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Colorful Yorkie Myths

Regardless of what you may have read or heard, Parti-colored Yorkshire Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers of color are healthy and beautiful pure-bred registered Yorkshire Terriers. In a strong effort to educate individuals, and to correct and clarify some of the common myths and misconceptions being circulated concerning Yorkshire Terriers of color, I have provided as much information as possible through-out my website concerning their heritage. Please take time to read this information!

Below is a brief summary of the most common myths and misconceptions being presented concerning the Parti colored Yorkshire Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier of color. More detailed information is available through-out my website.

  • Parti Yorkshire Terrier FAQ's - a detailed overview of the Parti-colored Yorkshire Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier of color
  • Colorful Yorkies - wonderful article written by Sue White, who has studied color genetics in detail
If you're still in doubt, I encourage you to contact AKC (the American Kennel Club). AKC sets and adheres to very strict registration standards and guidelines. If there was any doubt as to the purity of the colorful Yorkshire Terrier, they would not be registering them as such.


  1. MYTH: Any Yorkshire Terrier of color, outside of the traditional black & tan, black & gold, blue & tan or blue & gold, are not purebred Yorkshire Terriers.
    FACT: Parti-colored Yorkshire Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers of color ARE purebred Yorkshire Terriers and they ARE registered as such. AKC sets and adheres to very strict registration standards and guidelines. If there was any doubt as to the purity of the colorful Yorkshire Terrier, they would not be registering them as such.

  2. MYTH: Parti-colored Yorkshire Terriers or any Yorkshire Terrier of color, cannot be registered.
    FACT: Parti-colored Yorkshire Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers of color can be AKC registered as long as both parents are also AKC registered. Again....Parti-colored Yorkies and Yorkies of color ARE purebred Yorkshire Terriers and they CAN BE registered as such.

  3. MYTH: Parti-colored Yorkies and/or Yorkies of color are not healthy and/or "have something wrong with them".
    FACT: As with any breed, there are healthy Yorkshire Terriers and unhealthy Yorkshire Terriers, regardless of color. AKC conducted DNA studies of 42 litters, including sires and dams in 1999 - 2000, and the results proved the parti-color to be in the natural make-up of the Yorkshire Terrier.

  4. MYTH: Reputable breeders do not breed to produce parti-colored Yorkies or Yorkies of any "off color".
    FACT: There are many reputable breeders that admire the absolute beauty of the colorful Yorkshire Terrier, and YES, they do breed to intentional produce colorful pups. A reputable breeder is someone who puts the health and welfare of their dogs before money and only breeds to produce healthy, beautiful, well-adjusted puppies.

  5. MYTH: Parti-colored Yorkies and Yorkies of color are just genetic freaks of nature.
    FACT: The parti color comes from a recessive gene which was intentionally "bred out" many years ago to create the traditional color Yorkshire Terrier that we know today. However, there are still recessive genes in the lines and occasionally they do "pop up" in litters. AKC conducted DNA studies of 42 litters, including sires and dams in 1999 - 2000, and the results proved the parti-color to be in the natural make-up of the Yorkshire Terrier.

  6. MYTH: Yorkies of color are not allowed in the showring.
    FACT: Parti Yorkshire Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers of color ARE allowed in non-AKC sanctioned dog shows, such as NAKC. The YTCA is a club who governs the show standard for the Yorkshire Terriers to compete against in AKC dog shows. In October of 2007, shortly after the recognition of the Parti Yorkshire Terrier, the YTCA elected to add a disqualification to the Yorkshire Terrier standard stating that "any dog of color or combination of colors other then blue and tan or any white markings other than a small white spot on the fore chest that does not exceed 1 inch at its longest dimension". The Parti Yorkshire Terrier CAN compete in AKC agility but are disqualified from showing in AKC sanctioned dog shows due to the white coloring. Reputable breeders are currently coming together in an attempt to amend this disqualification.