About Merle "aka" Colored Coat Yorkshire Terriers! Altought Merle can come in any dog breed, Merle is rather new to the yorkshire Terrier breed. At one time you could only find traditional (classic) colored yorkies. Any other colored yorkie was given away, discarded, donated, or worst; destroyed. Many skeptical Yorkie owners and breeders, absolutely refuse to believe that the parti, chocolate, merle, black, blond, white and golden colored Yorkie is anything other than a kennel bred" mixed mutt. Many say "The only color that Yorkie's come in is blue and tan color" or they must be mixed. These beautiful exotic yorkie colors are not really “new.” they were found mostly over seas and they were just not spoken of or registered until recently. All these colors come from a recessive gene that carries these colors, resulting in many colorful yorkies. Within the past few years the American Kennel Club (AKC) has chosen to acknowledge and register some of these different colored unique beauties. Since the year of 2000 Parti Yorkies can be officially registered with the AKC.
What is a Merle Yorkie? A merle dog can produce many colored coat puppies along with different colored eyes. Merle is a pattern in a dog's coat. "Merle" comes in different colors and patterns. Some have blue patches throughout and are considered blue "merle"; there are other merle colors such as blueberry, chocoberry, blackberry, tweed merle and a few others. Same with red, and chocolate, although some describe merle as only a "pattern". DNA testing identifies the "Merle" gene but not the variety of colors and patterns seen in the coats of the dogs with the gene. A dilute black (BB or Bb) dog is generally known as blue, but a dog with a merle coat does not test BB or Bb but still is a blue dilute from the "merle" gene, The merle gene creates mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-colored eyes, and can affect skin pigment as well.