Yorkies: Predicting Adult Weight

Written by Sarah on November 2nd, 2012


Many people are at least interested in having an idea of the adult weight of their Yorkie puppy. This is a very tricky thing to predict. A lot has to be taken in to consideration including genetics (weights and build of parents and grandparents) and environmental factors (is the puppy weaned or not, has he been sick, etc).

There are a lot of “Yorkie Growth Charts” out there. While they can be used as a good tool, you must remember that every Yorkie is different. In my experience, growth charts are a very rough guide, and have been accurate for me about 50% of the time.

The best thing a new Yorkie owner can do to predict the weight of their puppy is to triple the puppy’s weight at 8 weeks, or double the weight at 12 weeks. This is a very good way to guesstimate the weight of your Yorkie as an adult. Taking this prediction into consideration with (at a minimum) the weights of the parents and you will have a very good idea about the eventual size of your puppy.

“Teacup Yorkies”

There has been much talk lately about Yorkie weights. In years past, people weren’t asking about adult weights, they were more concerned with the health of their Yorkie. But, there has been quite a trend over the past couple of years as far as size is concerned. A lot of this has to do with these so called teacup Yorkies. To clear the air about that, there is only one Yorkie, and the official standard is not to exceed 7 pounds. There are some breeders who breed for a very small sized Yorkie. The general public has taken to calling these Yorkies teacups, tiny, micro, toy, and on and on. Yorkshire terriers are a toy breed, and there is no distinction in the standard based on sizes or weights. These are terms people have started using to sell their puppies. Though, I have heard owners call their larger Yorkies “teapots,” but have yet to see a breeder advertise a puppy as such.

Please beware of anyone who uses these terms in advertising their puppies. The term “teacup” and related words are expressly prohibited by the YTCA Codes of Ethics. Additionally, it is never a good idea to breed a female Yorkie that is under 5 pounds.

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2 Responses to “Yorkies: Predicting Adult Weight”

  1. Becky Says:

    Amen!!! I use words like “healthy” and “baby doll” or “teddy bear” face to describe the overall health and cuteness of my pups. I NEVER, EVER, guarantee size, color, etc. I have seen the term “micro” to describe size too. It really comes down to health. I will turn people away if the question of “health” does not come up by the potential buyer at some point (sooner rather than later) during the initial conversation. It is just one indication to me that it’s not health that concerns them. Which leads me to think, okay what happens when the cuteness of puppyhood wears off. Yes, Yorkie pups are cute and so are children, but they do grow up, like all babies do. The cute baby factor eventually goes away, however Yorkies grow to be very beautiful adults. Health should be of the utmost importance. The other thing that turns me off quickly is when the very first question that an interested person asks is…how much? I prefer to talk about the pup’s health and other questions regarding the pup first. This indicates true interest in the breed to me and it just seems plain rude to ask about the price first. I guess where I’m concerned as a responsible breeder, it’s not about the money, it’s about the love of the breed and finding the best future owner/home possible. My dam weighs 7lbs and my stud weighs 5lbs and we have had very healthy and beautiful pups who are not allowed to leave my home until they are 12 weeks old. Breeding is the ONLY time size should matter and that is for the best possible outcome for all concerned with your Yorkie family! Love you at YSS and keep the educational blogs coming! Your awesome!

  2. jen Says:

    Becky: if you are only concerned about heath of your dog and not money then why are you selling them you could just give them away if you truly just love the breed and the heath. You are selling them to make money. So really you are making your dog have babies so you can make money off them … I bought my puppy I love my puppy but of course you have to ask how much because no matter who you are you have to pay for it and you have to have enough money.

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