Why My Giant Yorkie Is Better Than Your Teacup Yorkie

Updated on October 11, 2015

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!

That spunky dog!
That spunky dog!
She's great with children!
She's great with children!

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.

Ginger and Santa
Ginger and Santa

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.

  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, 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.
  2. 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.
  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?

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!
My husband with Ginger at 1 year old
My husband with Ginger at 1 year old

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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        Donna 

        2 weeks 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 

        3 weeks 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 

        6 weeks 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 

        6 weeks ago

        She is cute and size does not matter.

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        Cheryl 

        6 weeks 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 

        7 weeks 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 

        2 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 

        3 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 

        3 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 

        3 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 

        4 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 

        4 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 

        4 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 

        4 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. 

        5 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 

        5 months ago

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

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        Jamie Purzner 

        5 months ago

        She looks just like my Yorkie!!!!!

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        Angela Hershberger 

        5 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 

        5 months ago

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

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        K. Harris 

        6 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 

        6 months ago

        I have a giant biewer, he is 10 pounds!

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        Liz 

        7 months ago

        Love this! Our yorkie girl is 16lbs too!

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        JJanssen 

        8 months ago

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

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        Char 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        10 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 

        10 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 

        10 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 

        10 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 

        10 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 

        10 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 

        10 months 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 

        11 months 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 

        11 months 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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        CLARY 

        13 months ago

        I adopted a big Yorkie with pedigree papers, but I wonder whether he actually is purebred since at 5 yrs old he weighs 15 pounds, he is bigger than my previous one, not a teacup but much smaller than this one.

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        erin w. 

        13 months ago

        omg I have dog that looks very similar to a yorkie but is 20-22 pounds. He is a rescue and I have no idea what he might be a mix of, but maybe he's just a large yorkie???? could this be possible?

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        Anne 

        13 months ago

        Our Yorkie looks like yours and ours is about 16lbs too. At 6 months he was already 7lbs. He is very sturdy and although he is turning 8 this Dec 23rd he still acts like a puppy. Very playful but protective of his family.

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        Jeanelle 

        13 months ago

        So glad I came across this post. My Yorkie, Kujo, is 11 pounds and even though I got him from a breeder with papers saying he is 100% yorkie I was beginning to wonder if maybe he was mixed with something. I love my Kujo who despite being 11 pounds thinks he is the big dog of the neighborhood and wouldn't change him for the world. Guess God knew he had to be more sturdy to survive three boys :). Great seeing so many other people with big Yorkies as well.

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        Kylie 

        13 months ago

        Yorkies are like aussies, they have a very wide size range. However, AKC has a standard for show yorkies and it’s what many people go by. Yorkies were originally bred for hunting...not shows...and over the years have become purse dogs so many of the large yorkies aren’t popular. Large yorkies are still pure bred!! I have a 15 lb, feisty girl and have been struggling to find another breeds for large yorkies. I love all dogs but it’s sad that this breed has dwindled to the teacups.

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        Cynthia 

        13 months ago

        I rescued my jolly giant the same day his first family surrendered him. He is a handful for sure and always glad to spend time with me . He’s a funny boy. Lol

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        Sarah 

        14 months ago

        So pleased to read this, my Yorkie is a rescue so I have no evidence of his breeding and at 16lb (not overweight at all though, very fit and lean looking, just big!) I was wondering if he was more of a mix but maybe not. He looks a lot like Ginger

        Doesn’t matter either way to us of course, we adore him!

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        richard 

        14 months ago

        I also have a yorkie 20.9 Lbs. looks just like ginger and a great little dog. found him wandering the streets about six years ago and never found his owner. I have named him mutley

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        Gilbert 

        15 months ago

        I loved this article! We have a gold and blue yorkie who fluctuates between 6-7 pounds. We adopted a small puppy yorkie.... now she's 9 months and pushing 10 pounds! She's longer and taller than our other yorkie. For a while I thought she might be mixed but the vet said she's just a large yorkie. She THINKS she is a teacup but nope!

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        Melissa 

        15 months ago

        I adopted my gentle giant Yorkie 3 months ago, and he is by far the most amazing, chill, sweet, loving dog!! He definitely rescued me... He's a whopping 14 lbs., looks very similar to Ginger (Ginger Baker was the name of my dog growing up, who was a Westie & lived for 18 years), and his name is Wiggins aka Wiggy Woo!!

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        Patti 

        15 months ago

        I have a large Yorkie also but mine is 32lbs. He is not overweight and yes he is a pure breed with papers.

        He is the greatest dog I have ever had and I wouldn't trade him in for anything.

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        Kim 

        15 months ago

        I have Two yorkie brothers one weighs 12 pounds. The other weighs 10?pounds. They are 2 weeks from being 7months old. There parents were 5 pounds (father) and 6 pounds (mother). Ideally I was hoping for that size but it didn't happen. But I feel in love with them both. And I know I probably fed them to much. But I could never get rid of them or seperate these 2. Just because the size of them. They are the most loving dogs I have ever owned.these 2 boys are my babies. And they are partners in crime , lol. And I love it and I don't care how big they get. They are part of my family.

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        Brittany 

        15 months ago

        Does anyone have information on purchasing a large yorkie??

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        Manrique M 

        16 months ago

        I thought I was alone! My yorkie is 12lbs at 1 year 3months of age. His mother is big also but his father and brother are more skinny. All of them with papers . We love them and I don't care about that AKC nonsense.

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        Karen carbonaro 

        16 months ago

        So glad to find this great story. I have a three year old boy named Jimmy. Everyone that sees him says the same thing. That's not a yorkie. Yes he is. I have the papers to prove it. He's 18 pounds and everyone loves him. He is very friendly and loveable. He is the greatest dog that we have ever had. We call him john Wayne sometimes. Lol. He has a swagger to his walk. Wouldn't trade him for anything.

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        Briana 

        16 months ago

        I get what you're saying I have my now Yorkie he's almost 5 months and is already 10 pounds!!! Totally massive and my mom got his sister and she's only 3 pounds. It's super weird o got the beast and some how she got the teacup and there parents were normal size yorkies lol

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        Amy and Buster 

        16 months ago

        My baby, Buster, is a Yorkie and weighs 17 lbs and I love hims so much. Thank YOU for this post! I love it. Buster says hello to Ginger.

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        Debbieann614 

        16 months ago

        Our yorkie Riley was 21 pounds and the love of our life. We recently had to say goodbye to him because he was suffering with a brain tumor. It was the hardest day of our lives. He looked so much like your Ginger ... and yes he was a full- bread Yorkshire. He was the best dog one could ask for. We were looking for a larger yorkie because I had 3 kids and wanted them to be able to play with the dog without fearful of hurting him. When we found Riley through a breeder she said no one wanted him because he was too larger ... at 4 months old he was already 10 lbs. all his brothers and sisters were small. Wish I could post a picture. He gave us 10 years of unconditional love and joy and miss him so

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        Anthony 

        16 months ago

        I have giant Morkie puppy... people always suggest he is not a Morkie but I also have his litter mate, she is half his size, absolutely a Morkie, and still dominates him! He is a great dog, incredibly intelligent, and I wouldn't care in the least if he wasn't a Morkie, even though I am positive he is. I got him from a reputable breeder (I could have got papers for them but it was pointless since they are a mixed breed) and kind of chuckle when people say that as well. Every vet, trainer, or dog lover I encounter says he is the biggest Morkie they have ever seen and I love that about him! His little sister is a sweet dog too.

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        Krista 

        17 months ago

        I too have a super size yorkie!

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        Aaron 

        17 months ago

        How big were all your guys 13+lb yorkie a around 3 months? My little guy is already 7lbs. I wonder if he will be a large yorkie! I'd love that! :)

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        Brandy Robnett 

        18 months ago

        I too have a large Yorkie, and she too is all yorkie! At the age of 16 she is 14lbs and we have worked to get her down to that! I loved reading about your dog and hearing about another perfect baby out there! I can not understand how anyone could think otherwise!

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        Greg 

        18 months ago

        I have a 7mo old yorkipoo that I think they lost the poo somewhere he is a large yorkipoo blond and smart, look more like a yorkipoo than a lot of York is do , I saw his pic on line and I knew that instant that he was mine , thanks for sharing your story,your ginger could be my Olivers twin brother ,G

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        Gabby H. 

        18 months ago

        I just adore her! I have a giant Yorkie too! He looks a lot like her! His name is Ace. He typically weighs around 16 pounds. I get the same comments and looks when people ask me what his breed is. Then I get comments and questions as to if I really know that he is a Yorkie, etc. I have his papers and the breeder I got him from is one I had worked with on her business development. That is when I met Ace and fell in love with him. I tell everyone that he picked me! I couldn't be happier! My husband loves the fact that he is bigger. Everyone who meets Ace just loves him! He is a heart thief!

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        Nina 

        18 months ago

        I know this is old, but you and all the people commenting about your giant Yorkies.. that isn't a Yorkie that is a Silky Terrier, and some of you may even have an Australian Terrier. People confuse them, but they are not the same. Since they almost look alike, a lot of people sell them as Yorkies whether intentionally manipulating them, or because they also don't know better. I have an australian Terrier and she is just great, people think she is a giant Yorkie too.

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        Stephanie 

        19 months ago

        I have a 25 pond yorky

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        Debbie P 

        19 months ago

        My Yorkie Rex is 15 pounds and i get asked if he is a long haired doxie

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        steve rucker 

        19 months ago

        I agree I had my yorkie for almost 16 yr's, had to put him down

        about 3 years , I am looking for another one right now, my yorkie weighted around 20 lb's , but now every one that I find

        for sale weights 4 to 5 lb's, I know he was a mix, but he looked

        just like a yorkie, the only thing his ear's didn't stick up, every thing else about him was identical to all the other yorkies. thanks

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        January 

        19 months ago

        I have a 10 pound male and I agree with everything you said! He has papers, but I still get the "isn't he kind of big for a Yorkie" questions. Thanks for the article! I love my little man and wouldn't change anything about him!

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        Natalie 

        20 months ago

        I really liked your post. I too have a large floppy eared yorkie and people have a hard time believing he's a pure breed yorkie even though he papers to prove it. He draws a lot of attention as everyone thinks he so cute which is what starts the conversation about what kind of dog he is. Like you I bought mine from someone who didn't expect him to get so big, therefore he was 11 months old when we become the best of buddies. I am glad that because of his size he's much sturdier than a smaller one would be as I have a 2 year old grandson and he can be rather rough with him, not mean just not as gentle as you would need to be with a smaller one. I had a 6lb yorkie previously and he wouldn't of been able to play with him until he was older for this reason. He's every bit a much of a lap dog as my other one was, he just needs a little more room to accommodate his need to be with me at all times. I wouldn't take anything for my sweet baby. The people who didn't want him because of his size at least named him appropriately- my big baby's name is Hoss!

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        Kathy 

        21 months ago

        I envisioned a yorkie that would be small and dainty, what we ended up with is an 11 1/2 pound dog! She is fiestie chases squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits as well as anything that moves. We would not trade her for anything in the world. SuzyQ is our second yorkie our first weighed in at a hefty 8 1/2 pounds. Love my baby girl.

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        Jess 

        21 months ago

        I have a full yorkie who is even bigger than yours

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        Andrea House 

        21 months ago

        My kai is about between 15-18 pounds he looks just like yours! Always wondered if he was mixed breed because of his size. He was given to me at 3 (he was previously abused) so I'm not sure his exact breed. Anyway I love him to pieces and so does everyone who meets him! His hair changes colors it sometimes looks silver and tan lol I'm often confused when buying harness if he's considered small or medium lol

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        Gabi 

        21 months ago

        So cute. I also have a big yorkie. She's a bit overweight so I need to feed her less. But she's not ur standard yorkie so when feeding her should I follow the guidelines of a yorkie? So confused. I also adopted her was told she's a yorkie. I was like ok cool but then I was like she doesn't look like other yorkies maybe she's a morkie. But she probably is a giant yorkie hope u can give me some advice thanks for writing this post I really enjoyed reading it! :)

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        Cynthia 

        21 months ago

        I just rescued a very large Yorkie who I named Archie. He is about a year and a half . He has the best personality and listens very well. I can't believe his other family dropped him at a high kill shelter . No one wanted him because he is bigger than a regular yorkie and they thought he was mixed. He's in a happy home now and we just adore him.

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        Linda 

        21 months ago

        I too have a 16 pound Yorkie & hear the same comments as you. Her name is Jenna & she is awesome - love her to bits!

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        Big Yorkie Mom 

        21 months ago

        I am SO glad to find this! I was attacked by multiple Yorkie owners at a Christmas dinner, scolding me because my dog was "fat"!!!!!! (He's 11 pounds.)

        Fortunately, we all use the same vet, so I said, "Dr. So-and-so always says he's a good weight .. Oh, wait, once, 3 years ago, he did say he could use 1/3 of a pound!!!"

        It didn't shut them up, but it SHOULD have! :-))

        Even though it happened two years ago, it still bugged me, so I kept searching until I find an article that warned people who want the show-dog standard size Yorkie that not ALL Yorkie's are that small; and then I found this article. :-D

        Yeah for the "big" Yorkies, and those of us who lucked into one! :-))

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        Jayne 

        22 months ago

        My Yorkie weighs 7.5 and is only 6 months old. He will be at least 12lbs

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        Melissa George 

        22 months ago

        She's Beautiful my Yorkie was suppose to be 4lb full grown but she's 6 months old and last weighted she was 7lb 4 oz and she has a lot more growing to do and I think she's prefect I LOVE my baby

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        John from Austria 

        22 months ago

        Nice story. I also have a not so little, floppy eard Yorkie. His name is Eddie (after Eddie Lawson), 9 month old and 13.22 lbs. Not necessarily a giant, but also not a real dwarf anymore. I love em more than I can say.

        My Trixi (Yorkie/Lhasa Apso mix) was blond like your Ginger, big as Eddie and 18 Years/2 Month old when she died last August.

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        Kristy 

        22 months ago

        My Bishop, he'll be 3 next month, weighs almost 19 lbs. I get the same questions on what he is.....like you I just smile and said he's my big boy yorkie

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        KH10 

        23 months ago

        Our Hobo is 15 lbs. He originally came from Ireland - papers and all. He's 13 1/2 now and I'd love to find another his size. No luck so far. Any suggestions anyone?

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        Lisa Futrell 

        23 months ago

        I also have a Giant Yorkie. She weighs 16.5 lbs.Her name is Sadie and she is the most precious part of our family. People ask me lots of questions too. But we think she is perfect!

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        penny 

        23 months ago

        i was so excited to see the gorgeous super size yorkshire terrier ginger. i have a rescue yorkie boy who is three and is goegeous. he has put on one and a half kilos as he was like a rake when we got him and now weighs 14 pounds. i have had him for five months and everyone asks what breed he is. hes naughty, wont come back when off the lead and if the gate is left open hes off! he has a ten metre lead and wants to kills every dog he sees when on this lead. off it he loves all animals, but wont return. in spite of all this we love him and wouldnt swap him but oh my - he is a challenge... hes another giant yorkie!

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        lauradean 

        23 months ago

        I showed my husband your Giant Yorkie's picture and he thought it was ours! They look like twins in the face!! Big brown loving eyes, the hair, the teeth, and curled up tongue! All the same! The only difference is that mine has slightly curly, silky, black hair on her body with underlying silver. What really makes mine stand out is her long, long, legs which are 9 1/2 inches long! Her body is 15 inches long, and she weighs 13 lbs. She looks like she would weigh more but I think that is because of her her and length. She runs like a race horse! I never saw a dog run so fast! She loves to run and when she puts those long legs in running gear she is like lightening! (Fenced yard of course!) She has the most loving personality! She is good with kids and never made a sound when my little 6 month old grandson grabbed the hair on her lip and wouldn't let go! She is a little jealous of our 8 yr. old Yorkie and wants to get between us when we try to pet her. Lexi is just 2 and has a lot of puppy in her attitude! She lays beside me on the couch when I am on my laptop and constantly reaches over with her paw and pulls my hand off the keys and against her chest to remind me to pet her! She is the most lovable, funny, and outgoing dog I have ever seen! I had a tiny little 5 lb. Yorkie who passed away on her 15th birthday. She was my baby and so sweet. She was a one woman dog and was my constant companion for all those years. After she passed my husband came home with Lexi as a surprise for me. At first I couldn't believe she was a Yorkie!! I did a search and found out there were other giant Yorkies in the world! My vet said his sister has one bigger than Lexi is! I have had her 2 months now and am so happy my husband saved her (she was a rescue) and brought her home to me. I actually did a dna test because I felt like I needed to defend her to people who said she couldn't be a Yorkie and must have something else mixed with her, even though the family who couldn't keep her told him she was full blooded Yorkie. I actually thought she might not be full Yorkie as well. According to her dna test she is just a Giant Yorkie! Not that it matters, she is a fantastic dog, but she deserves to be known as what she really is! A full blooded Yorkie who happens to be big! Just more to love. I still miss my tiny, loyal, loving Yorkie, but Lexi is more sturdy, and much easier to take care of. Their personalities are so similar, but Lexi is just more of everything!

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        Fran Love 

        23 months ago

        So happy to find this article. My Chico looks like an identical twin to your Ginger. He has also been accused of not being a Yorkie. He weighs 16 lb and is my happy , loving baby. People had me second guessing his breed even though I saw his mom and dad who both weighed less than 10 lb. Thanks again

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        Emily 

        23 months ago

        My yorkie's name is Bella and is 14 pounds and like 18 inches long. We thought she was only going to be between 6-8 pounds, but I'm actually really glad she ended up being bigger! I love my little Bella boo.

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        shirley 

        23 months ago

        I have a giant Yorkie, 2 years old, weighs 18 pounds. We all love her :)

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        Miltonsmom 

        23 months ago

        I lost my Milton who weighted 12lbs at 14. He was the best dog ever. Does any one know of any larger Yorkie pups? I don't want a tiny Yorkie.

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        shawna malick 

        23 months ago

        Hi there! Im actually loving your giant yorkie and looking for one myself to get my 3 year old daughter. Was there anything different or was your ginger just bigger from the beginning? Any help would be great on how to get my hands on a giabt yorkie.

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        Yorkie Momma 

        23 months ago

        Hi,

        I too have a larger Yorkie. My Rosie Claire is about 2 1/2 years old and weighs about 12 pounds. She's absolutely darling! Her parents are both AKC registered and weigh under 7 pounds. My second one, Maximus, is about 7 months old and from the same set of parents. He's staying true to the under 7 rule. The two get along very well and I can't be more pleased with my Yorkie babies!

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        Supitcha 

        24 months ago

        I have a giant yorkie too!! He is 8.5 kg (about 19 lbs) and he is now 8 years old and I love him so much!

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        Kara 

        24 months ago

        We have a 6.5lb Yorkie girl who is almost 1 year old, not a teacup, but a nice, sturdy, healthy dog. We just adopted a sweet little Yorkie boy who weighed in at 3lbs at 7 weeks. He's going to be a Venti Yorkie for certain. He's going to get lots of stares for his size, but his personality is going to be the best part of the attention. Big Yorkies are awesome!

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        Sandra hand 

        2 years ago

        My elvis, is a morkie, and he is 13.2 pounds!!and he is one year old. He was supossed to be only 9 pounds, lol!! I am glad i read your article also, i love him so much!! And is the perfect size to play with my granddaughter, who is 2,

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        Catherine Mullen 

        2 years ago

        YAY! Another Giant yorkie family out there. I have adopted a little (not so little) boy who is about 16lbs - I get the same questions as you. Funny thing is that I actually have his AKC papers. He's a FULL BLOODED guy- not that it matters, we would love him regardless. He's amazing and so beautiful. Speaking of beauty- that's the other question I get. He's almost 100% blonde so people tell me he's not a yorkie.

        Anyway- he's WONDERFUL AND HUGE. If you want to see a pic email me, I would love to share. Catherineamullen@gmail.com

        Have a wonderful holiday and take care of your wonderful fur baby :)

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        Patricia lopez 

        2 years ago

        Hello I had a yorkie names Bruiser that die from liver cancer and after Bruiser my family rescued Diva she is a Yorkie and weighs 13 pounds and she is a long Yorkie. My family rescue her and she is our baby girls she plays with my two kids We love the way God made Diva and she is not fat she is just big

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        Holly 

        2 years ago

        I have 2 purebred girl yorkies and they are both 10 pounds. I have now problem saying they are all Yorkies. Not all of them are tiny.

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        Aubri 

        2 years ago

        I have a 17lb yorkie, and I get the same questions. "What is he mixed with?" He is pure yorkie. His parents were 6lbs. We call him our mutant yorkie because thats the only way we can explain his size. He is literally the best dog ever though - very chill, never barks and when he does bark, its not yappy. He loves people - has never bitten, scratched, growled, or anything. We love him so much. He is 10 years old now and doesn't show any signs of aging!

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        RRhealy 

        2 years ago

        My giant yorkie is 25 pounds and could probably lose a few pounds. His mom and dad are purebred and dad is 8 lbs mom is 7lbs. I don't know what I would do without him and yes I defend his bloodline daily!

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        Lauren 

        2 years ago

        Yes I have a big Yorkie too, he's 15lbs x

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        Christina Dixon 

        2 years ago

        Hello! We love your article! I also have a large yorkie, he demands attention from everyone we meet. His name is Jackson, Jax for short, he weighs 23 pounds, i was told he is bigger because he is a male, and that not all yorkies fit into handbags. Jax has changed my life so much. I have begun school to become a veterinarian. One time i took him to be groomed. when i retuned several hours later to pick him up ( it takes 6 hrs) for him to be at the groomer. The woman who grooms him said they were all fighting over who was going to take him home if i did not come back for him, this was only ten minutes after i dropped him off! He is such a cuddle bug, loves to wear clothes, hates the camera but i have many pics of him. I love my large yorke and he has so much love to give. He is loyal and full of character. So to large yorkies i say...they are the best!!!!

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        Alaina Hendricks 

        2 years ago

        Thank you so much for your article! We are about to bring home our rescue yorkie, who we met yesterday. She's much bigger than we expected upon hearing the breed, and weighs 18 lbs. With her size and floppy ears (seems to be a trend with "teapot" (what a cute term!) yorkies, which is fascinating to learn), my wife was sure she must be mixed with something. Even if she is, we would still love her, but I feel so much more confident about her size and weight- and what a treat that she will likely have less health issues!

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        Cathy Cresswell 

        2 years ago

        I have a Morkie "Maltese & Yorkie" and he is 6 yrs old and weighs 22 lbs and he is not fat he has long legs and grey slightly wavy soft silky hair ... he is a rescue and I love him ... he has that tear thing on his eyes so I keep the hair real short and have him goomed regularly ... he is my little boy and I love him so very much.

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        Sammi 

        2 years ago

        Our Yorkie is 14.2lb and every bit rambunctious. We rescued her 2 years ago as her owners could no longer look after her. The best thing we ever did. She follows me everywhere, learnt to open doors, tried to chase cows (stopped that by building the wall higher). She's tan with a black back, floppy ears and when she cocks her head to the right looking at me with those big, soft, brown eyesI just melt.When we go for walks she is made a fuss of by others and loves it - becomes a little prima donna. We never get questioned about her size, nor are we disbelieved. Perhaps the UK has more 'Morkies' and less teacups. She gets on well with the farm cat (cat can be mean!), with the cat coming for a morning walk with us. She's now 5 and I would be lost without her. Morkie- big dog with a big heart

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        Sheena 

        2 years ago

        Hi, I have a 18 month old Yorkie named Milo. We wanted a small Yorkie but now at 16 pounds we wouldn't trade him for the world! He has floppy ears and is almost entirely grey. He loves people and playing with other animals of all sizes. The perfect people dog!

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