Teacup Yorkie - A Guide To The World's Smallest Dog (2023)

The Teacup Yorkie is tiny, fluffy and surprisingly confident. These cute mini Yorkies are simply a Yorkshire Terrier who has been bred to be significantly smaller than normal. Teacup Yorkshire Terriers usually weigh between 2 and 4 pounds, but can weigh up to 7. Designed to be the perfect apartment pet, lapdog and companion, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of bringing home a Teacup Yorkie puppy. And help you to decide whether this is the best little puppy breed for your lifestyle, family, children and other pets!


  • What are Teacup Yorkies?
  • How expensive are Teacup Yorkies?
  • Teacup Yorkie lifespan
  • Micro Yorkie Health
  • Teacup Yorkie puppies

Small dogs and toy breeds have been popular with dog lovers for a long time. First time pet parents and dog owners are especially drawn to them. Over the past decade, even smaller mini, micro or ‘teacup’ versions of these breeds have become increasingly popular. Unfortunately, these extra tiny pups can have some size-related health issues, like fragile bones, bladder problems, and more.

What Is a Teacup Yorkie?

A teacup Yorkie is a Yorkshire Terrier bred to be significantly smaller than the standard for the breed. Yorkies should weigh no more than seven pounds.

Many pet Yorkies weigh a bit more than the standard but are still, relatively speaking, tiny dogs. When an already small toy breed like the Yorkshire Terrier is miniaturized, it becomes a very small dog indeed.

Why Call Them Teacup Yorkies?

Some mini Yorkies are so small that they can fit inside of a teacup, which is where the term comes from. These dogs are likely to weigh between two and four pounds.

The Teacup Yorkie are not a recognized breed on their own but are usually pedigree Yorkshire Terriers bred to be much smaller than average.

Teacup Dogs Controversy

Today, Teacup Yorkshire Terriers are not a new or separate breed of dog. If the mini Yorkie puppies you have your eye on are pedigree, they are registered as Yorkshire Terriers the same as any regular-size Yorkshire Terrier.

Teacup dogs are not restricted to the Yorkshire Terrier breed, other toy breeds have been miniaturized too. This makes a lot of people unhappy and some people quite angry. If you are thinking of buying a teacup puppy, you should probably know why micro Yorkie dogs and other teacup dogs are controversial.

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Not just because you may find yourself the target of criticism for your choice of puppy. But because it is important to be aware of the challenges and downsides of miniaturizing dogs before you decide to own one. We’ll look at the teacup dog debate, but first, let’s consider why so many of us adore tiny dogs.

What Is the Appeal of Mini Yorkies?

Why do we love tiny dogs? And why do we want them to be even tinier? There are a couple of key reasons. One is the human need to nurture a baby animal. The other is perhaps a little more complex. We’ll look at our nurturing instincts first. The retention of baby-like features in an adult animal is called neoteny, which means “youth extended.”

Neoteny in Dogs

If neoteny means having baby-like features, you can see why a tiny dog might be more appealing than a big dog. Baby animals of all species are small and have large heads in proportion to their bodies. When we see a dog that is especially small, our urge to love and protect it springs into action.

This doesn’t mean we are soppy or stupid. It is programmed into our basic biology, this drive to protect babies and baby-like creatures. Miniaturization isn’t just about neoteny though.

The Magic of Miniaturization

The idea of shrinking a character to tiny proportions is nothing new. The idea of a giant alien world that awaits a miniature personality has had sci-fi appeal for generations. Not just in modern cinema. Think of the Lilliputians of Gulliver’s Travels.

Like many other children of my generation, I was transfixed by stories like The Borrowers. And fascinated by tiny Shetland ponies and Chihuahuas. Later, I watched my own children’s enchantment as we immersed ourselves in The Indian in the Cupboard or enjoyed pygmy hippos at the zoo.

Miniaturization is simply fascinating, magical even. There’s no escaping it. With a powerful fascination for miniaturization and natural nurturing instincts for tiny animals, it is no surprise that we’ve used our power over dogs to create smaller and smaller dogs.

How can something as tiny as a teacup Yorkie still have the character and characteristics of a dog? It’s extraordinary and even thrilling, isn’t it?

Micro Teacup Yorkie – How Small Is Too Small?

Of course, we humans love a challenge. You’ll find people scouring the internet for ever smaller versions of the teacup Yorkie. You may even see people offering micro teacup Yorkies for sale. Presumably, these are even smaller.

There is no official standard for these terms, so the people who breed and sell tiny dogs use them however they choose. Just how small can we make our canine friend while maintaining the qualities that make him a living, breathing, barking, tail-wagging dog? Have we reached the limit yet? Or can we go further?

These are some of the questions that must pass through the minds of those involved in breeding miniature dogs. And is there a downside to this process? Is it possible that this miniaturization experiment that we are carrying out on dogs could be harmful to the dogs?

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Is Miniaturization Harmful?

The questions many people ask are: Is miniaturization harmful? Should we be making tiny dog breeds even tinier? These are tough questions. Our instinct when we see something unbelievably cute and attractive is to dismiss the negative and focus on the benefits and the appeal.

And there are benefits to owning a very tiny dog. We’ll look at the downsides in a moment. But first, let’s look at some of the pleasures of owning a very small dog.

Benefits of Owning a Tiny Dog

Many of the downsides of dog ownership are well known. Even medium-size dogs are messy and clumsy. They break and chew things and knock people over. Unless impeccably trained, they are difficult to take on public transportation or in public places.

And let’s face it, who has the time these days to train their dog to the level they’d like? Or to exercise a demanding full-size, four-legged dynamo? The benefits of little dogs are that you can avoid most of these problems.

A More Portable, Manageable Dog

Smaller dogs are more portable and more manageable. They take up less space, shed less hair and generally have less impact on a home than a big dog. A dog that can sit on your lap, or in your purse, is a convenient friend. While at the same time retaining that dog personality that we love so much. But, it’s important to recognize that you don’t need to buy a miniature or teacup dog to get these benefits.

Many small toy dogs meet all these criteria. And there is a point when the disadvantages of tiny start to outweigh the benefits. If you have set your heart on a teacup Yorkie, you probably don’t want to hear this next bit.

But please read on. It’s important to be well informed, especially if you choose to go ahead and get a teacup Yorkshire Terrier.

Health Problems in Teacup Yorkies

The list of health problems caused by miniaturizing our four-legged friends is sadly rather long. It includes:

  • heart problems
  • liver problems
  • brain problems
  • low blood sugar
  • bone problems
  • psychological problems

A teacup puppy’s tiny heart is more prone to defects and diseases than those of a larger dog. When we make body parts smaller, they don’t always work well. This is true of the mini Yorkie’s organs, particularly its heart and liver.

How Long Do Teacup Yorkies Live?

In addition, many teacup dogs are created using suspect breeding processes, which we’ll look at in more detail later. This further increases the chances of a teacup puppy having serious health issues. While the life expectancy for a Yorkshire Terrier is 11-15 years, life expectancy for a teacup Yorkie is shorter. It may be as short as 7-9 years.

Brain and Bone Problems

When we mess with the proportions that nature intended, things can go wrong. Teacup puppies can suffer from brain inflammation or a buildup of fluid inside the skull.

Teacup dog skulls may also have soft spots in them, like the fontanelle in a human baby. But unlike a human infant, the soft spot on a tiny dog’s head never closes. This makes them permanently vulnerable to injury and brain damage.

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Teacup puppies suffer the added problems of poor bone health. Not just in the skull, but throughout the body. This means that they are more prone to fractures if they fall or are injured.

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Teacup Dogs Mental Health

A number of studies show mental or psychological health in dogs is linked to size. Psychology Today has produced an interesting report on this topic. Being a small dog in a big world is probably quite stressful, so it is perhaps not surprising that tiny dogs have more than their share of emotional problems.

Caring for a Teacup Yorkie

Before you decide to go ahead and bring home a teacup Yorkie, you should think about what’s involved in caring for such a tiny dog.

Because your puppy’s bones are fragile, it’s vital that he doesn’t fall or get stepped on. You’ll need to prevent him from jumping on and off of high (to him) surfaces or playing with small children.

You’ll also need to be sure that you or someone else is around to feed him frequently. Hourly is not too often for some tiny dogs.They are not able to process enough food to keep their blood-sugar level stable unless they are fed often.

You’ll also need to accept that your tiny friend may be difficult, if not impossible, to house train.Bladder problems such as incontinence are common in teacup dogs, and it is hard to potty train a dog with such a tiny bladder.

Teacup Yorkie Breeders

Earlier, poor breeding practices were mentioned as a contributing factor in teacup dog health issues. The reason is simple. To get a smaller than average dog, you have to breed smaller than average dogs. And in many cases, the smallest dog in a litter is less healthy than its larger littermates.

Instead of selecting dogs that will make the healthiest parents, some breeders select the smallest dogs without regard for health problems they might be inflicting on the next generation. The reason, of course, is money.

In pursuit of the tiniest puppies to sell to those clamoring for teacup dogs, some breeders disregard health and think only of themoney the puppies will bring fetch. Which brings us to cost.

Teacup Yorkie Price

Reputable breeders are not willing to compromise the health of their Yorkshire Terriers in order to satisfy the demand for tiny dogs. And demand is unfortunately high.

That means teacup puppy breeders can charge a lot of money for their pups. Some teacup puppy websites offer financing to encourage buyers to dip into their wallets and make a purchase. There’s a reason for that.

You can expect to pay upwards of $2,000 for a teacup puppy. And that’s before you start forking out for the vet bills. But wait! Surely there’s a way to find a healthy teacup puppy?

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Finding a Healthy Teacup Puppy

Many of the above problems occur to some extent already in toy breeds. Buying a puppy that is even smaller increases the risk of them happening to your dog. Finding a healthy teacup puppy is a challenge. One that many veterinary experts would describe as impossible. We don’t yet have the means to miniaturize a truly perfect dog.

When discussing tiny dogs, Marty Becker, DVM advises against buying “the tiniest of the tiny or any small dog before it is old enough.” He also notes that “reputable breeders usually won’t let small-breed puppies go until they’re 12 weeks old.”

Ultimately, the truth is that if you want a miniature dog, you are going to have to accept that it will also be a less healthy dog. And a less healthy dog can bring risk and heartache.

If after reading this, you still want a teacup Yorkie to love, consider a Yorkie rescue organization. It’s a way to give a dog a home without contributing to the demand for teacup puppies.

There are many rescue organizations around the country with all sizes of Yorkies in need of good homes. And adopting costs far less than buying a puppy.

Teacup Yorkies

We all want the best for our dogs, and for that reason, we hope that you will compromise and opt for a slightly bigger version of your dream. Tiny dogs are incredibly appealing. If you find yourself longing for a teacup Yorkie, your feelings are natural and human. You may even feel that you are rescuing this little scrap of life.

But tiny teacup dogs face many problems and every time a teacup puppy is purchased, a breeder creates more teacup puppies to meet the demand. Most qualified veterinarians advise against buying these tiny puppies for that reason.

Many puppy buyers are simply not aware that miniaturizing a dog can be harmful. We hope that this guide will help raise awareness of the problems caused by trying to breed ever smaller dogs.

We know that this information may make some people sad and disappointed, but it’s important to be informed about the reality of teacup breeding. The risks and challenges of being a teacup Yorkie owner are clear. To summarize, they include:

  • accidents – the risks to your dog of being tiny in a busy human world
  • sickness – the multiple inherent health problems caused by miniaturization and bad breeding
  • special care – including frequent feeding, potty training problems, and preventing accidental injury
  • poor nutrition and care before purchase – the risks to your puppy of being raised by a breeder unconcerned by the problems they are causing and motivated purely by money.

A puppy is a long-term commitment and should bring joy to the family that he joins. The way to achieve that is to purchase a healthy puppy from healthy parents. That puppy will be bred by a compassionate and knowledgeable person who puts the welfare of their dogs above profit.

Fortunately, there are many small dog breeds that are relatively healthy and robust and can make great family pets. You can discover more about finding the right puppy for your family in our puppy search series.

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How big will a teacup Yorkie get? ›

Tiny teacup Yorkies will generally be only 1 to just under 3 pounds when fully grown. With this being said, this is not an official breed... And it is not a variation of the Yorkshire Terrier. Yet, these smaller than average dogs do exist.

How long is a teacup Yorkie lifespan? ›

The average Teacup Yorkie life expectancy is just 7 to 9 years. This is significantly shorter than the lifespan of regularly sized Yorkshire Terriers due to additional health risks and the potential for trauma. Nobody can deny that Teacup Yorkies are irresistibly cute.

What is the smallest Yorkie in the world? ›

Owned by Arthur Marples (UK) – a former editor of Our Dogs magazine – the pint-sized Yorkie was said to have stood 7.11 cm (2.8 in) tall and measured 9.5 cm (3.75 in) long. That makes him easily the smallest dog ever on record.

How big is the smallest Yorkie? ›

Some mini Yorkies are so small that they can literally fit in a teacup – hence the term 'Teacup Yorkie'. These dogs are likely to weigh between two and four pounds. Teacup Yorkies are not a 'recognised breed', but are usually pedigree Yorkshire Terriers that have simply been bred much smaller than average.

How long do teacup dogs live? ›

How long do teacup dog breeds live? It depends on the breed, but the average life span for a teacup dog is nine to 15 years. How do they make teacup dogs? Teacup dogs have been created by intentionally breeding the runts of the litter, making a smaller and smaller dog.

Do teacup Yorkies bark a lot? ›

Yes, teacup yorkies bark a lot, especially around strangers. This tiny breed is very vocal, earning them a reputation of being “yappy.” This is mainly due to the little dog syndrome, where they think they're bigger than they are.

Do teacup Yorkies have health problems? ›

Doctors say common health issues for teacup dogs include hypoglycemia, heart defects, collapsing trachea, seizures, respiratory problems, digestive problems, and blindness. The breeding practices can also lead to an increased risk for liver shunts, says Meeks.

Can Yorkie drink milk? ›

Milk is a safe treat in small quantities. A few tablespoons of cow's milk or goat's milk on an occasional basis can be a nice reward for your dog.

What do teacup Yorkies eat? ›

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How can you tell if a Yorkie is a teacup? ›

Most breeders and teacup breeders agree that teacup dogs are smaller versions of their standard sized counterparts and weigh five pounds or less when full grown. In the case of the Yorkshire Terrier, who weighs on average between four and seven pounds, a teacup version is typically a mere two to three pounds.

Do teacup Yorkies ears stand up? ›

Most Yorkie ears stand up, but some pups are born with floppy ears. You can tape your Yorkie's ears to help them stand up, or you can allow them to stand in their own time. Yorkie owners also need to take special care to keep their pup's ears clean and free from infection. Learn more below.

How much is a teacup Yorkie? ›

A teacup Yorkie puppy from reputable breeders can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. Some teacup Yorkie puppies may cost as much as $5,000 if they come from a show-winning bloodline. In the United States, the teacup Yorkie is one of the most popular teacup dog breeds.

Are Yorkies smart? ›

Canine Intelligence – Where Does the Yorkshire Terrier Stand? Out of 90 different breeds, the Yorkie places at # 27, in the category of above average intelligence, tying with Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Puli. This means that the Yorkie, overall, will learn a new command after 15 to 25 repetitions.

Do teacup Yorkies shed hair? ›

The Yorkie's coat has a similar texture to human hair.

The bonus is that Yorkies don't have an undercoat so their coat doesn't shed anymore than your hair does. Many breeders recommend that owners keep their pet Yorkies in a “puppy cut,” which is short and easily to maintain.

What's the difference between a Yorkie and a teacup Yorkie? ›

A dog is considered a Teacup Yorkie if it weighs 2- 4 lbs and is 5-7 inches tall. On the other hand, regular Yorkies typically weigh 5-7 lbs with a height of 7-8 inches. Therefore, any Yorkie larger than 4 lbs and greater than 5 inches tall is considered a standard-sized Yorkie.

Can teacup dogs be left alone? ›

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Can teacup dogs get pregnant? ›

Other times, teacup puppies are the result of breeding two very small dogs of a certain breed. Breeding teacup puppies is extremely dangerous for the puppies and the mother. Because the mother is so small, she can only give birth to a few puppies, and there are often birth complications.

Are Yorkies loyal to one person? ›

In most instances of favoritism, a Yorkshire Terrier will become overly attached to one certain person who provides most or all of the care. This almost always includes the task preparing and offering meals and treats.

Do Yorkies like to cuddle? ›

Yorkies won't turn down a cuddle party

A Yorkie will love that. A lover of all things comfortable, the Yorkshire terrier enjoys cuddling with loved ones and snuggling into everything soft and fluffy. And for you, their silky coat isn't too bad for petting.

Why do Yorkies cry? ›

A puppy will usually whimper and an adult Yorkie will whine. This means that the dog is in distress. They are sad, hurting or lonely. Moaning - While a human may moan if they have an injury, a dog will usually have a low tone moan when they are feeling happy.

Are male or female Yorkies better? ›

Male and female Yorkshire Terriers are equally amazing, but each gender has a bit more of certain traits than the other. Female Yorkies are easier to train, more independent, and affectionate while a male Yorkshire Terrier is more playful, social, and equally affectionate.

Are teacup Yorkies smart? ›

Despite being small in stature, however, Teacup Yorkies are known for being very energetic, extremely intelligent and exceptionally bold. All Yorkshire Terrier types are known for being very independent, and the Teacup Yorkie is no exception. They can, at times, be territorial and do like to have their space.

Do teacup Yorkies make good pets? ›

Is A Teacup Yorkie a Good Family Dog? Teacup Yorkies are very fragile, so they are not recommended to families with small children. These teacup dogs are best suited to a single pet household. Due to their Terrier nature, Yorkies can see any other animal in their home as competition and won't back down from a fight.

Can dogs eat ice cream? ›

Dogs Don't Digest Milk Well

Ice cream can cause your dog gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or vomiting. Remember, your dog can't voice their concerns to you, so while they might look OK on the outside, they could be experiencing some major digestive issues on the inside.

Can Yorkie eat eggs? ›

Eggs are perfectly safe for dogs, Eggs are a great source of nutrition for your canine companion. They are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and fatty acids that help support your dog inside and out. Remember that eggs are only as good as the chicken they come from.

Can dogs eat popcorn? ›

So, can dogs eat popcorn? In and of itself, fully popped, unseasoned popcorn is safe for dogs in small quantities, as long as it's popped using methods that don't require oil, such as air popping.

Can Yorkies eat bananas? ›

Yes, dogs can eat bananas. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They're high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog's main diet.

How do you dry a Yorkie after a bath? ›

It's time to get warm and cozy. Yorkies chill very easily, so wrap your puppy up in a towel ASAP, gently massaging the excess water out of their coat. Once you've dried your pup to the point of not dripping anymore, let them run around the bathroom for some famous post-bath Yorkie zoomies.

Do teacup Yorkies need to be walked? ›

Although Yorkshire Terriers come from the Toy family, they need a lot of exercise for a dog of that size. Around 45 minutes of proper daily exercise will keep your furry friend stimulated physically and mentally. Whether you decide to do this through games, walks, or both is up to you.

Are teacup Yorkies easy to potty train? ›

This breed is actually more easy to house train than some other types of breeds. In general, the Yorkie aims to please. However, in order to have quick success, you'll need to be prepared. This involves having the right things in place in order for housebreaking to work.

How big is teacup Yorkie poop? ›

How Big Does A Teacup Yorkie-Poo Get? A Teacup Yorkie-Poo gets to 10 inches (25.4cm) tall and weighs between 3 and 6 pounds (1.4kg to 2.7kg).

What breeds make a teacup Yorkie? ›

The Teacup Yorkie is often described as a “designer” dog. However, they are really the result of very small Yorkies being bred together. The smaller the dog gets, the more difficult it is for them to exist in a healthy way. Many of them will develop health conditions due to their smallness.

What is a teddy bear Yorkie? ›

When used in this way, it describes a Teddy Bear face Yorkie, who will have a shorter than normal snout, larger eyes and often a more rounded head. This is a so-called Shorkie Poo, a 50% Shihtzu, 25% Yorkshire Terrier, and a 25% Poodle mix. It has a 'Teddy bear' appearance but is not a recognized breed.

How do you clean a Yorkies eyes? ›

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How can you tell if a Yorkie is purebred? ›

Yorkshire Terriers have glossy, fine, silky hair. The coat is moderately long and perfectly straight, with very long hair on the muzzle. Yorkies may have hair tied up with a bow on the head. Yorkies have long hair for show, but a Yorkie may be seen with a different haircut.

How much is a teacup Yorkie without papers? ›

Licensed breeders without papers

You can expect to pay at least $800 to $1,200 (and sometimes more) for a puppy with or without papers, that is not American Kennel Club (AKC) certified. Professional breeders may be required to have a license issued by their state or federal organization or both.

Do Yorkies like kids? ›

Yorkies are good with kids when they are properly socialized. However, it's important to understand that they can act differently around children than they do adults. What is this? As long as you make your Yorkie aware of the boundaries with kids, both will be able to coexist happily together in your household.

Are Yorkies afraid of the dark? ›

Being afraid of the dark is normal for Yorkies, and humans too!

How long can Yorkies hold their pee? ›

While young Yorkie puppies must be taken out once every 1-2 hours during the potty training process, Yorkie adults who are fully potty-trained should be able to hold it for 8 hours. Although healthy adult Yorkies can probably hold it in for longer (10-12 hours), they should NOT be expected to do so.

Are Yorkies very protective? ›

Also known as Yorkies, these dogs have tenacious but affectionate personalities. They tend to be very vocal, protective, and loyal. And, despite their small size, they can make excellent guard dogs.

Do Yorkies need another dog? ›

The one catch is that they don't enjoy being alone, so you might want to consider adopting a pair. Yorkies do tend to get along well with other pets in the home, so if you already have a dog or cat, a Yorkie would be a good companion.

What is the difference between a toy and teacup Yorkie? ›

Teacup: Different Breed or Just a Tiny Yorkie? There is no breed-specific difference between a teacup Yorkie and a toy Yorkie. Although some Yorkie fans may give these little guys aliases like teacup, toy or micro, there is no breed distinction -- a teacup Yorkie is simply a label given to a small Yorkie.

Do Yorkshire Terriers bark? ›

Yorkshire Terriers are little dogs with huge personalities. With those huge personalities come a fierce territorial bark. Any time your phone rings, someone speaks or knocks on your door, or your doorbell chimes, your Yorkshire Terrier will likely bark. Outside noises aren't even required for barking for some Yorkies.

How big is a teacup Yorkie full grown? ›

Teacup Yorkie is a smaller version of the same pure breed Yorkie, also known as Toy Yorkie or Micro Yorkshire Terrier. It's a tiny dog breed at about 5 to 7 inches tall, weighing between 2 to 4 pounds. The average lifespan of the Teacup Yorkie is around 12 years.

Why do Yorkies shake so much? ›

Therefore, in many cases, a Yorkie will shake because he is cold. Shivering happens when a dog's body reacts to the cold; the core body temperature drops below normal which results in a shivering reflex that is the body's way of warming up.

What age does a teacup Yorkie stop growing? ›

A Yorkie is done growing by the 1 year mark. Most Yorkshire Terriers slow down in growth by 9 to 10 months and usually finish growing completely by 12 months.

How can I tell if my Yorkie is a teacup? ›

Most breeders and teacup breeders agree that teacup dogs are smaller versions of their standard sized counterparts and weigh five pounds or less when full grown. In the case of the Yorkshire Terrier, who weighs on average between four and seven pounds, a teacup version is typically a mere two to three pounds.

What is the difference between teacup Yorkie and regular Yorkie? ›

Teacup Yorkie vs.

Occasionally, one in a litter will be smaller and referred to as a "teacup." The general health and longevity of teacup Yorkies is another story. Due to their extremely small size, organs, and bones are proportionately tiny and often do not function as well as those of their full-sized counterparts.

What is the difference between a micro Yorkie and a teacup Yorkie? ›

That is why these dogs are also sometimes referred to as Micro Yorkies or Toy Yorkies. They are the result of breeding the runts of a regular Yorkie litter, resulting in tiny puppies. A dog is considered a Teacup Yorkie if it weighs 2- 4 lbs and is 5-7 inches tall.

At what age is a Yorkie no longer a puppy? ›

1 year: Adult. While a Yorkshire Terrier is officially an adult at the 1 year mark, years 1 to 4, he will be a 'young adult'. From years 4 to 8, he will be simply an 'adult'.

How much food should a teacup Yorkie eat? ›

In general, a Yorkshire Terrier eats 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup daily. Puppies require 3 to 4 meals daily, and an adult dog should eat twice daily.

What do teacup Yorkies eat? ›

4 Best Dog Foods for Teacup Yorkies - YouTube

Do teacup Yorkies have health problems? ›

Doctors say common health issues for teacup dogs include hypoglycemia, heart defects, collapsing trachea, seizures, respiratory problems, digestive problems, and blindness. The breeding practices can also lead to an increased risk for liver shunts, says Meeks.

How much money is a teacup Yorkie? ›

A teacup Yorkie puppy from reputable breeders can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. Some teacup Yorkie puppies may cost as much as $5,000 if they come from a show-winning bloodline. In the United States, the teacup Yorkie is one of the most popular teacup dog breeds.

Are Yorkie smart? ›

Canine Intelligence – Where Does the Yorkshire Terrier Stand? Out of 90 different breeds, the Yorkie places at # 27, in the category of above average intelligence, tying with Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Puli. This means that the Yorkie, overall, will learn a new command after 15 to 25 repetitions.

How big is teacup Yorkie poop? ›

How Big Does A Teacup Yorkie-Poo Get? A Teacup Yorkie-Poo gets to 10 inches (25.4cm) tall and weighs between 3 and 6 pounds (1.4kg to 2.7kg).

Why are teacup Yorkies so small? ›

Teacup dogs are the result of questionable breeding practices. The issues with these dogs begin before they are even born. Teacup dogs can naturally occur as “runts of the litter,” but more often they're the product of intentionally breeding two undersized dogs.

Can a teacup Yorkie mate with a regular Yorkie? ›

It is unsafe for a tiny female to be bred to a larger male because the puppies may be too large for her to deliver. When toy-sized dogs are purposely bred, the female should be the larger dog, and a female under about six pounds should not be bred at all.

How often should I wash my Yorkie? ›

How often should I bathe my Yorkie? You should bathe your Yorkie once every two to four weeks. If your puppy is particularly adventurous or has a longer Yorkie haircut, you may find additional baths are necessary.

At what age does a Yorkie calm down? ›

Yorkies naturally calm down when they are around two years old. This helps them reach the maturity level that they need to not have quite as much energy as they did when they were a puppy.

What's the biggest Yorkie ever? ›

Mymains Stewart "Stewie" Gilligan has two coveted Guinness World Records. His body is 48.5 inches long, and his tail is 16.34 inches long.


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