Chocolate Yorkies,
Also, Golden Yorkies
A Chocolate and Golden Yorkshire Terrier, in my opinion is a beautiful looking dog that can give its owner many years of love and companionship. If you are interested in chocolate or golden yorkie, then you need to read what other people say about chocolate and golden yorkies and then make your OWN educated decision on whether or not these Beautiful yorkies are for you. To get you started in this process there have been statements taken from other people and presented you with an opposing argument.

1. Actually, the "Chocolate Yorkie" is an overload of red gold and is a mutation of our breed and should not be bred as it is a complete loss of pigment.

This statement contradicts itself. If the chocolate color is an overload of red and gold pigmentation then there can't be a complete loss of pigment. A complete loss of pigment should result in albino yorkies. Secondly, an unexpected color in offspring can occur in at least two ways:

A. A change of the DNA sequence within a gene or chromosome of an organism resulting in the creation of a new character or trait not found in the parental type. Either of the words, evolution or mutation can be used to describe this change.
B. The gene responsible for the unexpected color was present in one or both of the parent’s ancestors.

There are no medical documents indicating that yorkies that are chocolate, is a result of a change in the DNA sequence within a gene or chromosome, but there is some indication that the chocolate gene was introduced into the yorkshire terriers breed with the black/tan terrier known today as the Manchester Terrier by the Scott's using the Skye-black and tan terriers crosses and crossing them with the Waterside Terriers. This black/tan was referred to as a crossbred terrier dark brown in color.

2. Those that advertise this color as Rare are being dishonest in that they are just trying to enrich themselves with more money, in spite of the lack of pigment in the dogs they produce which could bring a genetic nightmare to the breed. Don't be taken in by this false advertising.

One of the definitions of rare is infrequently occurring; uncommon. Many show breeders have told me that, at least in the early years of breeding Yorkies, breeders would spray/neuter or even dispose of chocolate yorkies. This practice would even make the gene pool even smaller for the chocolate and golden Yorkies resulting in the likely hood of getting them even more uncommon. So whether the chocolate or golden yorkies are a result of evolution or from it's ancestors, the chocolate and golden yorkie occur infrequently and by definition should be considered Rare and Exotic.

3. One of the reasons for avoiding breeding "off-colored" Yorkies is because it could be a genetic defect that may affect the dog's health. Some health problems can include, but aren't limited to, severe skin problems, allergies total hair loss and in some cases long-term illness and/or death. A responsible breeder will not intentionally breed for undesirable traits.

The only colors that meet the AKC standard are Blue/Tan and Blue/Gold. So any other color such as Black/Tan and Chocolate/Tan are considered "off-colored" Yorkies. I can't find any documentation in which health problems occur as a result of the Black/Tan, Chocolate/Tan. or Golden pigmentation and in fact a show breeder has reported that they have not heard of health problems with the chocolate or golden born puppies, like with the blue born puppies. I would hope that all breeders consider health issues as undesirable traits, but as far as physical appearance, size, weight and color, the show breeder and the general public may differ greatly. What is highly undesirable for one group may be highly desirable for another group. Please have respect for other people’s opinions even though they may be different than yours.

Chocolate Yorkshire Terrier  - The real truths are:
1. Chocolate Yorkies and Golden Yorkies do exist.
2. The chocolate/tan or Golden yorkie does not meet the Yorkshire ( yorkies ) Terriers AKC standard.
3. Chocolate and Golden Yorkshire Terriers, As of today can be considered Rare & Exotic.

This article was not written in an attempt to persuade anyone's opinion on the off-colored yorkies, but to demonstrate that very little of what is said about Chocolate or Golden Yorkies is factual and most is only someone else's opinion. One definition of opinion is: A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof. We encourage our customers to determine what is factual and what is just one's opinion. If there isn't enough factual information available to determine if the chocolate or golden yorkies are right for you then find out what other people's opinion are and if their opinions make any sense to you. By following this process you will be less likely to have any regrets no matter what your final decision.

The whole time writing this article something was really bothering me but I just couldn't put my finger on it until now. Here we have an article that is actually trivial compared to many of the world problems and people just can't express their opinions without degrading anyone whose opinion is different than there's. To call people dishonest, irresponsible, backyard breeder, and etc. just because someone doesn’t share their opinion about the chocolate yorkshire terriers doesn’t make sense. If people can't accept and respect other peoples opinion about a trivial topic, it's no wonder we have so much war and terrorism thru out the world. Elizabeth Drew stated "The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination but by opinion" and until people understand this fact and can respect a differing opinion things won't get better.

Please give Elvis Yorkshire credit for this article.

Houser, Now living in North Carolina with the Umstead Family
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