I don't need to show you the Standard here since you can find it all over the internet. I know it doesn't mean a whole lot to the average person so I'll explain why there is a standard in the first place and why it's important to the breed and why it should be important to you.
The standard sets forth what the breeds are suppose to look like for perfection. It's the guide for what you are suppose to be breeding for. Each breed has a standard and without those standards dogs would cease to look like the breeds that you see now. There has to be a standard of what you are trying to create. Otherwise someone is just breeding to produce dogs for money, not for continuing the wonderful qualities of the breed and what they are suppose to be.
People breeding for money breed what they call rare colors. Well most of these rare colors somewhere along the line had another breed thrown into the mix. You love the breed? Then be sure to get you a real Yorkie, what attracted you originally. This is what conscientious exhibitors sought to create and maintain. Rare colors? They are not rare, they're just not common because the majority of people wouldn't want one. The ethical person doesn't breed to just sell dogs, they breed the right way. Breeding for the standard is difficult to come up with superior dogs, so the less than ethical take the easy way out because they're quality is so poor. If the person is not showing their dogs then they are not breeding for the right reasons. Personally I see no reason to create more dogs other than for a show puppy. Any other reason just doesn't cut it in today's world. The puppy sure deserves better than that. These are such sweet innocents that depend on us to do the right thing by them which means not breeding for a buck.
The standard sets forth the ideal Yorkshire Terrier and what your dog should pretty much look like and was not written without good reason. The ethical breeders realize that and there is never a question about breeding towards that perfection. Even pets should still look like the Yorkshire Terriers you see online at show exhibitor sites and in books. Don't settle for less, this is the breed you want and it should look like what you think you are getting, a beautiful dog to be proud of. Our responsibility as dedicated show exhibitors is to protect the breed and to protect the standard, which is what they should look like. The standard is what those very first breeders put together with their goal of what they hoped to create with their original crosses. The standard has been improved upon from time to time as the breed has improved.
A newborn should be born black and tan and later the black showing on the face will start changing to the desired adult gold. Depending on the bloodlines, it can and does go either a sooty gray first or a creamy shade. The golds on the head and legs can and do take as long as 3 years in some lines to totally clear out and become a nice clear gold shade. The black on the body should change to blue color, not be any other color or more than two colors. The colors of blue vary but the most desired shade would be a very dark blue, but definitely blue and not black. The blue on the body should be showing some color change atleast down the topline by a year old on a good silk coat.
Going back in time we are very fortunate for the people that saw the possibilities and had the knowledge to create what was to become the Yorkshire Terrier as we see it today. Once you have the vision it takes dedicated breeders to make that vision a reality. As time went by, more dedicated breeders strived to improve on those original breedings. Today the improvements in the breed have continued by even more dedicated people.
The true original history of the Yorkie is Swift's Old Crab, a Scotch Terrier (not Scotty), Kershaw's Kitty, a Skye, and a black and tan saddle Old English Terrier female. All this taking place back before 1850.
Up until this time they were mostly known as Scotch Terriers, some as Paisley, Clydesdale or Skye Terriers. At his creation we know the original history and what went into creating the Yorkshire Terrier. By the 1860's these dogs were already being shown in England and entered in the stud book. The Clydesdale and Paisley Terriers no longer exist, but in the makeup of all of these breeds is the same saddle in color.
The parent of all Yorkshire Terriers today, that can be traced back to one single dog, would be Huddersfield Ben born in 1865, pictured below. As you can see the breed has come a long way to the dogs of today through dedicated breeding by knowledgeable breeders.
These dogs were bred for their ratting ability and they were breeding for a patterned saddle with a silk coat on a small dog that could easily get into small areas to get the rats. These old time breeders had a very specific picture in mind for their creation and set the pattern for today's Yorkshire Terrier.
AKC recognized the Yorkshire Terrier in 1885 and because of long time breeders in the US that worked with breeding correct dogs and to promote the Yorkie by showing their dogs were Johnny Robinson of Trivar, and Joan Gordon and twin Janet Bennet of Wildweir fame. Thanks to these breeders from the earlier days and their strict breeding of the best, the Yorkie has come to be what we see today in the show rings.
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