Just when you thought a Yorkshire Terrier couldn’t be more adorable, Hello Teacup Yorkie! If your new to these cute little doggies, check in here for your source for teacup Yorkie facts, lifespan and other information you need to know.
Teacup Yorkie Facts
First things first, the Teacup Yorkie isn’t technically considered a breed of its own. No worries though, unless you are more concerned about AKC paperwork rather than maximum cuteness. A Teacup Yorkie will usually weigh less than 4 pounds. Either way, they have won the hearts of thousands of dog lovers with their spunk, energy and lovable personalities. They are currently one of the most sought after types of dogs.
That’s saying quite a bit, based on the fact that the Yorkshire Terrier as a whole is the second most popular breed of dog in the U.S. Since their introduction to the States in the late 1800’s, yorkies keep growing in popularity.
Teacup Yorkie Personality
One very important fact to know with teacup Yorkies: Don’t tell them how little they are! They won’t believe it if you do. These dogs are high energy and plucky. They have no idea how small they are. They will not hesitate to challenge dogs many times their size and their size is not equal to their courage!
Teacup yorkies are a little bossy and want other dogs and anyone else to know that they are in charge. They are independent, but they are also fiercely loyal and protective. They are territorial and very alert, which can lead to a lot of barking over the slightest possibility of intrusion. Despite their spunk, they still like a good nap in warm spot next to their family. Overall, they have much the same personality as a regular Yorkshire Terrier.
Teacup Yorkies are very intelligent dogs, so you need to be sure to keep them mentally stimulated so they don’t get bored. You will want to take them for frequent walks and have plenty of toys for them to play with. As with any dog, it’s important to spend time with your Teacup Yorkie.
Teacup Yorkie Training
Teacup Yorkies can be easy to train because they are smart. They learn commands quickly and can learn quite a few specific commands. One drawback is that despite their intelligence, the can be hard to housetrain.
Don’t panic though. As with any dog, good training just takes a little bit of knowledge and some love and patience. Take the time early to do some training with your puppy and it will pay off big time down the road. Check out our puppy training posts for specific issues. The best place to start is with our free everyday dog training guide. Download it here.
Teacup Yorkie Lifespan and Health
Regular Yorkshire Terriers have a lifespan of 13-16 years. While there are no official numbers on the Teacup, their lifespan is shorter because they are typically more susceptible to health issues because of their tiny size.
Due to their sensitivity, it is best to make sure you feed them a high quality food that will help prevent digestive issues. Remember that although these dogs are adorable, they do require special care because they are so small.
Teacup Yorkies make wonderful pets, but they do come with some challenges. They make great companions and adjust well to family life.
Now that you have the facts, are you up for the challenge? Remember to always plan ahead and research. Make sure that you are ready for the responsibility of adopting a pet. Be prepared and be the best pet parent you can be!