Why Are Parti Yorkies So Bad? (Solved & Explained!)

Parti Yorkies are not bad, they are full Yorkie despite their tri-colored coats. Unfortunately, during the 19th century, a book was published claiming that Parti Yorkies were undesirable due to their color variation. As a result, many Parti Yorkies were unfairly euthanized.

That was until a lady named Gloria Lipman found out about the euthanization of Parti Yorkies and refused to euthanize hers. She championed the tri-colored Parti, and now they are a popular breed of choice.

Why Are Parti Yorkies Tri-colored?

The coloring of a Parti Yorkies fur is due to a genetic mutation. This result of crossbreeding, which called the legitimacy of the Parti Yorkies pure-bred status into question, until recently.

Kennel Clubs now accept the Parti Yorkie as a purebred Yorkies. This is because purebred Yorkies with recorded lineage began to have pups with the recessive tri-color gene. This was enough evidence to prove the Parti Yorkies are purebred Yorkies and they received purebred status in the year 2000.

Are Parti Yorkies Problematic Dogs?

Parti Yorkies are highly social and intelligent dogs and are not a problem at all for most owners. Small, fun, and extremely cute, Parti Yorkies are a great addition to any family.

Parti Yorkies, as well as other Yorkie breeds, are above average in intelligence, making them very easy to train and well behaved if well exercised, socialized and all their needs are met.

In terms of character and behaviors, Parti Yorkies are no different from standard Yorkies.

Do Parti Yorkies Have Health Problems?

Like all dogs, Parti Yorkies are vulnerable to developing health problems either inherited from the parents or as a result of old age. There are also several diseases that all small breed dogs are vulnerable to.

Pancreatitis, collapsed trachea, hypoglycemia, and deafness are just a few illnesses that can be seen in Parti Yorkies.

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However, these illnesses can be kept at bay with a good healthy lifestyle. Some diseases can not be prevented and may need treatment, especially in old age.  This is the case for all dog breeds as they advance through the years, Parti Yorkies are no exception.

Why Should I Not Get A Parti Yorkie?

Parti Yorkies make great pets, but they are not for everyone. Depending on what you are looking for in a dog and what kind of lifestyle you lead, getting a Parti Yorkie (or any kind of Yorkie) is perhaps not the best idea.

Before investing in a Parti – Consider the following:


Parti Yorkies can be yappy. They are very territorial and alert to danger, so they may bark at passing pedestrians, visitors, or the mailman. While their bark is certainly not loud it can be persistent. If you live sound with strict noise restrictions or in an apartment with very thin walls and sensitive neighbors, this could be a problem.


Parti Yorkies have high grooming needs, this is because they do not shed in the traditional way, rather their hair clumps together and requires regular bushing.

Consider their hair like human hair. While this is great for maintaining a hair-free home, you will have to commit to grooming them yourself – or paying someone else to do it.


Most Parti Yorkie owners prefer this breed because they are small, but if you require a dog to do some manual labor then you may want to opt for a bigger breed.

Parti Yorkies are brave and will take on any intruder, but if your looking for a guard dog, they will not be enough to take on the average human and could get hurt.

Your Time

While Parti Yorkies are not problematic they are highly social and do not like to be left alone for long periods. If you live alone and are out of the house a lot then getting a Parti Yorkie may not be such a good idea.

Parti Yorkies do well in large families where someone is always home, or for retirees or people who work from home.

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How Much Do Parti Yorkies Cost?

Parti Yorkies cost between $2,500 to $4,000 depending on where you live, local demand, and the breeder. AKC registered Parti Yorkies are on the higher end of the price spectrum.

Some Parti Yorkies can go as high as $10,000 if you want a Parti Yorkie with a superior bloodline that can complete in world-class dog shows.

Are Parti Yorkies Mixed Breeds?

Parti Yorkies are not mixed breed dogs. They are descended from standard terriers but Parti Yorkies have inherited a recessive gene that gives them the tri-colored fur.

There was a rumor that Parti-Yorkies were mixed between standard Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese, but this claim is unfounded.

Should I Get A Parti Yorkie or a Standard Yorkie?

Whether you get a Parti or standard Yorkie is entirely up to you. The appeal with Parti Yorkies is their distinctive tri-colored fur that comes in a range of colors from black to brown to white and tan.

Other than their fur color there really is no difference between a standard and Parti Yorkie. Both are highly loveable, full of energy, and easy to train.

Do Parti Yorkies Disobedient?

Parti Yorkies are very smart and are easy to train but they can be stubborn at times.

Parti Yorkies know that they are intelligent and may try to use their street smarts to become leaders of the pack. However, they love to make you happy more than anything else, and owners who establish good relationships with their Parti Yorkies won’t have much of a problem keeping them in line.

However, Parti Yorkies that do not feel a connection to their owners, who have not received basic training and are not exercised and socialized adequately may display behavioral issues.

However, in this case, it is the fault of the owner, not the dog! All dogs will eventually struggle emotionally and physically if their needs are not met.

Should I Punish My Parti Yorkie?

Do not punish your Parti Yorkie, but do not ignore bad behaviors either.

Positive reinforcement always works best. When your Parti misbehaves, a firm ‘no’ will be enough to let them know that their behavior will not be tolerated.

Shortly after, encourage them to an owner-approved activity. Tell them ‘Good girl/boy’ in a positive tone and repeat as necessary. Your Parti Yorkie should learn their new behavior within 15 to 20 repetitions depending on the complexity of the task.