Head: Small and slightly rounded, the skull not too prominent, the stop moderate, the muzzle not too long with a sound level bite, theearsare small, may be upright or drop ears and not too far apart, the eyes are set not too far apart; dark black or brown in color and round with an alert expression. Eye rims, nose and lips are black, spotting or "winter nose" not uncommon. Hair may be trimmed on tips of upright ears to give them a neat appearance.
Neck: The neck is sufficient length as promoting a high carriage of the head.
Body: Well compact and proportioned. The back is level in topline equaling the length from withers to tail.
Legs and Feet:Forelegs are straight, nicely feathered, Elbows neither in nor out. Hind legs are straight but moderately angulated at stifles. Feet are round and small with black toe pads, spotting not uncommon. Toe Nails can be white, black, or both. Dewclaws, if any, on forelegs may be removed and generally removed from hind legs.
Tail: Carried well arched over the body, long plume of hair, tip lying to the side over the quarter.
Coat: The coat is single, this is, without undercoat. Hair is glossy, silky, soft and long over the sides of the body. The long head fall may be tied up in a topknot or parted in the middle and left hanging. Any suggestions of wavy, curliness or woolly texture is unacceptable.
Color: The American Morkshire Terrier is a uniquely colored toy terrier breed and can be a solid ground color of black, tan, white or gold, and be a combination of these colors of a pied (piebald) pattern - comparatively large patches of one or more colors with a white base coat. Head - any combination of the following colors; black, white, tan, gold, amounts of each color have no dominating patterns, tan hair may be found on ears, anus, under tail and on legs and feet. Black hairs intermingled with tan furnishings is common, shades of gray is common. No amount of tan hair may be found on the back within the black coat. Disqualification - any other color or combination of colors other than those listed. Chest: Chest up through throat white, legs and feet are permitted.
Weight: Male: 4-9 lbs., Female: 4-9 lbs.
Height: Male: 7-11 inches, Female: 7-11 inches. Gait: The American Morkshire Terrier has a graceful, flowing and jaunty gait giving impression of rapid movement when viewed from the side. In stride, forelegs reach straight and hind legs move in straight line. Tail must be up when in movement. Any suggestion of hind leg toeing in or out are faults.
Temperament: Intelligent, loyal, affectionate, and devoted to their human family. They are lively and confident with a gentle attitude making them a great companion for all ages.
Severe Faults: Over 9 pounds, rounded or roached back; high in front or rear.
Disqualifications:Any dog over twelve months of age measuring less than 7 inches, or over 11 inches. Blue, Hazel eye(s); liver eye rims, nose, lips and pads. Any color or combination other than listed. Cropped tails are disqualifications. Effective June 1, 2019 American Morkshire Terrier Club®, Inc. (AMTC)
Show Quality - The AMTC Standard is the description of what breeders who compete in conformation dog shows will strive to obtain in their breeding programs. The standard of perfection does not include varieties for colors and sizes outside the acceptable allowances. All dogs are eligible to compete in AMTC Companion events, which include Obedience, Agility and Rally as long as you are an AMTC member. All dogs require some basic training, whichyou may obtain from attending a basic training class. American Morkshire Terriers have a wonderful temperament and are great companions. You may also be interested in training your dog to participate as a therapy dog in hospitals, schools or nursing homes.