Are Teacup Yorkies Smart? (Solved & Explained!)

Even though they are super-small, Teacup Yorkies are also super smart. Size does not count for much when comes to the intelligence of a Teacup Yorkie. They are just as intelligent as traditional Yorkies and can learn new skills quickly and easily.

The Intelligent Teacup, Teacup Yorkies are great at learning new skills and actually enjoy obedience training.

Are Teacup Yorkies Easy To Train?

Teacup Yorkies can be difficult to train, not because they are slow learners but because they are stubborn and do not like being told what to do!

The best approach with Teacup Yorkies is to turn training sessions into a game. Make obedience a fun activity that also helps you bond. This will keep your Teacup Yorkie engaged and happy, so they will likely learn easier and faster.

How Smart is a Teacup Yorkie?

According to canine psychologists at Science Alert, Teacup Yorkies are above average in intelligence. They rank 27th out of 100 according to the official Business Insider list alongside their traditional terrier counterparts.

On average Yorkshire terriers, in general, learn a new trick within 15 to 20 repetitions and will remember the trick or command correctly 70% of the time thereafter.

Of course, the more you repeat the trick, the longer they will remember. Therefore it is essential that you continue obedience training even after your teacup Yorkie is trained. Like all other breeds, they will benefit from refresher sessions from time to time.

Are Teacup Yorkies Hard To Potty Train?

Teacup Yorkies are no harder or easier to potty train than traditional Yorkies or other dog breeds.

They are known for being stubborn, but generally, they do not like to poop where they eat or sleep so you can use this to your advantage when potty training your Teacup Yorkie.

Make sure to keep their training consistent and use plenty of positive reinforcement. 

Trying to force a Teacup Yorkie or punishing them harshly when they have an accident will only have a negative impact on their training and make potty training them a longer process than necessary.

Are Male or Female Teacup Yorkies More Intelligent?

Both male and female Teacup Yorkies have the same level of intelligence. There is no difference between the genders.

Male Yorkies can be slightly more energetic than their female counterparts, and the females can be more affectionate – but both genders are very active and loving and super smart too!

Do Teacup Yorkies Have Behavioural Issues?

No breed is born with behavioral issues and the same goes for the Teacup Yorkie. Behavioral issues usually develop after birth as a result of the dog’s life experience.

Behavioral issues tend to come about as a result of mistreatment, a change in routine, poor training, after a physical injury, during the healing process, or after a traumatic event.

This is the same across all dog breeds and is not the result of one breed or another. Some breeds are highly energetic which can be mistaken as a behavioral issue but it is just a case of training and exercising your active dog rather than punishing them for hyperactivity.

Can I Train a Teacup Yorkie To Use a Litterbox?

Absolutely you can train your Teacup Yorkie to use a litterbox! And the good news is that due to their small size, a standard cat litterbox should be enough – just make sure to use doggie letter instead of cat litter in the tray.

Litter training your Teacup Yorkie is an ideal solution for anyone who lives in an apartment or otherwise does not have a backyard. 

Because they are smart they will take to the litterbox in no time, and Teacup Yorkies, like other breeds, like to know that they have a designated place to toilet.

Can I Leave My Teacup Yorkie Home Alone?

If your Teacup Yorkie is an adult and fully trained, it is fine to leave them alone in the home for a few hours at a time.

However, it is not recommended to leave your Teacup Yorkie home alone for longer than 6 hours. Teacup Yorkies are highly social dogs that can get anxious if left alone for too long.

They also have small bladders and will need to relieve themselves after this amount of time. You can leave your Teacup Yorkie a little longer if you have a litter box in the house where they can toilet.

Are Teacup Yorkies High Maintenance?

Only in their attitude and sense of style! Otherwise, Teacup Yorkies are no harder than other breeds to take care of.

Teacup Yorkies are demanding of your love and attention. They are very social and love spending time with their owners. They will want to be with you always, and they enjoy being pampered and preened, so trips to the local dog groomer will go down a treat.

They are easy to care for in terms of exercise because they do not need much. A walk around the block isn’t far for us but it is huge to a Teacup Yorkie, so they are happy with short frequent walks throughout the day instead of hours-long hikes.

Are Teacup Yorkies Emotional?

Teacup Yorkies are full of positive emotions. They adore their owners and other pets in the house. The pack is their life and they would do anything to defend it.

This leads them to be a little clingy and may even bark at passers-by. The trick is to socialize your Teacup Yorkie with as many people and animals as possible so they do not become too possessive of their owners or overly vigilant to dangers.

Can I Teach My Teacup Yorkie To Do Tricks?

Since Teacup Yorkies are intelligent you can easily teach them a few fun tricks! Training is fun for Teacup Yorkies if you make the training sessions interactive and a positive experience.

Teacup Yorkies are taught tricks the same way as other breeds and traditional Yorkies. They love spending time with their owners so your Teacup Yorkie will more than appreciate the extra time you spend teaching them new commands!