I was walking Lacy outside around my townhouse complex. We passed by the pool area and there were several people out there and a yorkie, The Yorkie (just a little bigger than Lacy) ran through the fence to see Lacy. The girl who owned him came over to get him and was asking me about Lacy. She asked if she was a miniature yorkie. I told her no, she is just a yorkie because there is only one size. She said well there is a teacup too. I told her there is no such thing as a teacup yorkie and she said her mom had one. I just told her that there was only just a yorkie and that they range in size from 3-7 lbs. I told her that you can't register a yorkie as teacup or miniature or whatever. She seemed kindof confused but I didn't want to get in it any further.
Anyway, all that to say that several people have asked me what type of yorkie Lacy is, especially at work (I work part time at a dog boutique) and I always just say, she's just a yorkie. Since I'm at work, I can't really get into the whole...there is no such thing. It just surprises me how little most people know about the breed they own. I wish people would realize that there is no such thing as a "teacup" anything (just undersized) and that yorkies, shih tzus, malteses, etc don't have teacup, toy, miniature or standard sizes.
Yep, people wont "get it" until breeders stop puching them. A lady down the street breeds and sells "teacup yorkies" "teacup maltese" and "teacup shih tzus" I wa slooking into them myself until I started READING and found out why it's a bad idea!
i have a chihuahua on the larger side...6lbs (mom) and then i have a chi on the smaller side whos predicted adult weight is 3.5 lbs when people see them, they say mom is a standard and daughter is a tea cup, i dont tell them anything though b/c when ever i say something it tends to offend them....
Yeah the new rave is to market dogs as teacups, the breeder that I brought my puppy from advertised him as a teacup pomeranian, I brought him before I joined this forum and realized I should have never supported her. I knew even then that poms are toy dogs and there are no such things. As it goes he stole my heart and I brought him, I won't support another breeder like that in the future.
To be honest, although I absolutely agree, I've never given much thought to 'breeding to standard' until this weekend.
I was working a tasting at a wine shop when a women came in with a tiny yorkie under her arm. His name WAS Tobey. I started asking her about him and she said about 6 months ago he became blind from some sort of liver malfunction and wasn't doing very well over all, and by the way he was a "Minature Yorkie".
I asked what sort of medical aid he was in need of with such problems. She very matter of fact said, "Well since you asked, I'm taking him to be put down later tonight". I almost cried on the spot.
I can't say for certain if his problems were caused by breeding runt to runt, breeding down, whatever...but in my mind that dog should probably never have come into this world. If the "breeder" had cared about breeding healthy stock and not for minature, Tobey would not have had to suffer so.
P.S. Afew months previous, Tobey had survived a 7 storey fall off her balcony because being blind he'd gotten under the glass balcony partition. I don't know how, but he did.
Oh wow! 7 stories! Lucky guy, only to be given up on by his owner....sad. Not to say his condition didnt warrant being PTS since we dont know the whole story...but it is sad overall for the little guy.
I get calls all the time for t-cup yorkies. I have to go into my lecture about no such thing. From what I have been told the standard for show is 4-7 lbs so their gait is good. Any smaller and you probably won't get that nice movement and gait. For most clubs they say not to exceed 7 lbs. I don't think people even know what size they want when they ask for a t-cup. 4 lbs is a small dog in my opinion. As far as the story about the yorkie I would say bad breeder and bad owner. I can't believe that a yorkie could fall 7 stories and live. Seriously, a tiny yorkie can break a leg jumping off a couch. I guess anything is possible ,but that dog would be messed up!! Mabey she meant 7 ft. What is she doing carting around a blind dog that she is going to put to sleep that day? I just find that strange! I guess when some breeders say t-cups they mean under the standard. I have seen breeders say t-cups and the dog is going to be 4 lbs within the standard. It's all very misleading in my op.
people think I have a "teacup" chihuahua all the time. when I tell her she isn't, they assume shes just 2 months old. well, shes 1 year and is just over 2 lbs, but I'll tell them shes just a puppy to shut them up. They always ask for my breeder because they think she breeds tiny puppies, when in fact, her chis are quite large!! mine was supposed to get bigger, but stayed small due to some complications. some people are just dumb.