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2015-04-17
TEA CUP YORKIES, YORKSHIRE TERRIERS


TEA CUP YORKIES, YORKSHIRE TERRIERS

Everyone seems to want to own a Yorkshire Terrier that tips the scale at under 1.5kg when fully grown.  This leads to serious concerns about the health and future of the Yorkshire Terrier breed.

Many prospective Yorkie owners believe that there are several “types or breeds” of Yorkshire Terriers: Tea-cup Yorkies, Pocket Yorkies, Miniature Yorkies and Standard Yorkies - this is NOT so.  Many people use these advertising terms to try and get their Yorkie puppies sold.  Be warned that many times they sell a pocket Yorkie or tea-cup Yorkie which turns out to be a normal sized Yorkshire Terrier at adult age.

It is important to know that there is only one Yorkshire Terrier breed - the Yorkshire Terrier. Like many other living creatures in life some Yorkie puppies simply grow up to be small and others grow up to be bigger.  A Yorkie is still a small dog. 

The size of the Yorkshire Terrier does not in any way affect the Yorkies suitability as a pet.  The larger Yorkies (lets quantify large at 3.2kg adult weight!) are often more suitable as pets as they are sturdier, healthier and do not need such close and constant supervision as these tiny so-called Tea-cup Yorkies and Pocket Yorkies.

It is important to inform you as a prospective Yorkshire Terrier owner that registering bodies world-wide, The Kennel Union of Southern Africa (in South Africa) and the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America (in America) does not allow or distinguish between Tea-cup Yorkies, Pocket Yorkies, Miniature Yorkies or Standard Yorkies.  You quite simply get a variation of size and this is very hard to predict at the tender age of 6 or 8 weeks old – even for an experienced breeder.

As a future Yorkie owner you need to know that these very small Yorkshire Terriers pose potential serious health risks.  The biggest problem of these x-tra small tea-cup and pocket Yorkshire Terriers is that they often have problems with their blood sugar levels which means that they can suffer from hypoglycemia.  Extra small Yorkie puppies are more susceptible to hereditary and non-hereditary health problems and birth defects. Extra small Yorkies are also more prone to diarrhea, vomiting and extra care and concerns are high on the radar prior to teeth cleanings and surgeries due to their poor reaction to anesthetic. These small Yorkies are also more easily injured by falls, being stepped on and being attacked or injured by other dogs. As a responsible Yorkshire Terrier breeder we do not aim to breed these extra small Yorkshire Terrier puppies.