A Parti Yorkie is a Yorkshire Terrier that has a white, tan, and black colored coat instead of the traditional blue and tan.
Recently, the demand for beautifully colored Yorkshire has been on the rise and the American Kennel Club has seen an increase in the number of registered Parti Yorkshire Terriers.
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
There is no difference between this Yorkie and the standard one as they are both purebred.
Do you want to know what it is like to own one of these dogs? The cost of getting one and where you can find and good and reputable breeder?
Stick with us as we go through all that you need to know about this Yorkshire Terrier, from his qualities, his looks, how they came to be, and even how you can take care of him once you bring him home.
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Contents and Quick Navigation
- About the Parti Yorkie
- How Parti Yorkshire Terriers are bred
- Breed appearance and general characteristics of the Parti Yorkie
- Biewer Terriers vs Parti Yorkies
- Temperament and personality of the parti Yorkie
- Parti Yorkshire Terrier puppies
- Grooming a Parti dog
- Exercise requirements
- Food and diet requirements of a Parti Yorkie
- Training a Parti Yorkshire Terrier
- Some of the health problems
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 these 3 dogs were involved in their creation;
- Maltese Terrier
- Skye Terriers
- Paisley Terriers
And because when these dogs first appeared there were no breeds standards, even pooch that had the shape of a Yorkie was considered to be a Yorkshire Terrier.
These dogs were first seen in the US in 1872 and recognized by the AKC in 1885. It is only recently that they recognized the Parti Yorkie as they had thought that he was a mixed instead other than a purebred dog.
They had been considered to be low quality and unreal Yorkies.
This would prompt breeders to give them out and some would even kill them to protect their lines.
In the 1980s, one breeder refused to put down his Parti Yorkies and other breeders began to follow suit.
The American Kennel Club began to recognize this coloration the year 2000 after they conducted DNA research.
After this happened, this Yorkie coloration began to get more popular and dog lovers widely accepted them.
How Parti Yorkshire Terriers are bred
Even the traditional Yorkshire Terriers can produce a litter that has particolored Yorkies.
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.
Even after you mate two Yorkshire Terriers that have 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 is only one parent that 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 other later 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.
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||moderate grooming|
|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 about 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 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.
Biewer Terriers vs Parti Yorkies
The Biewer Terrier is also known as the German Terrier, which looks like the Parti Terrier. It is a separate dog breed by itself.
Two German Yorkie breeders, Mr and Mrs.Bieweer, were responsible for starting this breed in the 1970s.
This was after they produced canines that had a tan, white and black coat, which they liked so much.
They wanted to maintain this look and intentionally bred these dogs to produce this look. Soon, they would consistently breed these dogs producing this rare coloration and in the process, they 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. Technically, these dogs come from the Yorkie bloodlines.
There are several differences between the 2;
- 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.
Temperament and personality of the parti Yorkie
|Ease of care||
These dogs are small but they have big personalities and they may be a handful to some dog owners. The Parti Yorkie is an intelligent and witty doggo that is not suitable for first-time dog owners.
They are curious, loving, and very sassy, just like their other traditional color cousins.
Parti Yorkies love to be on their owners’ laps but they must be handled with care due to their fragile nature and small size.
These canines bark a lot and will let you know in case there is a presence of someone they do not know.
Some also bark at other moving objects such as a moving car and need to be socialized from an early age.
But through consistent training and introducing him to as many people as possible, this trait can be rectified.
Is he a great family dog?
Parti Yorkshire Terriers care not suited for homes with small children but are more suitable for adult homes.
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 breeder can charge you anywhere between $1200 to $1500 for a single Parti Yorkie puppy, however, the price could also go as high as $10000 for superior pedigrees and lines of the dog.
You must find a good breeder and by all means, avoid buying the pulp from a puppy mill market.
They may be a favorite for backyard breeders and puppy mills mainly due to their increasing demand and their large 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 an ethical and reputable breeder.
The option of adoption is also a viable one that is even way cheaper. 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.
Grooming a Parti dog
The maintenance for this dog may be high and he requires daily brushing to prevent the coat from matting or tangling.
Their hairs should also be trimmed because they cover areas such as their eyes. 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 and nail cleaning can also be done once a month by your vet or groomer.
The Parti Yorkshire Terrier is a toy dog breed and does not require much exercise because of its 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 of a Parti Yorkie
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 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 remember to 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 and workers.
Yorkshire Terriers were bred to be working dogs and their roles changed to more of companion and lapdogs.
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 sweet, continually reassuring him when he does the right behavior.
Some of the 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.
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.
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