of the most frequently asked questions that we get is "do you
have any teacup Yorkies?". The simple truth is that
neither we nor anyone else on this earth has a "teacup" Yorkshire
Terrier because no such classification exists. Let me
official breed standard for the Yorkshire terrier calls for adult
Yorkies to have a weight of no more than seven(7) pounds.
be exact, the breed standard states: "Weight:
Must not exceed seven pounds." This definition was
approved on April 12, 1966. To review the breed standard for
Yorkshire terriers, click here.
then, you may ask, do so many breeders advertise teacup Yorkies?
There are only two reasons:
Some unscrupulous breeders advertise teacup Yorkies to take
advantage of those people who are not very familiar with
Yorkies. By telling someone that they are getting a
"teacup", they make the buyer feel that they are
getting something special (as if one get much more special
than a Yorkie at all:-)).
of these people also advertise "toy" and or
"standard" Yorkies with weights up to 10 or 12
pounds. As stated above, a standard Yorkshire terrier
must weigh no more than 7 pounds.
was told of a breeder recently who has Yorkies weighing less than
two(!!) pounds all the time. The person writing
wanted to know if we had puppies of that size. I must point
out that as of last year, the smallest dog in the world, according
to the Guinness Book of World Records, was a Chihuahua who weighed
just under 2 pounds at 1 lb. 14 oz. For someone to claim
that they regularly have adult dogs weighing less than 2 pounds is
a stretch to say the least.
average, Yorkshire terriers weigh between 5 and 7 pounds as
adults. There are, of course, smaller Yorkies born that will
weigh less. Most Yorkshire terriers that you see
participating in the show ring tend to be 5 to 7 pounds. A
dog weighing 3 to 4 pounds is considered very small and often
requires special care. Dogs this small should not be handled
by children expect under strictly controlled conditions.
Children are clumsy by nature--not intentionally--and dogs
weighing less than 4 pounds are fragile, with easily broken bones.