So You Want a Teacup Yorkie?

This article helps define the pros and cons of owning a Teacup Yorkshire Terrier.

My family and I are Teacup Yorkie enthusiasts, if you will. We have owned several of them, the oldest of which we still have, and have owned for about 7 years. I have first-hand experience with the dogs, from new-borns to our old-lady (Teensie). These are the pros and cons that I have seen these dogs exhibit over the years.

Before we begin, here is some basic information about them: They are a small (teacup) version of the English breed Yorkshire Terrier and are usually 1-3 pounds when fully-grown. Their coat begins black/brown but fades to white/gray. They usually have lifespan of 4-8 years. They are very protective and get attached to their owners easily. Their tails are usually docked shorts after being born, and they don’t play well with other dogs that aren’t yorkies.

The pros:

1) Adorable:

They are easily one of the cutest things to ever walk the planet. They are usually have long,soft hair. As young puppies, they usually have brown hair, which almost always turns to a beautiful white/gray color as they age. Being teacup, they are very small, but their hair gives them a lot of their shape, especially around their face.

Puppy:

Adult: Untrimmed here. Ours are usually clipped.

2) Playful: 

Especially as puppies, they are very rambunctious. They are very active and love to play. While they are younger, the might nibble on you some, but never meanly. Never once have I had a yorkie bite me out of meanness. They tend to settle down as they age, but like any dog, have their times when they are more playful. They play best with other yorkies and children. They like to lick faces though, so be careful when holding one. 

Here is a video of our two most recent puppies playing:

3) One of my favorites: They don’t shed.

This is a very uncommon trait with long-haired dogs, but Yorkies don’t shed. This is very nice, especially since they are smaller and you will probably be handling them alot. You won’t have to worry about hair getting everywhere.

4) Companionship:

These dogs are a great example of the old cliché that a dog is man’s best friend. They have a life-long, die-hard companionship with their owner. They will usually protect him or her at all costs, and are very dependent upon them. After getting attached they don’t like to be seperated from you. It’s definitely a good thing knowing that your Teacup Yorkie will always be by your side.

Cons:

1) Don’t play well with other dogs.

They have a temperament against other animals. They like to bark, and feel as though they are dominant over another dog, usually bigger. They bark safely from a distance, but cower in fear if approached. They do not usually play well with other animals, or uncaring children.

2) Easily the worst: Stubborness, especially with housebreaking.

The dogs may be able to follow their obedience commands but may refuse to do them just because they aren’t in the mood. This stubbornness may also contribute to the breed’s infamous housebreaking issues. It is true that some yorkies never become completely housebroken. We have had many yorkies, and only one we have been able to housebreak. We usually try and let them outside often so they can do their business, and we always keep a pad inside, but usually to no avail. Housebreaking them will require a lot of patience and hard-work.

3) Health issues.

Being such small dogs, they are especially prone to health problems such as chronic diarrhoea and vomiting and are more easily injured. Even the normal small size of a Yorkshire Terrier means that it can have a poor tolerance for anesthesia, and it is more likely to be killed or injured by falls, other dogs, and owner clumsiness. My grandparents had a yorkie that had to be put under anesthesia at the vet, and was given too much anesthesia, resulting in her death. My personal Yorkie had his complications also. He had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when he was a puppy. He used to go into shock, but it was easily treated by a drop of Karol Syrup being put in his mouth. Wikipedia says hypoglycemia is: “often seen in Yorkie puppies at 5 to 16 weeks of age. Very tiny Yorkie puppies are especially predisposed to hypoglycemia because a lack of muscle mass makes it difficult to store glucose and regulate blood sugar. Factors such as stress, fatigue, a cold environment, poor nutrition, and a change in diet or feeding schedule may bring on hypoglycemia”.

In conclusion: Should you own a Teacup Yorkie?

There are some times I would and wouldn’t suggest owning one. I suggest DO owning one especially if you are single, or if you are looking for a loyal companion. I DO NOT suggest owning one if you are:  easily frustrated with dogs, have small (uncaring) children or toddlers who would be able to play with them without supervision (as the dogs are very fragile, due to their size), or have a relatively large family, as the dog will usually bond to one or few people.

With my first-hand experience, these are fairly good dogs, and would highly recommend one. Always remember though, make sure you do plenty of research before making the decision to own one. I hope this article has helped you see the ups and downs, and goodluck with your Teacup Yorkie!

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  1. Theo Samuels

    On September 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Cute yorkie!

  2. Yorkies

    On November 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    These are adorable dogs!! I love yorkies, I want one so bad but our apartment wont let us have pets…don’t worry though, we’re moving in January!

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