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Are there Black Yorkies? What You Need to Know Before Adopting One

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Yorkshire Terriers are a popular breed of small dog known for their long, silky coats and spunky personalities. While Yorkies typically come in shades of tan and blue, a lot of people wonder, is there such a thing as black Yorkies?

black Yorkshire terrier puppy wearing scarf on red patterned rug

The answer is yes. There are black Yorkies. However, they’re often confused with other breeds. In this post, we’ll explore the characteristics of black Yorkies and find out if it’s a good fit for you. There are some things you should know before adopting one.

One of my Yorkies, named Bear, is a black Yorkie and to me, the only drawbacks to having a black Yorkshire terrier are that it is hard to see him at night (we keep a bell on his collar) and his face doesn’t show up very well in photos.

What are Black Yorkies?

Most Yorkies are tan and blue, but black Yorkies are a rare variation that can be achieved through selective breeding.

When a Yorkie inherits the KB gene from both parents, it’ll have a solid black coat. However, if it inherits the KB gene from only one parent, it’ll have a black and tan or black and blue coat.

Not all black Yorkies carry the KB gene, and not all KB carriers are completely black. Some may have a black and tan or black and blue coat, while some may have other patterns and colors.

black Yorkie wearing knot coat leaning on tree in grass

Things to Consider Before Getting a Black Yorkie

Are you considering getting a black Yorkie as your next furry companion? While these tiny pups are certainly cute and loveable, there are things to keep in mind before taking the plunge. Take a look at these key considerations so you can make an informed choice.

Characteristics – While black Yorkies aren’t a separate breed, it’s important to understand their characteristics before getting one. They’re small, energetic, and loyal dogs that require daily exercise,
grooming, and socialization.

Coat Care – Black Yorkie has a long, silky coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and
tangling. You’ll need to invest time and effort into regular brushing, bathing, and trimming.

Health Considerations – Like all dogs, black Yorkies can be prone to certain health conditions, such as dental issues, patellar luxation, and skin allergies. Find a reputable breeder who can provide health clearances for both parents and puppies.

Lifestyle Compatibility – Black Yorkies are active dogs that love to play and socialize with their owners. They’re also good apartment dogs because of their small size, but they still need regular exercise and
Make sure you have the time and energy to provide them with the attention and care they need.

Training – Black Yorkies are intelligent dogs that you can easily train with positive reinforcement methods. However, they can also be stubborn. So, consistent training and socialization from a young age
are important.

Financial Responsibility – Black Yorkies can be expensive to purchase, and their ongoing care can also be costly. You’ll need to budget for expenses such as food, grooming, veterinary care, and toys.

Time Commitment – Yorkies require time and attention from their owners. They thrive on human interaction and companionship and can become anxious and destructive if left alone for long periods.
Make sure there’s always someone available to commit to spending time with your black Yorkie.

Compatibility with Children – While black Yorkies can make great family pets, they may not be the best choice for families with young children as they can be fragile and easily injured.

Black Yorkshire Terrier with ball

Why Do Black Yorkies Turn Gray?

Black Yorkies can turn gray for a few different reasons. One reason is that the black color may fade over time due to sun exposure, environmental factors, or genetics. As a result, the dog’s coat may appear lighter or have a grayish tint.

Another reason is that some black Yorkies may actually be blue Yorkies. This is due to a dilute gene that gives the coat a bluish-gray color. Over time, the coat may become lighter or appear grayer as the dog ages.

Some black Yorkies may also develop premature graying. This is a condition where the dog’s hair turns gray or white prematurely. It can be caused by genetics, stress, or underlying health conditions.

If you’re concerned about your black Yorkie turning gray, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian
to rule out any underlying health issues.

What Are the Rarest Yorkie Colors?

Aside from black, there are a few other rare color variations in Yorkies. These include:
Chocolate Yorkies – They have brown coats and are one of the rarest color variations within the breed.

Parti Yorkies – These Yorkies have a white base coat with black or brown patches. This color variation isn’t recognized by all breed standards, but it’s becoming more popular.

Golden Yorkies – They have a light, creamy-colored coat that’s different from the traditional tan color.

Biewer Yorkies – They’re a relatively new and rare color variation that has a tri-colored coat of white, black, and gold.

White Yorkies – Pure white Yorkies are said not to exist though they may be a pale cream that appears white. The exception is an albino Yorkie which is caused by the dog inheriting the albinism gene from their parents.

How Long Do Black Yorkies Live?

Black Yorkies have the same lifespan as other Yorkshire Terriers, which is typically between 12 and 15 years.

Many factors can influence their lifespan, such as genetics, overall health, diet, exercise, and access to veterinary care.

black Yorkshire terrier outside with white and tan long hair chihuahua


Q: Are black Yorkies a separate breed from Yorkshire Terriers?
No. They’re simply a variation in coat color.

Q: Are black Yorkies more prone to health problems than other Yorkies?
No. They aren’t more prone to health problems than other Yorkies. Their health and lifespan depend on several factors but not on coat color.

Q: Do black Yorkies require special grooming?
No. Black Yorkies don’t require any special grooming compared to other Yorkshire Terriers. However, their black coat may require more frequent brushing and bathing to keep it clean and shiny.

Q: Are black Yorkies good family pets?
A: Yes. Like other Yorkshire Terriers, they can make great family pets. They’re small in size, affectionate, and playful. However, it’s important to note that they may not be the best choice for families with young children as they can be fragile and easily injured.


In conclusion, black Yorkies are somewhat rare (though they are gaining popularity) but a beloved variation of the Yorkshire Terrier breed. While they require a bit of care and attention, they can make wonderful companions for the right owner.

If you’re considering adopting a black Yorkie, make sure you do your research and choose a reputable breeder who can provide you with a healthy and happy pup.

Cathy signature with Yorkie drawing
Blond woman holding a Yorkie and Chorkie sitting outside

Cathy Bendzunas

Dog Blogger, Former Dog Groomer

I have adored Yorkies for well over 50 years. As a young adult, I began to show and breed them. Now, I just write about them and have several in my little pack of small dogs.

I have had dogs all my life and have trained as a dog groomer. I also have been a kennel worker, worked in a pet hotel through PetSmart, and still am a pet sitter.

Check out my bio for more information about me.