Why My Giant Yorkie Is Better Than Your Teacup Yorkie
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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."
- 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.
- 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?
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!