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

  4. Memphis Belle ~ Rol says

    Put simply the breeder.

    There is only one type of Yorkshire Terrier recognised by the UK Kennel Club. The breed standard will allow some variation in height/weight ect, but all responsible breeders breed for health, stability, function & with the breed standard in mind. Responsible Yorkshire Terrier breeders would never label their dogs as teacup.

    "Teacup" is a prefix used by irresponsible breeders who see $ when they breed tiny undersized dogs to supply a demand by people who undertake no/scant research or purchase on a whim.

    After all if a teacup pup is expensive it *has* to be well bred…..{so the logic of buying one of these pups goes.}

  5. nikko says

    There is'nt such a thing as teacup anything,the only thing that makes a tiny dogs is mating 2 small dogs and continue on down the line till all pups come out small..There are breeding the dog that makes a runt tiny and then you are paying the price for a RUNT..I have pekingese and 3 are very tiny and in China were called sleeve pekes as they were carried around in the sleeves of the emperors robes

  6. Bklyn born Jerzy bre says

    I have a 2 yr. old "teacup" yorkie. That means nothing more than the runt of the litter. She does not have any health problems. She's in great health.

  7. DeeDawg says

    yes, it has everything to do with their genetics. bad ones.
    there's no such thing as a teacup yorkie, that's the name BYB's and puppy mills give to the runt ones so that they can sell them for big bucks!

  8. Apricot Toy Poodle L says

    Sometimes they are normal sized yorkies being called teacups, other times they are the runts being called teacups, other times they are from ill bred unhealthy runt parents. Either way, one should never buy one EXCEPT from a shelter or rescue who isn't out to rob the ignorant public.

  9. Sam says

    teacup animals are just a lot smaller than the breed is supposed to be. very expensive dogs.
    and i would think they are harder to care for.


    You have a MUTT/MONGREL!

    "Teacup" *anything* is NON-EXISTENT-unless one DRINKS from one.

    "Teacup" is A LIE used by puppymilling crooks to peddle CRAP to the lazy & gullible!


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