Why My Giant Yorkie Is Better Than Your Teacup Yorkie
First Thing's First
Just a little disclaimer here. I am not actually saying that other yorkies are not as good as mine, or that there is something wrong with having a small dog. The point I'm trying to get across in this article is simply this: Not all good things fit in a purse or the palm of your hand, and I love my dog despite her abnormally large size! So please, relax, read, and enjoy!
A Yorkie? Really?
I am a proud "mommy" to a Yorkshire Terrier named Ginger. Ginger, however, is no ordinary Yorkshire Terrier. This adorable, floppy eared pooch weighs a whopping 16lbs! Nowadays, a high demand for "teacup" yorkies, coupled with a high selling price, has led to the unscrupulous breeding of these precious little dogs. The runt from one litter is often bred with the runt from another in an effort to produce the smallest yorkie possible. These itty bitty dogs, which are often plagued by the most health problems, also fetch the highest price.
Nevertheless, petite pups aren't the only ones who get noticed. Our outgoing, oversized yorkie loves attention, and boy does she get it too! Whenever we go out, I often find myself being bombarded by questions from people we meet. The exchange usually goes something like this:
Admirer: What an adorable little dog!
Me: Thank you!
Admirer: What breed is she?
Me: She's a yorkie.
Admirer: She's awfully big for a yorkie, don't you think? How much does she weigh?
Me: Yep, she's my giant yorkie. She weighs 16 lbs.
Admirer: My friend, family member, etc. has a [insert random hybrid name here] that looks a lot like her.
Me: Yeah... she's just a big yorkie.
I always get a little chuckle out of those people who seem to suggest that Ginger might not actually be a yorkie at all, because of her size. Although I don't know all of the details about her background, I do know that she has two yorkie parents, making her a true yorkie! I adopted her as a puppy from someone who didn't want her because she grew to be so large. She was not the designer dog that they had hoped for. Don't ask me how someone could think that this is a good reason to get rid of their dog, but I happen to love this precocious pup. Their loss is undoubtedly my gain.
More To Love
I love Ginger for many reasons. She is loving, loyal, and sociable. She's a tenacious terrier who loves her family, loves to play, and just everything life has to offer. Beyond those things, her size offers certain advantages that a smaller yorkie might not enjoy.
- She's a sturdy little dog. I have a one year old son who, despite my best efforts, likes to manhandle our dogs. I also have a very playful lab/shepherd mix, that weighs nearly 90lbs. Ginger loves to play with both of them, and because of her size she's not as fragile as, say a two or three pound dog.
- My husband loves her too! My husband was a little leery when I mentioned getting a little dog, and understandably so. He just couldn't see himself walking down the street with a tiny three pound dog on a dainty pink leash. But with our super-yorkie he can take walks with her without feeling as though his masculinity has been compromised.
- She attracts attention, and despite how it may have seemed at the beginning of this article, I like that. I mean, who wouldn't like hearing people say how cute their dog is over and over?
In The End
What I would like people to take away from this article is that all dogs deserve love, and a good home. A dog of any size can be a wonderful companion, despite not fitting into that perfect, cookie cutter mold that you may have wanted to begin with. To me, Ginger happens to be a perfect example of just that!
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