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The Official Colorful Yorkshire Terrier Club

Founded by

Sue White and Jeanie Knapp

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The Official Colorful Yorkshire Terrier Club has been established for breeders of all Non-Traditional, off colored Yorkshire Terriers. Our mission is to educate the public about the recessive genes that produce the off colored Yorkshire Terriers; to promote selective and healthy breeding practices for all off color Yorkshire Terriers, and to keep accurate and detailed breeding results in order to achieve official recognition. The ultimate goal is for ALL yorkies to be able to compete in the show ring, regardless of color.

We believe that these off colored yorkies, which heretofore have been culled from breeding programs, deserve the right to exist and propagate and find their way into loving family homes.

The club encourages anyone who is interested in breeding the off colored Yorkshire Terriers, to become a member and to get actively involved in promoting the off colored Yorkshire Terriers. The club discourages the breeding of any stock that has known health issues or genetic faults. We do not see color as being a fault.

The History

Paintings and records indicate that some of the earlier breeds, that made up the original Broken-Haired Scottish Terrier group, from which the Yorkshire Terrier emerged, came in a variety of colors. We believe, since they were in the original makeup, they should not be disqualifying colors.

 

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A Group of Terriers from the 1860 Book of Field Sports by Henry Downes Miles and illustrated by DJ Watkins-Pitchford, are pictured running freely together.  The Skye Terrier, The Scotch Terrier, The English Smooth Terrier (also known as the Black and Tan Terrier), The Crossed Scotch Terrier, The Dandie Dinmont and The Bull Terrier.  These are some of the type dogs who were thought to begin the Yorkshire Terrier breed.  Two of the 6 dogs pictured are parti colored ... the Crossed Scotch Terrier and the Bull Terrier.

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A painting showing dogs in a variety of colors, all considered to be Broken-Haired Scottish Terriers.

Taken From: http://www.encore-editions.com/dogs/landseerdogs.htm

The Roots

Named after its place of origin, the Yorkshire Terrier roots are in Yorkshire, England, tracing back to the 19th century. The exact combination of breeds that the Yorkshire Terrier originated from is unknown, however, it is believed that they are a mix of several terriers brought over by Scottish craftsman. The Paisley Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, Waterside Terrier and Skye Terrier are Scottish breeds suspected of contributing to the creation of the Yorkshire Terrier. The Maltese and the Black and Tan terrier are also believed to have contributed to this breeds bloodline. The Yorkshire Terrier breed was first known as “Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier” as well as “Toy Terrier”, and is now popularly known simply as “Yorkie”.

Taken from http://www.petcareinsurance.com/us/yorkshire-terrier.asp