How Big Do Teacup Yorkies Get?

A Yorkie owner often has a lot of questions in his mind related to his breed. One of the questions that many Yorkshire Terrier owners often ask me is How Big will my Teacup Yorkies grow?

Ideally, a Teacup Yorkie will never grow heavier than 4 pounds and taller than 6 inches . A purebred Yorkies weight will fall in the range of 4 to 7 pounds if the breeder follows respected breeding practices.

Most of Teacup Yorkies breeders indulge in unfair and unhealthy breeding practices as well where they even starve these dogs to stop their growth and sell for profits later. A lot of times breeder have a fair idea of how much a Yorkie will grow at what point of his age. Toy breed like Teacup Yorkies easily get overweight due to lack of exercise and physical stimulation.

If your Yorkshire Terrier looks healthy and still weighs more than 7 pounds, there may be chances that he is a mixed-breed or has a mixed heritage somewhere in the family line. Due to the fact that they are born as a result of unfair and unhealthy breeding practices, many Teacup Yorkies suffer from several major health issues like heart problems, luxating patella and seizures due to brain problems. They even have a tendency to get underfoot and there have been accidents where owners step on their own pet Teacup Yorkie and heavily injure them.

How big is a fully grown teacup Yorkie?

A full-grown Teacup Yorkie can weigh between 2 to 4 lbs and grow to a height of 5 to 7 inches. Teacup Yorkies, due to their small body sizes, are extremely susceptible to health issues. We will take a look at them in a bit. First, let us see exactly how big these adorable breeds can get.

Are teacup Yorkies good pets?

Is A Teacup Yorkie a Good Family Dog? Teacup Yorkies are very fragile, so they are not recommended to families with small children. These teacup dogs are best suited to a single pet household. Due to their Terrier nature, Yorkies can see any other animal in their home as competition and won’t back down from a fight.

How much does a teacup Yorkie cost?

When you go through a reputable breeder to buy a Teacup Yorkie, you should expect to spend anywhere between $1,200 and $2,500. This price can and will vary depending on the breeder you go through and the quality of your Teacup Yorkie’s parents.

What is the life expectancy of a teacup Yorkie?

The average Teacup Yorkie life expectancy is just 7 to 9 years. This is significantly shorter than the lifespan of regularly sized Yorkshire Terriers due to additional health risks and the potential for trauma. Nobody can deny that Teacup Yorkies are irresistibly cute.

The answer is that the Yorkshire Terrier, of course, is an accepted and recognized breed. Some breeders purposefully produce litters of puppies with the goal being that they will be smaller than the standard.

If you have been shopping for a Yorkshire terrier, also called a Yorkie, then you may have seen the terms “toy” and “teacup” used to describe the size that puppies will mature to. It is important that you know what you are looking for specifically when you go shopping for a Yorkie puppy because some of the terminology used to describe these dogs can be misleading or inaccurate.

Stay away from buying “registered” dogs who do not meet the breed standard for a Yorkshire terrier.

Teacup Yorkies, just as the name implies, are a miniature version of Yorkshire Terriers. They are popular among pet owners who are fond of small dogs or the so-called toy breed due to their cuteness.

The Breed Standard

According to the American Kennel Club, there is no such thing as a registered teacup or toy Yorkshire terrier. The breed standard calls for dogs who weigh between 4 and 7 pounds as mature adults. Dogs who fall outside of the standard generally are not considered to be properly bred, and should not be considered desirable by individuals who are shopping for a Yorkie puppy.


Yorkshire terriers are considered a toy breed. All Yorkies are technically toy breed dogs, so the term toy does not have any special meaning. All registered Yorkies are small enough to fall under the Toy Breed Group classification by the AKC and you should not pay extra for a Yorkie who is being advertised as a toy-size dog.


Teacup is a buzzword used by less-than-scrupulous breeders to try and attract buyers’ attention. Since the AKC does not recognize a toy or teacup Yorkie as being a legitimate specific size or variation on the breed, the meaning of these terms is highly variable. A 5-pound dog, technically a standard size Yorkie who falls within breed size requirements, might be labeled as teacup by someone, but the dog technically is not a teacup dog by the rules of the breed registry.

Extremely Small Dogs

A trend exists within the small dog breeding industry to try to breed extremely small dogs. These dogs may be labeled as either toy or teacup. The problem with breeding extremely small dogs, especially dogs who are even smaller than the breed standard allows for, is that they may suffer from health problems, which the normal size Yorkies do not. Dogs who weigh less than 4 pounds tend to be extremely fragile, and can easily suffer injuries and broken bones as a result of their tiny size and tiny bones.