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Standard Physical Characteristics of a Yorkshire Terrier

By Tracy Barr, Peter F. Veling

Part of Yorkshire Terriers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

These traits describe the general appearance of the ideal (or breed standard) Yorkshire Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Look for these characteristics when choosing your Yorkshire Terrier:

  • Coat: Long, straight, and silky

  • Color: Blue on back; tan on face, chest, and legs

  • Size: No more than 7 pounds

  • Temperament: Self-assured and intelligent

  • Head: Small and slightly flat on top

  • Nose: Black

  • Ears: Small, pointed, and erect

  • Body: Compact with short, level back

  • Tail: Docked and slightly higher than back