Teacup Yorkie: What To Know Before Buying

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Teacup Yorkies are so small they can easily fit in the palm of your hand.

Although their size may be overwhelmingly cute their sassy temperament can be challenging.

They have quite a stubborn streak and have a feisty personality like any terrier.

In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about this breed including how demanding these adorable pups can be and how to care for them properly…

Teacup Yorkie At A Glance

  • A Yorkie

The Teacup Yorkie is a tiny breed that has a bold and feisty personality which makes them larger than life.

These miniature pups are affectionate and loving with their favorite people but can be a little bit suspicious of strangers. They may be sweet but do not be fooled as they can have a bit of an attitude. Overall the Mini Yorkie makes a fantastic companion for one-person households where they can be spoilt.

  • Popularity: #10.
  • Speciality: Companion.
  • Weight: 2-4 pounds.
  • Price: $1200-$2000.
  • Personality: Affectionate, courageous and demanding.

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Teacup Yorkie Overview

Miniature Yorkie Chewing Toy

A Teacup Yorkie is a miniature version of the popular Yorkshire Terrier.

These tiny companions are a toy breed that is much better suited to sitting in their owner’s lap than hunting down rats like a traditional Terrier.

They are undeniably cute and these tiny pups can fit in the palm of your hand. They have soft brown eyes and gorgeous fur that will make anyone fall in love.

Despite their small size these spirited pups have a bold personality and a bit of a stubborn streak. Training can be tough because these dogs do not like to be told what to do.

In addition to training these dogs are quite high maintenance and require star quality care.

Their diets are very particular and their grooming routine needs to be meticulous.

They are also very demanding in terms of attention. These pups do not like to share the spotlight and always want all eyes fixed on them. They also do not tolerate sharing the love of their favorite human with anyone else.


  • Very affectionate and loyal.
  • Do not need lots of exercise.
  • Suitable for apartments.
  • Small size makes them easy to cary.


  • Difficult to housetrain.
  • Poor breeding can lead to many medical conditions.
  • Will be jealous of other pets.
  • Can be aggressive towards strangers.

A Day In The Life Of This Breed

You can almost guarantee that when you wake up in the morning your Teacup Yorkie will be glued to your side.

When they notice you are awake they will shower you with kisses and get ready to start the day.

These affectionate little dogs will want to spend as much time in your lap as possible so be prepared to snuggle your pup while you pour your morning coffee, eat breakfast and even while you get ready for work.

Although you may still be tired you should be careful where you step. They will likely zig zag in between your feet as you walk so make sure you do not step on them!

They will need a very small meal in the morning and then will need to be fed every 3-4 hours. Ideally you work from home because you will need to take lots of breaks during the day to feed your pup a little snack.

Luckily your pooch will not interrupt your workday often to exercise or play. They will likely be playful and energetic as you get ready in the morning but will then happily watch out the window by your side as you work, waiting to bark at anything that moves.

If your friends come over your Teacup Yorkie may develop a bit of an attitude. They will likely be a bit standoffish with your friends at first and then may even become jealous if they catch you giving your friends more attention than them.

These pups do not like to share the affection of their favorite person.

At the end of a long day you will find your pup happily snuggled up in your lap.

They will eagerly follow you to bed and rest up to repeat the cycle all over again.

History And Origin

Miniature Yorkie

The Yorkshire Terrier was originally bred in Northern England in the 1870s.

These pups were developed for the purpose of ratting which means to drive out rodents and pests from mines and textile factories.

Their small athletic bodies and keen senses were perfect for hunting. This is a tough, hard-working breed that could catch any small creature that scurried in their line of sight.

Eventually wealthy aristocrats and nobles were struck by the beauty of this breed and turned them into elegant lapdogs rather than hearty working dogs. This sophisticated breed eventually made its way over to the US in the 1880s where it quickly became one of the most popular breeds around.

When breeders saw the popularity of this breed they quickly began mass producing them in various sizes and colors.

One of these adaptions was the Teacup Yorkie which has become increasingly common since the turn of the century.

As the teacup dog craze arose the Yorkshire Terrier was quickly shrunk by breeders.

These breeders chose the runts of the litter and mated them together to produce tiny offspring.

Unfortunately these micro pups have developed many health conditions and live very short lives in comparison to their purebred parents.

6 Fun Facts

  1. Teacup Yorkies and other miniature breeds appeals to humans so much because of a concept called neoteny. Neoteny is the retention of juvenile traits into adult age. This appearance causes us humans to have strong maternal and caring instincts for these creatures – it is in our genes to love these tiny pups.
  2. Unfortunately lots of teacup breeds are often unethically bred through breeding the runts of the litter. These small puppies are typically unhealthy and produce puppies that suffer from various health conditions.
  3. They often bond strongly with one family member over the others. They will love everyone in their family however they will be even more connected to one person.
  4. These delightful pups make excellent therapy dogs because of their lap dog reputation.
  5. Teacup Yorkies are often born black with a few brown markings but their coat color changes over time. Their fur may turn a bluish color, they may develop more markings or they may remain black.
  6. This breed loves to snuggle under blankets so make sure to check your bed before you lie down!

Temperament And Behavior

A Yorkie

This breed is well known for their overly affectionate nature.

These pups demand love at all times but will happily repay you in kisses and snuggles. Their constant need for attention causes them to develop jealousy towards any other dog or person that takes the love of their favorite human away.

Because they need love at all times they do not like to be left alone at all. They often develop separation anxiety and will become very upset if they are left home alone. Thankfully their small size makes them very portable so you can take them practically anywhere you go.

Their intense love for their families also leads to a very protective nature. These pups are intensely loyal and will drive away strangers and other animals to keep their family safe (whether you want them to or not). They will also use their yappy bark to alert you to any potential danger.

This protectiveness can lead to some issues.

They will often become aggressive with strangers or other dogs so they require extensive socialization at an early age to combat this behavior.

Miniature Yorkies are also prone to developing small dog syndrome.

This is a term used when a very small dog becoming very feisty and bossy because their owners spoiling them too much. This personality is very common amongst terrier breeds who are known for their bold temperament.

They may be small but these pups have bundles of energy packed into their tiny bodies. Teacup Yorkies can only exert themselves for short periods of time, but when they do, watch out. They will run around in circles in the house and playfully attack any toy they are given.

Although they may be a bit sassy at times these pups will always keep you thoroughly entertained. They have goofy personalities and like to get into mischief which may cause you grief at first but will likely lead to lots of laughter.

These pups have a great sense of adventure and will gladly accompany you on any journey you take.

How Much Does A Teacup Yorkie Cost?

As Teacup Yorkies are currently in demand you can expect to pay $1200-$2000 for a puppy.

Age Price
Puppy $1200-$2000
Adult $800-$1000
Adoption $50-$300

Buyer’s Tips

  1. Consider getting a standard size Yorkie instead as Teacups can often develop numerous health problems due to unethical breeding practices.
  2. If you plan on buying a Teacup Yorkie from a breeder then you need to put lots of research into proving that your breeder is reputable and uses ethical practices.
  3. Only buy a Teacup Yorkie if you can dedicate plenty of time to giving them constant attention and frequent meals.
  4. These pups cost a lot of money upfront but will also accumulate a lot of vet bills as they age so make sure you budget accordingly.
  5. Be careful with this breed if you have small children. Young kids might accidentally step on them and injure this fragile breed.
  6. Teacup Yorkies need lots of socialization to get along with new people and other dogs because of their protective nature.
  7. If you have other pets this is not the breed for you. They get jealous easily and will not be happy if you are giving all of your love to another dog.

Mini Yorkie Terrier Appearance

A Teacup Yorkie

These teeny dogs have small features all around.

Their little heads are round and adorned with a short muzzle. Their little legs may even be shorter than their tail. They proudly carry their elegant tails over their body with their cute button noses stuck in the air.

Teacup Yorkies have warm brown eyes that can melt anyone’s heart, but their alert and erect ears remind everyone that these little watchdogs are very protective and territorial.


Teacup Yorkies are one of the smallest breeds in existence.

These tiny pups only weigh 2-4lb.

And they only stand 5-7 inches tall.

Make sure to watch your step as these miniature dogs may run around without you even noticing them.


There are four popular color combinations for Teacup Yorkies:

  • Black and gold
  • Black and tan
  • Blue and gold
  • Blue and tan

All coat colors have a dark base color with patches of a lighter color speckled across their small bodies.

These pups are known for their glorious fur.

They have long wavy hair that runs down their body and can touch the floor if left untrimmed.

These gorgeous locks are silky and have a glossy look as if they just received a deep conditioner treatment. Some owners prefer to trim their long hair to make grooming more manageable but others prefer the regal aura of their long and elegant fur.

In addition to the beautiful appearance of their fur these pups rarely shed (they are considered to be hypoallergenic).

Teacup Yorkie Care Guide

Mini Yorkie Terrier

Teacup Yorkies are a demanding breed that need very special care.

They need meticulous grooming and a very strict feeding schedule to be happy. Unfortunately they also have a high likelihood of developing a variety of health conditions. These pups are usually bred unethically so they often become sick and live short lives.

The easiest part of their care is that these high maintenance dogs have very low exercise requirements and do not demand much activity each day.

This pup is not for beginners and requires the highest quality care.


Teacup Yorkies have lots of energy but thankfully they can easily be tired out with a little bit of exercise.

All it will take is 20-30 minutes of exercise each day and 1-2 short walks.

Although they do not need a lot of play time each day it is important that you still keep them occupied.

Two important things to remember when exercising them. First of all you must be extremely careful with their fragile bodies. Do not let them jump from high heights and make sure to not step on them while running around. Secondly, in the colder winter months make sure to wrap your little buddy in a warm coat when you take them outside.

If these mischievous pups get bored they will chew on shoes, wires and anything they can get their little teeth on. Fill your home with toys and even consider getting puzzle feeders to challenge their little brains.

You can even teach them new tricks to keep their mind occupied.

As they are prone to tracheal collapse it is advised that you purchase a harness for your pup.

A harness will put much less pressure on their throat.

  • Total Daily Activity: 20-30 minutes.
  • Activity Level: 2/5.
  • Favorite Activity: Fetch.


Teacup Yorkies

The grooming routine of a Teacup Yorkie can be a bit tedious.

These pups have long flowing locks so they must be neatly trimmed and groomed often.

If you allow your dog’s hair to grow out it will likely grow to floor length and you will have to pull any excess hair on the top of their head into a hair tie to keep it out of their eyes. They will need to be brushed daily to keep tangles out of their fur and you will need to visit a groomer every few months to trim their beautiful fur.

Your other option is to give them a puppy cut.

This hair style is done by a groomer and keeps your pup’s fur at a much shorter length. Rather than daily brushing you will only have to brush your pup twice a week and you will not have to take as many trips to the groomer.

They should be bathed once a month, have their nails clipped once a month and should have their ears cleaned out weekly. In addition you should brush your pup’s teeth daily as toy breeds are much more prone to dental issues.


These adorable dogs need a very particular feeding schedule.

The food they need is not very particular but these pups need to be fed every 3-4 hours. They tend to develop hypoglycemiaf (low blood sugar) so they need to be fed often to keep their blood sugar up.

As a Teacup Yorkie owner it may be best to invest in an automatic feeder.

If you are not careful about feeding them often they could have issues with their blood sugar and suffer from seizures.

As they have such tiny bellies they do not need much food at all.

Around 160 calories each day (½cup) will be enough.

That food should be low in fat and calories and have a moderate amount of protein to support healthy bone development.

Health Concerns

Unfortunately you should expect to take frequent trips to the veterinarian if you adopt a Teacup Yorkie because their small size is often bad for their health.

Due to unethical breeding they suffer from a lot of health conditions.

Breeders often take the smallest pups of the litter and breed them together. This produces very weak and sick puppies who have a low chance of survival. When you shrink a puppy down to such an abnormally small size you also shrink all of the vital organs and body parts which do not work as well.

Heart problems and liver problems are a very serious issue for these mini dogs. Liver shunts are very common which leads to the liver not filtering the toxins in the blood.

These poor pups also may develop bone fractures from jumping off heights too.

Of course not every Teacup Yorkie will develop these conditions but their small size makes them susceptible to these health issues.

How Long Does A Teacup Yorkie Live?

Unfortunately as they often suffer from many health conditions your pup will likely only live 7-9 years.

How To Train Teacup Yorkies

Teacup Yorkie Being Held

Teacup Yorkies are extremely intelligent and can be quick learners but their stubborn attitude can often be a great obstacle to their frustrated owners.

These pups do not like to be told what to do and they especially do not respond well to harsh punishment.

They are a very sensitive breed and require lots of encouragement and plenty of treats to even consider doing what you ask of them. Positive reinforcement is the only option with this breed. Any harsh words will cause them to shut down and ignore everything you say.

Potty training will probably be the toughest thing you face as a Teacup Yorkie owner.

These sassy dogs have tiny bladders and a persistent attitude so you will have to be very patient during potty training. Do not lose hope.

If you are able to overcome their attitude then Mini Yorkie Terriers can be quick learners.

Socialization is extremely important for this breed – they are very protective of their families and can become aggressive towards strangers and other dogs.

They may bite or nip if they feel threatened and will likely bark and growl at newcomers.

To avoid this hostile behavior expose your pup to lots of people and animals at an early age. Your puppy should interact with people of different ages and should play with dogs of various sizes.


Teacup Yorkies can make a great companion for single adults or families with older children.

These pups do not take up much space and do not need lots of exercise – they just want constant love and affection.

Just remember despite their appearance they can be quite protective and may be aggressive towards any strangers or dogs who get too close to their loved ones.

Their sassiness can appear in other situations too – especially during training!

Although their small size might be unbelievably adorable breeding for such a small size can often lead to various health concerns.

Given these health concerns you should consider a standard Yorkshire Terrier that has all the delightful characteristics of this breed just in a larger package.

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. I had 2 little girls 12yr 4lb and a 14yr old 3lb they were my world. I can’t seem to find an honest reliable breeder; I’m a 70yr old retired mom who needs a baby again and need help in my search. Can you please give me some advice?

  2. Hello. We just lost our 15 year old little min pin fur baby girl. We are very interested in a list of approved breeders for the teacup Yorkie. Thank you.

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