"Teacup" Yorkies are unusually small Yorkshire terriers, and baby teacup Yorkies are teacup Yorkie puppies. These dogs are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, and the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America precludes the use of the term "teacup" for ethical reasons. Teacup Yorkies weigh between 2 and 4 pounds, and often, the babies can actually fit into a teacup, giving rise to their nickname.Continue Reading
Teacup Yorkies are unfortunately prone to health problems including birth defects, teething problems and hypoglycemia. They also commonly experience anesthesia complications. Another pitfall to this tiny breed is that it is very easy to step on a teacup Yorkie, due to the dog's small size. Because the bodies of these dogs are so fragile, this simple mistake could lead to serious injury or even death.
Teacup Yorkies must adhere to a strict feeding schedule, due to low levels of glucose in their blood. The dogs must be fed every two to four hours for optimal health. Additionally, the dogs have very small bladders, which often leads to more walks and the occasional "leak" inside the home. Teacup Yorkies are also prone to bladder and bowel control disorders even if properly potty trained.
Because teacup Yorkies are not up to breed standard, breeders should charge no more than the price of regular Yorkshire terriers; in fact, teacup Yorkies should cost considerably less than standard Yorkies. Responsible breeders do not purposefully breed for the teacup trait, and buyers may want to avoid breeders that do, as they often sell the dogs without a health guarantee or a spay/neuter contract.Learn more about Dogs