Yorkies: Predicting Adult Weight

Written by 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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8 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.

  3. Bobbi Hampel Says:

    Just because you sell Yorkie puppies doesn’t mean she’s a bad person. There are costs involved and it does wear on the mother. I don’t begrudge paying for my Yorkie puppy and I’ve become friends with the breeder. I know how much she loves the puppies, and my puppy is thrilled to visit her foster family from time to time.

  4. funny pictures dogs Says:

    Great article.

  5. Bobbi Hampel Says:

    One other response to Becky: I visited Kizzie once a week since she was a week old, and I brought her home at six weeks. I wouldn’t want to have missed out on a single moment since then (7 mos now). She has bonded with me, and I take care of her the way I want her to be. I am home 95% of the time, and she never sleeps alone. She’s a high energy, quirky, unique even for a Yorkie kind of girl. I got her a little hysterectomy last week because I don’t want her for breeding 5.3 lbs) but simply for the joy to be with and love on. I’m not criticizing your methods in the least; I am only saying Im so glad I got my little girl sooner.

  6. Billie Says:

    Jackson my 10 week old yorkie is coming along pretty good with the housetraining, but when it rains he won’t go outside, what should I do?

  7. Laurie Thompson Says:

    Bobbi Hampel I agree with you, I got my yorkie at 7 weeks and wouldn’t change that for anything! I also got my jack Russell at 6 weeks and had a better bond with both of these babies rather than other puppies that I got at 10 or 12 weeks. I realize there is a lot controversy on this subject so I understand why some breeders don’t sell puppies until a certain age but now that my older dog has passed I have been looking for a younger puppy for sale so I can have that extra bonding with them.

  8. Sam Says:

    Health is very important but price was a concern as I’ve seen some over $1,000! And I am not wanting him as a show dog! And I didn’t care about size, just a healthy baby. I got my guy at 9 weeks! And it was perfect, our boxer we got right at 6 weeks and she cried especially at night missing her mother & siblings. But my mother bred several different breeds, but when I was older it was miniature daschunds, and she started letting them sleep away from mother at 5 weeks so by the time they left around 6-7 weeks they weren’t so upset. And she used a wind up alarm clock to help soothe them, which supposedly imitates a mothers heartbeat. Thankfully it helped with my boxer puppy! I honestly wouldn’t want to wait any longer than 9 weeks old to have gotten my boy! They start showing so much personality & developing habits between 9-12 weeks. And since I’m a stay at home mom, I can train him & give him all the love a puppy needs. It’s so sad though when we go to leave he knowS and will follow us around laying on our feet. When we get home he does the same thing, he will not leave our feet, until we sit down then he is up in our lap. I know people have to work but I couldn’t imagine him being home alone everyday for 9 hours. He has only been left alone for 5 hours. And I put him in his kennel and bring to living room and leave tv on. Since he loves chewing! In next month I plan on putting both my pups in the huge kennel together, but since he is still being potty trained I knew he would probably potty having so much room with our boxer.

    Also does anyone know of any sites with good potty training methods? I want him to use bathroom outside with boxer. But right now I use puppy pads also. And he uses those pretty well but I can’t get him to go to the door or let us know when he has to go!

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