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Yorkie Sizes

A Yorkshire Terrier has many qualities to admire. Although they come in different sizes and colors, they are charming dogs with bold personalities. The Yorkie has a playful side as well and can be both naughty and lovable.

What are the different sizes of Yorkies? A Yorkie can be of three different sizes – Toy Yorkie, Mini Yorkie, and Teacup Yorkie. While Toy Yorkies weigh 4-7 pounds and measure 8-9 inches, Mini or Teacup Yorkies weigh under 4 pounds as adults.

You may want to do a little research about this breed before adding one to your home. Take a look at the various sizes and other crucial things about the Yorkshire Terrier.

What Is In A Size?

The Yorkshire Terrier is a recognized purebred dog that belongs to the Toy Group of dogs. However, various sizes, such as Mini or Teacups, are sometimes used to describe them. These two classifications indicate to them being even smaller than the usual toy breed’s modest stature.

More than just size distinguishes Toy, Mini, and Teacup. The Teacup and Mini Yorkies, on the other hand, are nearly identical. There will be disparities in their estimated lifespans as well.

Toy Yorkies

Yorkshire terriers are in the category of small dog breeds. Because all Yorkies are part of the toy breed dog breed, the name toy has no unique connotation. All registered Yorkies are tiny enough to be classified by the AKC as Toy Breed Group dogs.

I want you to know something to avoid experiencing scams. Do not pay more to breeders offering higher prices for Toy Yorkies.

Teacup Yorkies

Teacup is a term employed by unscrupulous breeders to catch the attention of potential customers. The definition of these phrases is highly diverse. The AKC does not recognize a toy or Teacup Yorkie as a recognized size or variant of the breed.

Someone may classify a 5-pound Yorkie as a Teacup dog, even if the dog is legally a standard size Yorkie. However, the breed registry guidelines state that the dog is not a Teacup dog.

Mini Yorkies

In the small dog breeding sector, there is a trend to strive to breed tiny canines. These dogs might be a part of the category of Toy or Teacup dogs.

The concern with breeding tiny dogs is that they may develop health issues that are not present in normal-sized Yorkies. This concern especially goes with puppies who are even smaller than the breed standard allows.

Dogs weighing less than 4-pounds are highly frail. Injuries and fractured bones are usually a result of their small stature and brittle bones.

Toy Yorkie VS. Teacup Yorkie

Size And Weight

Teacup Yorkies are often smaller than their toy counterparts. Teacup Yorkies may weigh between 2-3 and 6-7 pounds. On the other hand, a Toy Yorkie weighs between 6-7 pounds.

In addition, Teacup Yorkies are more likely than Toy Yorkies to suffer from several health problems. Not only that, but Teacup Yorkshire Terriers have a higher rate of birth abnormalities than toy Yorkshire Terriers.


Now, let me talk about appearances. The Teacup Yorkies appear to be a little earlier than the Toy Yorkies. However, they both look adorable, and for a master like you or me, how important is a puppy’s appearance?

Many dog owners are perplexed by the difference in appearance between a Toy Yorkie and a Teacup Yorkie.


When it comes to the disposition of Yorkies, a Teacup Yorkie is popular to be more lively than a Toy Yorkie. The reasoning behind this is likely since Teacup Yorkies are light, and a Toy Yorkie is heavier than Teacup ones. For this reason, Toy Yorkies can be a little more hard to move around.

That is, after all, only educated guesswork! But there’s no science behind it! Some Toy Yorkie, on the other hand, appear to be more lively than the former.

Some dogs may have some behavior or temperament is an issue. If you have one, you can check out some online dog trainers. These websites will provide you with a dedicated dog trainer. Not only that, but they will also offer a forum full of dog owners just like you.

Personality Traits

These Teacup Yorkies are also delicate! If you’re thinking of getting a Teacup Yorkie, make sure you have all the information you need about the toy health check-up. A little carelessness can hurt their health. If you get one, make sure to keep track of its diet and other difficulties.

When it comes to personality, neither of them is alike. Teacup puppies are known to be more lively than toy puppies. They’re mischievous as well, and you may have a difficult time training them.


When it comes to color, they’re almost identical. Yorkies are typically available in a variety of hues, including yellow, chocolate, and black.

Teacup and Toy Yorkies come in many colors, and there is no set color for either. Also, from the time they are born until they reach maturity, Yorkie colors fluctuate and can be completely different. So it’s up to you to choose a Yorkie in your favorite color.

Choosing Which Yorkie Size Is Best For You

Always carry extreme caution when going through the process of purchasing one. There is significance at guiding points that you must study carefully.

First and foremost, locate a reputable breeder and meet the puppy’s parents. If the parents are healthy, joyful, and playful, your Yorkie is likely to be as well. If you have the opportunity to choose your Yorkie, pay attention to the following details:


Yorkies come in a variety of price ranges. The price of the dog depends on the breeder and the parents. If the breeder has a big kennel, the dog might be pricey. Furthermore, if the parents are show dogs, prepare to take more than a thousand from your wallet.

A Teacup Yorkie is usually more expensive than a Toy Yorkie. But this isn’t always the case.

Before you go out and buy one, gather all information about the distinctions. Prioritize getting the most out of your money.


Believe me when I say that a dog’s personality is vital when choosing a puppy. Nobody wants a dog that is constantly bothering them.

Size, weight, and color are probably less essential than his personality. As I previously stated, both Teacup and Toy Yorkies have pleasant personalities. Teacup Yorkies, on the other hand, can be harder to train.


Yorkies are available in three different colors: yellow, chocolate, and black. The Teacup Yorkies and the Toy Yorkies are available in any of the three colors. It can be hard to tell what makes a Teacup different from a Toy puppy from its color alone.

Another crucial point to remember is that these Yorkies can acquire any colors when they are born. Their color can change as they get old. While you may have purchased a puppy of a specific color, the genotype of the puppy may be different. It is still likely to turn out to be something else.

Care And Attention

Teacup and Toy Yorkies both demand plenty of attention. Toy grooming and a well-balanced diet are the two most critical factors.

You must feed your pet with proper food at all costs. Whether it’s a Toy Yorkie or a Teacup Yorkie, they all require nutrition to help them grow and thrive. Allow your puppy to have good skin and enough energy to provide you with the satisfaction of your money’s worth.

Personal Tip When Choosing A Puppy

A puppy will acquire at least a few traits from its parents. It is crucial to meet them before committing to a purchase. You can expect it to be lively if its parents are agile and active.

Although your puppy’s color will change over time, even if you choose one of your favorite colors, you can estimate it to some extent by its parents.

What You Should Know Before Getting A Yorkie

Barking Level

Yorkies have a reputation for being yappy. They can be manageable if you catch them in the act of barking.

Trainability/Tips For Training

Yorkies are bright dogs. They have a reputation for being tough to housebreak. People sometimes overlook accidents because of their modest size, but I do not encourage this.

Your best bet is to be firm with them right from the start. Yorkies are sensitive to severe temperatures and may need to avoid being outside.

I recommend that your paper/pad train them. If you’re having trouble training your Yorkie, there are pros and licensed trainers you can turn to for advice and recommendations.

Aside from basic house training, Yorkies are fantastic at learning tricks, agility, and obedience trials. They enjoy strutting their stuff and having a wonderful time.


Yorkies do not shed much, although this varies from dog to dog and does not imply that they are fully allergy-free.

Grooming Requirements

Do not confuse their reduced shedding tendencies with little upkeep. Yorkies demand a fair lot of grooming and maintenance.

  1. Regular brushing and keeping hairs out of their eyes will benefit the Yorkie and you as well. Add a spritz of conditioner before brushing to avoid damage. Combing their hair dry will cause it to break. I recommend using safe hair-ties, bows, or pup clips.

  2. Bath your Yorkie at least once a week. Trim their nails after each bath to avoid tearing or getting hooked on items. If you’re not sure how to clip your Yorkie’s nails properly, get advice from a groomer or veterinarian.

  3. Yorkies also have a proclivity for developing tartar on their teeth. It can lead to poor dental health and tooth loss as they grow old. I suggest you brush your teeth at least once a day.

  4. Making grooming a rewarding experience for your Yorkie is one of the best things you can do. When you do positive reinforcement, it will make the process as smooth as possible.

  5. Handle their paws regularly to avoid sensitivities over time. While they’re young, treat the toothbrush like a fun toy in their mouth until they grow used to it. Make grooming fun and enjoyable for them by giving them their favorite snacks.

Health Issues

1.    Hypoplasia of Dens

When the pivot point of the second cervical vertebra does not form properly, it is a congenital problem. It causes damage to the spinal cord. The onset of the disease might happen at any age. Symptoms can include everything from neck ache to the dog’s inability to move his legs.

2. Distichiasis

Extra eyelashes grow in an unexpected area on the eyelid is a common issue in dogs, especially in toy breeds. It might cause several eye issues.

The eye issues your dog may have may not be the same as what the other dog has. Eye issues will depend on the number, hardness, and direction of the hair.

3. Legg–Calvé–Perthes Syndrome

The top of the femur bone in the back legs deteriorates, causing pain and inflammation in the hip joint.

4. Luxating Patella

Among dog breeds, Yorkshire Terriers have the second-highest prevalence of patellar luxation. Damage to the patella and the groove in which it runs causes osteoarthritis of the knee. It can cause persistent pain, making it difficult for your Yorkie to walk.

5. Hydrocephalus

A congenital abnormality in small breeds like the Teacup Yorkie is associated with a big fontanel. Some call it a soft spot on top of the skull.

An overabundance of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which surrounds the brain and spinal cord, leaks into the skull. It causes increased pressure inside the skull that presses on the brain’s sensitive structures.

This issue results in permanent, irreversible brain damage and death.

6. Tracheal Collapse

Collapsed tracheas can even affect Teacup Yorkies, which seems far more dangerous than it is. The airflow is restricted, which can lead to chronic coughing and other respiratory issues.

7. Bladder Stones

Several different types of stones can form in the kidney or bladder. Yorkshire Terriers are more likely than other breeds to develop them.

8. Portosystemic Shunt

An aberrant blood artery in the abdomen allows venous blood to travel from the intestines to the liver. It partially bypasses it, impairing the liver’s usual toxins-filtering activities.

9. Retinal Dysplasia

Folds or rosettes (round clusters) of retinal tissue describe this eye illness that affects the retina.



Dogs require between 1/2 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. Choose a higher-end preferable to avoid dehydration.

A 5-pound Yorkshire Terrier, for example, should drink at least 5 ounces of water each day. But that is just an example. The water they need will depend on their activity, health status, and weather.

There are also some things that you need to know when giving water to your Yorkshire Terrier. First, don’t offer your Yorkshire Terrier tap water that did not undergo any filtration.

Hundreds of contaminants are in tap water in the United States and other nations. Use a filtration device like the Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher or offer spring water.

Take this advice seriously. Here are some of the harmful contaminants tap water can carry:

  • Residues of prescription medicines
  • High mineral counts, including iron and lead
  • Host of proven carcinogens


One of the most crucial aspects of Yorkshire Terrier care is providing a nutritious and well-balanced diet. Here are things you should do.

Here are some tips when giving meals to your Yorkie:

  • Avoid the numerous harmful components included in many dog food brands.
  • Avoid those that might cause allergic responses or health problems. Also, avoid low-value ingredients like fillers and by-products.
  • Let your Yorkshire Terrier eat dry kibble. Canned food does not promote healthy teeth and gums and can cause messy stools.

Because of their small stature, most Yorkies thrive on three small meals a day. The amount supplied varies by brand; top-quality brands’ labeling is usually accurate. They also need several little snacks throughout the day.

Snacks And Treats

Each day, give your Yorkie several small dry snacks in between meals. It will keep your Yorkie busy.

Even if a Yorkie isn’t particularly hungry, a little dry biscuit can help prevent vomiting up yellow stomach bile. It is a common problem with toy breeds who go too long without food in their stomach.

Below are some tips when giving your Yorkshire terrier snacks and treats throughout the day:

  • Acquire a new habit or reinforce excellent behavior. Give your Yorkie a moist treat as a reward.
  • Maintain the same high standards for this snack or reward as you do for meals for your Yorkie.

Relationship With Children

Yorkies get along well with other people, but they are not suitable for households with little children. They may suffer injuries by unintended rough handling due to their small size. If they become overly enthused, they can become vocal and snappy.

Personality Traits

Their puppy legs can get them a long way! They enjoy going for walks and getting out in the fresh air, as well as kicking around your house with you.

They adore attention! They respond well to training that with positive reinforcement. They are happiest when they are learning new tricks to add to their repertoire of diversions.

They are courageous and bold, and they are brave! During wartime, Yorkies have pulled the wire through tunnels and fended off assaults!


Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the distinctions between a Teacup Yorkie and a Toy Yorkie. However, Toy and Teacup Yorkies are of the same breed and have many of the same qualities.

If you’re undecided, go with your gut instinct rather than the size or color of the dog. They’re both adorable dogs with lovable personalities!