Your Big Yorkie
The American Kennel Club (AKC) standards state that a full-grown Yorkie should weigh a maximum of 7 pounds and measure 6-9 inches from the floor to the withers.
But many Yorkies will be smaller or larger than these standards, yet they deserve love, care, and attention, too.
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Your Yorkie may be bigger than these weight and height standards for two reasons, namely, genetics and lifestyle habits. You may even have noticed that he was already larger than the rest of his siblings in the litter at birth.
You may also be guilty of giving him more than his share of food and less his share of exercise.
A larger-than-average Yorkie may result from an unintended or incorrect pairing of a dam (female) and a sire (male) that weren’t purebred Yorkies.
Perhaps, a larger breed mated with a purebred Yorkie along the latter’s bloodline resulting in larger puppies. The dam and sire weren’t able to produce standard-sized Yorkies because of their unique genetic composition.
Keep in mind, too, that Yorkie puppies cannot be planned down to the last gene. Every litter will always have bone and body structure differences due to the puppies’ unique genetic composition.
Every parent contributes his or her genetic material to each puppy, and even siblings will have different genetic compositions.
While it is possible to get a general idea of the puppies’ size and appearance by looking at the dam and sire, it’s impossible to be completely accurate.
The genes from ascendants as far back as ten or more generations will reveal themselves in the puppies’ size at birth and adulthood.
It is why some purebred Yorkies will be larger than expected at birth, a rare event admittedly but still possible. According to AKC standards, a Yorkie can be considered purebred if its pedigree stretches back to three generations.
Perhaps, your Yorkie has a larger dog as an ancestor further back than three generations.
Diet And Exercise Habits
While genetics is beyond your control, your Yorkie’s diet and exercise habits are entirely in your control! If he’s larger than average, then you may be at fault here.
You may have been feeding your Yorkie large amounts of food or feeding him more times than recommended. You may also have been giving nutritional supplements when none was needed.
You may even be giving him more treats, which can be considered junk food for dogs, more than what’s called for.
You may also have been remiss in providing your Yorkie with the opportunity to play, a must since Yorkies are energetic dogs. You may live in an apartment complex where he doesn’t have sufficient space to run around, much less play with other dogs.
Just like humans, Yorkies also need a healthy diet and exercise program to keep them in good health. It would help if you discussed ways that your Yorkie can lose his excess weight with his vet.
To summarize, the size of your Yorkie may or may not be your fault! But whether it’s your fault or not, you can take control of his size if it’s due to poor diet and exercise habits. Whatever his size, you should also continue to love and care for him.