YORKSHIRE TERRIER STANDARD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Puppies are born black and tan and are normally darker in body color, showing 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, bronzy 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 Body>
The blue extends over the body from back of neck to root of tail. Hair
on tail is a darker blue, especially at end of tail.
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.
Must not exceed seven pounds.