Although the AKC Standard for Yorkies, which was written 38 years ago, states only that the weight "must not exceed seven pounds", you will see advertisements for "Tiny" or "Teacup" Yorkies weighing as little as three pounds. Special circumstances often come with extra tiny dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are extremely susceptible to both hereditary and non-hereditary health problems, including birth defects that may go undetected for a long time. Other common problems may include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, vomiting, along with extra and expensive tests prior to routine teeth cleanings and surgeries. Small ones are more likely to have poor reactions to anesthesia and die from it.1 Tiny dogs are more easily injured by falls, being stepped on and being attacked by other dogs. These health problems nearly always result in large veterinary bills.
Please take this into consideration and make purchasing a healthy pet your top priority, not size. The "novelty" is certainly not worth the pain, heartbreak, or extra expense. Remember, all Yorkies are comparatively small. The most important thing is finding a healthy puppy that will grow into a healthy adult, especially since you looking at an 11 to 15 year commitment with your Yorkie. This information was obtained from the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America's website.
Yorkshire Terriers are quite sensitive to many medications and have skin disorders. They don't like cold or rain and should wear a sweater in cold weather and they suffer from many health diseases and disorders, which include: Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Portosystemic Shunt, Patellar Luxation, Tracheal Collapse, Retinal Dysplasia, urolithiasis (urinary stones), and sudden death from cardiac disease.
- Sudden cardiac death associated with occult hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in a dog under anesthesia
- Canine and feline urolithiasis: Examination of over 50 000 urolith submissions to the Canadian Veterinary Urolith Centre from 1998 to 2008
- Epitheliotropic cutaneous lymphoma (mycosis fungoides) in a dog