Yes, Teacup Yorkies are hypoallergenic because of their short hair and how little they shed. Typically, dogs with fur will cause allergies in humans while those will hair, such as the Teacup Yorkie, will not. Let’s explore these small dogs further.
Table of Contents
- Do Teacup Yorkies Shed?
- Do Teacup Yorkie’s Coats Smell?
- What are Teacup Yorkies?
- How Big are Teacup Yorkies?
- What is the Temperament of Teacup Yorkies?
- What is the Teacup Yorkie Lifespan?
- Are Teacup Yorkies High Maintenance?
- Are Teacup Yorkies Easy to Train?
- What are the Health Problems in Teacup Yorkies?
- Are There any Prominent Concerns with Teacup Yorkies?
- How Much Do Teacup Yorkies Cost?
- Adopting a Teacup Yorkie
Do Teacup Yorkies Shed?
Teacup Yorkies have hair not fur, in this sense, they are more similar to humans than other breeds – hair-wise.
Just as humans do not leave balls of their hair all over the house, nor will your Teacup Yorkie. This is the primary reason behind their hypoallergenic nature.
Do Teacup Yorkie’s Coats Smell?
This breed’s coat is notorious for having an odor if it’s not well-groomed.
Yorkies will primarily smell because of their dense coat. If they perspire and aren’t groomed properly, their coat will smell. Additionally, they suffer from skin diseases and allergies which their thick coat exacerbates. Their body oils can accumulate in their hair and cause quite the smell if not taken care of.
A healthy diet and proper grooming can mitigate the smell.
What are Teacup Yorkies?
Teacup Yorkies are essentially smaller versions of the Yorkshire Terrier. If two small Yorkshire Terriers mate, there is an increased likelihood that they will have at least one tiny offspring in their litter.
They originated as accidents; these tiny pups were simply the “runts of the litter”. Then, when there grew a demand for such small Yorkies, breeders began mating small Yorkshire Terriers to increase the likelihood of small offspring.
Any Yorkie that is smaller than average, is considered a Teacup Yorkie.
How Big are Teacup Yorkies?
Teacup Yorkies are generally 2 to 4 pounds and 5 to 7 inches tall. They look exactly like the bigger versions of themselves, simply shrunk.
They will reach their adult weight after 1 year.
What is the Temperament of Teacup Yorkies?
In terms of temperament, Teacup Yorkies are exactly like the larger versions of themselves.
Don’t let their tiny stature fool you, these dogs can be feisty. They are full of energy and attitude just as their parents are.
Perhaps, their most prominent trait is their love of attention. If you are looking for a lap dog and to tend to your pup’s every desire, this crossbreed is for you.
What is the Teacup Yorkie Lifespan?
On average, Teacup Yorkies will live 12 years. However, they do have some inherent health concerns because of their tiny size. So, you will need to constantly monitor your pup to make sure they are well.
We recommend regular visits to your veterinarian even if they appear fine as if something is wrong, it is best to catch it early. Plus, their tiny size can make it difficult to see every physical issue that could be present.
Are Teacup Yorkies High Maintenance?
In general, they are more high maintenance than you may have assumed. These pups should eat every 3-4 hours (though small amounts each time) because they are prone to low blood sugar issues.
Additionally, they have highly sensitive stomachs so you will need to test out different foods with them to make sure it doesn’t upset their tummy. Plus, they need frequent grooming to avoid smelling up your house.
However, they are not high maintenance when it comes to exercise as they are so tiny, a short walk will do the trick. Finally, they love attention as all Yorkies do but this shouldn’t be a problem considering how adorable they are!
Are Teacup Yorkies Easy to Train?
Training your tiny Yorkie will be like training any other Yorkie. They are known to be barkers; however, this can be trained out of them.
The good news is that these dogs enjoy pleasing their masters. They love being the center of attention so if you reward them for their good behavior, they will appreciate the acknowledgment and continue attempting to please you.
What are the Health Problems in Teacup Yorkies?
It is no surprise that these tiny pups do have various health concerns. They are bred using smaller than average parents who likely have problematic genes.
Your Teacup Yorkie will have weaker than average bones.
They are often hypoglycemic. This health issue will most likely show itself between 8 to 16 weeks and could result in seizures. Monitor your Yorkie especially closely during this period and take them to the vet if anything seems out of the ordinary.
Finally, Teacup Yorkies will get cold quickly so make sure you dry them thoroughly after a bath and give them a coat if you live somewhere cold. Never leave them outside or walk them for too long in the winter.
Are There any Prominent Concerns with Teacup Yorkies?
These dogs are tiny. Though it makes them – perhaps – even more adorable than regular Yorkies, it also makes them more vulnerable.
At the dog park, be sure to keep a keen eye on your pup as they are spirited and sometimes don’t take into account their miniature stance.
Further, when walking around your home or entertaining, your mini Yorkie could be quite easily tripped over. Be cautious of your footing because a small trip for you could seriously injure them.
How Much Do Teacup Yorkies Cost?
Teacup Yorkies are much rarer than regular Yorkshire Terriers. For this reason, you may find you’re paying a premium price and you are. On average, your tiny Yorkie will cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,000 US.
Where the price you pay will fall on that spectrum depends on the quality of your breeder and the health of your pup. Due to the many health concerns that usually occur within the first few months, Teacup Yorkie breeders typically sell these puppies when they are around 6 months old.
Adopting a Teacup Yorkie
Breeding these mini puppies can be challenging and on occasion, dangerous. As discussed, they are the “runt of the litter” so many do end up at animal rescues and similar organizations.
We recommend visiting some non-profits and checking if they have or know of any Teacup Yorkies you can add to your family.