Parti Yorkie- 8 Parti Yorkshire Terrier facts & breed info

A Parti Yorkie is a Yorkshire Terrier that has a white, tan, and black colored coat instead of the traditional blue and tan. This Parti Yorkshire Terrier can also have a bluish-silver hue and other color variations. Parti Yorkies are not a separate Yorkie breed but are a color variation. 

You can also see some other color combinations in a Parti Yorkie that include;

  • A blonde or golden Parti Yorkie
  • Chocolate Parti Yorkies
  • Black and bluish-silver Part Yorkshire Terriers

This dog has seen an increase in popularity over recent years with an increase in the number of registered Parti Yorkies.

Due to this increase in demand and popularity, you may be interested in knowing what owning this dog would entail. So, stick around as we go through the facts and more information.

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About the Parti Yorkie

Yorkies were first seen in the 19th century in England, with the original bloodline still unknown but it is believed that 3 dog breeds were involved in their creation and included;

  • Maltese Terrier
  • Skye Terriers
  • Paisley Terriers

Learn more about the Maltese Terrier.

When these dogs first appeared there were no breeds standards, even other breeds that had the shape of a Yorkie was considered to be a Yorkshire Terrier.

These dogs then reached the US in 1872  and were recognized by the AKC in 1885. It is only recently that they recognized the Parti Yorkie as they had thought that he was a crossbreed instead of a purebred dog.

Parti Yorkies were also considered to be low-quality Yorkshire Terriers. Breeders would give these dogs out due to this and some went to the extent of killing their Parti lines.

This would slowly change in the 1980s when one breeder refused to put down his line of Parti Yorkshire Terriers and others began to follow suit.

The parti-color variation was recognized by the AKC in 2000 after a DNA test was carried out.

From then they became widely accepted and have slowly grown in popularity.

Yorkie Terrier

Pros and cons


✓ Great for apartment dwellers.

✔ Excellent family dogs and companions.

✓ Low-shedding.

✔ Have a long lifespan.


✗ Have mouthing tendency, especially during rough play.

✘ Can be challenging to house train.

✗ High grooming requirements.

✘ May not be so tolerant of other household pets.

Fun fact about the Parti Yorkshire Terrier

  1. The parti Yorkie results from breeding two Yorkies with each one of them carrying a recessive parti gene.
  2. This is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world and is classified as a Toy breed.
  3. They are known to be great exterminators and are often used in hunting vermin and have made them feisty, especially towards other smaller pets.
  4. The Parti Yorkie’s coat can grow up to 2 feet long if left unattended.
  5. These dogs are prone to making weird noises that result from reverse sneezing. Reverse sneezing is where the dogs pull air in and make a goose-like noise that is often alarming but is rather harmless.
  6. They may be small but are fearless and very protective.
  7. These canines tend to bark a lot and have developed a reputation for being great watchdogs because of this.
  8. They grow 2 sets of teeth like humans and these are the 28 milk or deciduous teeth and 42 adult teeth.

Breed appearance and general characteristics of the Parti Yorkie

Parti Yorkshire Terrier summary table
Height 7 to 8 inches
Weight 4 to 7 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Breed Type Toy breed
Purpose Companion and family pet
Suitable For Adult homes
Grooming requirements High
Color Variations Tricolor(white, black, and tan), Black bluish-silver
Health concerns Dental issues, Patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy
Temperament Intelligent, loving, loyal, tenacious, courageous, and confident
Other Names Parti Yorkshire Terriers

Height and weight

The Parti Yorkshire Terrier is a toy dog breed that weighs 4 to 7 pounds and had a height of between 7 to 8 inches.


These dogs have a straight, long, and soft coat that falls squarely on their backs.

They can come in various color combinations that include the following;

  • Chocolate colors
  • Blonde or golden colors
  • White, black, and tan combination
  • Bluish silver and black combination


Other Yorkshire Terrier colors

Black blue silver
Black and tan blue and gold tan

There is also the possibility of a Yorkie being but they are not accepted by the breed standards and are extremely rare.

Parti Yorkies do not shed as much as other breed and are considered to be hypoallergenic as they do not trigger the same allergic reactions as other dogs. However, you should note that no dog is truly hypoallergenic.

Golden/Blonde Parti Yorkshires

These pooches come without any black or dark blue colorings.

When they are still young these balls of fluff can have solid golden coats which may also come in white markings.

However, an adult Golden Parti Yorkshire can have varying shades from rich/deep gold to blonde gold coloring.

Chocolate Parti Yorkie

Most Yorkshire Terriers are born with an exclusively black coat while Chocolate Parti Yorkies are born brown.

It not clear how the Chocolate Parti Yorkie Terrier historically came to be but it is believed that the born color comes when a parent that carries 2 recessive chocolate genes.

Some also believe that it’s due to the Yorkshire being crossed with other breeds.

AKC does not recognize the chocolate Yorkie, but it is allowed to participate in their events.

Parti Yorkshire Terrier

Biewer Terriers vs Parti Yorkies

The Biewer Terrier is also known as the German Terrier and is often confused for the Parti Terrier. However, the Biewer Terrier is a separate dog breed by itself.

Two German Yorkie breeders, Mr and Mrs.Bieweer, developed this breed in the 1970s.

This was after they produced puppies that had a tan, white, and black coat, which they fell in love with.

They wanted to maintain this look and intentionally bred these dogs. Soon, they established consistency in these dogs producing this rare coloration and in the process, created a new breed.

Biewer Terriers have a distinct blue, white, and tan or white, black, and tan coat.

To an untrained eye, a Parti Yorkshire Terrier and a Biewer Terrier would seem like the same breed, which to some extent would be true as they both come from the Yorkie bloodlines.

There are several differences between these dogs; 

  • A Biewer Terrier has an undocked tail, unlike the Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Biewer Terriers come from a Biewer Yorkshire Terrier stock.
  • You can register a Biewer Terrier as a Parti Yorkie but not as a separate breed.

The Parti Colored Yorkie

Temperament and personality of the parti Yorkie

Traits Rating
exercise needs
Ease of care

These dogs are small but they have big personalities and can be quite a handful to some dog owners. The Parti Yorkie is also intelligent and witty which may not be very suitable for first-time dog owners.

They are curious, loving, and very sassy, just like their other traditional color cousins.

Parti Yorkies are also great lap dogs but they should be handled with a lot of care due to their fragile nature and small size.

These canines bark a lot and will let you know in case there is an intruder. Some also bark at other moving objects such vehicles and need to be socialized from an early age.

But through consistent training and introducing him to as many people as possible, the barking can be managed.

Is the Parti Yorkshire Terrier a great family dog?

Parti Yorkshire Terriers are not suited for family homes with small children but are more suitable for adult families.

Great care should be taken when handling these dogs and they should be prevented from climbing stairs or jumping regularly from the couch.

They may also be loving towards their human parents but shy towards other dogs and pets.

These furry friends can also be quite nervous around unfamiliar people and other animals.

Parti Yorkshire Terrier puppies

A parti Yorkie dam can bare a litter of about 2 or 3 puppies.

The average reputable breeder can charge you anywhere between $1200 to $1500 for a single Parti Yorkie puppy, however, the price could also go as high as $10,000 for superior pedigrees and lines of the dog.

You should find a good and reputable breeder and by all means. Avoid buying the pulp from puppy mills or backyard breeders.

They may be a favorite for backyard breeders and puppy mills mainly due to their increasing demand and their high price tag.

You can speak to other dog lovers that own this doggie to get some recommendations of where you can begin your search for a breeder.

Adoption is also a great option that comes with its perks such as a cheaper cost. You also get to give a Yorkshire Terrier a new home and make him happier.

The Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue is a great place to start looking for a dog that you can adopt.

Parti Yorkie puppy

How Parti Yorkshire Terrier puppies are bred

Even traditional Yorkshire Terrier colors can produce a litter with particolored Yorkies and it all comes down to genetics.

Recessive parti genes are responsible for producing parti tricolor puppies.

You need to have two parents with the parti gene to produce parti puppies. However, if only one of the parents has the part gene no puppy in the litter will be particolored.

Also, even after mating two Yorkshire Terriers with the parti gene, not all the puppies will be Parti Yorkies.

Only about 25% of the puppies will have the parti tricolor the rest will have other traditional Yorkshire Terrier colors.

In case only one parent has the Parti gene, the gene may be passed to other puppies but they will only be carriers of the gene and not be particolored.

When this happens the gene will be passed to later puppy generations.

Once the condition to produce Parti Yorkies if met the litter will be as follows:

  • 50% of the litter will have the standard Yorkshire colors but they will also carry the gene.
  • 25% of the puppies will have traditional colors but will not be carriers of the gene.
  • The rest of the 25% of the litter will be actual Parti Yorkie puppies.

Grooming a Parti dog

This is a high maintenance dog that requires daily brushing to prevent the coat from matting and tangling.

The hairs should also be trimmed, especially those that cover areas such as their eyes and to make the coat easier to maintain. You can visit a groomer whenever your Parti Yorkie requires a trim.

A shorter coat will be easier to maintain and manage but will still require weekly grooming.

Ear cleaning, dental care, and trimming the nails should also be done to keep this dog healthy.

Exercise requirements

The Parti Yorkshire Terrier is a toy dog breed and does not require much exercise due to his small size.

About 30 minutes of daily exercise will be enough for this ball of fluff. Play and short walks can help you meet their daily physical stimulation quota.

You must avoid using a collar and use a harness instead when you are taking this pooch for a walk. A dog collar can increase the risk of trachea collapse.


Food and diet requirements

These dogs should be fed often and little by little(after 3 to 4 hours).

One or one and a half cups of dry food should be enough to feed this dog and should be divided into 5 meals.

Daily calories Cups of Kibble Per Day:
500 to 600 1.5

You should buy high-quality food that is formulated for small dogs and you can buy them from anywhere including but not limited to your local pet store.

Before purchasing any dog food you should always check the label for the main ingredients.

Training a Parti Yorkshire Terrier

These dogs are very easy to train and have a natural drive to please their owners.

They love being praised and treats as well and if you combine the two they become very responsive to training.

Keep your Parti Yorkie training sessions short and interesting, continually reassuring him when he does something right.

Health problems

Parti Yorkie can suffer from dental issues and struggles with losing their baby teeth.

Some Yorkshire Terriers also lose most of their teeth by the time they are about 12 years. You need to go for regular vet visits and check what you feed him.

Their fragility is also an issue with some easily breaking their bones as they run up and down the stairs or when they are jumping from your bed or the couch.

A parti Yorkie can be susceptible to developing progressive retinal atrophy and it can cause the canine to go blind. This condition is hereditary with no cure and it is hard to diagnose because he may not show any signs of the condition.

These pups also commonly suffer from patellar luxation.

These Yorkies have an average lifespan of between 12 and 15 years.

Breed summary

These dogs are very sweet and need owners that can make sure that their needs are taken care of and keep in mind their fragile nature.

They are more suitable for homes that do not have other pets or even children.

Are you thinking of getting this incredible dog?

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There you go, WOOF!

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