Yorkies are small in size, but great in personality!
Is there anyone out here to deny it? Hope there’s none!
Well, having a pet comes with a lot of responsibility and so is the same when you own a Yorkie. Yorkies are simply fabulous, and they make perfect companions for almost everyone.
However, keeping a Yorkie at times would bother you since you get worried about how you would care for your Yorkie? What all things should you do to help it grow healthy?
What foods should you feed it? There’s a lot more, though! Similarly, you might also have a question regarding the size of your Yorkie, don’t you?
Well, this is due to the inconsistency of Yorkies’ size. You start freaking since you either find you Yorkie too small or too big in comparison to other dogs.
The variation in the size of a Yorkshire Terrier usually occurs since it is either bred with some other dog in its parental generation or your Yorkie might be suffering from some disorder. All you need is to figure out the reason and decode that ‘why’!
Thus, it is usually recommended to choose your dog properly before bringing it home.
You must know its parent too when you are purchasing it from an owner. Having a piece of knowledge about your Yorkie’s background will give you a brief idea about its genetics, which will ultimately help you to make out the reason behind its size.
Well, when you are concerned about the size, you would consider both the size and the height of your pup. Keep reading!
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A Yorkie usually has a minimum weight of 4 pounds (1.81 kg) and a maximum weight of 7 pounds (3.17 kg).
If your Yorkie is anywhere in between, you can consider it to have standard physic. A fully grown Yorkie (an adult) usually weighs 7 lbs and that’s the utmost weight it could have!
If your dog weighs approximately 3.17 kg, it’s absolutely fine! There’s nothing more to worry upon!
In case your Yorkie is smaller than 4 pounds, it could either because it had some breeding issue or maybe, it is suffering from some health complications.
Take it to the veterinary doctor immediately without any delay. A super small Yorkshire Terrier is called a Teacup Yorkie.
On the other hand, if your Yorkie weighs more than 8 lbs, it is overweight.
It could be since your dog is a tad and had got a more massive bone structure than usual. Such a variety usually shows up on breeding a dam with a sire.
Try to analyze its bloodline, that’s mostly the reason behind such a massive size of your Yorkshire Terrier.
Coming to the height, Yorkshire Terriers usually do not have a fixed size.
Just like the weight, the height of your Yorkie should vary as well. However, the standard height of Yorkie usually ranges between 6 and 9 inches (15.24 to 22.86 cm). This measurement is usually taken from the floor to the shoulder top.
If your dog is tiny, or that of a teacup size, it’s good until and unless you are sure that it isn’t threatened from any sort of distress. A dog that’s less than even 4 lbs indicates that its life is already jeopardized.
Take a note that it is healthy and fine. In some instances, mating a male and a female Yorkie that are undersized will consequently yield you tinier puppies.
Such a Yorkie will look cuter than ever but is more likely to suffer from complications like:
- Fragile or weak bones
- A weak immune system
- Higher scope of the neck, hip, and knee injury
- It is more likely to have a shorter life span
What would you do if your Yorkie is undersized?
At first, you need to take it to the veterinarian and get a check-up done. Make sure that it is not suffering from any health issue.
At times, it gets difficult to figure out the complexity at a very early stage, and you will have to wait until a symptom pops up.
In such a scenario, make sure that you take adequate care of your pup. Do not let your Yorkie roam around. Keep a close eye on it and try to feed it properly. Keep a check on its diet, that’s extremely crucial!
Temperature changes will be a headache to you and your Yorkie if it’s undersized. Just like a premature baby needs extra protection, your Yorkie will need no less than that!
It will take a lot more time than a regular pup to adjust to temperature changes. Be with it till the time it adapts to the environmental changes.
This is because your Yorkie will start to overheat in warm temperatures, and you will have to give it a sweater and keep it covered during the chilling cold. All these issues take place mostly because your dog has a weak immune system to combat the changes.
Take your Yorkie to the vet at a regular interval. It is more likely to suffer from health issues like:
- Luxating patella (slipped kneecap)
- Reverse sneezing
- Eye infections
- Hip dysplasia (slipped hip joint and socket)
- A collapsed trachea
- Elbow dysplasia
- Teeth or gum problems
- Von Willebrand’s disease
Even if your pup is suffering from any of the above-mentioned disorders, your vet will be able to diagnose it. The faster you get to know about the issue, the earlier would you be able to commence the treatment.
To avoid all such issues, always prefer to buy a pup from a reputed dog breeder and ask for health clearances to ensure that your Yorkie has passed all the health complications and is not prone to any!
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Stages of development of your Yorkie
Yorkies tend to grow really fast in the early stages of their lives. You will see your Yorkie growing super-fast while it’s too young, but then there comes a time when your Yorkie ceases to grow!
Although these dogs are usually smaller than the others and grow only up to a length of 7 or 8 inches from the floor to the shoulder, you cannot expect them to match up with other breeds.
However, if you still want to understand the growth of your pup, you must understand its stages of development.
This is the stage when your pup grew the minimum. It is more likely the phase when your pup tries to stand straight and learn to walk all alone and, thus, ends up falling down too often.
It is that very moment since your Yorkie is born till the time it ages up to six or seven weeks.
This is the time when your pup even tried to open its eyes. This is the most vital stage of a dog’s life. Just like humans remain fragile right after they are born, and a mother keeps care of it, you, being a parent of your Yorkie need to do the same.
Your Yorkie will weigh up to a quarter of a pound or 0.14 kg during this time.
This is the second yet another critical stage of your pup’s life. It is the time when you should shape your Yorkie.
It will start developing its personality traits, and thus, a lot depends on you. You can count this phase from the time your Yorkie is seven weeks old to that of when it becomes six months.
In this span, it will observe everything that you do! It will start exploring the world around itself and start adapting to things that are surrounding it.
The way it behaves when it grows up depends a lot on the way you train it during this stage. Giving shape to a dog is quite similar to that of doing it for a newborn baby. Your pup will also notice everything you do!
It is the time when your dog develops eating habits, and thus, a lot depends on how and what you serve it on the plate. Also, train it to be humble and polite before strangers.
You can even teach it different gestures and develop its friendly nature. It is the time when your dog will learn new behaviours more quickly. A Yorkie usually weighs up to 2.5 pounds or 1.13 kg during this time.
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Comparing a Yorkie with a human kid, is just like the teenage phase of a kid. Your Yorkie is more likely to have picked up all the signature traits by this time.
You can still give it a bit of training, though a lot of it has already been shaped in the earlier stage. It is the time span from six months to that of ten months.
During this time, your pup is supposed to have long hair and fur. It has developed its look almost similar to how a mature Yorkie would appear!
Just like a human kid remains naughty and mischievous in its teenage, your Yorkie will also do somewhat identical!
A Yorkie remains playful during this phase of its life. It will love to play with you. Make sure that you give enough time to your pup; else it will start getting annoyed at you.
Remember the time when you were a teen, how would you have felt if your parents have not devoted enough time to you? The same goes for your pup as well.
The development of a Yorkie remains quite rapid during this phase of its development. It weighs around 4.5 pounds or 2.05 kg during this time.
It usually remains active and full of energy! It will love to play with you and go for a strolling. Do it the way you want, and it will love you!
This is the stage when your pup isn’t a youngster anymore. However, you cannot consider it to be an adult as well. It is the age between a year till the time your dog turns to be four years of age.
You will hardly see any progress in its growth during this span of time. Remember that your dog has not stopped growing now, but it’s not that noticeable either!
It is matured enough by this time, and expecting it to learn a new trait will be really difficult now. Your dog might remain playful, but it will not be that energetic as it was in its youth. With maturity comes new complications, particularly in terms of health.
Make sure that you conduct regular check sessions for your pup to ensure that it isn’t getting any disorder. Finding out a complication and being able to treat it right after the diagnosis at an early stage will prevent things from turning severe.
It is that stage of your Yorkie before adulthood.
As your dog turns out to 4 years of age, it weighs approximately seven or eight pounds or 3.15 kg. This is the time when your Yorkie becomes a full-grown adult, and it gradually becomes passive. It is no longer active and energetic.
During this phase, your dog might get affected by serious health issues. Do not delay, take it to the vet as soon as you notice any change in its eating pattern or behaviour.
Your dog will turn lazy and it will have mood swings. Love it as much as you can! Try dedicating enough time to it and make it happy the way it likes!
If you stick to a healthy diet throughout your pup’s life span, it will live longer and remain healthier. Take care of every minute detail in its behaviour. Also, you must have taught it to exercise.
A good lifestyle and appetite will help your dog remain active, energetic and healthy as it keeps growing!