AKC Parti-Color Yorkies:         

 

Just to put the disclaimer right up front, the first photo ‘is’ a 'Biewer Terrier'.  Her name is Fiesta Littlehart (Fi-Fi). The second photo is one of our Sires, Quinto, and he is a Biewer Terrier, as well.  Those puppies 'are' AKC-parti Yorkies; however. I have a precious little parti teacup, Oreo, and will get his photo up soon.  (As mentioned in the history portion, I had virtually 80% of my photos destroyed, so I’m working with photos from a while back, rather than more recent ones.)  I have put the Biewer Yorkies up because they look exactly like the AKC Parti-color.  While I won’t get into it, there is “HUGE” controversy over how much these guys are alike, apart from the registry. The Biewer Yorkies are not recognized by AKC, and are out of Germany and are registered with the Biewer Yorkshire Terrier Club (BYTC) registry.  Conversely, BYTC ‘will’ acknowledge AKC parti-color, but from my experience, the BYTC put the Biewers at the ‘top’ of their list.   Suffice it to say, they are both black-and-white Yorkies, with gold heads.  (FYI – Europe outlaws ‘tail-cutting’ so that is one very obvious difference.  All Biewers have full-length tails.)   I just put the photos of the Biewers up because I have virtually no parti photos currently available, and I know people want to see what they look like.  Keep watching – more will come, for sure!!

 

Parti-color Yorkies are becoming extremely popular.  As with many other aspects of the breeding industry, this is no different.  Parti-color Yorkies are black and white, only, with the exception of the head, which is gold or tan, or standard Yorkie color.  The black and white are not ‘mingled’ as is seen with the traditional blue-and-gold, when the black (or dark blue) and silver are present.  The parti-color Yorkie, as shown in the photo (not many of them yet to display, but will eventually have more), has ‘panels’ of black-and-white, sometimes appear to have almost vertical blocks of color and are quite striking.  The hair actually has a different texture, as well, typically.  It is quite unique in that it is fine and soft – almost like a bunny, but not the same.  It’s just different.  Even their temperament seems to be a little more subdued than the traditional Yorkie (little less on the ‘alpha’ side, I guess I’d have to say – ha).  They have the most wonderful personality and disposition and love with all their heart.  They have all the normal characteristics of the Yorkie, so I can’t really comment as to why the Biewer Terrier club goes to a great deal of trouble to differentiate them from ‘Yorkies’.  Owners (that I know) of the Biewers, claim them to be Yorkies and you’ll see them advertised as “Biewer Yorkies”, all the time.

 

All our Parti-color Yorkies are completely registered through AKC, and though AKC recognizes the ‘color’, they are less enthusiastic about this color than the traditional blue-and-gold.  There is definitely a difference in the genetic makeup, thus the lacking of the third color or presence of white, on the body, compared to the traditional Yorkie color.  This genetic difference is considered to be an actual genetic ‘flaw’ by AKC standards, and while they’ll accept the color, and register them as full-bred AKC Yorkies, they are not permitted to participate in the shows; (last I heard, anyway).  Actual pet owners have a ‘strong’ preference for the AKC-Partis and now having my ‘first’ one (all my dogs are pets), I will concur with their love for them.  ‘Oreo’ is my first AKC parti-color and he is beyond precious.  He has the absolute sweetest and pleasing personality.  He’s very relaxed, and non-confrontational with the other Yorkies.  (Course, he’s half their size so he may be a little intimidated – ha!)  Seriously, my two ‘toughest’ and ‘demanding’ males are extremely tiny, so I will have to give credit his being a parti-color.  He is still in the two-pound category and is 9 months old.  He is strikingly gorgeous.  His mother, Cupcake, is the traditional Yorkie, but has the gene to make the parti-colors, so she is considered an ‘F-1’.  She bred with Spartacus (my light blonde Yorkie on the Sire page), and he is an F-1, also; thus Oreo.  He was the only one in the litter, as expected – a 25% probability with two F-1s.  . 

 

On the market, an AKC Parti-color typically is most expensive and ‘can’ sell for almost twice as much as the traditional Yorkie, due to the demand and lack of supply of them.  All our parti-color Yorkies are extremely healthy, as is all our Sires and Dams, and we have not seen any reason, whatsoever, to attribute the genetic ‘difference’ to have manifested any flaws of any nature.  It is quite common for AKC standards to be conflicting and even opposing to the ‘market’ demands with respect to characteristics.  AKC is more ‘show-driven’,  and acknowledged to hold the highest honor for setting ‘standards’ in the breeding industry; however, the whole registry ‘thing’ can become quite political, as is the case with many of the breeds.  They do not recognize ‘teacups’, either, and the majority of my puppies would not even qualify, out of sheer size.  Otherwise, their quality fully meets the AKC standards.  Since I do not sell puppies to AKC, I rank ‘market demands’ above AKC ‘preferences’ as long as I am not in violation of any of their requirements.  I have not personally seen any reason to ‘discount’ the quality of the AKC parti-color, and additionally, am particularly fond of them. 

 

I share this with you, in case you are interested in the AKC parti-color or have found them to be quite unique and compelling, as they most definitely are that.  It is my goal to provide as much information, as accurately as possible, to a potential buyer.   If this is a puppy you’re ‘toying’ with purchasing, you might want to conduct some additional research on your own, as this particular ‘color’ of Yorkie is quite controversial and political, with respect to the AKC ‘die-hards’.  The ‘market’ places them ‘above’ traditional Yorkies – just an economic observation on my part.  I have noticed other breeds offer parti-color and are considered one of the ‘sanctioned and preferred’ colors for that breed.  For that reason, I am still not convinced they are inferior genetically, rather rail-roaded politically, but that’s my assessment and certainly does not speak for other Yorkie breeders. 

 

The AKC parti-colored Yorkies are products from either ‘other’ AKC parti-color Yorkies, OR from a traditional blue-and-gold (usually the more blonde or lighter ones), that carry the special gene.  Those Yorkies are commonly referred to as ‘F1s’.  A litter from two F1s (meaning both sire and dam have the gene, but are not parti-color themselves) yield a probability of 25% of the litter being ‘parti-colored’.  25% of a litter of ‘1’ is quite different from 25% of a litter of say 5 or 6, so the absolute math gets a little tricky and statistics was one of my ‘least’ favorite classes.  That said, I know that I have a good chance of getting 1 parti-color puppy from two parents each having the gene, or being an ‘F-1’, and that is about as far as I prefer to get involved with the gene probabilities issue.  There are also ‘F2s’ and the probabilities and statistics get more involved.   

 

It’s more like ‘puppy-surprise’ for me, which is fine.  The birthing surprise is always something I enjoy – never get tired of that and it’s fun to watch for a ‘black-and-white polka-dotted’ puppy.  That is precisely what they look like at birth – similar to a VERY SCALED-DOWN Holstein cow.  It just adds to the variety of the Yorkie business and makes it more fun.  They’re healthy, extremely beautiful and unique, and quite entertaining, so “WHY NOT” have a parti-colored Yorkie, as well?