The exact combination that resulted in the Yorkies that we known and love today is actually unknown. We suspect that Skye Terriers, Black and Tan Manchester Terriers, and Maltese breed dogs were involved as well as the Dandie Dinmont and the extinct Leeds Terrie.
It wasn’t always called a Yorkshire Terrier, either, but started off with the colorful name of ‘Broken Haired Scotch Terrier’, later becoming the ‘Toy Terrier’, and in 1874 it officially became the ‘Yorkshire Terrier’.
In today’s article, we’re going to talk more about purebred and mix Yorkie types, based on a collection of different questions trending on the web this week. Ever heard of a Giant Yorkie? What are the best Yorkie mixes?
Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more – they are waiting for you in the sections to follow!
Table of Contents
- How do you know if a Yorkie is full breed?
- Are there different breeds of Yorkies?
- How many breeds of Yorkies are there?
- What color are purebred Yorkies?
- Do purebred Yorkies have curly hair?
- What is a giant Yorkie?
- What breeds look like Yorkies?
- What is the best Yorkie mix?
- What is the smallest Yorkie mix breed?
How do you know if a Yorkie is full breed?
A purebred Yorkie is usually going to weigh in the neighborhood of 4 to 7 pounds, with an average adult height of 8 to 9 inches, and their coat is quite distinctive. It will be glossy, silky, and while it might have a slight curl, more often it will be perfectly straight in a purebred.
The most common colors for purebreds are going to be blue, tan, black, and gold, though other color combinations do exist.
Are there different breeds of Yorkies?
Well, technically there is only one type of ‘standard’ Yorkie, though there are many types of mixed breed Yorkies. Here are a few examples of some popular mixes:
- Yorkie + Poodle – Yorkipoo
- Yorkie + Chihuahua – Chorkie
- Yorkie + Cocker Spaniel – Corkie
- Yorkie + Pomeranian – Yorkipom
- Yorkie + Shit Tzu – Shorkie
- Yorkie + Mini Schauzer – Snorkie
As you can see, there are quite a few mixed breeds out there, although some are definitely more popular than others!
How many breeds of Yorkies are there?
The only ‘official’ Yorkie recognized is the Yorkshire Terrier. As far as mixed breeds, as different breeds can mix quite freely, there are quite a few out there in just about any configuration that you can imagine.
As long as the mother is big enough to handle the resultant litter, then a Yorkie mix can be produced.
What color are purebred Yorkies?
Purebreds tend to be one of 4 colors, although some different combinations are out there. Purebred Yorkie colors are tan, blue, gold, and black. Combinations that are considered ‘recognized’ by the American Kennel Club include the following 4:
- Blue and Gold
- Blue and Tan
- Black and Tan
- Black and Gold
Do purebred Yorkies have curly hair?
It’s all a matter of their DNA, but yes, you can have a Purebred Yorkie that has wavy hair, instead of straight hair. While it’s not as common as a straight-haired Yorkie, the presence of wavy hair does not mean that they aren’t purebred.
It can and does happen and since it’s not as common, you should make the most of it by taking your dog into a pro groomer and taking advantage of the Yorkie styles that can really show off those uncommon curls!
Teacup Yorkies, while not considered to be an official ‘breed’, are still quite cute and distinctive. These dogs are produced by breeding the smallest of the small Yorkies and the results can be quite adorable.
These little dogs average anywhere from 7 inches in height to as small as 5 inches and they usually weigh only 2 to 4 pounds. As you can imagine, this makes them quite popular for dog owners who want to bring their furry best friend with them wherever they go!
What is a giant Yorkie?
‘Giant’ Yorkies are the category reserved for any Yorkie that is over 7 inches in height and which typically have a healthy weight of 7 up to 10 pounds. Less common than standards or teacups, there is nothing wrong with them, nor are they a different breeds, they’re basically just ‘tall Yorkies’.
They can get pretty big, too, as some Yorkie owners have reported purebred Giants that weighed as much as 15 to 20 pounds without looking plump!
What breeds look like Yorkies?
There are lots of Terrier breeds that look quite similar to Yorkshire Terriers, in that Terrier characteristics are pretty well defined. That said, here is a list of a few which you’ll find are quite similar to Yorkies in size and looks:
- Skye Terrier
- Scottish Terrier
- Silky Terrier
- Australian Terrier
- West Highland White Terrier
- Cairn Terrier
Aside from actual Terriers, miniature Schnauzers also happen to look quite a bit like Yorkies, although they are a wee bit taller, with males standing in at 12 to 14 inches tall, while females average between 11 and 13 inches.
What is the best Yorkie mix?
It’s really impossible to say, as this choice really depends on the traits that YOU like best in a dog. That said, there are some pretty interesting mixes out there. Chorkies, for instance, are a mix of Chihuahua and Yorkies, that result in a cute little dog that is extra smart and still chock full of attitude.
One of our favorite mixes is the amusingly named ‘Borkie’, which is an adorable mix of Beagle and Yorkshire Terrier genes. While they still look like Yorkies, these mixes are taller, standing up to 15 inches in height, and they often retain the tricolor coat that comes from their Beagle side.
They can also howl like Beagles, though, so depending on your personal tastes that can be a good or a very weird thing!
What is the smallest Yorkie mix breed?
The smallest Yorkie mixed breed is the Chorkie. While it’s 1 inch taller than the smallest Yorkie size, these are still little dogs, with their height averaging within a 6 to 9 inch range and their weight generally being between 8 and 15 pounds.
These are smart little dogs but as you can guess, they can be a bit on the barky side without some extra training. They also have great life expectancies, with 13 to 15 years being the average for these cute little mixed-breed dogs.