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The Origins of Teacup Yorkie
The first thing you need to know about Teacup Yorkies is that they are actually Yorkshire Terriers but smaller. The American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize it as a breed of its own.
While the Yorkshire Terriers have been around since the nineteenth century, Teacup Yorkies made an appearance somewhere around the 1990s. That was the decade that saw many celebrities and supermodels going for the miniature pet trend.
However, miniature Yorkies weren’t exactly rare before that. Some Yorkies are naturally small while others are bred that way. A breeding practice is known as ‘Miniaturization’ is why you see the Teacup Yorkies of today.
Miniaturization of Yorkshire Terrier
Before we move on, it is important to note that the Yorkies aren’t the only ones to have a ‘teacup’ variation. Miniaturization is quite common in other toy breeds such as Pomeranians, Chihuahua, and the Maltese. Their compact size makes them hugely popular because their size makes them seem to be in perpetual puppyhood.
However, it is worth noting none of the teacup breeds is officially recognized by AKC despite their popularity.
Size: A Pup in a Cup
Is a Teacup Yorkie small enough to fit a teacup?
Yes, it is actually small enough to fit your palm. Google and you will find heart-melting photos of people holding these babies in hand or in a Starbucks cup.
Let’s not forget that the parent breed, Yorkshire Terrier, is a toy breed itself. This means a regular Yorkie will not grow beyond 8 to 9 inches and should ideally weigh under 6 to 7 pounds.
Now, since Teacup Yorkie isn’t a recognized breed, there is no official size specification. Any Yorkie that is supposed to stay smaller than a regular Yorkie is a Teacup Yorkie.
If we really get down to the numbers, your terrier is a teacup if it doesn’t grow beyond 6 inches and weighs under 4 pounds. They are probably never going to grow bigger than a can of soda.
That said, it is worth noting that many breeders will sell a Yorkshire terrier pup as a Teacup Terrier. You may realize it only after it grows beyond the teacup size. That is why it is highly important to find a good breeder. We will cover tips to find a reliable breeder later in our guide. If you want to have your own Biewer Terriers for more accompany, you can click here for more information.

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