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7 Different Yorkie Breeds

Dogs are different because of their color, coat, nose, legs, or eyes. With Yorkshire terriers that are the only type of Yorkies, there are different Yorkies that are part of Yorkie mixes with other dogs. In this article, we will cover 7 different Yorkie breeds. 

Only one breed, the Biewer Terrier, is a totally new breed that is derived from Yorkshire terriers. 

Biewer Yorkshire Terrier

The Biewer (“bee-vair”) Terrier is a breed that has its foundation in the Yorkshire Terrier. They originated in Germany on the 20th of January 1984 after 2 Yorkshire Terriers with recessive piebald genes were bred. They were raised for 20 years after they noticed that a completely new breed has been created with recessive piebald genes that they inherited from their parents. By the year 2012, they became one of the most popular breeds in the world. This breed is very energetic and super friendly. They love to explore around and meet other dogs. When it comes to training, they can be pretty stubborn, even though they are super intelligent by nature. Housebreaking can be pretty exhausting with this specific breed. 

Biewer Terrier is the ideal pet for smaller apartments. Because they do not have digging and hunting issues, this makes this breed the perfect pet for houses with no garden or easy access to parks. Every dog breed has some health issues that are more common than others. Some of them include dental issues, skin irritation, diarrhea, or frequent soft or discolored stool. This should not change your mind about this lovable breed, because regular check-ups to the vet will avoid any severe health condition. When it comes to taking care, you should pay more attention to their long coat. Germs can hide much easier in longer coats. Biewers are a super active breed and they love to go in bushes or lay on the grass. In order to keep them germ-free regular baths are recommended. Dirt and other allergens can get under their nails so as a responsible owner, you should trim them regularly with a nail clipper or any other grinder. This will avoid overgrowth and cracking, but also infections. Brushing teeth should also be done regularly. Because of their nature, they are more exposed to dental issues. Biewers have a different diet from other dogs. It is based on food that helps them regain the energy that they lose from all the high energy consumption activities. They are more exposed to obesity because owners sometimes overfeed them. To avoid that, you should visit a professional vet that will prescribe a diet perfectly suited to your dog. Diet changes over time as they get older. 

Biewers are much smaller than any other breed, so to avoid injuries you should always monitor your dog. Children can also be dangerous to this type of breed. As they get excited, injuries can happen much more often.

Parti Yorkies

Parti Yorkies are purebred Yorkshire Terriers. They were introduced to North America in 1872 when they became a legitimate Yorkshire Terrier variant. Back in the days, they were considered low-quality animals, and because of that, some breeders even put them down or secretly gave them away. In the 80s, one breeder named Gloria Lipman refused to put down her Parti Yorkies simply because of their totally different colors. She put all her effort to find them loving homes where they would feel safe and loved. Many other breeders followed her steps, and in the year 2000, Parti Yorkie was recognized as the official breed. Breeding Parti Yorkie can be hard, because of their recessive gene. Because of this, Parti Yorkies are nowadays really hard to find and afford. These cute and colorful puppies are super energetic and affectionate to owners. Because of their energetic nature, they love to sleep all day. If you decide to own this dog breed, you will get one furry baby that will never leave your side. They love to get cuddles and crave affection. If you live a busy life and have no time for your dog, you should start introducing your puppy to other dogs. This way he will not get so attached to you. They are super hard to housebreak because of how stubborn they are. This is very common among Yorkshire Terriers overall. 

Their life expectancy is between 12 and 15 years, similar to traditional Yorkie. In order to have a good life, your Parti Yorkie should eat high protein and fiber food. There are many diets that are recommended for this breed, but we recommend you to pay a visit to a professional vet who will then prescribe the right diet. Parti Yorkies suffer from an eye disorder. In order to be sure that your dog won’t have this problem, you should always confirm whether the previous owner (if you are adopting or buying) has an updated certificate from a veterinary ophthalmologist clearing it of PRA. When it comes to taking care of your dog, regular showering and teeth brushing are recommended. This way you will avoid skin infections and irritations, and dental issues. Parti Yorkies’ hair grows really fast, which can sometimes lead to poor visibility because of overgrown hair that gets in their eyes. Regular trimming will not only prevent poor visibility but also skin irritations. Germs love long hair! 

Teacup Yorkie

Teacup Yorkies are miniature versions of Yorkshire Terriers. They got this funny name because of how small they are. Many Teacup Yorkies can fit inside of a teacup because of their size. On the other hand, even though they are super cute and adorable, because of their miniature size, they have a lot of health issues. Some of the most common are heart problems, brain issues, and low blood sugar levels. Bone problems can also occur because of underdevelopment. Their little hearts are more prone to defects compared to larger dogs. Their life expectancy is shorter than other Yorkshire Terriers. It ranges from 7 to 9 years. To give them the life they deserve, you should pay extra attention to their everyday care. You should always carry them when climbing stairs because their bones are super fragile. Housebreaking can also be very difficult but that problem is present in every Yorkshire Terrier breed. This all should not frighten you because if you give them the love and care they deserve, and regular vet visits, many issues can be resolved. Unfortunately, when you are buying from a breeder prices can be very high. This is because of high demand and because they are very hard to breed. Pregnancy failures are very common and sometimes deadly for dogs.

Teddy Bear Yorkie

Teddy Bear Yorkies are not officially recognized dog type, but they are different from regular Yorkshire Terrier. Their heads are shaped a bit differently from regular Yorkies. Their eyes, nose, and mouth are heart-shaped which makes them outstand from the regular Yorkshire Terrier breed. Their coats are usually tan and black. They may come in other color combinations, but this is more common. Also, their coat texture is much more different from regular Yorkies. It is similar to a sheep coat, also called a wooly coat, which does not grow too long. Their life expectancy is similar to Teacup Yorkies. Their bones are also very fragile, so you should need to pay extra attention. They also have heart and teeth issues. Regular brushing will avoid dental issues. But when it comes to digestive problems, a strong diet should be prescribed by a professional veterinarian. 

Mismarked Yorkie

Mismarked Yorkies come in color combinations that are not: black and gold, blue and gold, black and tan, and blue and tan. So any other color combination is sorted in Mismarked Yorkies. They have similar health issues as regular Yorkshire Terriers. Some of them are heart and bone issues, dental problems, and etc. When it comes to housebreaking, they can become very stubborn. If you start to teach them from an early age, this could all be avoided.

Black Yorkies

Black Yorkies are very rare among Yorkshire Terriers. They have only one color of their coat which is black. Yorkies usually have a black and tan or black and gold coat. Sometimes, they will have one color coat for the rest of their lives, which is not always the case. When they reach six months, their coat starts to change from black to color combinations that are common for Yorkies. On the other hand, they are not much different from regular Yorkshire Terriers. They all have the same health problems, attitudes, and stubbornness.

Designer Yorkies

Designer Yorkies are mixed breeds. They are different from other regular Yorkshire Terriers because of their parents. Often when Yorkshire Terrier is being mixed with other breed dogs for example Chihuahua, Designer Yorkie will inherit for example their coat type, or color, or even nose and cheeks. This way they will be much more different than any other regular Yorkshire Terrier. In addition, this mixing will affect Designer Yorkies life span. They will share some common health issues, such as fragile bones, or heart issues. This is all because of their miniature size which greatly affects their health. Despite all of this, they are super cute and adorable. They will love you with all of their heart no matter what. Because of this, they are one of the best dog breeds in the world.

Conclusion

Yorkshire Terriers are super cute and fluffy dogs that can be ideal for smaller apartments. On the other hand, all of them have some sort of health issue. They are more exposed to germs and other allergens because of their coat type. Regular brushing and trimming are recommended. They come in many different types, which we covered in this article. Some of them have more health issues than others, because of their size and breeding nature. It all depends on how they were bred, which can sometimes be a problem. If they were bred in an uncontrolled environment, they can be more exposed to diseases. Despite all of this, Yorkies are one of the best owners’ partners. They will love you unconditionally. We hope that this article was useful and that you learned something new about this beautiful breed called Yorkshire Terrier, and its types.

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