theYorkshire Terrier

Sprightly, Tomboyish, Affectionate
Toy Group Toy Group

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The Yorkie became a fashionable pet in the late Victorian era.


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at aGlance

Energy & Size

medium ENERGY &
small size

AKC Dog Ranking

6th
Most Popular Dog Breed

Personality

  • Check Affectionate
  • Check Sprightly
  • Check Tomboyish
Sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate

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  • 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 and self-importance.

  • 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 backline level, with height at shoulder the same as at the rump.

  • Tail

    Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back.

  • Legs & 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.

  • 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.

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