A Yorkshire Terrier puppy, 4 weeks old, displaying the characteristic black/steel black and tan coat.Adult Yorkshire Terriers that have other coat colours than the above, or that have woolly or extra fine coats, are still considered to be Yorkshire Terriers, and will be just as good of a companion as a dog with the correct coat.
The only difference is that atypical Yorkshire Terriers should not be bred In addition, care may be more difficult for “woolly” or “cottony” textured coats, or coats that are overly fine. One of the reasons given for not breeding “off-coloured” Yorkies is that the colour could be a potential indicator of a genetic defect that may affect the dog’s health, a careful health screening can clarify if any health risks exist or not.
Famous Yorkshire Terrier:
A newborn Yorkie puppy is born black with tan points on the muzzle, above the eyes, around the legs and feet and toes, the inside of the ears, and the underside of the tail. Occasionally Yorkies are born with a white “star” on the chest or on one or more toes. These markings fade with age, and are usually gone within a few months.
Popular Yorkshire Terrier:
It may take up to three years or more for the coat to reach its final color. Most times the final color is a blue/grayish color.P. H. Combs, writing in 1891, complained about show wins awarded to puppies, when the dog’s coat does not fully come in until three or four years old, “and the honor of winning such a prize (for a puppy) can therefore be of but little practical benefit to the owner” since the adult dog’s color cannot be exactly predicted.
Typical Fine Yorkshire Terrier:
The typical fine, straight, and silky Yorkshire Terrier coat has also been listed by many popular dog information websites as being hypoallergenic. In comparison with many other breeds, Yorkies do not shed to the same degree, only losing small amounts when bathed or brushed. All dogs shed, and it is the dog’s dander and saliva that trigger most allergic reactions.
Particular Yorkshire Terrier:
Allergists do recognize that at times a particular allergy patient will be able to tolerate a particular dog, but they agree that “the luck of the few with their pets cannot be stretched to fit all allergic people and entire breeds of dogs.” The Yorkshire Terrier coat is said to fall out only when brushed or broken, or just said to not shed.Although neither of those statements agree with what biologists, veterinarians, and allergists know about dog fur, allergists think there really are differences in protein production between dogs that may help one patient and not another.