Now there’s nothing wrong with having a smaller Yorkie, as long as the breeder was using ethical breeding practices. Periodically, and for no apparent reason at all, some dogs are born very small; and they steal your heart because they’re so in need of love and care.

Yorkies are fun, spunky dogs with big personalities and characterized by their glossy black and tan coat with gray highlights, prick ears, and straight fur. They originated in Yorkshire, England (in the 19th century), and have even been used to develop other popular breeds such as the ever-famous Silky Terrier. These dogs are loyal to their owner(s) and well-known for being rather “yappy” at times.

he Teacup Yorkshire Terrier is a purebred Yorkshire Terrier, but smaller. The term “teacup” is used to explain an unofficial size guide, falling just under the toy size, which regular Yorkies belong to. It’s important to note that the American Kennel Club, or AKC, as well as many other official breed organizations, do not recognize “teacup” as being an actual size standard.

Is A Teacup Yorkie A Good Pet?

Teacup Yorkies are loving and affectionate pets. They require very little space and are fun to be around. While their health issues may seem stressful, the right diet, supplements, and care can easily keep your dog healthy and in good shape.

Why Do Teacup Yorkies (mini Yorkies) Require Special Care?

Now that we’ve established that Teacup Yorkies are fragile and need extra care, it’s important to understand what you can do to help them. When you bring your tiny dog home, you can’t leave them alone in an open and unusual space. The Teacup Yorkie will quickly become overwhelmed and anxious. Unsure of what to do or how to proceed, they will start barking incessantly.

How Much Do Yorkies Weigh?

Yorkies are classified as part of the AKC Toy Group and are one of the smallest breeds. The average size of a Yorkie is 7 to 8 inches tall, and typically between 4 and 7 pounds.

The maximum Yorkie weight allowed by the AKC standard is 7 pounds. However, it is not uncommon to find Yorkies that weigh several pounds more. As long as their extra weight is natural and not the result of an unhealthy diet, these larger Yorkies make just as wonderful companions as their smaller relatives. The only reason you’d need to avoid an oversized Yorkie is if you plan to show your dog. 

Are small Yorkies healthy?  

The popularity of “micro breeds” has resulted in some breeders attempting to breed increasingly smaller Yorkies. Unfortunately, these tiny Yorkies often suffer from serious Yorkie health problems. So-called ‘Teacup’ Yorkies are often more susceptible to collapsed trachea, digestive issues, and other serious health risks. In fact, Teacup Yorkies have a shorter life expectancy than their full-sized counterparts.

What Is The Average Size Of A Yorkie?

Fully grown Yorkshire Terriers are typically 7 to 8 inches (17.8 – 20.3 cm) tall when measuring the distance between the ground and the ridge between their shoulder blades.

The length of a Yorkie (measured from the base of the neck to the base of their tail) should be of equal proportion to their height approximately.

Yorkie sizes can and do vary though. It is not uncommon, even for siblings to differ greatly in size. Size differences can be determined by birth weight, nutrition, or genetic deposition.

What Is The Average Weight Of A Yorkie?

Yorkies usually weigh between 4 and 7 pounds (1.81 and 3.18kg), but purebred Yorkies weighing anywhere up to 10 pounds are not that uncommon. There have also been cases, although quite unusual, of purebred Yorkies weighing in excess of 15 pounds ! However, usually for Yorkies that are so large, it’s down to a larger dog breed having been introduced somewhere in their ancestry.

As long as your Yorkie is in good shape and has a reasonable diet along with good exercise you shouldn’t worry too much.

Yorkies’ weight may fluctuate depending on their nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Nevertheless, if your fully grown Yorkie weighs less than 4 pounds (1.81kg) they are considered to be underweight.

Yorkies that weigh less than 4 pounds are known as “teacup Yorkies”. These dogs are at risk of various health problems. More on this later.

How Big Will Your Yorkie Puppy Get?

Many Yorkie puppy owners are curious about how big their puppy will get once they reach adult size.

You can somewhat accurately predict how large your puppy will grow by multiplying their weight at eight weeks by 3. Example: At eight weeks old, if your Yorkie is 2 lbs, then they will most likely be 6 lbs when fully grown.

Below is a chart to assist you in calculating your Yorkie puppy’s potential end weight before adulthood.

If you don’t have your dog’s birth weight, then use another age that corresponds closely to the weight of your puppy. This chart can’t predict exactly but should give you a general estimate as to how large your Yorkie will eventually be.

What Is A Teacup Yorkie’s Average Lifespan?


The Teacup Yorkie is prone to a number of health problems which could affect his lifespan. On average, the standard sized Yorkie lives between 11 and 15 years, which is a relatively long life for a dog.

However, the Teacup Yorkie is prone to a number of health issues his standard sized counterpart may not face, which does have an impact on his lifespan. According to most experts, Teacup Yorkshire Terriers have an average lifespan of only 7 – 9 years.

This is due to a number of reasons, but most likely his shorter lifespan is attributed to his shorter life expectancy. As we’ve now covered, Teacup Yorkies are prone to several serious health issues and are more at risk of passing away earlier due to injury or illness.

How Do You Groom A Teacup Yorkie?


The Yorkshire Terrier’s silky coat can be high maintenance if grown out. One of the things Yorkshire Terriers are most famous for is their gorgeous hair. Long, silky, wavy and soft, Yorkie hair is often compared to human hair for it’s amazing texture.

If left to grow out, Yorkie hair can grow all the way to floor length. However, in that case, the Yorkie will need to be brushed daily and his hair should be put up in a hair tie at his forehead to keep long strands out of his eyes.

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