What Is the Different Between a Toy Yorkie & Teacup Yorkie?

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What Is the Different Between a Toy Yorkie & Teacup Yorkie?
Yorkshire terriers are a toy breed. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of tanakawho)

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognised Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, in 1885. The breed originated in England to catch rats. According to the AKC, Yorkies are members of the Toy Group.


The Yorkshire Terrier Club of America is the parent or main club. A Yorkie normally weighs from 1.81kg. to 3.18kg.

Official Breed

The only recognised name is Yorkshire terrier. There is no Toy Yorkshire terrier or Teacup Yorkshire terrier breed.

Size Divisions

There is no recognised division of Yorkies called toy, teacup, mini, micro or any other size division. According to Gale Thompson of the Yorkshire Club of America, although a puppy may be born that is smaller than standard (runt), it is not desirable, and breeding to make Yorkies smaller is not responsible.

Substandard Size

According to Thompson, most breeders do not consider bitches less than 2.27kg. suitable for breeding, and very small Yorkies are more likely to have hereditary problems and sustain injuries.

Toy or Teacup

Since the terms toy or teacup Yorkies are marketing ploys and not actual terms, there are no specific differences. According to Dr. Louise Murray, the puppy is often a runt or the offspring of runts, not a special breed. Murray warns that breeding for tiny sizes creates unhealthy dogs.

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