You’ve probably heard about regular Yorkshire Terriers, but have you ever wondered what Parti Yorkies look like?
Although Parti Yorkies had a rough start because of their unique colors, Parti Yorkies are now being better recognized by international canine journals just as much as regular Yorkies are.
In essence, Parti Yorkies are just the same as the Yorkshire Terriers, but they come in different color variants.
Here, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about Parti Yorkies, and how to take proper care of them.
Let’s get started!
What Is a Parti Yorkie?
As of 2000, Parti Yorkies are now considered to be purebred Yorkshire Terriers by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Before that, Yorkies were considered to be low-quality breeds that commonly appeared in litters from as early as the 1900s.
Rumored to be a mix between Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese dogs, Yorkies come in an assortment of colors. You can find black and white Yorkies, golden Yorkies, and Chocolate Yorkies. Yorkshire Terriers, on the other hand, only come in blue and tan colored coats.
The Parti Yorkie weighs around 7 pounds and is well known for its beautiful coat of glossy hair. Its body is proportioned well, and its silky coat that parts from the head all the way to the tail is neat and gives the Yorkie an elegant appearance.
Finally, the Parti Yorkie is known to bark a lot, and this has been linked to the structure and placement of its ears. They are prominent and erect in such a way that gives them an acute hearing.
This makes them able to notice the tiniest bit of disturbance that even the average dog may not pick up, and assert their dominance by barking.
Behavioral Traits and Temperament
Yorkies are easy to communicate with, which makes them able to learn pretty quickly.
This is made possible because of how intelligent they are. They’re constantly being mentioned as one of the smartest dog breeds around.
In addition to intelligence, Yorkies are also known to be courageous. You’ll notice their independent traits backed with a high energy drive that doesn’t do its petite size any justice.
Set Boundaries Early On
Of course, it’s recommended to start training your dog from a young age. For a Parti Yorkie, however, it’s essential to start disciplining your dog as early as three months old. Yorkies will develop an independent character quickly, and its behavioral traits can be difficult to address if you don’t pay attention to setting boundaries in its early upbringing.
So, it’s highly recommended you begin setting some ground rules and making sure you’re not allowing your dog to be aggressive, especially towards guests and mailmen, or ill-mannered.
If you want to make sure your dog has a healthy upbringing, make sure you socialize your Yorkie by introducing it to its surroundings. Make your Yorkie aware of noises coming from the dishwasher, television, car horns…etc.
Human contact is also essential. Pet your dog frequently, and introduce human touch from friendly pedestrians and guests as well.
Routine Makes Your Yorkie Comfortable
This isn’t to say Yorkies don’t love going on adventures or spontaneous activities. Yorkies, however, do thrive on predictable tasks and schedules.
Make sure you establish a fixed time for eating, walking, playing, and napping. Yorkies have very specific needs when it comes to their diet. If they eat at different times or go long periods without food, they can suffer from digestion problems or even vomit.
The same thing goes for walking. If you don’t set regular walk times every day, your dog might get irritated or confused. Their energy levels will also fluctuate if you don’t learn to balance quiet time with playing time.
Other Quirks To Be Aware Of
You might think Yorkies aren’t susceptible to hypothermia because of their heavy coat, but this is far from the truth.
Yorkies only have one coat as opposed to two coats for most dog breeds. In addition to this, Yorkies have hair and not fur, which makes them unable to regulate their body temperatures properly. We recommend buying a small sweater to keep your dog warm and comfy at all times.
Finally, Yorkies hate walking on a leash, you’ll notice they get uncomfortable the second they see it in your hands. You can try to make the activity as fun as you can by introducing treats and buying a no-pull padded vest instead of a collar.
If you have a general idea of what a Yorkie looks like, you’re probably now aware that grooming a Yorkie can be a bit of a predicament.
Yes, Yorkies are considered extremely high maintenance and will require constant attention to their grooming and hygiene.
We got some good news, though. Grooming your dog doesn’t have to be a nuisance, and if done right, it can actually be quite a fun experience.
Grooming Your Yorkie
You don’t need to dedicate the entire evening to groom your Parti Yorkie. All you need is the right set of supplies and half an hour of your time to keep your dog fresh.
Here are the tools you need:
- Nail clippers
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Electric trimmer
- Soft brush
When giving your Yorkie a shower, make sure you untangle the hair so it doesn’t irritate its skin. You can do this with the shampoo on, so it’s easier. Rinse and repeat using a high-quality conditioner. You can use a detachable shower attachment to make the bath time easier and more efficient.
Finally, when drying your Yorkie’s hair, make sure to use a brush to comb the hair as you’re drying it, to avoid the hair getting tangled.
Although Yorkies can be temperamental and high maintenance, their quirky personality and fun presence surely make up for it.
Like all living beings, Yorkies require constant attention and commitment in order to bring out their best qualities. If you’re ready to make such a commitment, then a Yorkie would be a lovely addition to your family!