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The Yorkshire Terrier Club Rescue & Rehoming

General Appearance Long-Coated, coat hanging quite straight and evenly down each side, a parting extending from nose to tail. Very compact and neat, carriage very upright conveying an important air. General outline conveying impression of vigorous and well proportioned body.

Characteristics Alert, intelligent toy terrier.

Temperament Spirited with even disposition

Head and Skull Rather small and flat, not too prominent or round in skull, not too long in muzzle; black nose.

Eyes Medium, dark, sparkling, with sharp intelligent expression and placed to look directly forward. Not prominent. Edge of eyelids dark.

Ears Small, V-shaped, carried erect, not too far apart, covered with short hair, colour very deep, rich tan.

Mouth Perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth well placed with even jaws.

Neck Good reach

Forequarters Well laid shoulders, legs straight, well covered with hair of rich golden tan a few shades lighter at the ends than at roots, not extending higher on forelegs than elbow.

Body Compact with moderate spring of rib, good loin. Level Back

Hindquarters Legs quite straight when viewed from behind, moderate turn of stifle. Well covered with hair of rich golden tan a few shades lighter at the ends than at roots, not extending higher on hindlegs than stifle.

Feet Rounds; nails black

Tail Customarily docked to medium length with plenty of hair, darker blue in colour than rest of body, especially at the end of tail. Carried a little higher than level of back

Gait/Movement Free with drive; straight action front and behind, retaining level top-line.

Coat Hair on body moderately long, perfectly straight (not wavy), glossy; fine silky texture, not woolly. Fall on head long, rich golden tan, deeper in colour at sides of head, about ear roots and on muzzle where it should be very long. Tan on head not to extend on to neck, nor must any sooty or dark hair intermingle with any of the tan.

Colour Dark steel blue (not silver blue), extending from occiput to root of tail, never mingled with fawn, bronze or dark hair. Hair on chest rich, bright tan. All tan hair darker at the roots than in the middle, shading still lighter at the tips.

Size Weight up to 3.1 kgs (7lbs)

Faults Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Note Male animals should have two apparently normal testicals fully descended into the scrotum

In the UK it is now possible to show animals with undocked tails. As yet there is no recognised standard for the presentation, type, length or carriage of a full tail. 

It may also be possible now in the UK to show neutered animals, providing permission has been obtained from the Kennel Club in advance

Differences in the American Kennel Club Breed Standard

There is very little difference in the American standard. The main differences are:

1. Neck: no mention is made in the Am. standard

2. Mouth: The Am. standard states: "the bite neither overshot nor undershot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is acceptable" No reference is made to a full mouth.