT: Clarification of the Yorkshire Terrier DQ to be initiated on October 1, 2007

The Disqualification reads as follows:
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.

DIRECTIVE
  The new Disqualification is an ADDITION to the Yorkshire Terrier Breed Standard. It is there to disqualify Yorkshire Terriers with colors OTHER THAN those as described in our Breed Standard. The American Kennel Club is registering parti-colors, solid colors, and chocolate and tan dogs as Yorkshire Terriers even though they do not meet our Breed Standard as written. AKC will not deny registration on color alone. These dogs have been shown at AKC matches and non-AKC events. Immature dogs not having a totally clear tan or immature dogs that are not yet totally blue are acceptable under our Breed Standard and should NOT be disqualified. To do so would be a misinterpretation of the Disqualification AND of the Breed Standard.

The Yorkshire Terrier whose coat is of prime importance has a slow metamorphosis from the black and tan puppy to the blue and tan adult. Some of these dogs take three or more years for their coat to mature; therefore our YTCA Members chose NOT to specify an age for color maturity. Only dogs of solid color, unusual combination of colors, and parti-colors should be disqualified.

In summary:
DISQUALIFY
 
Solid color dogs such as a solid color gold or solid color chocolate
A chocolate and tan dog or other unusual combination of colors
A white dog with black and tan markings (parti-color)

DO NOT DISQUALIFY
 
Puppies, Class dogs and young Champions whose tan has not yet totally cleared. This is typically seen around the head area where thumb prints may exist. Young Puppies may still have an intermingling of black hair in the tan.
Puppies and young adults whose black body coat has not yet totally turned to blue.
A dog that has a small white spot not to exceed 1 inch on the fore-chest.

A Blueprint or Guide (Illustrated Discussion) as to what the Parent Club considers to be the correct Yorkshire Terrier can be obtained by contacting the club secretary.(Address above) You may also check our website YTCA.ORG (with frames) under Judges Education.

 







 
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