DO TEACUP YORKIES REALLY EXIST?
“Do you have Teacup Yorkies?” is the number one question I am asked
by prospective puppy parents.
The answer to that is: There is no such thing as a Teacup Yorkie!
That’s because according to the breed standard a Yorkshire Terrier
weighs under 7 pounds and there is no distinction for dogs of a
smaller size so, no matter how small it is, a Yorkie is still just a
Yorkie and you will never see the breed listed as “Teacup Yorkshire
Terrier“ on a dog’s registration papers. As a matter of fact, the
Yorkshire Terrier Club of America’s Code of Ethics prohibits using
words like “teacup”, “micro”, “mini” and “pocket” because they feel
that these words are nothing more than a marketing ploy used by some
breeders to justify charging outrageous prices for their puppies - I
have personally seen the word “micro” used to describe puppies
listed for sale for as much as $10,000!!!
That said, I do acknowledge that most clients have a preference for
a Yorkie of a particular size and for that reason along with the
pictures of my puppies I post the weight and age of each puppy as
well as the estimated adult weight according to the standard growth
chart (below). I do this rather than labeling my puppies as toy,
teacup, micro, mini or pocket because I have found that these terms
mean different things to different people and I prefer to avoid the
confusion these labels can cause.
by Alexis Trice -
HOW BIG WILL MY PUPPY BE?
There is no fool-proof method to determining the adult weight of a
Yorkie. Your puppy's adult weight will depend on a number of things
like the size of the parents and grandparents, nutrition and how
fast or slow he/she matures.
Let’s Talk Yorkie strives for health first and foremost and
typically our puppies will grow to an adult weight of between 4 and
6 pounds with most being on the lower end of that range. Ours are
still very small dogs but at that size they will not be as fragile
as smaller Yorkies and they retain the beautiful characteristics
that made us fall in love with the breed in the first place. Like
all breeders of toy dogs, occasionally we will have a litter of
smaller puppies or a litter with a smaller puppy in it and when that
happens we take special care in choosing safe forever homes for
To ESTIMATE how big a puppy will be in adulthood the general
guideline is to double its weight at 12 weeks of age OR use this
To Use The Chart
Convert your puppy’s weight to OUNCES (16 ounces = 1 pound)
Find the puppy’s current age in the left column
Follow along that row until you get to the current weight (in
Follow that column to the bottom of the chart to find the estimated
This information is provided as a guideline only since it is
impossible to predict a puppy’s exact adult weight with 100%
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PARTI AND OTHER RARE COLORED YORKIES
In your quest to find the perfect Yorkie puppy for your family you
have probably come across breeders who claim to have rare colored
Yorkies like Red Yorkies, Chocolate Yorkies, Blue Yorkies, Parti
Colored Yorkies or Gold Yorkies. PLEASE do not be fooled by this!
Breeding for and advertising these colors seems to be a way some
breeders try to make you think they have something special and
convince you to spend a lot of money on one of their puppies. The
sad truth is that these so called rare Yorkie colors are a genetic
mutation which, along with producing unusual coat color, is also
suspected to produce a variety of health issues from severe skin
problems, hair loss and immune system issues, to long term illness
and even death in the most extreme cases. Because of this, Lets Talk
Yorkie has made the decision to breed only standard color Yorkies.
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YORKIES ARE ONE OF THE BEST DOGS FOR ALLERGIES
Believe it or not, there really is a select group of dog that hold
the title "Best Dogs for Allergies." Yorkshire Terriers are
classified as “hypo-allergic” because they have hair instead of fur,
do not shed, and have less dander than most dogs but no dog is
non-allergenic - not even a hairless breed - because a person could
be allergic to the saliva or urine of a dog as well as the dander
And even though Yorkies are on that list, I cringe every time
someone asks: ”I have allergies – will I be allergic to a Yorkie?”,
because there is no way to be sure. Just as every person is
different, every dog is different too and even dogs of the same
breed can affect an allergic person in varying degrees. It is also
possible for a person’s allergic response to a puppy to worsen as
the dog reaches adulthood. So the best answer I can give someone who
is planning to bring a Yorkie into their home but has had allergic
reactions to other dogs is: “You can’t know for sure until you spend
time with a Yorkie“. Ideally, you should spend a full day or better
yet, overnight with a Yorkie. Some people can tell within minutes if
they are allergic and if you are sure that you will know right away,
then perhaps a visit to a breeder who has Yorkies but no other
animals in their home would be a good idea.
If you find you are allergic to your Yorkie but can’t bear the
thought of giving up the family pet it may be possible to improve
the situation (notice I didn’t say cure because there really is no
cure) by doing the following:
1. Although a Yorkie’s long flowing coat is a thing of beauty,
people with allergies should keep their pet’s coat clipped as short
as possible. This is not because less hair means less dander, but
because it is easier to keep the dog very clean, and a clean dog
will be less bothersome to the allergic person. I have a
relationship with a groomer here on Long Island and would be happy
help you make arrangements to manage your dogs grooming at a
2. Bathe your Yorkie often with a high quality dog shampoo with
moisturizing ingredients. Most importantly, use a cream rinse
(conditioner) diluted and left in the coat (do NOT rinse out) at the
end of the bath to help hold the dander down. Someone other than the
allergic person should do the bathing.
TIP: If the allergic person also has other allergies be sure not to
choose a scented shampoo and conditioner that will further aggravate
You can also try one the following products which area available
online and through pet catalogs: Allerpet-D, Nature’s Miracle
Allergy Relief Dander Remover/Body Deodorizer; Outright Simple
Solution Allergy Relief (Dog); Allersearch Pet Shampoo; and MiteNix
Herbal Pet Care Natural Pet Shampoo.
3. Brush your Yorkie often to remove dust and other allergens from
its coat. Ideally this should be done outdoors.
4. Keep the Yorkie out of the allergic person’s bedroom.
5. If possible, carpeting should be removed from the area where the
dog spends most of its time. Carpet holds in dander, as well as
6. Frequent vacuuming of bare floors and rugs with a vacuum cleaner
that has a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Air) filter and dusting of
surfaces is a must.
7. Your Yorkie’s bedding should be washable and should be laundered
every time the dog has a bath.
8. An electronic air cleaner/purifier with a HEPA filter may offer
9. As a last resort, consider seeing an allergist, who can give you
a course of desensitizing shots. This can be costly and does not
work for everyone; it also can take months or even years to complete
In the end, I find myself praying that these measures will prevent a
dog from having to be removed from the home because that can be
heartbreaking for the family as well as the puppy especially if
there are children involved. I therefore strongly recommend that you
try to make the determination of whether you can live with a Yorkie
or not BEFORE bringing one home.
Unfortunately, it has been my experience that a number of people
just cannot live with a dog of any breed, in spite of how much they
would like to or how closely they follow all of this advice. Of
those people I ask the following: If you must give up your Yorkie
please contact me. Your dog deserves to have new home where he or
she will be loved as much as they were with you and I would be happy
to help you find that home.
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YORKSHIRE TERRIER BREED STANDARD
That of a long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted
on the face and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail
and hangs evenly and quite straight down each side of body. The body
is neat, compact and well proportioned. The dog's high head carriage
and confident manner should give the appearance of vigor and
Small and rather flat on top, the skull not too prominent or round,
the muzzle not too long, with the bite neither undershot nor
overshot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is
acceptable. The nose is black. Eyes are medium in size and not too
prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intelligent
expression. Eye rims are dark. Ears are small, V-shaped, carried
erect and set not too far apart.
Well proportioned and very compact. The back is rather short, the
back line level, with height at shoulder the same as at the rump.
Legs and Feet
Forelegs should be straight, elbows neither in nor out. Hind legs
straight when viewed from behind, but stifles are moderately bent
when viewed from the sides. Feet are round with black toenails.
Dewclaws, if any, are generally removed from the hind legs. Dewclaws
on the forelegs may be removed.
Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level
of the back.
Quality, texture and quantity of coat are of prime importance. Hair
is glossy, fine and silky in texture. Coat on the body is moderately
long and perfectly straight (not wavy). It may be trimmed to floor
length to give ease of movement and a neater appearance, if desired.
The fall on the head is long, tied with one bow in center of head or
parted in the middle and tied with two bows. Hair on muzzle is very
long. Hair should be trimmed short on tips of ears and may be
trimmed on feet to give them a neat appearance.
Puppies are born black and tan and are normally darker in body
color, showing an intermingling of black hair in the tan until they
are matured. Color of hair on body and richness of tan on head and
legs are of prime importance in adult dogs, to which the following
color requirements apply: Blue: Is a dark steel-blue, not a
silver-blue and not mingled with fawn, bronzy or black hairs. Tan:
All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to
still lighter tan at the tips. There should be no sooty or black
hair intermingled with any of the tan.
Color on Body
The blue extends over the body from back of neck to root of tail.
Hair on tail is a darker blue, especially at end of tail.
A rich golden tan, deeper in color at sides of head, at ear roots
and on the muzzle, with ears a deep rich tan. Tan color should not
extend down on back of neck.
Chest and Legs
A bright, rich tan, not extending above the elbow on the forelegs
nor above the stifle on the hind legs.
Must not exceed seven pounds.
Any solid color or combination of colors other than blue and tan as
described above. Any white markings other than a small white spot on
the forechest that does not exceed 1 inch at its longest dimension.
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