Yorkshire Terrier Characteristics
Yorkshire Terrier includes in the top of most popular dog breeds in the world. He will be great companion for family because he can adapt to owner`s lifestyle very quickly.
Yorkshire Terrier has a sweet, affectionate and cheerful appearance. It is a small, elegant dog with a beautiful long hair which falls off on both sides of compact body with a proud and important posture. Despite a toy appearance he has hunter`s temperament. Therefore, do not be surprised if during the walk he will catch a bird or will be chase a cat.
FCI Classification: Group 3 Terriers. Section 4 Toy Terriers. Without working trial.
Country of origin: Great Britain.
Utilization: Companion Dog.
Character and Temperament: is happy, agile, intelligent, brave, balanced.
Format: square, compact, and elegant.
Head: small, not convex or round.
Muzzle: slightly narrowed, not long.
Eyes: oval or almond shape (not round), medium-sized, straight set, dark, shiny. Glance is lively, clever. Eyelids are dark.
Jaws and teeth: scissor bite, straight; the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower.
Ears: small, stand, V- shaped form of an equilateral triangle; are placed not far apart, covered with soft hair.
Neck: good length.
Chest: moderate springy ribs.
Back: short and straight.
Tail: long, not docked, (formerly was docked to the half of length), undocked one is preferred. The tail is profusely covered with long hair, a shade is darker than the body. It is placed a bit higher than the back line.
Forequarters: straight. Elbows are pointing back. Shoulders are well laid. The forearms are straight. Feet are round, straight, covered with hair of gold or red-brown color. The claws are black.
Hindquarters: straight. The knee joint is moderately pronounced. Well covered with long hair of golden or reddish-brown color. Paws are round. Claws are black. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Movements: free, energetic.
Coat: the wool on the body is straight, shiny, thin silky texture, medium length.
The wool on the head is long, rich golden or reddish-brown color. On the sides of the head, at the base of the ears and on the muzzle, where is the longest wool color is more intense. Red-brown or golden colors of the head aren’t extended to the neck.
Weight of Yorkshire Terrier: Up to 3,2 kg.
The size of Yorkshire Terriers is divided into three categories:
- Super - mini: 1.5 kg
- Small: 1.5 kg -2,1kg
- Standard: 2.1 kg -3.1 kg
Faults: any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault.
- aggressiveness or shyness
- any dog which shows physical or behavioral deviation
- Male should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
- Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs should be used for breeding.
Yorkshire Terriers live up to 12-15 years.
Coat Colour of Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier puppies are born black - tan, like the Rottweiler puppies.
When the puppy is 3 - 4 months old, on his head can be noticed the change of color at the roots of the hair.
You can trim pet's wool in 6 -7 months. It completely changes its puppy`s color because wool of Yorkshire terrier does not fall out and grow all its life. Some individuals are changing color up to two years old.
Color of adult Yorkshire Terrier:
- On the body it is blue - dark or blue-steel; head and paws are golden or reddish - golden brown; tail is dark steel.
- On head and legs there is reddish-brown or yellowish-brown hair, body and tail are dark metallic color.
Color on the body: the blue color starts at the base of the head and reaches base of the tail. Color of head is a saturated golden or yellowish-brown.
Color of tail: wool is always darker color on the body, especially at the end.
Chest and limbs: are gold, platinum or a saturated reddish-yellowish-brown color to the elbow on the front legs, and up to the knee joint on the hind legs.