At birth, Yorkshire terrier puppies are
as black as coal, with tan markings on their eyebrows, chin, ear tips,
chest, and toes, but their colors lighten (and their coat lengthens) as
they grow; their final coat pattern is unpredictable until 3 months.
Professional breeders shave the hair of Yorkie puppies’ ears to help
them prick up so their dark skin can be seen. Also, their physical growth
is rather slow—it takes them about 2 years to fully mature.
Because of their long, shiny coats and big, dark eyes, dogs of this
breed are referred to as “jewels that move.” However, although
they may look like princesses, thy have a Cinderella-like past. Around the
mid-19th century, this breed was crested by miners and mill workers
to exterminate rats in their namesake region. Yorkies quickly surprised
people with their beauty, though, and they were soon valued simply as pets.
These intelligent dogs are able to do whatever they are taught, but
they are willful and may refuse to perform a command. Perhaps because to
their terrier blood, they also feel compelled to dig holes in the yard,
though they don’t require much exercise. Also despite their size,
these dogs are assertive and wary, which makes them good guard dogs. It is
important to train them not to bark unnecessarily, however.
Keeping their steel-gray coats shiny and beautiful requires some
effort. Their long, silky hair tends to get tangled and form hairballs,
making daily brushing necessary. Also, regular professional grooming is
(male) Height 6-7 inches, weight
3-7 pounds (females) same
Coat: Long, silky, and glossy. Colors are steel blue on
body, tan on chest, and light tan on legs; feathering on head is golden
tan. Ears, roots of ears, and masks are darker.
Information from Legacy of the Puppy