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I have had Yorkies since I was 10 years old as my first pet. I finished my first Show Yorkie in 1990. I have been showing and breeding ever since falling in love with the sport and trying to breed my idea of perfection. I have since then finished more than 60 Yorkies to their championships. Most I have bred and a few I have purchased from excellent breeders with keeping in mind the quality, health and type I want in a Yorkshire Terrier, whether a pet or show dog. I have put my heart and soul into this breed as well as determination to be able to succeed.

1. When & where did you first become interested in Yorkies?

A. When I was a 10 year old little girl I had allergies, and the doctor recommended a Yorkshire Terrier. I have been in love with this breed ever since.

2. What attracted you to this breed?

A. They do not shed, are small, compact and can travel everywhere with you. Not to mention the beauty of this breed.

3. Do you feel the current AKC standard is adequate?

A. I would personally like to see some minor changes to it. As in color, and we should have disqualifications such over 7 lbs. and should we allow a tail not docked to be shown in the states, since they are not allowed to be shown with docked tails in other countries.

4. What is the greatest health concern to breeders today?

A. I feel Liver Shunt, Legg Perthes and Heart Conditions are something to be monitored in this breed and in each individuals breeding program.

5. What attributes make this breed a great companion as well as a show dog?

A. A Yorkie thinks it is a big dog, but in a small package that can travel with ease. It has an outgoing, loving personality making it a joy to show, as well as a beauty of the flowing coat.

6. What do you enjoy most about owning this breed?

A. The unconditional love they give and their happy personality!

7. Describe in 50 words or less your breed and pretend your talking to someone who has never seen your breed.

A. A Yorkie is small and compact, with flowing silky hair that does not shed. It can travel anywhere; it is alert, loyal, happy and sweet! They are very sturdy and resilient for a small breed.

8. What advice would you offer a newcomer to this breed?

A. As far as a new show person, they need to do a lot of research and talk to many breeders. Making health issue's a number one concern when starting into a breeding program. Learn what they do and do not want to accept as faults and make a list. Stick to it and study pedigrees. Find an honest mentor, and let them train you properly for the ring. Consistency and determination will show in your breeding program, as to how successful you can become!

9. Is this breed a good choice for allergy prone people?

A. Yes, I am a good example. I am allergic to all other breeds, including Poodles. As I had one when I was younger and had to give it to a friend. I have also had Maltese which I adore and have issue's with them as well. I also can have issues with incorrect soft fluffy coated Yorkies!

10. Do you feel the size of this breed being shown ever exceeds the standard?

A. Yes, I do, and it should be a concern. This is supposed to be a toy dog that can fit comfortably in your lap!

11. Do you feel that judges are not familiar enough with our breed standard?

A. Yorkies are one of the most difficult breeds to judge. I feel there are only a select few of judges that can truly judge a Yorkie. I wish each judge would ask questions when having issues with our breed and/or do seminars as an ongoing learning tool. Otherwise more harm can be done to our breed than good! As in Top line and texture.

12. How is important is dental maintenance?

A. Dental up keep is an ongoing thing for a Yorkie. They have smaller teeth than bigger breeds and can lose them younger if not taken care of properly!

Article printed in TNT Magazine
© January 2005 by Gigi Zybko


Veterinarian speaks out on PETA & Westminster

A colleague shared this email with me this morning. Permission to cross post if post is cut and pasted and not forwarded.

Thank you Libbye Miller DVM for stating: "Adorable mixed breeds" get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren't tracked like the purebreds so they have a reputation as "healthier" that is actually undeserved in many cases."

It is so sad that a lot of folks, including young veterinarians these days, buy into the "hybrid vigor" baloney. The vet schools have been infiltrated by the Animal Rights Extremists, who are teaching them this junk science in order to push their agenda.

All animals have a certain amount of genetic load, which is to say there is absolutely no animal without some genetic problem of some sort of another. Know anyone who wears glasses? Has allergies? Thyroid problems? Weak knees? Flat feet? A skin condition? Arthritis? A gap between their front teeth? These are all genetic imperfections.

No human is genetically "clean." Neither is any individual of any species on earth. So this idea that dogs should not be bred because they might have a genetic problem, and that breeders are somehow "evil" for breeding them, is ridiculous. Every single individual of every single species has at least a few genetic conditions.

To use PeTA's logic, all breeding of all kinds (including having human babies) should halt immediately. And to be honest, Ingrid Newkirk (the woman who founded PeTA) does believe exactly that. She thinks that humans should become extinct, along with dogs, cats, etc. This ridiculous scenario is precisely what she would like to see happen.

So folks, if that is what you want...if you agree with Ingrid Newkirk's whacky views, send your hard earned money to PeTA. They will help to ensure you are not able to own a dog or cat or hamster or any other pet in the future. They will see to it that you can't eat meat or fish or eggs or any type of animal-based nutrition. They will work to shut down places like Sea World, the zoos, etc. so you cannot observe the many wonderful animals on the Earth. Eventually, once they accomplish these things, they may turn their efforts to making it illegal for humans to procreate.

If you don't agree with their extremist views, wise up and start supporting those who truly do love, care for and enjoy interaction with other species here on our little blue planet.

The fanciers of the breeds, those you see exhibiting their dogs at Westminster and other dog shows, work very hard to eliminate serious genetic conditions. They screen their breeding stock with every available test. They research pedigrees before breeding into other lines, to check for similar clearances in those animals. They contribute money to research organizations to further the work being done to track down genetic problems. They contribute blood, cell samples, etc. from their own animals to help with DNA and genome studies. They have made great progress so far, and they continue to work hard at it.

Are there unethical breeders? Certainly, there are. Just as in any group of humans, you will find the good and the bad. United States VP Elect Joe Biden, for example, managed to find a not so good one when he got his new German Shepherd puppy. I don't know who did his research for him, but they obviously didn't do their homework if they were looking for a responsible breeder. Joe has the right to get his dog from whomever he wishes, but if he was trying to set an example of purchasing from a responsible hobby breeder he went off the track this time. That's too bad, but it was his choice.

Unfortunately, breeders like that may be a lot easier to find because of their high volume and high profile. If you are looking for a nice family pet from a breeder who will be there for you forever, you need to do due diligence. You won't get that from a pet store. You won't get that from the guy selling dogs out of his pickup truck in the WalMart parking lot. You won't get that support from a high-volume breeder, either.

Yes, it takes a little more time and effort to find someone who really cares and does all the work to breed the healthiest, happiest puppies possible and then stands behind those puppies.

This is a living being that will be part of your family, hopefully, for many years. Isn't it worth a bit of effort to find a breeder who will be there for you and that puppy forever?

And guess what? Shows like Westminster are a very valuable resource for finding breeders who do care and who use the best possible practices, as well as for learning more about the various breeds.

Bravo to USA Network for broadcasting the Westminster Kennel Club show all these years. May they enjoy continued success through the ongoing inclusion of such programs. I will be eagerly watching this year's show!"

Dr. Libbye Miller

Diane Rich
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC




A Yorkshire Terrier adult should be a steel blue on the body, with gold head, legs and feet. Dark steel blue is what show breeders are striving to breed towards. The texture is fine and has a certain hardiness about it as well as cool to the touch. There are more arguments about texture of coats in this breed, although when a true silk adult coat walks into a room we tend to all know it when it appears!

Puppies now are a tad different. They are born black and tan/gold. Puppies as they age into adulthood go thru color changes. The black body starts to turn into a steel blue. This can be from a dark steel blue break or a steel blue break. The head where the tan/gold is seems to get more prominent and the black on the head can turn into a white or silver gray break, thus ending up turning into a shaded tan/gold as an adult.

Now I am sure you might come across those breeders who claim RARE for a certain color like Red Yorkies, chocolate Yorkies, blue Yorkies, parti-colored Yorkies or all gold Yorkies when they are born. PLEASE do not be fooled by this. It is another ploy into making you think they have something special and to get you lured into buying on of these so called rare Yorkie puppies! The AKC breed standard does not recognize these colors. A Yorkie should be blue/gold or blue/tan, however, when they are born they are black with gold points or black with tan points. Anything else is less desirable and/or can come with health issues! Avoiding these so called rare Yorkie colors is best as they are a genetic defect, or in some situations, one of the parents might not even be a purebred Yorkie let alone a Yorkie at all. If both parents are purebred Yorkies this could affect the health of the dog. Such issues can be severe skin problems, hair loss, immune system issues, and in some cases long term illness or even death! NO reputable ethical breeder would even consider breeding for these rare Yorkie colors or selling them as rare if they were to somehow get one. As it would be an anomaly. These rare Yorkie puppies when they do occur should be spayed/neutered and tested before going into a pet home. This is a VERY undesirable trait to your ethical responsible breeders, who breed ONLY for the betterment of their breed! These so called rare and unacceptable colors per the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America - YTCA standard, should not ever be shown at dog shows and are now a disqualification according to the AKC standard.

GiGi Zybko

Chocolate Yorkie color at 3 weeks young.
3 Week Old Chocolate Yorkie

Chocolate Yorkie coloring at 9 months.
A Disqualification - per the AKC & YTCA Standard!

9 Month Old Chocolate Yorkie

New Born Blue Yorkies
New Born Blue puppies - also a Disqualification per the AKC & YTCA standard!

PLEASE Make sure if you purchase a Yorkie and it does not abide to the AKC - YTCA standard that you do a HERITAGE DNA test before paying high prices for something that is possibly NOT a pure bred yorkie! This includes the so called Parti - Yorkies.
Canine Heritage Breed Test



Ethical, reputable show breeders firmly believe and advocate that the best source for a puppy or adult for you and your family will always be of responsible breeders who produce puppies with the goal of always improving the traits, health and temperament of that breed. Responsible breeders are always involved in showing/obedience, studying pedigrees, belonging to dog organizations and being involved in studies and other dog related activities for improving and helping their breed. You will never see any of their puppies being sold or come from a pet shop, commercial breeding facility, backyard breeder or puppy mill. If you want a puppy go to the people who care and want to improve their breed, and have the experience to guide you and stand behind their puppies. A dedicated Specialty breeder makes their dogs a lifetime effort! So with this in mind make sure and do research on the breed you want and breeder your thinking of buying from. This is a 12-15 year commitment. And should not be taken lightly!

GiGi Zybko



So you are looking for a Teacup Yorkie puppy? You would be very interested in finding out there is no such thing. Wording like Teacups, Micro, Mini, Teenies, Purse Puppies or Babydoll Yorkies, are ploys to lure you into purchasing a puppy from a disreputable breeder! The Yorkshire Terrier also known as Yorkies range in size from 4-7 lbs. 4 being small. If you are wanting something smaller than this you must also take a look at the health issues that could arise as well as longevity.
All breeders have that occasionally smaller puppy. However there is NO reputable ethical breeder who would ever think of breeding for this smaller size! Nor would they think of breeding females in the 2-4 lb. range. Most of your reputable breeders breed to improve health, temperament, and quality, thus taking into consideration that a healthy size of 5-7 lbs. Will be MUCH more likely to produce a much healthier litter.

These Yorkies under 4lbs are so much more susceptible to both hereditary and non-hereditary health issues, including birth defects to heart and organ problems. These can occur undetected for a long time, so you would not know until the dog has reached 2 or older. Some can show up early on as well.

So you see you need to NOT make size a top priority. Finding a healthy, happy puppy with excellent Yorkshire Terrier traits is far more important than size! If you insist on getting one under 4 lbs. Please at least purchase it from a reputable breeder who will be honest about the health from a new born until the age you get it, and since not bred for something so small will have a better chance of staying healthy.

GiGi Zybko




Bile Acid Testing Article by Cornell University


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