GENERAL APPEARANCE : Long-coated, with the coat hanging completely straight and evenly down on each side, divided by a line extending from the nose to the tip of the tail. Very compact and elegant, carried very vertically, giving it an important air.
Personality: Companion, intelligent and vivacious.
Energy Level : Moderately Active.
Good with children: Yes.
Good with other dogs: With supervision.
Life Expectancy : 13-16 years old.
Bark level: Moderate.
The Yorkshire Terrier comes from the same locality as the Airedale Terrier and was first seen around the 1850s. The old Black and Brown ("Tan") Terrier is behind (the formation) of the Yorkshire Terrier, along with other breeds such as the Maltese and the Sky Terrier. The current name was accepted in 1870. Among the characteristic qualities of the terrier breeds is the instinct to hunt, whether for a toy at home or a rodent in the garden.
Country of Origin: Great Britain.
BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT: Alert and intelligent companion terrier. Lively and equally willing.
Skull: Very small and flat, not too prominent or rounded.
Muzzle: Not too long.
Jaws and Teeth: Perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, that is, the upper teeth (incisors) overlap adjusted to the lower teeth (incisors) and are set squarely to the jaws. Teeth are well placed in level jaws.
Eyes: Medium in size, dark, bright, with an intelligent expression and frontally set. Not prominent. Dark eyelid edges.
Ears: Small, V-shaped, carried erect, not too far apart; covered with short fur, very intense and deep brown (“tan”).
NECK: Of good length.
Loin: Very firm.
Chest: Moderately sprung ribs.
TAIL: With abundant fur, darker blue than the rest of the body, especially at the end of the tail. Carried a little higher than the level of the back. As straight as possible. Such a length to give the dog a balanced appearance.
PREVIOUS: Straight legs, well covered by an abundant golden brown (“tan”) coat, some shades lighter at the tips than at the roots, not exceeding above the level of the elbows.
Shoulders: Well sloping.
Forearms: Straight. Forefeet: Round; black nails.
HINDQUARTERS: Perfectly straight limbs when viewed from behind; moderately angled knees. Well covered by an abundant golden brown coat, some shades lighter at the tips than at the roots, not exceeding knee level.
Knees: Moderate angulation of the knee. Hind feet: Round; black nails.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free, with good drive; straight line movement of the fore and hind legs, keeping the top line level.
Hair: On the trunk, it is moderately long, perfectly straight (not wavy), shiny; fine and silky in texture, never woolly; should never hinder movement. It hangs long on the head, abundant golden brown (“tan”), with the most intense color on the sides of the head, at the base of the ears and on the muzzle, where it should be quite long. The brown (“tan”) color of the head should not extend to the neck, nor should there be any mixture of dark hair or brown soot on any part of the body.
COLOR: Dark steel blue (not silver blue), extending from the occiput to the root of the tail, never mixed with fawn, bronze or dark hairs. On the chest, the coat is an intense and shiny brown (“tan”). All brown hairs (“tan”) are darker at the root than in the middle, becoming even lighter at the tips.
WEIGHT: Up to 3.2 kilos.
Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well being of the dog.
• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.
• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.
• Atypical dogs.