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Yorkshire Terrier
AKC Official Breed Standard



General
That of long-haired Toy Terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face
and from the base of the skull to the tail and hangs evenly and quite straight down
each side of 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 the 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. Eyes rime 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 back line level,
with height at the 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 back.
Feet are round with black toenails. Dewclaws, if any, are generally remove from
the hind legs. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed.

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

Coat
Quality, texture and quantity of coat are of prime importance. Hair is glossy, fine
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 the 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 the ears and may be trimmed
on the feet to give them a neat appearance.

Color
Puppies are born black and tan 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 prime importance in adult dogs, to which
the following color 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. These intermingled with any of the tan.
Color On the Body
The blue extends over the body from back of the neck to root of tail. Hair on the tail
is a darker blue, especially at end of tail.
Headfall
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 legs.

Weight
Must not exceed seven pounds