How Big will Teacup Yorkies Grow?

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.


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