A Yorkie owner often has a lot of questions in his mind related to his breed. One of the questions that many Yorkshire Terrier owners often ask me is “How Big will my Teacup Yorkies grow?”
This is actually quite a common question of Yorkie owners. And I will try my best to answer this question in a detailed manner with all the facts.
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Toy Yorkies are very small and their size ranges a lot. Some Yorkie parents feel their dog is undersized while others feel their dog is oversized.
Along with these size issues, parents also have issues regarding their health and more often than not, both these issues are inter-related.
If you are wondering what’s the difference between a Teacup Yorkie and a normal Yorkie, you need to read “What makes a Yorkie a Teacup Yorkie“.
Generally, Teacup or Toy Yorkies are very very small dogs which weigh around 2-4 pounds and often less than 4 pounds. They weigh 2-4 pounds even when they are fully grown, which is when they are 12-18 months old.
“Normal” Yorkshire Terriers weigh around 4 to 8 pounds when they are fully grown. You might or might not be aware of the fact that AKC doesn’t recognize “teacup” as a classification of Yorkshire Terriers and these “Teacup” Yorkies are often a product of unhealthy breeding practices.
What are the Breed Standards Recognized by the AKC
The American Kennel Club’s breed standard is that a purebred Yorkshire Terrier shall weigh in the range of 4-7 pounds as a fully grown adult (12-18 months old).
There are breeders who advertise Yorkies as “Teacup” Yorkies who do not grow any further than 2-3 pounds and stand at 4-6 inches tall. These are not accepted by the AKC and are often the product of breeding runt to the runt.
Ideally, a Teacup Yorkie will never grow heavier than 4 pounds and taller than 6 inches. They are bred to grow this much only so that they can fit in the designer bags for celebrities to show off.
A purebred Yorkie’s weight will fall in the range of 4 to 7 pounds if the breeder follows respected breeding practices. There can be some exceptions to this when large dogs are bred together or there is a mixed breed in the parent’s family.
There are breeders who charge thousands of dollars for these “Teacup” Yorkies but you should be paying much less for these ultra-small Yorkies as they are always suffering from some kind of major health problems and you would have to take care of their heavy veterinary bills.
Most of “Teacup” Yorkies breeders indulge in unfair and unhealthy breeding practices as well where they even starve these dogs to stop their growth and sell for profits later.
If you have any doubts that any Yorkie is according to the breed standards, you can always check their breed standards here. You might encounter any breeder who promises to show the dog’s “authentic papers” but will not show you at that very moment.
Even if they do, the papers might be approved by any unrecognized random registry. Always try and get your new pet dog from a breeder approved by the AKC.
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When Do Yorkies Stop Growing?
A lot of Yorkie owners have doubts that their Yorkie is not of the correct size. If you also have doubts, consult your breeder.
A lot of times breeder have a fair idea of how much a Yorkie will grow at what point of his age. They can also give a good estimation of the Yorkie weight and height.
This Yorkshire Terrier growth chart can also help you better understand and estimate your Yorkies growth pattern. For a detailed guide on Yorkie growth pattern, check out this post.
Do you have an under-sized or an over-sized Teacup Yorkie?
If you think you have an under or over-sized Yorkshire Terrier, the first thing you should do is consult your Veterinarian.
Toy breed like “Teacup” Yorkies easily get overweight due to lack of exercise and physical stimulation. Most likely your vet will give you some tips or a particular dog food recommendation to get things in the right direction.
If your Yorkshire Terrier looks healthy and still weighs more than 7 pounds, there may be chances that he is a mixed-breed or has a mixed heritage somewhere in the family line. You should talk to the breeder regarding this.
What if your Teacup Yorkie or Yorkie is Underweight?
If your Yorkie is underweight or under-sized, this may be due to several health issues present. Due to the fact that they are born as a result of unfair and unhealthy breeding practices, many Teacup Yorkies suffer from several major health issues like heart problems, luxating patella and seizures due to brain problems. ‘
The average lifespan of a Teacup Yorkie is just 2 years. This is enough to state the fact that there are a lot of health problems that these dogs suffer from.
While health problems are often treatable, they are very expensive to treat. This breed is very expensive to buy and then the owner will have to spend on health treatments as well.
Their bones are very weak and get broken sometimes by even a small jump. They even have a tendency to get underfoot and there have been accidents where owners step on their own pet Teacup Yorkie and heavily injure them.
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My Expert Tip:
If you are looking for a tiny dog, I would recommend you to get a Yorkshire Terrier from a breeder approved by the AKC. Please avoid any Toy or Teacup Yorkie due to major health problems and shady breeding practices behind producing them.