Everything You Need to Know About the Teacup Yorkie Breed

Teacup Yorkie is a smaller version of pure breed Yorkie, also known as Toy Yorkie or Micro Yorkshire Terrier. It’s a tiny dog breed at about 5 to 7 inches tall, weigh between 2 to 4 pounds. The average lifespan of the Teacup Yorkie is around twelve years.

What Does a Teacup Yorkie Weigh?

First things first, there isn’t a precise definition for Teacup Yorkies. Nonetheless, breeders strive to produce pups that’ll weigh no more than 4 lbs once they reach their full ‘adult’ weight after a year.

This is considerably less than standard Yorkshire Terriers. On average, these weigh 7 lbs (3.1 kg); making the size difference between the two fairly substantial.

To get a feel for how small they are, check out this video:

Tips to Help You Care for Your Teacup Yorkie Pup

Like we’ve already said, Teacup Yorkies need special care and attention. In light of that, here are a few lines of advice to help point you in the right direction:
  • You need to monitor your puppy accurately. Especially within the first two weeks of getting him. It’s essential that you make a special effort to note how much he eat, drinks, if he has enough energy to play, and how constantly he goes to the toilet. Teacup Yorkies experience hypoglycemia so any changes to the above could be a sign that a fatal seizure is imminent.
  • Don’t let your Teacup Yorkie access the entirety of your house straight away. Instead, designate a specific room where they’ll feel heated and comfortable. It’s best for them to adjust to their new surroundings slowly, so he doesn’t get too overwhelmed. Teacup Yorkies are easily panicked, be sure to guide them in.
  • Offer him a warm, cozy bed which he can climb on and off comfortably. It’s of paramount importance your Yorkshire Terrier pup isn’t forced to spring to reach his sleeping area. Their bones are fragile, the last thing you want is a ruthless accident. This also means you shouldn’t leave him alone with furniture he could spring from, i.e., a chair or a sofa.
  • Keep your eyes Open. These dogs are incredibly small, so they’re easy to trip over and accidentally kick if you don’t see them coming. Take particular care when walking around your home.
  • If your  Yorkie pup is between 4 to 8 weeks old, you shouldn’t bath him. Instead, use baby wipes or a damp towel to clean him gently. After you’ve washed your pup, dry him completely. This is vital because they get really cold, quickly. This can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable for your puppy.
  • Teacup Yorkies hardly shed so their coats are super easy to maintain and they are considered “hypoallergenic”

How To Feed a Teacup Yorkie and What To Feed Them?

Teacup Yorkie pups should eat once every 3 to 4 hours. However, because of their small size, they don’t require large portions.

Be rest assured, you don’t need to wake him in the middle of the night to feed him. It’s enough to ensure he eats just before you go to bed, and then again first thing in the morning.

They should not skip a meal. If your pup lacks an appetite, consult with your vet as soon as possible. It’s essential you take this seriously because Yorkshire Terriers quickly suffer from low blood sugar levels. If left untreated, this could be fatal.

Tiny dogs like this need at least 40 calories per pound of their body weight. Therefore, it’s essential you select food that’s formulated for smaller dog breeds; this is the best way to ensure your Yorkie gets their dietary requirements.

Don’t Get Caught Out

Sadly, there are loads of irresponsible and unethical breeders about. They’ll advertise teacup Yorkies for sale and take advantage of unprotected buyers who aren’t familiar with the breed.

By convincing someone to purchase a teacup Yorkie, the breeder makes them feel they’re getting something more unique than the standard breed. Hence, devious breeders are benefiting on this and using it as a dirty marketing trick– not cool!