Are There White Yorkies? (Solved & Explained!)

Fully white purebred Yorkies unfortunately do not exist. However, there are Parti Yorkies that can have fur that is mostly white due to their piebald pattern. Alternatively, a Yorkie can theoretically be born with albinism, which would make their skin and fur all white. 

There’s a lot to know about Yorkies, what colors they can be, and if white Yorkies exist! Read on to find out everything you need to know on the subject of Yorkie colors and find out: Are there white Yorkies?

Are there White Yorkies?

While there are no Yorkies that are fully white, there are certain kinds of Yorkies that can have partially or mostly white coats. Although this is an incredibly rare occurrence, it does happen, and you most likely (if you look hard enough) can get your hands on one of these adorable partially-white Yorkies. 

Usually, these Yorkies are Parti Yorkies whose piebald pattern creates white in their coat. Alternatively, you can get a Biewer Terrier, which often has white in its coat (but isn’t technically speaking a Yorkie). 

Parti Yorkies

Parti Yorkies are a non-standard type of Yorkshire terrier. These Yorkies naturally have some white fur. They were originally created by the repeated breeding of Yorkies with the piebald gene, a recessive gene that causes white spots in the dog’s fur. 

Parti Yorkies are not all-white and can have black, blue, tan, gold, or grey mixed into their coats as well. All Parti Yorkies have three colors on their bodies total. Although this isn’t ideal for those looking for a white Yorkie, it’s possible to find a Parti Yorkie with mostly white fur, which is probably the closes to a white Yorkie you can realistically get. 

Albinism

Theoretically, you could have an all-white Yorkie if the dog suffered from albinism. Albinism is a genetic disorder that causes the dog to be unable to produce melanin to tint its fur and skin with color, causing them to become white. This also causes the eyes to become a bit red, the paw pads and nails to be a pinkish color and other strange colors across the body. 

There has yet to be a documented case of albinism in Yorkies, but it is theoretically possible as it happens to humans and other dogs all the time. 

Biewer Terriers

If you’re looking at a dog that looks like a Yorkie and is mostly white, you might be looking at a Biewer Terrier. Biewer Terriers were bred from Yorkies, but they are now a separate breed of their own. 

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Biewer Terriers always have three colors in a banded or belted pattern. Meanwhile, Yorkies usually have only two colors. In any case, if you’re seeing a dog that looks very much like a Yorkie, but has a lot of white all over its coat, you are, in most cases, looking at a Biewer Terrier. 

This is a great choice for anyone looking for a white Yorkie, as they are similar to Yorkies in behavior and look (as they were bred from Yorkies), and are very often white! 

How rare are White Yorkies?

White Yorkies are exceedingly rare, even the ones we’ve gone over that actually exist. This is because Yorkies are almost always blue and gold or blue and tan, as these are the dominant genes in Yorkies.

There are some parti Yorkies with some white, but Parti Yorkies who are mostly white are only a subsection of Parti Yorkies who got a lucky piebald pattern. All this being said, they’re very, very uncommon. 

Keep in mind you can always get a Yorkie mix! These can be a plethora of different colors, and although their bloodlines aren’t “pure,” they can be fantastic dogs with good qualities from multiple breeds. 

Are there all brown Yorkies?

Yes! There are Yorkies that have all brown fur. These Yorkies can have a bronze, dark brown, chocolate, or any other brown-colored coat. They are often called chocolate Yorkies, and can also be called red Yorkies or red-legged Yorkies. 

Chocolate Yorkies are extraordinarily rare, but unlike all-white Yorkies, they do actually exist, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility to find one. 

Are there all-black Yorkies?

There are no all-black Yorkies. Many Yorkies do start their lives with a lot of black in their coat in puppyhood. However, they have a greying gene that quickly turns this black into the blue color that so many Yorkie owners and Yorkie lovers are familiar with. However, there are no Yorkies that grow up and stay all-black. 

However, there are plenty of Yorkie mixes that aren’t purebred that have black in them. These dogs are perfectly fine, and oftentimes have good qualities from more than one breed! However, if your heart is set on a purebred Yorkie, this wouldn’t be the way to go. 

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What is the rarest color of Yorkie?

The rarest color for a Yorkie coat that actually exists is the chocolate Yorkie. These all-brown Yorkies were originally made by cross-breeding Yorkies with other dogs that can have all-brown coats such as the Dachsund. After this, chocolate Yorkies were bred together to continue making them not only browner but also more like Yorkies again after the original cross-breeding. 

How much does a white Yorkie cost?

A mostly white Parti Yorkie shouldn’t be very much more expensive than a regular Yorkie. However, that isn’t to say it won’t be an expensive purchase. After all, purebred Yorkies are expensive puppies, ranging from $1,200 to $2,500 from a reputable breeder. 

If you want a chocolate Yorkie instead, you’ll be paying for even more. Purebred chocolate Yorkies from reputable breeders will cost you anywhere between $2,000 and $6,500! Talk about an expensive furry friend!

Do Yorkies turn grey?

Yorkies have a greying gene that will turn some of the black they have on them as puppies into silver and blue in their fur as they age. However, this greying gene is not strong enough to turn the entire dog grey as it grows into old age. This means you will not be seeing all-grey or all-silver Yorkies any time soon.