Yorkshire Terrier FCI standard and breed description
FCI Standard Yorkshire Terrier breed No. 86 (01.20.1998)
PUBLICATION DATE PREVIOUS STANDARD
Group 3. Terriers
Without working trials.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Longhair. The hair hangs completely straight and evenly down on each side, the parting extends from the nose to the end of the tail. Very compact, elegant posture with a vertically set neck, expressing a pompous appearance. The overall appearance, conveying the impression of a strong and proportional body.
BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT: Vigilant, intelligent decorative terrier. Lively, with a balanced character.
CRANIAL REGION: The skull is rather small and flat rather than round and not too convex.
Muzzle: Not too long.
Jaws and teeth: Perfect, regular and fully scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth tightly overlap lower teeth and stand perpendicular to the jaws. The teeth are well located in the aligned jaws.
EYES: Medium in size, dark, shiny, with a piercing smart look and straight set. Not convex. The edges of the eyelids are dark.
Ears: Small, triangular, worn erect, not too wide set, covered with short hair, the color is very dark, deep reddish-brown.
NECK: Good length.
Back (from the withers to the Macloca): Smooth.
Loin: Well supported.
Ribs: Moderate arch of ribs.
TAIL: Usually cropped to a moderate length, a lot of hair is darker silver in color than on the rest of the body, especially at the end of the tail. It rises just above the level of the back.
FRONT: Legs are straight, well covered with a deep golden reddish-brown hair, at the ends a few tones lighter than at the base, not extending above the elbows.
HINDQUARTER: Legs are completely straight when viewed from behind, moderately bent at the knees. They are well covered with a deep golden reddish-brown hair, at the ends several shades lighter than at the base, not extending above the knees.
FEET: Rounded claws are black.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Free, pushing, rectilinear movements of the front and rear limbs, maintaining a flat top line.
COAT: On the body is moderately long, completely straight (not wavy), shiny with a thin silky structure, not fluffy. Falling, long on the head, deep golden reddish-brown, darker on the sides of the head, at the roots of the hair and on the muzzle, where the coat should be very long. The tan on the head does not extend to the neck, should not be blackened in any way, and the dark coat should not be mixed anywhere with the tan.
COLOR: Dark steel blue (not silver blue), extending from the back of the head to the base of the tail, is never mixed with red, bronze or dark hairs. Wool on the chest with a deep, bright tan. All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, turning into even brighter ends.
WEIGHT: Up to 3.2 kg (7 lbs).
DEFECTS: Any deviation from the above points should be regarded as a flaw or vice depending on the severity.
NOTE: Male animals must have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.