There are several articles on the Golden Yorkshire Terrier and if you are interested in one of our
puppies we encourage you to read what other people are saying about this beautiful dog. We feel
that very little of what is said is factual and most is only someone else's opinions.
We hope that the information and links below will allow you to make an educated decision on
whether or not a Golden Yorkshire Terrier is for you.
Golden Yorkshire ( Yorkies ) Terriers - Fact or Fiction
Article by Elvis Yorkshire Terrier
1. Actually, the "Golden Yorkie" is an overload of red gold and is a mutation of our breed and
should not be bred as it is a complete loss of pigment.
This statement contradicts itself. If the chocolate color is an overload of red and gold pigmentation
then there can't be a complete loss of pigment. A complete loss of pigment should result in albino
Secondly, an unexpected color in offspring can occur in at least two ways:
A. A change of the DNA sequence within a gene or chromosome
of an organism resulting in the creation of a new character or
trait not found in the parental type. Either of the words,
nevolution or mutation can be used to describe this change.
B. The gene responsible for the unexpected color
was present in one or both of the parent’s ancestors.
There are no medical documents indicating that yorkies that are golden, is a result of a change in
the DNA sequence within a gene or chromosome, but there is some indication that the golden gene
was introduced into the yorkshire terriers breed with the black/tan terrier known today as the
Manchester Terrier by the Scott's using the Skye-black and tan terriers crosses and crossing them
with the Waterside Terriers. This black/tan was referred to as a crossbred terrier dark brown in
2. Those that advertise this color as Rare are being dishonest in that they are just trying to enrich
themselves with more money, in spite of the lack of pigment in the dogs they produce which could
bring a genetic nightmare to the breed. Don't be taken in by this false advertising.
One of the definitions of rare is infrequently occurring; uncommon. Many show breeders have told
me that, at least in the early years of breeding Yorkshire ( Yorkies ) Terriers, breeders would
spay/neuter or even dispose of golden yorkshire ( yorkies ) terriers. This practice would even make
the gene pool even smaller for the golden yorkshire ( Yorkies ) terriers resulting in the likely hood of
getting them even more uncommon. So whether the chocolate yorkshire ( yorkies ) terriers are a
result of evolution or from it's ancestors, the golden yorkshire ( yorkies ) terriers occur infrequently
and by definition should be considered rare.
3. One of the reasons for avoiding breeding "off-colored" Yorkies is because it could be a genetic
defect that may affect the dog's health. Some health problems can include, but aren't limited to,
severe skin problems, allergies total hair loss and in some cases long-term illness and/or death. A
responsible breeder will not intentionally breed for undesirable traits.
The only colors that meet the AKC standard are Blue/Tan and Blue/Gold. So any other color such as
Black/Tan and Chocolate/Tan are considered "off-colored" Yorkies. I can't find any documentation
in which health problems occur as a result of the Black/Tan or Chocolate/Tan pigmentation and in
fact a show breeder has reported that they have not heard of health problems with the chocolate born
puppies, like with the blue born puppies. I would hope that all breeders consider health issues as
undesirable traits, but as far as physical appearance, size, weight and color, the show breeder and
the general public may differ greatly. What is highly undesirable for one group may be highly
desirable for another group. Please have respect for other people’s opinions even though they may be
different than yours.
Golden Yorkshire ( Yorkies ) Terriers - The real truths are:
1. Golden Yorkshire ( Yorkies ) Terriers do exist.
2. The golden/tan yorkie does not meet the Yorkshire ( yorkies ) Terriers AKC standard.
3. Golden Yorkshire ( Yorkies ) Terriers, As of today can be considered rare
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia YorkieTalk
The Golden Yorkshire Terrier (also referred to as Golden
Yorkie, Blond Yorkie) is a Yorkshire Terrier
carrying a double recessive gene for a golden coat.
 The result is a Yorkshire Terrier whose color and
coat do not conform to the breed standard.
A "rare" Yorkie is one who is not
spoiled and 100 % house trained.