Why My Giant Yorkie Is Better Than Your Teacup Yorkie

Updated on August 26, 2019
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I enjoy writing about pets and other topics online. I have a giant Yorkie named Ginger and a lab-shepherd mix named Chloe.

Small Yorkies are cute, popular, and expensive, but are they really better than larger Yorkies?
Small Yorkies are cute, popular, and expensive, but are they really better than larger Yorkies? | Source

Before we begin, let me clarify that 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 Giant Yorkie? Really?

I am a proud "mommy" to a Yorkshire terrier named Ginger. Ginger is no ordinary Yorkie, however. My adorable, floppy-eared pooch weighs a whopping 16 lbs! For comparison, most Yorkshires weigh somewhere between three and seven pounds. That makes Ginger two to four times as big as most other Yorkies we run into.

Meet Ginger, my 16-pound Yorkie!
Meet Ginger, my 16-pound Yorkie!

Why Are Most Yorkies So Small?

Yorkies, especially tiny ones, fetch a fairly high price on the dog-market. Nowadays, high demand for "teacup" Yorkies 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 tend to have more health issues than their larger counterparts) can be sold at higher prices than normal-sized terriers.

Yorkies that are selectively bred for their petite size (AKA "teacup" Yorkies) are more likely to develop serious health issues than larger individuals.
Yorkies that are selectively bred for their petite size (AKA "teacup" Yorkies) are more likely to develop serious health issues than larger individuals. | Source

Large Yorkies Get as Much Attention as Small Ones

Nevertheless, petite pups aren't the only ones who get noticed. Our outgoing, oversized Yorkie loves attention, and boy does she get it! Whenever we go out, I find myself being bombarded with 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 because of her size, Ginger might not actually be a Yorkie at all. Although I don't know all of the details about her background, I do know that she has two Yorkie parents. That makes her a true Yorkshire terrier!

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. Oh well—I happen to love this precocious pup. Their loss is undoubtedly my gain.

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Ginger is great with children!Ginger may be larger than average, but she's not too big to sit on Santa's lap!
Ginger is great with children!
Ginger is great with children!
Ginger may be larger than average, but she's not too big to sit on Santa's lap!
Ginger may be larger than average, but she's not too big to sit on Santa's lap!

3 Reasons We Love Our Yorkie's Size

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 laps up just about everything life has to offer. Beyond those things, her size offers certain advantages that a smaller Yorkie might not enjoy:

  1. 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 who weighs nearly 90 lbs. Ginger loves to play with both of them, and because of her size, she's able to safely put up with their "ruff-housing."
  2. My husband loves her too! My husband was a little leery when I mentioned getting a small 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 since Ginger is a super-Yorkie, he can take her on walks without feeling as though his masculinity has been compromised.
  3. 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?

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In my eyes Ginger is perfect—even if the AKC doesn't agree with me!This is my husband posing with a one-year-old Ginger.
In my eyes Ginger is perfect—even if the AKC doesn't agree with me!
In my eyes Ginger is perfect—even if the AKC doesn't agree with me!
This is my husband posing with a one-year-old Ginger.
This is my husband posing with a one-year-old Ginger.

Every Dog Deserves a Loving Family

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 regardless of whether or not it fits into the perfect, cookie-cutter mold associated with its breed. To me, Ginger happens to be a perfect example of just that!

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      Rui from Portugal 

      5 days ago

      Hy there! I don´t speak english but my 18 year old Mike was 10 lbs and floppy ears. I lost my dog and it was like a son for me. Was hit by the neighbor's car on the sidewalk front of me...It is ignorance when people say about teh ears and size.

      Today i have a rescued a tiny blondie yorkie that is called FeeFee with a completely different personality.

      Miss you very much Mike and long life for Ginger.

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      Elsabe Pienaar 

      7 days ago

      I have 2 super yorkies! They are super amazing

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      John Olschon 

      9 days ago

      Where can I obtain an extra large female Yorkshire Terrier. I live in South Carolina. If anyone can help email me at.......jhow@atlanticbb.net. Thank you.

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      Dennis Apodaca 

      12 days ago

      I have a 13 pound floppy ear silky yorkie and believe me she always gets so much attention when were out ...always asking what type of beautiful dog is she? I wish I could post a picture

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      TANYA D RODRIGUEZ 

      2 weeks ago

      Loving my 19 lb. big boy, Tucker

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      Freeman 

      2 weeks ago

      Mine was 15lbs and loved him!

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      T. Flanagan 

      3 weeks ago

      I too, have a "giant" Yorkie, and at a whopping 17 lbs. She is all muscle, (not table muscle either - you haters), and wavy coated. LuLu's parents are pure Yorkshire Terriers, making her also a pure bred. Lu is not a show dog, but She has the heart of a "Best in Show". I wouldn't trade my "little girl" for anything.

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      Ben Hadizadeh 

      4 weeks ago

      I am looking for a medium or large size Yorkie poppies for my granddaughter on Long Island, NY or NY area.

      anyone has any suggestion, pls email me at ben11727@gmail.com.

      Thanks.

      Ben

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      Ingrid 

      5 weeks ago

      I also get the little chuckles when I tell others that Tuffy (21 pounds) is a pure Yorkie. I just explain to them that just like Clifford the Big red dog, our made Tuffy grow so big :) We get a lot of compliments when walking around, with long coat he looks a lot like Benjie from the 80's movie.

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      Dee 

      6 weeks ago

      My Yorkie is Princess. She weighs in at 11 pounds. We have no info on her background. We found her in our front yard. We tried desperately to find her owner but no one came forward to claim her. She seemed in poor health so we assumed she had been "dumped". We live in the country so sadly animals, especially cats, are often abandoned here. So off to the vet we went. $400 later it was determined she had an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure. Doc gave us meds and sadly told us she may not live more than a month. Well it's been over a year and she is still with us. She has certainly become a precious part of our family.

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      Jay 

      7 weeks ago

      We have a floppy eared super Yorkie too!Bailey is 24lbs.We got a DNA test because we ended up keeping him after dog sitting and we had no idea what he was,100% yorkie.

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      Hillary 

      7 weeks ago

      My Yorkie, Polo, is also 16 lbs! And I’m very familiar with that conversation lol!

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      lucille 

      2 months ago

      i have a 15 pound yorkie its amazing her parents are 7lb and 9lbs and she the size of both her parents

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      Susie 

      2 months ago

      I had a 15 pound Yorkie. He was perfect. I have grand children and they might hurt a smaller pup. My husband and I love the breed and want another large Yorkie. We lost our pup a couple years ago and are waiting for the right one to come along.

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      Twilliams 

      2 months ago

      Ginger looks just like my adopted Teddy! I wasn't sure how to characterize Teddy but Giant Yorkie does the job :) Teddy's weight fluctuates between 18-20 pounds. Is that a healthy range?

      thanks!

      Tess

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      Joe Pena 

      2 months ago

      I have a giant Yorkie also. His name is Max and weights about 18 pounds. He's very strong and we love him.

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      Barb Grant 

      2 months ago

      Our Buddy is 29 lbs! We had his Dna done because he was a stray we adopted... only Yorkie.

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      Helen 

      3 months ago

      I have a big yorkie too, mine is male and he’s around 12.5lbs, he’s made us so happy because his personality is sweet, gentle and active, he loves swimming and going for mountain walks and he comes from small (regular size, not mini) parents. I guess it’s the genetics coming back because originally they used to be like your Ginger, we’re looking for a girlfriend for him but it’s just hard to find big yorkies nowadays. You can check him out on ig as kenzoslife, maybe we can make puppies lol.

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      Oliver 

      3 months ago

      I just saw ginger, she is the spitting image of my LARGE York I.

      I saw that face on line and I was in my car in upstate ny heading North to PU

      Oliver he could be gingers brother,

      Thanks for sharing

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      Kathy Wells 

      3 months ago

      Looking for a large size Yorkie mix! Thanks

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      Angel 

      3 months ago

      I have a 14 lbs biewer terrier, he looks perfect like a biewer, but bigger than 8 lbs. He has pedigree too, but I don't know why he gets bigger than "usual" haha do you know why this happen?

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      Reannon L 

      3 months ago

      I just had to put my boy down, he was 20lbs and looked just like ginger!! He wasn’t fat nor overweight. He was just a big yorkie and I definitely loved him that size. I wouldn’t have him any other way and if I get another yorkie I definitely want them to be Rex’s size as well, not a tiny little thing.

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      Shantea 

      4 months ago

      I'm so glad I found your article because I have a 12lb Yorkie & people always wanna say he is not a true Yorkie.. but I got papers & seen both his parents... I love him so much he is the best wouldn't trade him for a small pup.. he so playful and loves our 8 month old daughter.i Don think I get him cut like a Yorkie lol but I love his long tail & floppy ears. Simply the best

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      Heather 

      4 months ago

      I have a 13lb, floppy-eared Yorkie and I wouldn’t change him for the world.

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      Debi Alameda 

      4 months ago

      I am so glad I found this article. We also have what you call a giant Yorkie, she weighs 18 lbs and she is beautiful.We rescued her from someone who wanted a smaller Yorkie (she weighed 7 lbs and was 8 months old, when we found her) I asked the vet who told me, "Oh yes, she IS a Yorkie". Like Rebeccada's, our Lily is not fat but she is massive. We love her dearly;-)

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      Rebeccada 

      4 months ago

      My Yorkie is 20 pounds and has floppy ears but isn’t that fat just massive

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      Rebecca Branton Strickland 

      4 months ago

      I have a large Yorkie that is 14 lbs and is not fat. I get so hurt by people thinking she is not a purebred Yorkie..Her parents were 6 and 7 lbs. My great grandchildren love her and she loves everyone. She is a big rowdy bundle of energy when someone comes in but then calms down wanting love. I love her so much. No, we were not expecting her to be this large but I love her just the same as I would if she were half her size. She is my shadow!

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      Rebecca Branton Strickland 

      4 months ago

      I have a large Yorkie that is 14 lbs and is not fat. I get so hurt by people thinking she is not a purebred Yorkie..Her parents were 6 and 7 lbs. My great grandchildren love her and she loves everyone. She is a big rowdy bundle of energy when someone comes in but then calms down wanting love. I love her so much. No, we were not expecting her to be this large but I love her just the same as I would if she were half her size. She is my shadow!

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      CeCe 

      5 months ago

      Hello Marcia. I have an oversized Yorkie baby boy.

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      Kerrie 

      5 months ago

      I love my giant Yorkie. She’s 10 1/2 years old and I’ve had her for 2 years. She spent the first 8 1/2 years of her life in a small cage producing puppies in a puppy mill. She weighs about 15 pounds. She’s still learning how to be a dog. She doesn’t bark or know how to walk up or down stairs. And still working in potty training. But I love her dearly and wouldn’t trade her for anything. Her personality is coming out and she’s finding her voice, first it was a little growl, now there’s a little whining. I’m sure the bark isn’t far behind.

      My new boss also has a giant yorkie and her ex-husband had to get one after they split. Once you have one it’s a life time of love!

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      Marcia 

      5 months ago

      I just lost my beautiful Yorkie Juju. I wonder if anyone would know

      where I could adopt and or find oversized Yorkie.

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      Estelle 

      5 months ago

      I just lost my 23lb Yorkie yesterday to cancer. He was only 9 years old. I loved his size. He was so cuddly, cushiony and lovable. I will be looking for one that is his size again....but not too soon. I need some time to grieve him. He was the best ever!

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      Melissa Cortez 

      6 months ago

      I have a beautifully large Yorkshire Terrier named Leonidas! We thought it was an ironic name for such a tiny puppy. I can’t tell how small he was when we got him. We already had a Yorkie named Natasha. She was bigger at the same age. However, Leo caught up quickly; then he just kept going! He’s probably 10-11lbs now and he’s only 8 months old! I didn’t want a dog this big but now I’m in LOVE! He doesn’t have to be tiny! I guess he’s a Standard. He will always be exceptional to me!

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      April in NC 

      7 months ago

      I am at this moment sitting at the vet waiting on my Yorkie to be done with his visit. He has had pancreatitis once and so is at a higher risk of having it again. But the Vet just made the comment that he has a dog that is close to thirty pounds and "looks like a yorkie too" it upset me more than I expected.

      I understand that my beautiful, wonderful, amazing 20.5 lb yorkie is BIG, but that doesnt mean he isnt what I said he was. Ok, it may not help that I keep him groomed into a more schnauzer style bc he is sensitive to the hair in his face and I cannot keep him brushed and clean bc he is like a 2yr old toddler on steroids. But he is a full breed.

      I also understand that lineage can go back many years and the milkmans dog may have jumped a fence somewhere in his past. But I has papers going back 4 generations. I also understand that I wasnt there 4 gen. ago to verify but cmon now. My Mickey Six is a yorkie from his huge personality to huge his half lop eared head! And to top it off he is solid muscle everywhere including his nubbed tail!

      He is a handful, neurotic to the extreme, and as stubborn as they come and yes training has been an issue. But I love him more than I could put into words!

      I dont feel that when ppl make these silly comments that they are insulting my amazing pup, I feel they are commenting on my own intelligence. Like Im an idiot and cant research and/or read! (Tho I dont spell well. Lol) It really agitates me. And if they think my dog is an issue they havent seen his Momma get riled.

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      Carlene Rodriguez 

      7 months ago

      I'm a proud large Yorkie mom. Sergio is 17 pounds and all muscle. He was a rescue and I love his size. He can run and jump and play and I never have to worry about crushing him when he sleeps on my bed. He snore's louder than most people. I love my big boy!!

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      Buzzy 

      7 months ago

      Gus Napoleon my Yorky who is a whopping 20 pounds and he’s 12 inches high and I love my dog

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      Dalia 

      8 months ago

      I'm so glad to hear that their are large yorkies. My Yorkie puppy is 5 months old and the last time I took her to the vet she was weighing between 7 and 8 pounds. I took her to get groomed yesterday and the groomer told me that my Yorkie looked to big to be a yorkie. It made me feel bad but after reading this article and other people's comments I feel much better about their large yorkies. I love my Yorkie!!

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      Mitzi 

      8 months ago

      Thank you for your article!

      OMG!!! After reading all the comments posted, it’s obvious there’s a need to get more information out there about our awesome giant Yorkies.

      My boy’s name is D’Ohgee Tyrion. Yes, he looks like Tyrion Lannister!

      Like others have mentioned, the rude comments we get when they see a larger yorkie, gets me on a negative defense. I’m a proud giant yorkie mama and I get testy when you insult my baby!

      I only weigh him when he has his bimonthly vet visits. Last visit was 12lbs at 8 months old and I love the crap out him!!! We’ll not literally but you know what I mean. He’s now 9mos and heavier than last month.

      He had a DNA test and he’s Biewer and Yorkshire, which is all Yorkshire if you know the facts.

      My beloved havatuz, passed last year from kidney cancer and I wasn’t handling it too well. GOD gave me another duty...take care of D’Ohgee! I think that’s my purpose, to take care of animals that others may abuse. D’Ohgee’s very short but stocky. His bones are very big and heavy (like my husband’s. Hee hee). He gorgeous! Black, tan, red gold and white (the dog not my husband. But he handsome too). Stunning! His head is huge and his ears are floppy. Like I said, he looks like Tyrion Lannister, my GOT hero.

      Like the other comments, both his parents were under 7 and 8 lbs. He now has a big brother who is a 100lb golden retriever. They both love to play with one another and I’m not as worried due to his compact size.

      Again I say, there is a need for more attention on the “Standard Yorkshire”. Stop with all the false breeding before we permanently mess up what GOD intended...GIANT YORKIES

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      Angie 

      8 months ago

      I am so glad to find and read your post!! I was not sure if our Bear, a 16 pound, almost 2 year old Yorkie was normal! Although the vet says he is perfect. He is so fun-loving and active. He loves to play catch and run! We know he has two Yorkie parents, which doesn't matter to us, it only confirms he is indeed a Yorkie. He's a great addition to our family. Thank you for sharing your story!!

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      Daniel 

      8 months ago

      Where can I get a Giant ?

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      Kim Young 

      8 months ago

      My Baxter is 25 lbs. Dad was 6.5 and mom was approx 5 when we bred them. We still have the momma. She birthed only one. He is incredible, loyal and loveable.

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      Etta 

      9 months ago

      I have a Yorkie that weighs 19lbs - he is NOT overweight, but extremely lean and healthy. His size is very deceiving, he is like picking up a rock. You do not realize how heavy he is, until you pick him up. He is now 12 years old and extremely active. He is a lovable and devoted friend! And yes we get alot of people asking us what kind of dog he is, and the 'no way...he is actually a Yorkie?' comments. We just tell every one he is a Standard Yorkie (not a toy). So I am glad to hear that he is not the only Yorkie that is not so small. Everything I read say that the average weight is about 7 lbs. He is very healthy and so far has none of the health problems I read about other Yorkies. Even though he can be a couch potato, he loves to play with the kids. He is the perfect size for the children to play with and we do not have to worry about him getting hurt. He is also unbelievably smart, and it takes no time to teach him anything. A wonderful trait of the Yorkie!

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      Diana 

      9 months ago

      I have a Yorkie that is about 5lbs overweight is it safe to breed her? I just got her.

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      Patsy Hernandez 

      9 months ago

      I too have a larger yorkie.both of his parents we're under 7 pounds.he must be 15 pounds now

      But I love him so much.he looks like a yorkie.i hav ed papers that say he is full bred

      All I know us I would'nt trade him for anything

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      Jen Tielemans 

      9 months ago

      We adopted our yorkie 3 yrs ago. He is almost 4 now and weighs 13 pounds. Due to the way he was treated, it took almost a year for him to trust and feel comfortable in his new home. He is buddy to our Chorkie who weighs about 12 pounds and is just a few months younger. Both dogs had very small parents weigehei g about 6 to 7 pounds.

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      Andrew 

      9 months ago

      We have a 15 lb Yorkie, Bigby, who's THE best! He's adorable and athletic and fast and sweet and really good at making vermon disappear and loyal and a total lover. He's 11, and as much as I wish he could love forever, I know he will not, so I'm looking for another giant Yorkie. Hands down, he's the best dog I've ever owned.

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LKy7m0P9nWYTmLIgN...

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      Sarah 

      9 months ago

      I have a 7kg Yorkie. He is 14 months old now and I just love him. And I too love his size. I have seen the tiny little yorkies, who are adorable for sure. But I love mine. He is strong, sturdy and the most adorable little thing!

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      Fairyheart 

      9 months ago

      I have a 13 lb parti yorky that I need to rehome, no one wants a larger girl! Located in Wv, neat Md and Va borders.

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      Faith 

      9 months ago

      Where did you find Ginger?? I am looking for a larger Yorkie and I am struggling finding one.

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      kgordon2@comcast.net 

      9 months ago

      More power to the big yorkie! EddieG will be 6yrs on the 24. Weighting in at 12lbs & loving life!

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      Hulk 

      9 months ago

      I have a 21 pound Yorkie. He isn't fat, just HUGE! I tell people he is the Hulk Hogan of Yorkies.

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      Miss Molly 

      10 months ago

      Hi, what a lively girl Ginger! My miss Molly 5 years old from a Irish pound been with us at 3 year. She us also s big breed. 16 lbs of love.

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      Linda Gr 

      10 months ago

      Thank you for your story on dogs that don't conform to size. I, too, have a 16 lb. Yorkie. Mattie has papers and I got him because he was too big for the typical Yorkie owner. He is 9 yrs. and too full of energy to believe. My grandchildren find him entertaining but noisy. He has a sister who is also too large for her breed, Aimee the Pembroke Corgi. She is 13 yrs. and still hanging with Matt. Aimee is opposite of Mattie and very quiet. Aimee's first sister, a Shetland Sheepdog, passed away when she was 9 yrs. Angel was very tiny for a Sheltie. Size is irrelevant. Each of these pups brought love into our home.

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      Paige Maher 

      10 months ago

      We rescued a yorkie from the Not So Great Flood of 2016. She was left tied to a chair with just her head out of the water the cajun navy heard here and followed her yelps. We were loading animals on to trailers and sending them to a shelter when she was placed in our arms. I took here to my vet to see if she was chipped. My vet advised me that she was malnourished and looked to have been abused along with not spayed and heartwormed positive. As of today Dr Brook says she (Izzybelle) won the lottery. She is a whopping 17 Ibs and is heartworm negative.

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      Wayne+- 

      10 months ago

      My wife has a yorkie named Dixie, she is 11lbs of muscle and mischevous character. She is a real delight a little stubborn so training is interesting, definitely an intelligent dog and very protective.

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      Kevin flamion 

      11 months ago

      We breed yorkies most of our pups have been in the 5lb range but my daughter got one of our male pups and he grew up to be 15lbs and he is very good looking yorkie ,pups can go back generations,and this pup proved that.

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      Sandraanddan@ol.com 

      11 months ago

      Our Cooper is a whopping 18 Lbs . He was a rescued pup 1 year old ( with papers) We were the third family to take him , all others took him back - he was too big . He came with many unacceptable habits . I think in an attempt to keep him small ., he was abused . He is 11 years old now - what a wonderful pal he is . ! We are so thankful for him - no health problems either .

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      Alanna 

      11 months ago

      My best boy, Zen, is almost 6 and he’s 17 lbs. he’s way bigger than the other Yorkies I’ve seen but no one really questions it since he isn’t a show dog

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      Krista 

      12 months ago

      I have my ‘King of the Yorkies’ and giant amongst yorkies Dolce at 18.4 lbs. His siblings were smaller and the breeder said he would grow to approximately 5-8 lbs... which I didn’t believe at all because he already felt like 3 or 4 lbs and he was 10 weeks old. I love and chose my sturdy designer dog for his greatness personality and strength.

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      Darcy Wollaston 

      12 months ago

      Ive got a 12 lb yorkie. We were told he would be about 4-5 lbs, as his parents were both 4 lbs. To add to his unique (for a yorkie) size, he's also a parti yorkie. He's golden and white with floppy ears. People are always saying how cute he is, then asking what breed. When i say he's a parti yorkie they assume he must be a mixed breed. I then have to explain parti refers to his coloring, and he's a purebred yorkie. Then they start naming other breeds he looks like he could be. Nope, he's a large, beautiful, goofy, floppy eared, golden parti yorkie that I couldn't love more.

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      Melissa 

      12 months ago

      My 9 year old yorkie is 15lbs. Zoey rules the roost.

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      Nan Rickey 

      12 months ago

      Ha mine is 18 pounds and healthy..again not wanted as she was to big..she is amazing

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      Judmarie 

      12 months ago

      Mine weights 18lb, when she streches she's almost 3 tiles long. She is not fat she has a strong healthy body. Shiny coat. She is a recued female dog. She's perfect

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      Becky 

      12 months ago

      I have a 3 yr old male purebred Yorkie that weighs 16 lbs. He is solid muscle and nof fat.

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      Lynn 

      13 months ago

      Hi, I have a 14 Pounds yorkie. He is such a good boy. My family and I love him so much.

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      Donna 

      14 months ago

      My large size Yorkie is named Luther. He is 13. He is very smart. We love him. I want another one.

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      Ron 

      14 months ago

      Your story sounds familiar.... although our Yorkie at 9lbs, floppy ears and nice curly coat, gets attention wherever he goes, and gets asked the same question...after I tell them that he is a pure bred Yorkie they are surprised, they all have the misconception that Yorkies are these 2lb little dogs that you carry around everywhere. Our Yorkie has a 5lb mother and 6lb father which are pure breed but only father with floppy ears and siblings with the typical smaller size pointy ear Yorkies. Our pup is 10 months old and I don't expect him to grow anymore but his size is perfect and more durable to play with any size dog out there...he plays with dogs his size up to 90lb pit bull with no problems. Bottom line is they are family no matter the size or the breed we love them all the same.

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      Beinda 

      15 months ago

      I have a 14lb Yorkie that sounds exactly Iike the story you described. She gets along great with our 75lb Shiberian/German Shephard and in fact is often the aggressor.

      His size is convenient, he’s confident and comfortable and we love all 14lbs of our fiesta Fido!

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      Bernadette 

      15 months ago

      She is cute and size does not matter.

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      Cheryl 

      15 months ago

      I got a yorkie on Mother’s Day. He is a cutie. But people say he is not because he doesn’t have baby doll face, longer muzzle, floppy ears, and weighs 10lbs. He is the love of the family with his older sister who is a Brussels Griffon/ Shizu mix. We love our dogs.

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      Kara 

      15 months ago

      I love your post and couldn't agree more that your 16 lb Yorkie is just as adorable and deserving of love than a 'designer' purse-pup! I have adopted a Yorkie who was the runt of the litter. He is 9 weeks old and weighs 2 lbs. He will probably be no more than 4- 4.5 lbs, fully grown. I also have two adorable "Miniature" Schnauzers, weighing in at 17.5 and 19 lbs. They are larger than I was told/expected them to get. Size is only important if you truly want a lapdog that will actually fit on your lap or if you need an accessory to your outfit (lol). I adopted my baby because I am not expecting, as I age, to be able to do some of the things a larger dog needs such as purposefully walking them two times a day, lifting them into the bathtub or up the stairs. Otherwise, love is love. And all of our four-legged friends deserve attention and a good home! I do not agree with breeding to get a smaller and smaller dog. Thank you for sharing Ginger with us all!

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      GeorgetownLaw1908 

      15 months ago

      My 15 year old healthy male Yorkie is 15 lbs. He has been as small as 9lbs when he lost weight when we went on a 2 week vacation and could Not take him.He has arthritis but still mobile, walks the steps etc, has cataracts but still can see.He has high ALP liver levels but that's been the case for 3 years and meds did Not help. No issues at all with hearing and has all his teeth. Something his Vet is amazed at.When we first purchased him had no idea he would be this size but very happy he is. He is a pure bred and has even had a DNA test. His brother whom my friend has is 6 lbs.Does anyone know how to find a yorkie pup that will be this size?

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      Gary Miller 

      16 months ago

      I had a Yorkie and I had to put him down he had liver cancer and now my heart's hurting and I would like to find a big Yorkie like him he weighed about 21 pounds and I wasn't afraid to walk him down the road that made you look Goofy he was a handsome dog look like the one I saw the name ginger on here if someone knows where I can get a big Yorkie that's close to this area Southern Indiana northern Kentucky please text me back

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      Susan Stancliff 

      16 months ago

      We have a 14 pound yorkie that we are trying to find a home for... Does anybody know of someone who would love her?

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      Elaine Europa 

      17 months ago

      I recently lost my 13 yr. old giant Yorkie to kidney failure. My husband and I are heartbroken. Right now we are grieving his loss and we know there isn't a dog that can ever take his place. Our house is so empty right now but we are hoping after the grief passes we would like to get another giant Yorkie the problem is there aren't any. They are breeding Yorkies that are tiny or micro. Does anyone know of a breeder that raises giant Yorkies in the Arizona area. Knowing we can't ever get another giant or large Yorkie is making our loss even more painful.

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      Cathi 

      17 months ago

      I have 2 giant yorkies. Mario is 16 lbs. and his brother Luigi is 18lbs. The breeder guaranteed they would be 6lbs. and 8lbs. I love them both, and wouldn’t change them for anything.

      Three months later, the breeders were both arrested for running a puppy mill. We had no idea!

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      Nancy G. Hartsell 

      17 months ago

      First we want to thank you for sharing this wonderful story about your dog, Ginger. We were blessed with taking care of my Mom’s 18 lb. Yorkshire that she rescued from the Humane Society in Morganton NC. He went with us to Myrtle Beach, Florida, Boone, Pawley’s Island, and New York, We also took him to work with us every day. He was a charmer with the ladies. Our customers would bring him treats.

      We want to send a message to Angelina.

      We are interested in the 20lb. Yorkshire she has. We treasure our memories of our King Lucky Dog. He is now in heaven with my Mom as my husband told me:)

      Thank you again for sharing Ginger and her photos.

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      Angelina 

      17 months ago

      I have a 1 yr 1 mo old boy yorkie who is also purebred. I own the mother and father who are 8 and 9 lbs. My boy is close to 20 lbs. I am looking for a good home for him if any of you are interested in a friend for your big babies!

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      Dani 

      18 months ago

      Yes!!!!! I have a 8 month old yorkie and he is 11 pounds!! He is huge, comes from 2 yorkie parents and looks 100% like a yorkie!! And I love him!!

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      Sue R. 

      18 months ago

      I have a giant yorkie too! I get the same thing when I say his weight when he's not in my presence. He was a healthy weight at 18 pounds. He's over 13 yo now, and is 20 pounds. His arthritis makes it hard for long walks, but he's got a lot spunk left in him! We rescued him from a shelter and they said he was full

      My yorkie's name is Luke Skywalker, but he looks more like a Chewy!

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      Rich 

      18 months ago

      We have a 16 male yorkie "Shadow"...absolutely best dog ever....

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      Jamie Purzner 

      18 months ago

      She looks just like my Yorkie!!!!!

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      Angela Hershberger 

      18 months ago

      I also have a Giant Yorkie! Her name is Penny and she is 3 years and 15lbs! I love the bigger size and would love to find another this big. Love my girl!

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      lori 

      19 months ago

      I love my porkie Yorkie!!! 15 pounder named "BABY"

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      K. Harris 

      19 months ago

      I just adopted my li'l man Angus "Bear" 6 weeks ago. He is 6.5 years, 12.5 pounds of solid Yorkie love. I have mostly had Rottweilers in my life so I love a big dog, but NYC living means a small dog is the most humane thing to do. Angus and I are like peas n' carrots. He is rough and tumble but loves being in my arms as much as possible. I love not feeling like I have to be precious with him because of his size. We saved each other truly.

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      Angela 

      20 months ago

      I have a giant biewer, he is 10 pounds!

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      Liz 

      21 months ago

      Love this! Our yorkie girl is 16lbs too!

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      JJanssen 

      21 months ago

      Boscorelli just turned 14. Love this 12lb buddy to bits!

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      Char 

      23 months ago

      My dog is a Yorkshire terrier too. She weighed six pounds when we got her at 3 months old. The lady told us she would weigh no more than 10 pounds. She weighs 38 pounds. And believe me she's a true yorkei

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      Mary 

      23 months ago

      I have a Yorkie Nita at 13lbs. She is pure bred and looks exactly like your Ginger. One thing people don't realise about the breed is that the original Yorkie was a medium sized dog....quite large bred to hunt rats in English factories. They were later put in pits with rats as workers gambled over the dog's performance. The gamblers began realizing that the smaller dogs were faster in the pits so they began breeding them smaller and smaller. The true nature of the Yorkie is actually to be medium sized. So our Yorkies aren't giant, they are just getting back closer to their natural state.

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      Gwen 

      23 months ago

      My dog is a large Yorkshire terrier and i love him because he is unique. I have not seen one like him

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      Shirley 

      23 months ago

      My baby Samantha weighs abut 15 lbs but loved so much more she is our fur baby and love her as she is .

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      evelyn 

      23 months ago

      I have a giant yorkie, his name is scrappy, all the rest of his litter were small to average size but not my scrapper he now weighs in at 20ibs weight and my vet is always smiling as she says only that she knows the mom and dad and literally birthed him she is also amazed. I would not trade my scappy or in fact his smaller but equally cute lily for nothing but yes similiarly to others I always get are you sure he is a yorkie.

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      Janet 

      23 months ago

      I've had two of the larger yorkies and I loved them!! I would like to find another large one some day

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      Great Scott 

      24 months ago

      King Tuck (my Yorkie) is a whopping 16 pounds as well - and not overweight. Thank you for writing this article and I totally get what you're saying. He is the first "smallish" dog I've had and he is truly the best - protective, fast, smart, and strong. Perfect for me!

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      Melissa 

      24 months ago from Canada

      I am so glad that I read this article! The resemblance between my Chloe Mae and your Ginger is spectacular. She is 7 years old and tips the scales at 21lbs. If I had not witnessed her birth with my own eyes I would not believe she was even a Silky Terrier at all. Both her parents are so tiny. 5lbs the both of them. I get some very snooty comments about her when I am asked what breed she is! I see now that she is not abnormal in size as much as I thought.

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      Spike'sMom 

      24 months ago

      I love my big Yorkie named Spike. He's 14lbs of pure love. I always tell him that he is the doggie of my dreams. I am sad that the breed restrictions are so controlled that size is more important than health. That is so wrong! What possesses humans to do that to sweet dogs?!!

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      Djacobs54 

      2 years ago

      My Yorkie is 24 lbs his name is Chewie short for (Chewbacca).

      He was rescued several years ago. My wife and I love him dearly!

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      Janet 

      2 years ago

      Ginger looks exactly like my Yorkie. Beau has the same characteristics as your Yorkie. He was supposed to weigh 5-7 pounds but weighs 16 pounds also. We could not love him and his brother, Scooter Pie.

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      BAILEY'S mommy 

      2 years ago

      My bailey turned 1 on September 21, she's my absolute joy. She weighs a big ol 11.7 pounds where I don't feel she's big at all I get the same comments, " she's big for a Yorker isn't she"

      Or she's not a real Yorkie because her ears don't stand up. She's the first small breed dog I've ever owned but I wouldn't take nothin for her. Her dr seems to think she's over weight and I should cut back on her food and treats,but she's very active and spends a lot of her time huntin lizards. I'm proud to be her mommy!

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