While it is extremely rare for a dog to match the breed standard exactly, this description of the appearance of the Yorkshire Terrier will be used by judges to determine the winner of conformation (appearance) dog shows.
This is the appearance of the Yorkshire Terrier, in regard to conformance guidelines: (If you are planning on showing your Yorkie, you will want to obtain the official appearance guidelines of the club you will be associating with since it can vary slightly from one to the other)
A long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face and from the foundation of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs equally and quite straight down each side of body. The body is compact and well proportioned. The dog's high head carriage and self-assured manner should give the look of energy and pride.
The head is petite and rather flat on top, the skull not too prominent or round, the muzzle not too extended, with the bite neither undershot nor overshot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is acceptable.
is black. Eyes are medium in size and not too prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intelligent expression. Eye rims are dark. Ears are small, V-shaped, carried erect and set not too far apart.
The body is well proportioned and very compact. The back is rather short, the back line level, with height at shoulder equal to the rump.
Forelegs should be straight, elbows neither in nor out. Hind legs straight when seen from behind, but stifles are somewhat bent when seen from the sides.
Feet are round with black toenails. Dewclaws are normally removed from the hind legs. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed, if the owner wishes.
The tail is docked
to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back.
Quality, texture and quantity of coat are of extreme importance. Hair is silky, fine and silky in texture. Coat on the body is moderately long and perfectly straight. It may be trimmed to floor length to allow easy movement and a tidy appearance.
The fall on the head is long, tied with 1 bow in center of head or parted in the middle and tied with 2 bows. Hair on the dog's muzzle is extremely long. Hair should be trimmed short on tips of ears and may be trimmed on feet to give them a tidy look.
are born black and tan and are generally darker in body color, showing an combination of black hair in the tan until they grow to adulthood.
Color of hair on body and richness of tan on head and legs are of primary importance in adult dogs, to which the following color requirements apply:
Blue: Is a dark steel-blue, not a silver-blue and not mingled with fawn or black hairs.
Tan: All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to still lighter tan at the tips. There should be no black hair blended together with any of the tan.