Teacup Yorkies may often time look like a cute baby, your witty seatmate, your loyal friend, your playful sibling or that very adorable kid you always wanted. In whatever attitude or mood it appeals, you can expect it to be confident, adventurous, brave, and a caring devoted pet you’ve always dreamed of.
The Teacup Yorkie is a designer breed of dog that is irresistibly cute and sassy but it may not be the right choice for everyone. Before you decide whether or not it might be the right pet for you and your family, you need to learn and invest a significant amount of time in getting to know these animals.
In this chapter you will receive an introduction to the Teacup Yorkie breed including some basic facts and information as well as the history of how it came about. This information, in combination with the practical information about keeping Teacup Yorkie dogs in the next chapter, will help you decide if this is the perfect dog companion for you.
These dogs are very fragile and should be handled with care! Seriously. Everyday activities can easily harm and injure these little breed.
The body of a Teacup Yorkie is neat, compact and well proportioned. They usually have black, medium – sized eyes that are not too prominent, coupled with ears that are small and V – shaped. They have a long and straight coat, sometimes a curly one that is usually hypoallergenic because it is common among small terrier types. The most common colors for the Teacup Yorkie breed include Black and Gold, Black and Tan, Blue and Gold.
The Teacup Yorkie was developed as a toy breed which may not come as a surprise because of their small teacup sized bodies, but before they became house pets of aristocrats back in the day, they were originally owned by the working class particularly the weavers, in which they serve as a rat catcher, and their fine long silky coats are used as looms.
Teacup Yorkies protect and serve as a watchdog as well. Just like normal sized Yorkshire terriers they are fond of barking and they also have a reputation for being brave and very playful. The Teacup Yorkie is a very intelligent dog and a highly trainable breed; they are not easily fooled and they only trust people with whom they form very strong bonds with.
Teacup Yorkies are way bolder and confident than normal sized terriers; their size won’t stop them in doing what they want. They can also be witty at times when left to their own devises. Proper socialization and training from a young age will help prevent the Teacup Yorkie from being suspicious of new people and excessive barking. They do very well as family pets but are not advised for families with very young children 7 years old and below.
This breed is fond of attention and constantly seeks affection from their owners; they are ideal as first pets but like other dogs, have a tendency to have unstable, aggressive temperaments which can be also dangerous to innocent strangers, that’s why socialization and training at an early age is highly recommended.
The Teacup Yorkie stands no more than 5 – 6 inches tall at maturity and there is only a slight difference in size between males and females of the breed. Unlike normal sized terriers, these dogs weigh only between 2 and 4 pounds! Since the Teacup Yorkie is a very active and agile dog – some say much more than the normal terrier, it has a great deal of energy and may need a fair amount of exercise to work off that energy although it doesn’t necessarily require regular or excessive amount of exercise. It can adapt to almost any kind of environment – it can fit in a teacup!! This is why they are also perfect for owners who live in apartments, although you might want to consider its loud barking for your neighbor’s sake. They are generally curious yet controllable indoors as long as they get enough mental and physical stimulation during the day and have proper house training.