Now that you understand more about what a Parti Yorkie is, let’s go into greater detail about the color combinations and options.
Standard Colors of a Yorkie Pup
Due to the distinctive colors of the Yorkshire terrier, it’s pretty simple and easy to determine whether or not it’s purebred. The Yorkshire Terrier is different from other dog breeds in a few regards: the color of a Yorkie pup will change as the puppy ages, Yorkies actually have hair instead of fur, and Yorkies are known for a distinctive coat color called Yorkshire Terrier blue. Because of this, identifying whether the Yorkie is an adult or a puppy becomes pretty easy.
The standard colors of a Yorkshire Terrier pup are black and tan, while the adult Yorkies will be blue and gold. This color scheme is so common and typical of the breed that when a couple in Germany bred one in the 1980s with 3 distinct colors, it became a whole new breed of its own known as the Biewer Terrier. We’ll have more on that breed to come as it’s often confused with the Parti Yorkie. With the typical coloring of the Yorkshire Terrier being blue and gold, the blue should start from around the neck and make its way all the way up to the tail. This isn’t always the case, however, as sometimes the Yorkshire Terrier can have a different color entirely.
Because of the various genes a purebred Yorkie pup may be carrying, including genes responsible for the puppy’s coat changing from black to blue as they grow into an adult, and for the silky coat typical of the breed, many Yorkshire Terriers can feature a variety of different colors and patterns. The vast majority of Yorkie puppies are born black and tan, but the ratio of black to tan can vary significantly from pup to pup. Most puppies will have a few spots of tan under their tails, on their front legs, on their muzzles, on the hind’s outer parts, and above the eyes. Sometimes tan spots may be visible on the inner side of the front paws, from the armpits, and from the chest to the hind paws. There will also be a significant bronzing on the lower part of the body and the Yorkie’s throat and chin. These spots can all come in different sizes and different shades, from a dark golden bronze to a golden yellow. Over time, this should lighten up as the pup ages.
As the Yorkie pup grows into a adult, the colors will start to evolve, usually starting from the head, turning from black into a golden bronze, and there should be no black spots remaining once the Yorkie has become a fully grown adult. The mixed coloring of the paws and chest will also start to change, with the shades becoming much brighter and much more clearly defined. Around the neck, back, shoulders and waist, the standard silvery steel coloring will start to appear, and if looking from above, owners will be able to easily spot the lighter roots and the darker tips.
The Same Coloring Is Not Found in Every Pup in a Litter
Yorkshire Terrier breeders and owners of newborn Yorkie puppies will see that not every pup in the litter will be of the same color. More commonly than not, puppies born either bronze, grey, black, or bronze with black spots won’t acquire their “correct” gold and black coloring as they grow. This will mean that they are unable to participate in AKC sponsored events and most likely won’t be considered for breeding unless they are Parti Yorkies — an exception to this rule.
Yorkshire Terriers and Their Changing Colors
While this is obviously going to be different for each individual Yorkshire Terrier, owners will start to see a change in the colour of their Yorkies coat once they reach somewhere around 6 months of age. Once the Yorkie reaches around 2 to 3 years of age, they should have reached their final coloring. For some Yorkies, this may take even longer, and they might also begin to develop some silver hairs.
This change of coloring of the Yorkshire Terrier is not a drastic change that happens overnight, but by the time the Yorkie reaches adulthood, their coat should appear to be a bit lighter in comparison to their coat as a puppy, due to the tan or gold coloring being much more predominant than the black coloring, which in turn will transform from black into more of a blue (which in reality is a bit more of a diluted black color). Different shades of blue may be seen such as a dark steel blue, which can often be mistaken for black, or shiny silver blue.
While over time the black hair will change to blue, the tan too will also change into more of a gold color. This hair will start off darker at the roots and get lighter as it reaches the ends. As the Yorkie is growing up and its hair is changing color, it should be noted that, for a short time at least, owners may find all four colors present on their Yorkie’s coat at the same time. Also, it’s not really such a case of the old hairs changing their color as it is the old hairs growing out and being replaced with new hairs in the new colors. As the old hair grows out and is replaced by new hairs gradually, the Yorkie’s coat will continue to look as thick as it always has. Just like human hair, Yorkshire Terrier hair is in a constant state of renewal.
Here is a rough breakdown of how the average Yorkie pup’s hair color will change with age:
3 to 4 weeks: The golden bases of the hair can be seen, and the head of the puppy will be pure golden brown. If the pup’s hair is silky, then the colour will turn out as it should.
4 to 5 months: A rigid hair structure should have developed, and the paws and the muzzle feature a reddish – bronze colouring. The body should be completely black. If by the 9th month the pup’s coat hasn’t begun to change from black to silver, then the puppy will most likely have a short, rough and mainly black coat for the rest of its life. If the neck and the shoulders begin to change from black to sliver by the 8th to 9th month, then the Yorkie will develop a softer coat.
Around 9 months: The majority of the hair won’t show signs of a colour change. The hair will be heavy, black and long, while the legs will be a pale cream and the head a dark brown. Black stripes may develop on the temple, and behind the ears black hair may be visible.
If prospective owners wish to seek a correctly coloured Yorkie, they should seek out one with straight, silky hair, a reddish muzzle and paws, and a red tint at the base of the hair.