What Is A Parti Yorkie – Breed Info And Facts

I’ve always known that Parti Yorkies are intelligent, gentle, loyal, and loving dogs, but lately, I’ve found myself obsessively looking at endless Parti Yorkie pictures and learning more about them.

I wanted to learn more about their history and their temperament. Also, I was intrigued by their unique characteristics and what makes them so lovable.

The more I read about Parti Yorkies, the more I grow fond of them! So I’ve gathered all of my findings in one place, and that’s how this article was born.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about this amazing breed!

Parti Yorkie History

A Parti Yorkie is believed to be a mixed breed from a Maltese Terrier, Skye Terrier, and a Paisley Terrier.

First bred in the United Kingdom, they made their way to the US in 1872 and were recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Association) in 1885.

Known for their exceptional hearing, they can pick up noises and sounds that other dogs may not, which might be the reason why they probably bark a lot!

Parti Yorkie Appearance & Characteristics

Part of their charm is that they are small dogs with a weight of 4 to 7 pounds and a height between 7-8 inches.

Parties come in a range of colors:

  • Black and Tan
  • Chocolate and Tan
  • Blonde/Golden
  • Silver and Black

They have very low shedding, and it’s harder to notice because they don’t shed like other dogs. Because of this, some consider them hypoallergenic, which is great for those with allergies or sensitivities to certain dog breeds.

Parti Yorkie Temperament

They are often described as the ideal family pet.

mom and baby with yorkie

Besides being extremely intelligent, they are noted for being gentle, loyal, and loving too. Parti Yorkies love attention and enjoy being around people.

Parti Yorkies are known to be very good with kids, other dogs, and even cats. They can be stubborn at times, but they are quite intelligent which makes training them much easier. It’s always a good idea to get your young Parti Yorkie obedience training.

But even if you don’t start with training early, they are still easy to train since they have a high need for attention and want to please their owners.

Because they absolutely love their families and are suspicious of strangers, they also make for wonderful watchdogs.

Common traits of a Parti Yorkie:

  • Friendly
  • Social
  • Easy to mind/care for
  • Easy to train
  • Love exercise (but don’t require too much)

Parti Yorkie Life Expectancy

Your Yorkie can live between 12-15 years with a median life expectancy of 13.5. The average female Yorkies lifespan is 1.5 years longer than males’.

Even though this is a relatively short life span, the average American dog has a lifespan of 12.5 years, which puts the Yorkie slightly ahead of others.

However, if you take good care of your Yorkie, they will be around for a long time.

You can keep your Yorkie healthy if you provide daily exercise and give it the right low-calorie, high fiber dog food.

Parti Yorkie Health Problems

Of course, like with any breed, there are some health issues you need to be aware of. Yorkies are prone to common health issues like patella luxation, bone and dental issues, and eye problems.

Eye Problems

Some Yorkies may experience an eye condition called retinal atrophy, where fluid pressure can build up within the eyes.

In extreme cases, this can lead to blindness, so it’s recommended to have regular exams for this condition. Sometimes, this condition is hereditary and cannot be cured.


Some Yorkies can be born deaf or become deaf if they suffer from a severe ear infection. It’s important to have your dog checked by a certified veterinarian if you suspect that your dog cannot hear properly.

Orthopedic Problems

We all know that Yorkies are known for their small body size. But, because of this, they are prone to various orthopedic problems that occur with aging, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Ear Conditions

The most common of these is a condition called ‘Otitis Externa’ which results in inflammation, redness, and swelling inside the ear canal. This condition can have many causes, but it’s usually brought on by a yeast or bacterial infection of the skin.


Hypoglycemia can sometimes be a problem for Yorkie puppies when they are stressed. Low blood sugar can cause weakness, confusion, seizure-like episodes, nausea, and vomiting. Importantly, this condition can be prevented and treated.

Parti Yorkie Grooming

The Parti Yorkie is a high-maintenance breed and requires regular (or even daily) brushing to keep the hair from getting matted or tangled.

yorkie wrapped with bath towel

To keep their coat soft and moisturized, you can brush it with a leave-in conditioner – which should be done at least twice per week.

To simplify the brushing process of their coats, you need to trim their long hair, especially if it covers their eyes or ears. I recommend a professional groomer, especially if you are a novice pet owner.

A shorter hair length will make it easier to manage and maintain, and that’s why I recommend trimming it every week.

To prevent irritation, the Parti Yorkie should only be bathed with a neutral shampoo designed for small dogs.

You need to look after your Yorkie’s teeth as well, so I recommend brushing their teeth at least three times per week to keep them healthy. By doing so, you will avoid many dental problems to which they are susceptible. You can also use dental chews or treats to clean their teeth naturally.

You should trim their nails once every six weeks and clean their ears every two weeks.

This might seem like a lot, but honestly, your Yorkie is worth it for the grooming effort! But the good news is that grooming doesn’t have to be difficult. All you need is a few essential tools, some supplies, and a little bit of time.

I recommend the following supplies:

  • Neutral shampoo & conditioner
  • Nail clippers
  • Dog trimmer (electric ones work great)
  • Clean soft brush
  • Hairdryer (to quickly dry all that hair)

Parti Yorkie Price

A Parti Yorkie is a breed of dog that can be costly, with prices starting at $1,500 for pups. However, they may cost more, depending on the pedigree.

So when you decide on buying a Yorkie, always make sure to buy from a reputable shelter or breeder (and not some backyard breeder).

If possible, ask other Parti Yorkie owners for breeders’ recommendations and make sure those are reputable breeders you can trust.

A cheaper alternative (and I know a few of my friends who did this) is to adopt one

The great advantage of adopting a Yorkie this way is that the Yorkie will get a loving home, you will save money, and the dog will be super happy!

Parti Yorkie Fun Facts

Here are the seven fun Yorkie facts you should know about this cute breed:

  1. Two Yorkies were bred with the recessive Parti gene to create the unique Parti color.
  2. They are considered toy dogs, and they are one of the tiniest dog breeds you can get.
  3. They are great hunters. Their feistiness towards smaller pets is a result of their reputation.
  4. If not maintained, the Parti Yorkies’ fur can grow to as much as 2 feet in length.
  5. These dogs can make strange noises due to reverse sneezing. They make a noise similar to a goose, but it’s nothing to worry about!
  6. Although they may seem small, they are extremely protective and fearless.
  7. They can be noisy but have a reputation for being great watchdogs.
  8. They grow two sets of teeth – just like us!

Feel free to share more facts if you know!

People Also Ask

What Color Are Yorkies And Parti Yorkies?

Traditional Yorkies are black and brown, blue and silver (a silvery-colored color), and blue and tan. But Parti Yorkie coloration is possible in any combination of these colors, as well as white and chocolate.

Although black, white, and tan are the most popular colors for Parti Yorkies, they can also have any number of colors. This is why you might see an all-chocolate Yorkie or an all blonde Yorkie.

How Big Will A Parti Yorkie Get?

Parti Yorkies typically weigh between 4-7 pounds and stand about 7-8 inches in height. They are measured from the shoulder blades to the ground, and their length is measured from the neck to their tail.

They are one of the tiniest breeds you can get! A typical male puppy will weigh about 12-39 oz at 8 weeks old, with a female 12-36 oz.

Do Parti Yorkies Bark A Lot?

Yes, they bark more than other breeds! Parti Yorkies are considered to be guard dogs. They will bark at the door when someone comes over, and are known to be quite vocal.

Unfamiliar sounds or noises are other reasons why they bark, but with training and obedience techniques, this can be reduced.

Are Parti Yorkies Purebred?

Parti Yorkies can be described as purebred Yorkshire Terriers. Parti Yorkies aren’t purebred as the Parti gene is only found in a few Yorkies. It takes two Yorkies to have a Parti and they will not be able to give birth.

They are purebred Yorkies with traditional Yorkie colors, but with an extra third color.


Parti Yorkies are small dogs with a reputation for being territorial and fearless. They are also popular because they come in many different colors.

The Parti Yorkie is one of the tiniest breeds you can get at just 7-8 inches tall. They weigh about 4-7 pounds, making them great for people who want to travel, have kids, or live in a small apartment.

Parti Yorkies can be bold and feisty, which is mostly why they are known as hunters. They will not let anyone intimidate them, which makes them great watchdogs.

Parti Yorkies have a reputation for being noisy but are very loving with the people they trust.

Parti Yorkies will typically have a blue and white coat with a touch of brown or tan. They will also have two coats which is why their fur can grow to be 2 feet long!

Should you get one? If you are ready to buy a small dog with a big heart, then the Part Yorkie can be the perfect addition to any household!

Do you own a Parti Yorkie? What do you like most about this breed? Let us know.

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Lovelia Horn

I’m a certified crazy dog mom, a physical therapist (for hoomans), writer, animal rescuer, and foster home provider. Together with my hubby Ryan, I’ve fostered and helped look for forever homes for over a hundred shelter dogs in the Southern Illinois area. I mostly work with Puppy Rescue 911, Inc., a certified animal rescue organization based out of Chester, IL (home of Popeye!)

1 thought on “What Is A Parti Yorkie – Breed Info And Facts”

  1. I had a regular yorkie that passed in July. I had the opportunity to get a parti yorkie and did as my husband loved his colors. He is an amazing little dog and very smart. I would say at six months he is housebroken. He barks at the gate when he needs to go out. he also travels well and is a good sleeper as he lets us sleep all night. I love him so! best choice ever and I hope he outlives me!


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