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Yorkie 101: Toy Yorkshire Terrier

Jun 6, 2008
Currently, there is an incredible demand for incredibly small dogs. This means there are many people who will pay for the smaller of two dogs that are identically bred. Sadly, wherever there is a demand, there is a supply, even if the supply is of living, sentient beings. Although Yorkshire Terriers are the second most popular purebred dog in America, sellers of these puppies have convinced a lot of people that there are smaller breed Yorkshire Terrier types.

Names were given by breeders, pet stores and the media to describe a very small representative of a purebred dog. They are called "tiny Toys" or "Teacup". This happens in other breeds of dog, not just the Yorkshire Terrier. The name implies that their puppies are assured to grow to only half the weight of normal representatives of their breed. There are also Teacup or Tiny Toy Beagles, Keeshonds and Jack Russells.

The term Toy Yorkshire Terrier applies to one of two kinds of dogs. The first is just another name for Yorkshire Terriers, regardless of their size. The second refers to Yorkies that grow up smaller than the average Yorkie's weight of seven pounds. When you are in the market for a Yorkie, you better know which version the seller refers to. Although Yorkies are the second most popular purebred dogs in America, there is a lot of bad Yorkshire Terrier information floating around.

They will try to breed incredibly tiny dogs for the "cute" factor. Logic goes right out of the window whenever money is involved. Any Yorkshire Terrier under five pounds in adult weight will be sickly, have an incredibly fragile skeleton and will have to go to the vet a lot.

However, even puppies advertised as Toy Yorkshire Terriers or even Teacup Yorkshire Terriers (which come to an adult weight of two to four pounds) can suddenly grow up into hefty ten pounders. They are still purebred Yorkshire Terriers, but they just grown up bigger than expected. This happens in any breed of dog - and even in people, too.

Don't be swayed by marketing gimmicks such as Toy Yorkshire Terriers being somehow more desirable (and therefore more expensive) than plain old Yorkshire Terriers. If you want a Yorkshire Terrier, than size does not matter. In fact, most purebred Yorkshire Terriers grow far too big to be considered show animals. A Yorkshire Terrier is disqualified if he or she is over seven pounds. Quite a lot of purebred Yorkies are more than seven pounds.

Because there are no requirements for buying a dog, many people buy a dog that he shouldn't. Then, those dogs wind up in shelters. Because of the particular needs of Yorkies, many Yorkshire Terrier rescues have sprouted up all over the country. They know how domineering, needy and yet how loyal these dogs are.

In the dog world, there are no guarantees about how big or small a puppy will grow. You can avoid all of this confusion by adopting a loving, healthy dog from your local animal shelter.
About the Author
Susan Bailey is a passionate lover of the Yorkshire Terrier and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Yorkshire Terrier . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Yorkshire Terrier types plus a whole lot more.
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