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