Believe it or not, Yorkshire Terriers were originally bred as working dogs used to hunt rats in England during the 1800's. Many of the early Yorkies were around 12-14 pounds until the 1900's when they were bred for a smaller size and a longer coat. Yorkies are very independent, determined little dogs who think they are bigger than anything, can conquer anything, and...love anything.
Size: 4-12 pounds, very big range!
Color: black and tan, silver and gold
Coat: long hair, non-shedding
Many puppy parents are confused on just what color their puppy is when it comes time to register them. Breeders tell their puppy parents not to register their puppies till 4 - 5 months in order to have a more accurate color description for their puppy.
Did you know that all yorkie puppies are born black and gold or black and tan? It is very difficult to determine a puppy's coloring any time before 12 weeks of age, that is why many breeder contracts have a stipulation that they will not GUARANTEE color of the puppy.
Many breeders have experience in seeing this color change first hand. That is because they keep back some offspring and have seen right before their eyes a black and gold puppy change into a silver blue by 6 months of age. It does happen, especially if each parent is a different color combo.
AKC recognizes 4 color combinations and that will appear on your puppies application:
* Blue and tan
* Blue and gold
* Black and gold
* Black and tan
There are silver and silver/blue combinations which have picked up in popularity! If a puppy will be have a lighter color, generally you will see white or silver hairs coming from the crown/base of their head. It appears around 8 - 10 weeks of age.