The Truth About Teacup Yorkies. Everything You Need To Know About Teacup, Mini, Micro And Toy Yorkshire Terriers.

The Truth About Teacup Yorkies. Everything You Need To Know About Teacup, Mini, Micro And Toy Yorkshire Terriers.

Over the last couple of years, we observe a tendency that the smaller representatives of our favorite Yorkshire terriers are on higher demand.

We are not sure if this is becoming kind of a trend or just people are finding the smaller Yorkies much more practical and convenient to share their home with but the increasing demand for smaller Yorkshire terriers is a fact.

Teacup, mini or micro Yorkies – undoubtedly the cutest representatives of our breed.

But what exactly is a teacup Yorkie and what it stands for? Are they pure Yorkshire terriers or a separate breed?

What is it to live with a teacup Yorkie and what we should pay attention to when having one at home?

That is what we are going to talk about in this article and hopefully make you think twice before choosing a teacup Yorkshire terrier.

In the following article, we’ll give you as much information as possible to make you familiar with those tiny creatures.

If you have already taken the decision to bring a teacup Yorkie at home, we strongly suggest buying one of the books below which are a complete guide of rising and living with the smaller representatives of our breed:

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What is a teacup Yorkie?teacup Yorkie in a cup

One of the most frequently asked questions that breeders get nowadays is “Do you have any teacup Yorkshire Terrier puppies for sale?”

The simple truth is that none of them has a “teacup” Yorkie puppy because no such classification exists. Let us clarify.

The official breed standard for the Yorkshire Terrier calls for adult Yorkies to have a weight of no more than 7 (seven) pounds.

To 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, check at the official American Kennel Club page.

Why then, you may ask, do so many breeders advertise their puppies as teacup Yorkies? There are only two reasons:

Fraudulent advertising for teacup Yorkie puppies

Some unscrupulous breeders advertise teacup Yorkie puppies to take advantage of those people who are not very familiar with Yorkies.

By telling someone that they are getting a “teacup” Yorkie, they make the buyer feel that they are getting something – as if one gets much more special than a Yorkie at all.

Beware, many of these people also advertise “toy” and or “standard” Yorkie puppies with adult weights up to 10 or 12 pounds.

As stated above, a standard Yorkshire terrier must weigh no more than 7 pounds.

Ignorance about Teacup Yorkshire terrier puppies

Sadly, there are people out there breeding Yorkshire terrier puppies who simply aren’t knowledgeable enough about them to know that there is no such thing as a “teacup” Yorkie.

One can only imagine their general breed knowledge and the quality of their Yorkie puppies for sale.

We were told of a breeder recently who allegedly has adult Yorkies weighing less than two pounds all the time.

The person writing wanted to know if we know that breeder and if we can recommend someone who can offer puppies of that size.

We must point out that as of 2002, 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.Tong out teacup Yorkie

One must also be cautious regarding the time at which weight is taken. A breeder could happily tell you that a dog weights only 4 pounds.

If that weight is taken at 12 weeks of age, however, that Yorkie puppy will probably weigh about 8 pounds as a fully grown adult.

On average, Yorkshire terriers weigh between 5 and 7 pounds as adults. There are, of course, smaller Yorkie puppies born that will weightless.

Most Yorkshire terriers that you see participating in the show ring tend to be 6 to 7 pounds.

A dog weighing 3 to 4 pounds is considered very small and requires special care. Dogs this small should not be handled by children except under strictly controlled conditions.

Children are clumsy by nature – not intentionally and dogs weighing less than 4 pounds are fragile, with easily broken bones.

Teacup Yorkies from our point of view

After all of the above beings said it is clear that neither the AKC nor the rest of the official organizations recognize a definition such as a “Teacup Yorkie”.Teacup Yorkie in a scale

Although there is no such category in the breed’s standard, the terms “teacup”, “mini”, “micro” or “miniature” Yorkies indicates a size that is much smaller than the one specified in the standard.

Here it is important to note that those terms are most probably given by the media or some unethical breeders who purposely breed Yorkshire terriers weighting below the accepted standard.

For the rest of the article, we will refer to the term “teacup” when we want to mention Yorkshire terriers weighing less than 4 pounds.

We use the word Teacup to explain the potential size of a pup. We could call it a Tiny, Teeny Weeny, Bitszy, Dwarf, Miniature, Diminutive, or some other adjective that would describe a tiny dog, but we like the word Teacup.

Teacup Yorkie puppies care tips

You already know that mini Yorkies weigh less than 4 pounds which is much less than the standard.

Undoubtedly representatives with such weight will need special care and a different approach than the regular ones.

We will try to give you as many tips and helpful information in order to make your life easier and give you an idea of what is involved when getting a new teacup baby at home.

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Taking the teacup Yorkie puppy at home

  1. In the first two weeks, we will ask you to monitor your puppy’s behavior closely and make sure your sweetie is doing what every healthy doggie does: eat food, drink water, play and goes to the bathroom regularly.
  2. The most important thing to remember is that a mini Yorkie puppy is exactly like a human baby until it’s about 4 months old.
  3. It needs to get a lot of rest and quiet time so it can develop and be your best friend for life.Mini Yorkie
  4. When bringing your new puppy home, we recommend not to give it access to the whole house right away, rather, you should designate a room where it is nice and warm, and let your new friend get used to his new home slowly.
  5. In that room, make sure your micro friend has fresh drinking water available all the time and has access to it whenever it feels thirsty.
  6. Offer it a comfortable cozy bed he can climb on and off of easily.
  7. Make sure you always keep an eye on the little friend and don’t leave him alone on sofas, beds, chairs and everything that he can jump from. The bones of teacup Yorkies are very fragile and it is very easy to have an unpleasant accident.
  8. For those of you who never had a dog with a similar size, you will need to acquire the habit of always watching your feet. Teacup Yorkie’s small size is sometimes very difficult to notice and we know quite a few accidents when people step or kick their little toy just because they didn’t see it coming around.
  9. People with no or little experience in breeding must be aware that this process is extremely difficult and dangerous for the teacups. The weight and size of those doggies make it very difficult to endure giving birth. The probability of death of the mother during childbirth is very high if it is not handled by professional and educated people.
  10. Very often the bite of mini Yorkies is wrong or there is incompleteness. Even though the “tongue – out” expression is very cute, it has a lot to do with this.
  11. TRAINING! As I always keep repeating – trained dogs are the happiest dogs. And I know that most people have no idea where to start with the training or what steps to take in order to have success with their puppy. For years now I’ve been training my dogs based on everything I have learned from the amazing course of Adrienne Farricelli. In order to train a puppy, you first need to establish a strong relationship between you two! I strongly recommend everyone who is about to take a new dog at home to take the time and learn about training and behavior. That will make life with your new friend much easier and happier!

Feeding a teacup Yorkie puppy

Puppies at this age should eat every 3-4 hrs. Since they are so small they don’t need to eat much but you must make sure they don’t skip a meal.

If for some reason your baby doesn’t want to eat, it is important that you speak with your vet right away so he can suggest to you what to do.Teacup Yorkie puppy

And no, you don’t need to wake up in the middle of the night to feed your little baby.

Just make sure it ate a bit before you go to bed (you can also give a bit of “Nutri-Cal”) and then feed your puppy first thing in the morning.

If for some reason you want to change your puppy’s diet, it is important to do it during the course of about 10 days when you start with 80 % old food 20% new food and every day add more of the new and less of the old.

Changing the puppy’s diet at once can cause stomach disorders and diarrhea. Not good.

Again, if the puppy doesn’t eat, do not wait, puppies so small can get Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) very easily if they don’t get enough calories or if they are under too much stress.

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Check your teacup Yorkshire terrier on a daily basis to make sure everything is OK

  1. The eyes should be nice and clean, if needed, use a baby wipe to clean gently around the eye.
  2. The nose should be slightly wet and the stool should be nice and solid.
  3. His ears should also be looked at to make sure they are clean.

Bathing a teacup Yorkie baby

If you take the puppy at the age of 4 -8 weeks or so it is recommended not give him a full bath, instead, use a warm, wet towel or baby wipes to clean.

Make sure the puppy is completely dry when you’re done as they are easy to get cold.

An important spot to check is the butt-hole. Make sure it is nice and clean, and if needed wash with warm water and a bit of puppy shampoo. You can read about the best Yorkie shampoo HERE.

Altogether, tea-cup puppies are exactly like any other puppies, all they need is a little bit more time and attention to make sure they get everything they need.

Remember- you are not allowed to take your dog out in public except for the vet until it gets all of its shots.

What kind of health problems do teacup Yorkies have?

Except for the extra cares and attention someone needs to give a teacup Yorkie compared to a standard one the other huge difference between them is the many health problems minis are prone to.

Teacup Yorkies and Hypoglycemia

One of the most common health problems in teacup Yorkshire terriers is hypoglycemia or low blood sugar especially during the first 8 to 16 weeks after birth.

This may be due to the lack of the necessary muscle mass to store glucose and regulate blood sugar levels.teacup yorkie health problems

Hypoglycemia can cause weakness, seizures, lethargy and even death on the fragile micro Yorkies.

There are many things we can do to prevent that, but we must take action fast. So be sure to have the numbers of your vet handy in case you need to call.

For first-aid – use a clean towel to wrap around the puppy and make sure he is warm. Rub a bit of honey, corn syrup or some Nutri-Cal on the gums to get some glucose in his blood. 

Try to get the puppy to eat ASAP. If the attack is very strong take him immediately to see a vet.

Other Common Teacup Yorkie Health Issues

  • Collapsed trachea – characterized by a gradual weakening of the tracheal wall
  • Genetic defects that are characterized by malformations
  • Open fontanels (soft spot) on the top of the head
  • Legg – Perthes disease – a hip disorder caused by impaired blood flow to the head of the femur
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Problems with anesthesia
  •  Chronic diarrhea and vomiting
  • Congenital defects resulting in small kidneys and portosystemic shunt
  • Heart diseases are usually the main reason for teacup Yorkie’s shorter lifespan. Due to the fact that mini Yorkies get stressed and emotional very easily the risk of heart diseases increases.
  • Sudden drops of blood sugar levels – this is extremely dangerous and could even be fatal.
  • Occasional seizures – usually doggies feel some kind of discomfort before it at they could try to hide somewhere staying quiet or whimper to notify you
  • A breakable bone structure which leads to patella luxation and other unpredicted injuries. Teacup Yorkies must be handled with extra care and never be left alone on higher surfaces.
  • Hydrocephalus – could be inborn or acquired. It causes inordinate accumulation of fluid inside the brain
  • Physiological problems which studies show are directly connected to teacup’s small size. Imagine how being so small doggies perceive the surrounding “enormous” world and noise around them.
  • Skin problems (sores)

Teacup Yorkshire Terrier Lifespan

Many people and breeders believe that mini Yorkies live less, get sick more often and generally need more care.

And according to the statistics, this is true but it doesn’t mean that there are no exceptions or that there are no mini Yorkies that have a healthy life with a longer Yorkie

The fact is that someone cannot determine for sure how long this or that puppy will live.

There are many factors that need to be taken into account in order to guess an approximate lifespan of a given puppy.

Some of them are parents of the pup (and their genes), how the puppy grew and did it have the proper cares, its ex-terrier data and so on.

To be honest, nobody knows how Mother Nature will treat the little sweetie in its life journey but you must be really careful and selective if you want to minimize the chance of getting an unhealthy pup.

The best way to do that is getting very well familiar with all the factors that we’ve mentioned above.

Generally, the lifespan statistics look like this:

  • The life expectancy of teacup Yorkies is about 7 to 9 years
  • Standard Yorkies are expected to live up to 12 years or moreCute mini Yorkie

Again, we must mention that those are general statistics and they indicate the duration of Yorkie’s life assuming a natural death.

Doggies with genetic mismatches, inborn injuries or those who are a victim of certain accidents are unfortunately not included in the numbers above.

After all, the final choice is yours. We advise you to choose a puppy which is at least the age of 6 months.

This is probably the optimal age to get a teacup Yorkie pup at home. By that time, it will be easier to identify how is it growing and if there are any visible health problems already.

Furthermore, at the age of 1 year, the sweetie is expected to almost have its mature weight which will slightly change over the next year.

Teacup Yorkie Price

After all, being said it would be logical to say that the prices of teacup Yorkies are much cheaper than the price of standard Yorkshire terriers.

Surprisingly, the market is following its own trend and logic and if we have to say it in short, the smaller the Yorkie is, the higher the price is.

For sure there is one logical point of view and that is the high demand. And following the standard market trends – the higher the demand, the higher the price goes.

It is difficult to give an exact price or even an average because there are too many factors affecting it but you can see advertisements from $1 200 to $2 000 and above.Teacup Yorkie price

For sure there are two main factors that mostly affect the price. The first one is the reputation of the breeder and the second more important is the papers of the little doll.

As you may guess, if a breeder is able to provide proper papers together with a health history of the pup then he may really ask for a high price.

When setting up a budget for a teacup Yorkie, do not forget to include all the veterinary bills that will be followed by the initial purchase.

After the long list, we have written above you should keep in mind that those are all possible health issues you have to be prepared for.

Getting back to the documents and health history of the pup you are buying, it is surely worth spending some more bucks in order to buy a pup with proper papers.

That will save you a lot more in the long run, believe us.

Final words

There is a huge demand for teacup Yorkshire terrier puppies, and there are certainly many “breeders” who satisfy it.

However, the serious health consequences and the short lifespan accompanied by the high prices of the mini Yorkies raised questions about the ethical aspect of breeding these dogs.

However, it is true that sometimes two healthy standard Yorkies can have a puppy that will be a teacup, due to premature birth or genetics.teacup and regular Yorkies

Nevertheless, the conscious breeding of such puppies, and selling them as a separate breed, at a higher price, can be considered ethically incorrect.

When choosing a puppy for your home, it is important not only to look at the appearance of the dog but also take into account the general state of health.

That way you will not only save a lot of money in veterinary bills but also some really sad emotions and feelings watching your best friend suffering.

In fact, responsible breeders do not breed Yorkshire terriers, which weigh less than 4.4 pounds (2 kg.).

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  • Emily Posted April 12, 2018 12:43 am

    the yorkie is soooooooo cute

  • Estelle Posted April 19, 2018 10:06 pm

    I have a 3 year old 2 pound Yorker. She was the runt of a litter. She was a gift from a friend when she was 6 months old I almost lost her. Ending up costing 2 thousand at the animal hospital had to put her on special kidney food but she’s been going strong She’s a hand full. Ha ha

  • Nobi Posted May 4, 2018 5:12 am

    I found it interesting that the beginning of the article stated that there is no such breed as a teacup Yorkie, but used that name throughout the entire article.

    • YorkieLife Posted May 4, 2018 5:29 am

      Hello Nobi,

      Probably you have missed the following sentences:

      “Although there is no such category in the breed’s standard, the terms “teacup”, “mini”, “micro” or “miniature” Yorkies indicates a size that is much smaller than the one specified in the standard.”

      “For the rest of the article, we will refer to the term “teacup” when we want to mention Yorkshire terriers weighting less than 4 pounds.”


      “We use the word Teacup to explain the potential size of a pup. We could call it a Tiny, Teeny Weeny, Bitszy, Dwarf, Miniature, Diminutive, or some other adjective that would describe a tiny dog, but we like the word Teacup.”

      Regards 🙂

    • Miriam Posted October 25, 2019 10:20 am

      Read it again, it also stated it would use the name tea cup to purposely distinguish the same dog but different weights.

  • L Hagen Posted May 13, 2018 4:51 am

    Sassy is 14 years old and she has never weighed over 3 lbs. She lost her teeth at about 10 and eye sight is going now…. But still adorable in her old age…. Just likes to sleep and eat….

  • Kristian Brandreth Posted June 6, 2018 11:07 pm

    Yorkies are adorable and if you ever have a chance to be around, it’s a wonderful experience.

  • Cheryl Posted June 16, 2018 11:10 pm

    Our Yorkie, Sophie, weighs 3.5lbs. She’s 8 years old and full of energy. She has had teeth pulled in recent years but is otherwise healthy, knock on wood.

    • Janelle Posted June 22, 2018 3:29 am

      How much did you pay for your Yorkie that’s only 3 and 4 lbs?? I have been looking into purchasing one & they want 3k-4K is that a normal price

      • Tim Posted January 17, 2020 12:36 am

        Yes. That’s cheap. We paid 5000 for ours and he died 4 months later

        • Michele Posted March 5, 2020 2:41 am

          I have a teacup Yorkie. He is 16 months old now, but has a portosystemic shunt (meaning everything he eats is toxic as it bypasses his liver to filter and goes straight to his blood stream and as a result through his brain causing extreme neurological behavior. Walking backwards, falling over, glazed eyes). We are at the point of deciding to watch him suffer or send him over the Rainbow Bridge. Destroying us. His neurological events are increasing. When do you make that call? I’ve done it for ten of my dogs, but they were seniors and very ill. I am just having a real struggle with my baby boy.

      • Carol Elliott Posted February 7, 2022 10:36 pm

        Thank you for this article. It seems people are still falling for the “unique,” although a huge disservice to a new litter, their potential owners and for those who have worked for decades and more to preserve the breed standard of a Yorkie. A dog that can be registered with the AKC. If people would just educate themselves about “these breeders,” the world be better. I just met our newest family addition. She’s a “teacup.” She was just a couple hundred dollars less than my Spinone Italiano who is showing, will be a CH by 9 months. We picked him up at 8 weeks, puppies are decided upon for the family, not other way around. He was housebroken and sleeps about 24 hrs. straight at night — from a litter of 11. Has a purpose in the role of this world. His mother is a Russian import to improve the breeding pool; both parents are grand champions. I have 24 hr. help with either breeder and for any reason, excuse, I can return my boy to the breeder and he stays in my registered name. They are a very old European breed. We trained GSD for the blind and for yrs. now I see online breeders who will get you a dog in 24 hrs.; the network of these people is astonishing. No OFA on parent’s hips, no cardiac tests, thyroid or anything done on the parents and the prices are ridiculous. And, I love that breed. We were in bloodhounds for 20 yrs. and I’m not opposed to backyard breeding when people study and learn what they are doing — especially because they are potentially bringing a huge litter of pups into this world. But, this cross-breeding of purebreds — even though producing darling, beautiful dogs is a disservice. Purebred dogs have caused the human race to survive and we should respect that little fact. And to take an already darling, little Yorkie and make them smaller — increasing health problems and selling them for prices of pups whose parents went to Westminster; stupidity. Out of all the gorgeous AKC dogs, there’s not one breed that tickles your fancy, you have to go for something “different?”

  • Lacy Posted July 15, 2018 7:31 am

    We’ve own many dogs but our tiny yorkie was my personal favorite, he stole my heart. Everything in this article is true, and then some! My little guy was 2 lbs. 12 oz. when we adopted him at 15 months old. His eventual adult weight was 3.5 lbs. These are fragile little creatures and must be treated as such. They are extremely sensitive to nearly everything, temperature, surroundings, emotional distress, diet, etc. This article mentions how to go about switching foods. The same holds true for the tiny Yorkie’s drinking water. Something as simple as letting them drink unfamiliar water can make them very sick. Caring for one of these dogs is like have a new born baby, for the entire life of the dog! Our sweet little boy lived just 3 weeks shy of his 10th birthday. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was having to decide to put him down. He developed collapsing trachea at age 5. He began to suffered as he aged, we couldn’t let him. Unfortunately, we’re uncertain what caused his trachea to collapse, but it’s a dreadful thing to watch. Please, please, anyone with a small breed dog…don’t use a collar! Get a soft harness and don’t let your dog tug. The coughing and choking that creates can lead to a collapsed trachea! Also, be careful when playing with your tiny dog that you’re not too rough around it’s throat and neck area. Just some friendly advice from a dog lover who’s heart broke watching her baby stuggle to breath.

    • Paula Posted July 30, 2018 3:46 am

      thank you very much for your tips…
      I just adopt a teacup Yorkshire: Pablo.
      Hes adorable! only 3 lbs (1 year old).
      he’s our baby!!!

    • Cynthia Posted December 21, 2018 1:53 pm

      Thank you for the feedback I really wish I can talk to you I’m through something with my little girl she’s 10yrs old 4lbs I have taken her to the doctor vet hospital and her blood work came out good but she’s not in my eyes and I am very sorry for your loss but I’m not sure if I’m really to loss my little girl

  • kate Posted July 28, 2018 3:56 am

    how can you tell the difference between the two sizes of yorkies?

    • James Huffmon Posted November 7, 2018 2:06 am

      The teacup will seldomly be larger than a size 11 tennis shoe whereas a standard could be around 20in long n 10 in tall. My teacup is about 11in long now and about 6 in tall at 3 yrs.

  • BJ Posted July 30, 2018 8:51 pm

    My little Oliver never weighed more than three pounds and he was a sweet, faithful companion for thirteen years. He was an absolute bundle of energy until his last year when he seemed to decide he was a senior dog. Being the only tiny dog in my children’s families, he was not afraid to confront his big canine cousins, and they in turn held him in high esteem, backing away when he presented his Napoleon stance. Because he tended to follow me around the house I attached a small bell to his collar so I could hear him when he was close. The only serious issue was occasional seizures apparently caused by stressful situations such as lightening, thunder, fireworks. Tiny Yorkies are awesome little friends and the best lap buddies in the world!

  • Micala Posted August 14, 2018 5:00 pm

    My little guys name is Theodore, he’s almost 3 yrs old and weighs almost 4 lbs. He is my precious little boy and I can’t imagine life without him but I will stress like many others that these dogs do require extra care and attention. They are very high maintenance unlike some people tend to believe. I almost lost Theodore to his 2nd round of vaccinations, he was in the hospital for almost a week. Because of this I do not vaccinate, only rabies. Therefore I cannot socialize him with any other dogs except our golden retriever. And yes they are pals and my perfect golden retriever has been so careful around him. However I would not recommend tiny dogs being around big dogs especially as puppies. They will probably want to play like my 2 did and the chance of your tiny yorkie getting hurt is high. My golden is a highly trained service dog who goes to work daily. He instinctively knew how to act around our little Theodore but I was always right there with them as they interacted for at least the first 6mo.
    Little Yorkers and the breed in general can be difficult to potty train so you will need to have the patience for that. I just had Theorde fixed, I was afraid of the anesthesia and the whole process in general because of his Pryor health history. But because he was peeing all over the house I thought him not being fixed had something to do with it. It was like he was marking his territory. He is very alpha and has no clue he is only 4lbs. He can sometimes get aggressive while playing because he gets so worked up. But anyways I talked to our vet and she agreed the peeing all over would probably slow down after neuter. Theodore was in prime health so I decided to go with surgery and he handled it like a champ and no more peeing in the House!
    Yorkies are extremely high energy and like to bark as well so you need to be prepared for that. Theodore will bring a toy to me and excessively bark until I play with him and this is pretty much all day every day. He is relentless as we say.
    Most of them will eat almost anything especially as puppies so unless you are on top of that more then likely they will get into things that will upset their very tiny stomachs.
    I also do not use a collar on Theodore and when I use a leash I use a harness with it. Their tracheas are already fragile and using a collar especially with leash could wear on the trachea potentially collapsing it. But even before collapse it will begin to cause problems like breathing.
    The trend and demand for “teacup yorkies “ is high right now and unfortunately I don’t think most people have a clear understanding of the responsibility of caring for these tiny creatures. Please be prepared for all these things I mentioned and much much more. If you do more research you will see what I said mentioned over and over again. I can also say though that I have never had a pet that brings as much joy, love, and precious moments as my Theodore, he is always at my feet wherever I go,I can’t get enough of my baby Theodore!

  • Suzanne Posted September 6, 2018 1:29 pm

    Just lost my Yorkie, BIJOUX of a kilo .5 after 18 years of having her fill my home with love. She was barely ever ill her entire life and remarkly strong willed in the end. I owned both parents, no longer alive, and was there at her birth. In her last moments it was so apparent that her brain and strong will fought desperately hard to stay alive to not leave this world and remain by my side and help me manage my shock and fear of losing her at that moment but her tiny weak body was not strong enough to pull through! God bless her little soul. She just stopped breathing after a few short seizures yesterday morning and passed away. What a loss and it is clearly devasting to feel that loss. It’s amazing how animals can affect your life every day in a positive way if you observe their constant and kind ways and attitude, protectiveness, faithfulness towards you if you treat them with respect and unconditional love that they clearly deserve. They were certainly created for that specific purpose. I will miss her terribly but am thankful to have had her be part of my life and a faithful friend for so long. I feel her loss in such a big way.

    • cheryle faye urlacher Posted February 3, 2019 9:03 pm

      Hi,Ihave a female 3 yrs. old got from a friend.Just wondering if you ever fed human snacks or food to yours? thanks,

    • Cynthia Posted April 18, 2019 6:30 am

      I am so sorry for your loss, by now you have had some time to heal. I lost my beautiful baby girl this past Sunday, she developed a mass on her neck and fast forward a month aggressive cancer took her life, she passed in her sleep next to me. I am extremely heartbroken & feel cheated because she only was with me for 10 years, I’ve had her since she was 6 weeks old. I saved her from a puppy mill.. I miss her more everyday she was my soulmate. My baby will live in my heart forever. If & when I am ready I will want to adopt another yorkie because their the best babies, extremely loyal, lovable & full of life. The very best.

  • Carla Posted January 2, 2019 5:27 pm

    My small Yorkie Joey was 14.5 years old when he passed away. He weighed 4lbs. He was just like one of the family and is very missed.

  • Julia Posted January 3, 2019 1:46 pm

    Thanks a lot for an article. It explains a lot in my experience with a little baby. She left me three weeks ago in the age of 15,5 years. I do not know exactly the lbs system. She was 1.45 kilo, when I adopted her in age of 5,5 years old. And she passed away less than 1 kilo finally. She got several times anesthesia during our ten years: castration (8,5 years old), two times surgery on knee joint (10 years old), two times teeth cleaning, two times teeth pulling out (12 and 15 years old). And she had absolutely strong heart and good digestion system even by last anesthesia. I do not know, if I made mistake or not, God knows. But the doctors said, that due to inflaming remaining three teeth we have a choice to put her permanently on antibiotics or try pulling out the teeth. I decided to take a risk and agreed with anesthesia. The surgery run well and I thought, that the worst was behind us. But the drugs made a very bad effect on her brain. She started to loose sight very rapidly, could not recognize smells well and did not hear clearly. Since she could not orient herself, she significantly reduced movement, that led to mussels atrophy. Finally digestion broken up and I had to put her down. She lived for another three months after the narcosis, and the last one was hard for her. I write this only to warn other owners of this tiny babies – be careful with anesthesia – think twice or better more, it can cost your baby a life.

  • Len Drake Posted January 4, 2019 1:28 am

    How can you tell if a puppy is going to be a tea cup or a standard Yorkie, especially if you don’t know its parents?

    • YorkieLife Posted January 4, 2019 7:44 am

      Hello Len Dake,
      I am not sure anyone can really tell the adult size of a puppy. Even if you know its parents, it’s almost impossible to guess.

      • Patricia Posted February 2, 2019 3:36 am

        I have 3micro teacup. Under 2 pounds Very loving babies. Oldest one died at 14/years old I would like to buy another Where can I find a real honest breeder?… call me if you can help. 540 239 8476

  • AI Posted January 24, 2019 4:17 pm

    My ex brought a micro Yorkie home one day some years before we split. She is 3.5 lbs full grown. As is my pet peeve with many pet “owners” the little one became unwanted by my ex after we split (mostly due to her sister) and the reason for my initial hesitance toward the pup came to pass…I ended up with her, but even the day she was brought home I pondered and accepted that possibility, quietly of course. I have one unshakable rule when it comes to pets…THEY ARE NOT ARBITRARY. They are not to be trial run then you decide after if you’ll keep them. Weigh the decision with only ONE question in mind. How well will I/we be able to care for, love and live with this animal until it takes it’s very last breath after a good, long life…to the VERY END??? Loosy has been with me now about 6 years. There have been midnight trips to the pet hospital ($$$$$) in home grooming, special foods, house is always too hot, piles of tiny woolen sweaters here and there…and me a 51 year old blue collar guy. I wouldn’t trade her for anything, but you can’t be a so so, or average pet owner and have one of these. It takes a bit more then that. Kind of like having a 6 week old kitten to care for that stays that size and that fragile forever.

  • Trish Rensberry Posted January 25, 2019 3:13 am

    I have a three year old yorkie who weighs 1pound, 14 ounces. I also have her mama, who weighs 6-7 pounds and Daddy weighs 3 pounds. At birth she was 3ounces. Her litter mates all weighed in at 9-10 ounces. I hand fed her as she was so tiny she could not fit her mouth onto her mama to feed. Zevah was the first born, and due to her size and some oddities the vet and I felt she was premature, and because of this
    we were concerned about her size and if she would thrive and grow.
    Everyone oohs and ahhs when they see her, and ask if I plan to breed her. There is no way I would breed this tiny miracle, the chance of losing her is to high, and I do not want to bring anymore tea cup sized pups that WILL have many health issues. People adpot them thinking, “how cute” it takes more than love to keep these ones alive.
    She already suffers with a bad patella and has issues with her trachea, she is also losing her teeth. I just love this little girl, but wonder if I should have let nature take her because even at the age of 3, I see a lot of health issues ahead for us. The little pups are adorable, but everyone needs to think of the health of these miniture fur babies.

  • Mark Posted April 7, 2019 5:23 pm

    Demand for small Yorkies is not going away, so why don’t professional breeders actively work toward breeding healthy small Yorkies?

    The financial incentives are there.

    Most of all, it is in the animal’s best interest to be properly bred for health and lifespan, not just size.

    I know this would takes generations and a large population to draw from. Perhaps even some cross breeding to bring in new genes from other small breeds. (It takes a diversity of genes to draw from to create a quality new breed.) But there is no reason that it can’t be done except time and effort and coordination between breeders.

  • Alice Posted January 23, 2020 9:38 pm

    My Honey Bee was 21 years old when she died of natural causes. She was a 4 lb Yorkie and and was healthy all her life. Eventho’ she was tiny we always took her outside for her daily walks. She looked so forward to them. We cooked her fresh chicken and a teaspoon of rice for dinner and she had her kibbles throughout the day if she was hungry. Occasionally we gave her Nutracal supplement as her Vet recommended. Losing her was so devastating we got a toy male and female. They produced two litters of pups totaling 11. We kept 2 girls. We are down to one of the daughters who is 15 and the father who is 17. He is getting old and feeble. Before anything happens to him we have an order in for a teacup who will be ready for adoption the end of Feb… We are owners who are fully aware of the cost it takes to own a teacup Yorkie. Please don’t adopt a Yorkie unless you are prepared to spend whatever it takes to keep him/her healthy. Your puppy deserves the best because she/he will give you the best. Yorkie Owners for over 30 years.


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