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How many different types of Yorkie terrier dogs are there?

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The American Kennel Club has recognized the familiar blue-and-tan Yorkshire terrier since 1885. The closely related Biewer terrier began as a color variant of the standard Yorkie but is now genetically separate. As of 2014, it is not yet eligible for AKC registration but has its own breed club.

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Yorkshire terriers are descendants of dogs bred to catch rodents in Yorkshire coal mines and clothing mills. The original dogs were much larger than present-day Yorkies, which are popular companion dogs. The piebald coloration of the Biewer is due to a recessive gene first observed in 1984. The Biewer terrier's official registry, the Biewer Terrier Club of America, is working toward gaining AKC acceptance for the breed as of 2014.

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