The difference between a teacup Yorkie and a normal Yorkie?

Ashlee: What is the difference between a teacup Yorkie and a normal Yorkie?
I have a Yorkie-Pomeranian and was wondering what makes a teacup yorkie that?Does it have something to do with their genetics?

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A “teacup” anything is a runt with a fancy label attached to the breed to make it appear more desirable. They are usually very small and have health problems.

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  1. caninelover says

    There is no such thing as a teacup Yorkie. It's a marketing term that unethical breeders use to label dogs that they breed that will remain extremely small (and likely unhealthy) as adults–something that NO REPUTABLE breeder would do.

    And to correct a previous comment, these extremely small dogs referred to as "teacups" do not "have fewer puppies." They are capable of producing just as many pups as a healthy sized Yorkie. (What on Earth would give you that indication?) One of very many reasons why the practice is NOT a good idea.

  2. lauriemdc says

    It really is just a marketing gimmick. There is no such thing as a "Teacup Yorkie". All Yorkies, no matter their size, are in the Toy group of dogs- They all are Toy Yorkshire Terriers.

    The breed standard is under 7lbs, just because a Yorkie may weigh 4.5 lbs, it is just a small Yorkie, not a Teacup anything.

    Also, by continuing to interbreed the smaller Yorkies(runts), the breeder is interbreeding genetic defects that contribute to the smaller size, such as liver shunts. They have more problems with seizures and can experience sudden death from neurological problems. Sad for the owner and very sad for the pup.

    We must not keep this cycle of bad breeding going, by continuing to use the term Teacup or to make it seem to be desire able- it is just tragic for all involved except the money hungry breeders and puppy mills! Rescue, rescue, rescue! And love your Yorkiepom!

  3. T J says

    Since there is no minimum size in the Yorkie breed standard I guess that any Yorkie that weighs less than 7 pounds is within standard. Even if it was only 1 ounce.
    So sorry, no "Teacups" in that breed. They are either within the breed standard or they are to big.

    From the breed standard:

    Less than seven pounds"

    There is no other mention of size in the standard

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