Unlocking the Charms of a Parti Yorkie: Exploring Their Unique Coat Colors

Dive into the captivating world of Yorkshire Terriers, where a kaleidoscope of coat colours awaits exploration. Parti Yorkie puppies, in particular, steal the spotlight with their distinctive multicoloured fur patterns. Let’s delve into the allure of these charming companions and uncover the secrets behind their mesmerizing hues.

Revel in Diversity: The Enchanting Color of the Parti Yorkie

Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as Yorkies, boast an enchanting spectrum of coat colours that mesmerize admirers worldwide. Among these hues, the parti-coloured Yorkie emerges as a captivating variant, showcasing a fusion of colours that sets it apart from its peers. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most prestigious and sought-after colours in the world of Parti Yorkies:

  1. Black and Tan: Timeless Elegance Personified

Step into classic sophistication with the quintessential Black and Tan Party Yorkie. Adorned in rich black fur complemented by golden-tan accents on the eyebrows, chest, and legs, these majestic companions exude an aura of timeless elegance and refinement.

  1. Blue and Tan: A Stylish Twist on Tradition

Embrace a modern twist on tradition with the exquisite Blue and Tan Parti Yorkie. Sporting a lustrous steel-blue coat adorned with delicate tan highlights, these fashionable companions captivate hearts with their chic and sophisticated appearance, redefining the standards of Yorkie beauty.

  1. Blue and Gold: Radiant Contrasts and Unrivaled Charm

Experience the epitome of luxury with the dazzling Blue and Gold Parti Yorkie. Featuring a mesmerizing fusion of deep gold tones against a backdrop of striking steel-blue fur, these majestic companions exude an irresistible allure that commands attention wherever they go.

Decoding the Enigma: What Sets Parti Yorkies Apart

Parti Yorkies, short for party-coloured Yorkshire Terriers, boast a distinctive coat that showcases more than one colour in captivating patterns. While traditional Yorkies typically sport a blue and tan jacket, parti Yorkies dazzle with white, black, or brown patches alongside the classic hues. Let’s unravel the mystery behind these enchanting companions:

Parti-coloured Yorkies, with their eye-catching appearance, owe their distinctiveness to a genetic anomaly stemming from a recessive piebald gene and unlike their traditional counterparts, whose coats result from a combination of dominant and recessive genes, particularly Yorkies feature patches of white amid their vibrant hues, adding a touch of individuality to their appearance.

Preserving Perfection: The Legacy of Parti Yorkies

Parti Yorkies, with their unparalleled charm and unique markings, hold a special place in the hearts of Yorkie enthusiasts worldwide. Through meticulous breeding practices and a deep understanding of genetics, breeders continue to celebrate and preserve the diverse coat colours that define this beloved breed. Whether you’re drawn to the timeless elegance of Black and Tan or the modern allure of Blue and Gold, one thing remains certain: Parti Yorkies embody the epitome of canine perfection, captivating hearts with enchanting colours and irresistible charm.

Party Yorkie Breed Profile

At Lovely Parti Yorkies, we specialize in this unique and eye-catching variant of the Yorkshire Terrier. Our Parti Yorkies aren't just pets; they're pint-sized partners packed with personality and panache. Here’s everything you need to know about this vibrant breed.

Breed Overview

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Sociability & Friendliness


Family Dog

Physical Exercise Needs

Mental Exercise Needs

Guard Dog/Protection Instincts

Suitability For Dog Sports

Health & Longevity
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Apartment Dog

Suitable For First-Time Owners

In 2000, the AKC began recognizing the Parti colour variation. Yorkie parents must carry the recessive Parti gene for the colour pattern to appear in their offspring. This means two traditionally coloured Yorkies with this gene can produce Parti puppies with white, chocolate, black, and tan patches in their coats. After the AKC accepted the breed, a huge increase in breeders producing Parti Yorkies was seen.

Although it may be hard to believe by looking at them, Parti Yorkies are purebred Yorkshire Terriers. A recessive gene is responsible for the Parti colour variation, a tri-colour or multi-colour coat instead of the Yorkie’s traditional black, blue, or silver coats mixed with tan patches. These unique dogs are increasing in popularity, but they are not a breed alone.

The only difference between Parti Yorkies and traditional Yorkies is their colouring. Before people understood this, dogs with Parti colouring were not bred further; some were even put down after being deemed undesirable. Two Yorkie breeders, Gloria Lipman and Loryn Bogren, decided to take matters into their own hands.

They contacted other breeders and conducted DNA testing on 42 litters of Yorkie puppies. After determining the genetic makeup of Parti Yorkies was the same as that of Yorkies, the AKC accepted that. ​

Today, these colorful, loving little dogs are getting the recognition and affection they deserve.


Parti Yorkies are similar to Yorkies in size and appearance aside from coat coloring. They weigh between 4 – 7 pounds and stand between 7 – 8 inches tall (making them larger than their cousins, the Teacup Yorkies).

They have long, soft coats that come in various color combinations. 
There is no true standard for Parti coloring, but sometimes the coats follow certain patterns. Other times, the coats just have different patches of colors that don’t resemble a Yorkie’s normal coloring. 

Golden Parti Yorkies do not have any black or dark blue coloring. Their coats can be solid gold or have hues of deep gold and light blonde. 

Chocolate Parti Yorkies are brown where the traditional Yorkie is mostly black. They have chocolate, tan, and brown coloring throughout their coats. Chocolate Parti Yorkies are rare and appear to be the result of a Yorkie parent who carries a double recessive chocolate gene. 

Other color combinations for Parti Yorkies include white, black, and tan, silver and black, or variations of the two. 

The AKC requires Yorkshire Terriers have docked tails if they are going to meet the breed standard or be professionally shown. This applies to Party Yorkies, as well. The docking is performed when the puppies are newborns, usually between 2 – 5 days old. It’s performed mostly for aesthetic purposes and does not have to be done in order for you to own one of these dogs.  


The first documented mentions of tri-colored Yorkshire Terriers are in books from the 1800s. Ernest Hemingway mentioned his grandfather’s pure white Yorkie named Tassel in one of his books. 

While Yorkies were historically used as rodent hunters, not many dogs were spayed and neutered. This meant that females could get pregnant by dogs of other breeds. Yorkies were also bred with Maltese dogs to improve the Yorkie’s coat length and appearance. While it can’t be proven where the gene for the Parti coloring came from, there are a few different theories. 

When Parti Yorkies originally started appearing in litters of two traditionally-colored Yorkies, they were thought to be low-quality dogs who weren’t purebred. Breeders didn’t want to be associated with producing these dogs, and they were often euthanized or given away quietly to avoid anyone finding out where they came from.

It’s impossible to tell which Yorkie is carrying the Party gene, and it can lie dormant until two dogs with the gene breed together. 

Now that Parti Yorkies are accepted, when they show up in litters today, they are no longer considered to be intruders. 

Personality and temperament

Parti Yorkies are energetic and affectionate little dogs who love to spend time with their families. They may be small, but their bark will certainly let you know when a stranger is approaching the house. They make great companions and are protective of their owners. 

Parti Yorkies can get along with other pets in the house, especially if they are raised with them from the time they’re puppies. They can be scared of larger dogs and get along with with other small breeds like Shorkies or Teacup Shih Tzus . When introducing a new pet to the household, they may be aggressive and territorial. 

These dogs are good with children but would be best suited for older children due to their size. They can also snap if they are accidentally stepped on or startled, so young toddlers might not be the best playmates for them. 

This is a sweet dog who will enjoy a walk in the park as much as a nap on the couch with you. As true lap dogs, they like to be around their people. If they have too much alone time, they can be prone to separation anxiety. These dogs thrive when they are interacting with their owners.  

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