Two Yorkies own me...The Boss weighes 6 pounds, and The Protector weighes 11 pounds...Both are full bred yorkies..Unless you plan to enter dog shows, who cares about weight. Your main concern should be..Happiness and Security..Where would you be without your yorkie!
3-7 pounds is akc standards I agree but they have been breed down for size for years it will be safer to breed 10 pound yorkie than a 3 pound I am not saying breed for the heck of it but if the VET says it is safe then it the owners choice to breed.
Oversized yorkies are quite common and many breeders have htem. They often have a hard time selling htem ebcuase so many people want the super tiny ones. Just call around, find someone that breed snormal sized yorkies 4-6 pounds and see what they have, they many have a large one. Often you don't know until they are around 6 months old and keep growing larger.
I have seen larger and the parents were DNA's as yorkies. Don't fret, it happens. If you have no plans to show it, just love it to pieces anyway! One scam that I hear of often and it sickens me as I raise and work with the silky terrier is there are breeders that are using female silkies and male yorkies and a registry that allows off the street registrations with no proof of DNA and sells them as yorkies. I am not saying that is the issue at all, but just to make people aware. One thing that I think is truly hurting the breed is that many potential buyers want a 2-3 # grown puppy and breeders are breeding to the popularity standard rather than the breed standard, probably making you feel like yours is even bigger. Only a very experienced breeder should do this and many are not experienced. One thing to consider when you are looking for a yorkie is that sometimes a price of another breed, such as the silky is more appealing. If you are not looking for anything other than a yorkie, dont buy a substitute breed. I've had people ask if I have 4# silkies because they are less than the yorkies and they want a small dog. I nicely reply that we work within the breed standards and our goal isn't to substitute our breed for another as there are differences. If they have their heart set on one breed and substitute another, most will never be happy and their is a good chance we will have to find that puppy or young adult another home.
I purchased a "yorkie" puppy at the end of November. The puppy was 1.7 pounds and touted to be a small breed as the parents were 4 and 5 pounds so that he should not grow to more than 5 pounds. A good size - not too small though. Well......my puppy is 8 pounds today (3/18/05).
My friend who also has a yorkie told me I should contact the people I purchased from since I paid a "premium" for the size and the other two yorkies she had were less expensive. I paid $1,800.00 for my pup.
While I love him to death - he sleeps with me, rides on my shoulder in the car, rests his head on mine while I lay on the sofa reading. I LOVE this puppy!
I am a little disappointed that he is larger than they told me he would be - making me think he's actually a silky - now that I notice his snout is a little longer than my friend's yorkie.
Does anyone know if I should and would get any result from contacting the seller who represented a breeder in the state of MO. I am in California.
I've seen alot of these "teacup" websites and their contracts and usually in the contract it says no guarentee on adult ful grown size. So you should read your contract and see if it states anything about size.
I have a 12 pound full bred yorkie. I have his AKC papers. Also, I got him fixed so there's definitely no breeding for him. One things for sure. I love his size..he can defend himself better than a smaller yorkie (ex. attacking hawks or mid size dogs). Besides, it's not the size of his body that I fell in love with. It's the size of his heart.
Oversize can happen. Hopefully the breeders is revisiting the concept of that particular breeding and changing game plans now. Good for you for having him nuetered! As a pet it doesnt change how they can love!
Yorkie standard in under 7 pounds period! There is no minimum and therefore no differentiation between standard and "tiny/micro/pocket/teacup" or any other silly buzz words. With all the amatuer breeders and puppymillers out there who have no idea what the are doing, there are going to be yorkies of all shapes sizes and colors. No good breeder would ever base their prices on the est. size of the pups. They price on quality and the blood, sweat and tears they invested in the litter. I myself have a nine pound Maltese (the Maltese standard is under 7lbs as well). Many toy dog owners have started refering to the bigger dogs as "teapots" as a way to poke fun at those who believe in the "teacup" hoopla.
Glad to see another person out there with a major pet peeve with the teacup, toy, pocket, whatever they can think up to bilk more money phenomenon. It is making it way too easy to rip people off. There are a few breeders I've seen that offer size guarantees, but those dogs are MEGA money, and the dog can't be the slightest bit overweight to qualify. They do usually also clarify the whole tea-cup thing (no such thing) and stress the extra care and health problems associated with these tiny dogs. Heck, I even saw a website with parti yorkies the other day. My yorkie is a little over 4 lbs and thinks he's 150. Even thinks he can whup my Frenchies, YEAH RIGHT. Wouldn't change him for the world.
I can totally see everyone sure knows a lot about yorkies and thats wonderful to see. I do not post to argue with anyone or refute anyones statements. However I can say this as a proud "SMALL" AND "LARGE" yorkie mother that there is NO SUCH THING AS A TEACUP YORKIE. There is simply a yorkshire terrier. The breed has been bred down for some time but they do not have categories (i.e. mini schnauzer, standard and giant). I have a 4 year old yorkie who weighs 4.5lbs and a 2 year old yorkie who weighs 16 lbs. My small one has some knee problems due to his size, so I am quite thankful for the larger yorkie. They both have wonderful YORKIE personalities and deep intelligence. It is great to see people praising the larger yorkies and not simply out to breed a "Purse Dog". I volunteer at a shelter on the weekends and they look down on these breeds....probably because of the "Teacup" stigma. But, any dog lover should love them all....especially these "Little Guy Syndrome" pups!!