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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      Elizabeth 

      16 hours ago

      Great story. I have two large Yorkies. Both 16 lbs at last weigh in. People try to tell me they are shi tsu all the time because of the silver in their fur but they are parti-yorkies. They are my precious babies and I wouldn't have them any other way.

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      Cassandra 

      25 hours ago

      HI I JUST FOUND YOUR POST WHILE ON GOOGLE because I have a 20 POUND YORKIE! He’s a big boy but a huge baby!! I’d love to be able to share pictures of my handsome pup! He’s 100% yorkie!

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      Betty J Brown 

      41 hours ago

      my yorkie is named Teeko

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      Hazel from scotland 

      3 days ago

      Hi your Ginger reminds me of my Lucy she was a big yorky

      She had to be put to sleep nov 2018 after getting teeth out she took unwell.

      I miss her so much she was the boss irreplaceable .

      Only yesterday i put her bed out as im not getting another she stole my heart never go through the grief again.

      Enjoy Ginger give her a hug from me

      GOD BLESS

      Hazel

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      Connie 

      6 days ago

      Could anyone help me find a 10 lb to 14 lb Yorkie. I live in Ontario and they all seem so small

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      J. Holloway 

      6 days ago

      This comment is for Irena Newman as she asked about Finding a large size Yorkie pup here in Texas. I am in Texas and just had a litter of only two pups that are going to be on the larger size. Mom is 8.5 pounds and dad was 5 pounds.. because there are only two and we’re large at birth my vet has mentioned that they will be around moms size or larger. My goal is for them to be loved and not judged for their size. I’m in San Antonio. I’ve never used this site before but hopefully you’ll be able to see my post and respond. I’m not going to leave contact info as I’m not sure how the site works but if your interested you can message me on here

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      MissCara 

      6 days ago

      Oh my goodness! I have a “giant” Yorkie too that I adopted,this past December! Everything that you say about your Ginger, fits my Maggie all the way! Though Maggie is a little overweight(we are working on that) These big girls Rock! Until I met my girl, I would have never known that a Yorkie would own me! She’s clingy, loves my Staffie girl, Olive and is all about family! She is now learning that Chickens are family too! She’s vet attentive to them! She has watched them since they were 4 days old and as they grew bigger, they love her now! Thank you so much for writing this!

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      Vernon Windell 

      6 days ago

      We have what we call a standard which you refer to as a giant. I think standard is a better word, but hey, our Smudgee is exactly as you describe too, the sturdy, robust and most loveable terrier known to me. I don't like the small tea cups because they are bred to small, and with all the health issues that come with that. Smudgee doesn't have any issues and is such a happy go lucky girlie. Thanks for your article.

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      Debi Alameda 

      8 days ago

      We also have a giant Yorkie, Lily, she weighs 15 lbs and our story about why we have her, is exactly like yours. Our Lily's pet is a 5 lb Yorkie, Calli. Great story, thank you for sharing

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      Jim Lizzo 

      8 days ago

      I agree! My Yorkie is 13 pounds and is an awesome dog and friend!

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      NSL 

      10 days ago

      I have had Yorkies for years. They are the best breed ever. Sweet and huggable no matter the size. They do have trouble with their teeth and pop knees. But I guess my favorite dog was my little Scooter. She average between 12-13 pounds. I wish I could have all my Yorkies like her. I miss her so much.

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      Misinformation 

      11 days ago

      I'll help clarify some information here. Not all teacups are improperly bred or runts of the litter. Just like you say there are giant Yorkies, so there are tiny ones under 4 lbs. You take a tiny male and breed him to a larger female who is 5-7 lbs. The breed standard calls for Yorkies to not weigh over 7 lbs so that is why some people have said comments regarding the breed.

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      Dori 

      2 weeks ago

      I have a large Yorki, he is 14 months old and weighs 13 pounds, he is an amazing frisbee player and dog chaser. We love him to death!!

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      Kelly 

      2 weeks ago

      Our full blooded yorkie is 18 pounds...the breader said he would be on the bigger size of 7 pounds... Neesless to say he pasted 7 pounds by 8 months old. We get the same comments questioning his breed. My groomer( former vet tech) told me how teacup yorkies become teacup size... They breed the female twice... The first time and 10 to 12 days later a second time. That means she will have two litters pregnancy meaning more pups meaning not enough room for the original and the 10 to 12 day later pups to grow. Resulting in teacup or very small dogs. This is also why teacup dogs have so many more health issues than larger yorkies and are harder to train. I love my boy just the way he is floppy ears and all 18 pounds of him... I will never buy or want a teacup dog knowing what i know now. I hope anyone who reads this thinks twice before wanting or buying a teacup dog...not fair to the mommy or the puppies. If you ask me its animal cruelty.

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      Cheryl lund 

      2 weeks ago

      I have two Yorkies they are full blood sisters they were born 8 months apart the first one I got Evie was suppose to be 7 lbs when grown she quickly past 7 lbs she is a beautiful blonde giant Yorkie I too always get ask what kind of dog is she a schnauzer her sister is 5lbs and tiny now when I tell people they are full blood sisters they just can’t believe it one is blonde the smaller one is Black and Tan they are Mutt and Jeff but sooo cute together they are in separable.

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      Irena Newman 

      2 weeks ago

      My Baby girl( 15lb registered Yorkie) was with me for over 15 years. This was the only dog I have owned in my adult life. Best companion ever, smart and adventures. After her passing I could not even think of having another dog but now, years later,I think I am ready. The only problem is that I can’t find breader who has larger than t-cup Yorkies in my area (I leave in Texas). I can’t imagine to have different than “oversized Yorkie” dog. I have been looking for several months now. I was checking AKC listings for breaders but seems to me that they just have smallest possible now.

      Does anyone know a breader that is selling larger Yorkies even if he/she is located in neighboring states. I would so much appreciate your help :) Irena

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      Calliekoo 

      3 weeks ago

      Our Yorkie girl is 19 lbs and a true Yorkshire terrier!

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      Chrissie Head 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi there, I have a Yorkie that is pure bred from generations of pure Yorkies. Woody, is huge and gorgeous, he weighs in at 21lb, yes thats right 21lb. He is pefect in every way and adored by all who meet him.

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      Sylvia 

      3 weeks ago

      Hello i have aiiways had larger size yorkies i am an aviid walker &need something with legs to walk long distance i think the smaller yorkies tend to get trachea problems etc

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      Yoanna 

      4 weeks ago

      My yorkie Kuki is 12 lbs And we thought she wasn’t a yorkie but now after we read all of this we knew we just had a giant yorkie and an amazing dog and we love her so much she is caring and really calm “sometimes”

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      Jus brii 

      4 weeks ago

      I found a dog a week ago all black with a lil white the vet say she’s a yorkie and she’s 13 pounds she’s sooooo friendly and we’re so happy to have found her

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      Mim99 

      4 weeks ago

      I wish I’d found this article 11 years ago. We adopted our sweet boy, CoCo from our local pound. Along with him we also adopted a full-blood male Pekingese that was his cage buddy. The vet said they were both approximately 1 year old so we referred to them as “brothers from another mother”. They were 2 males that got along great together. CoCo, our 18lb Yorkie, was the most lovable, loyal and beautiful dog that we have been lucky to have. He never met a stranger and loved playing and being the center of attention. We also had comments about his size and that he couldn’t be a pure bred. Unfortunately, CoCo passed away after having him for only 7 short years from a rare heart disorder. In my opinion, from owning many different breeds, Large Yorkies are the absolute best! He is dearly missed.

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      Camillecloudflower 

      4 weeks ago

      Huckleberry is a person-dog

      He is the most adorable blonde yorkie

      He was a rescue dog

      Now he sleeps with me on the big bed

      12 lbs of LOVE!!!!!!!

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      Kim 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a small Yorkie 4.6lbs and loving every minute

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      E.Rags 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a large yorkie. He is so feisty, loyal and playful.

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      john pashley 

      4 weeks ago

      my one year old is already 8.5kg i was worried that he my not be a yorkie im so glad i found this site

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      Maria 

      4 weeks ago

      "Giant Yorkie"! I like that! Archie is a good sized yorkie too and I love it! I was concerned of a teacup getting hurt underfoot.

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      Joan 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi my first yorkie was 7 kg and had four homes before he came to me at 14 months , great dog ,adored my granddaughter . My second yorkie is 7.4 kg , I love the bigger ones , I also have 28 kg lab/ collie . I wouldn’t want a tiny one , so glad to read everyone’s comments and realise there are so many of us who love the bigger ones

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      Nadine 

      6 weeks ago

      DEAR MARCIA B.

      I HAVE MULTIPLE DOG AND A COUPLE WITH ITCHING EARS. MY GROOMER AND MY VET RECOMMEND A SOLUTION CALLED ZYMOX EAR SOLUTION. WORKED GREAT. TOOK AWAY THEIR ITCHY REDNESS IN JUST A FEW DAYS. LOVE THE PRODUCT. YOU CAN GET ZYMOX AT GROOMERS, VETS. OR ONLINE. HOPE THIS HELPS YOUR DOGGY. I HOPE THIS MESSAGE REACHES YOU. SINCERELY, NADINE

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      Tena 

      6 weeks ago

      My sweet Rose Ma'ree is 18.2 she was suppose to be a teacup Yorkie, but so glad she grew up into a wonderful baby. She is our heart♥️♥️♥️

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      Marcia bernard 

      7 weeks ago

      My dog velvet ears hitch alot a tried every thing she is a yorkshere a love her si much can some1 help me fir a remidy to clean her ear with please would really helpfull gid bless❤

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      bubbapablo 

      7 weeks ago

      My 7 year old Yorkie named Cocoa, is an AKC registered 18 pound male. People often stop me when I am walking him and ask what mix he is, "A yorkie and a what?" Finally, I began to doubt myself so I had his DNA tested which confirmed he was indeed a Yorkie as was his parents, grandparents, and beyond. In any event, we love him very much although he is a little more territorial than some of the smaller sized Yorkies, determined to prove that the entire condominium complex and the surrounding block is his domaine and his alone. Also, he immediately bonds with female dogs and female persons, any size or breed (or ethnicity), but takes a little more time with males.

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      Strawberry 

      7 weeks ago

      My yorkies name is Star she a Joy to have her,no children just STAR! In my life!!!

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      Desirrr 

      7 weeks ago

      My yorkie is named Ginger too!! She is 7lbs and is 1.5yrs old

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      Hannah 

      8 weeks ago

      My family also has a giant yorkie. We went to the breeder and asked for thd largest yorkie because a friend of ours had a tea cup yorkie that got stepped on. The teacup yorkie Delilah had to have surgery following an accidental stumble by my friend's boyfriend (her little pelvis was broken). We expected our large yorkie (Rudy) would grow to be 7 or 8 pounds but he is 15 (not fat just over grown). He's very friendly and has a cuddly personality, so overgrown yorkies can be better than little ones. And we dont have to worry an accidental misstep will irreparably harm him, he is sturdy!

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      Tinkerisastinker 

      8 weeks ago

      Kudos!!! Ditto!

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      Jennifer F. 

      8 weeks ago

      I have a 20 pound yorkie and i get the exact same conversation from almost everyone who ask me what he is . Some people even seem to be offended when i say he is a yorkie. I love when they respond with “are you sure?”. I tell them what im sure of is i have papers that say himself, his mother and his father are Yorkie's but the only thing im “sure of is i love him so much it scares me because if anything him idk what i would do and

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      Chris k 

      8 weeks ago

      I had a 13# yorkie she was like Ginger. Droopy ears and the best personality! My porkie yorkie I called her. She loved being a mom too. Her name was Tiffany. I miss her.

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      Tony H. 

      2 months ago

      Our yorkie was 20 pounds and we Absolutely loved her. We rescued her almost 3 years ago. She was so smart and beautiful. She vacate the quiet leader of our pack of dogs and cats. We always wondered if she was a yorkie schnauzer so we did a dna test. The results came back 100 percent yorkie. I love the yorkie breed and hope to rescue another big yorkie.

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      Laurie Salz 

      2 months ago

      My Yorkie, Chuy, is almost 11 lbs. I couldn’t love him more! As Ginger is perfect to you, Chuy is to me. He’s VERY stout. All muscle, for sure! He is the perfect companion for me in so many ways. He’s my tall, smart and handsome BubbaBoy! I hope I fill his heart at least half as much as he does mine!

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      Lisa 

      2 months ago

      My Yorkie is a 15 lb dynamo! I adopted him 4 years ago and he's around 8 years old. I prefer that he's bigger as he can hold that bladder longer and he's more sturdy. He's so funny and loving! I wouldn't want him any other way and he made me fall in love with the breed.

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      Bill Hale 

      2 months ago

      Our Snuggles is 12yrs & weighs 16.5lbs. My daughter bought him from a yorkie breeder at 8wks old & he looked exactly like a yorkie pup but the older he got the more he looked like a schnauzer so we have always groomed him as a schnauzer. The breeder we got him from said he is what is called a "throwback" & rather than being a classic yorkie has the traits that yorkies used to have in the early years of breeding them when they were larger than more recently. We have had many dogs in our lifetime but he is without a doubt the smartest & most devoted of any we ever had.

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      Ann Smallen 

      2 months ago

      I have a wonderful, awesome registered Yorkie named Duchess. As of today, 4/27/2020, she tipped the scale at her vet appointment at 16.9 pounds of pure fun and love!! She will celebrate her 2nd birthday in June. Yes, she is way bigger than the majority of Yorkies, but that just makes her more special. There’s also more of her to love!!

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      Tammy R 

      2 months ago

      Our Spike was tall and thin. He weighed 10 lbs, had floppy ears and was undoubtedly the best Yorkie ever. I miss him terribly- he passed a month ago and all do is cry. We were blessed to have him nearly 15 years.

      I want is a large Yorkie- I’m not interested in a small Yorkie but apparently that’s not popular. I’ll keep looking for a rescue... anyone has any ideas—— God will let us know when the time and puppy are right.

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      Andrea N. 

      2 months ago

      Our dearest Harley was a wonderful 17 lb "teapot" Yorkie. We were devastated to lose him last fall to a splenic mass at age 14 - we had rescued him at age 10. He was beyond precious and we miss him greatly. In his honor we adopted two more rescues - Grover, age 1, 14 lbs and Chewy, age 7, 16 lbs. We absolutely ADORE our giant Yorkies. Giant Yorkie = more to love!

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      Rebecca Saunders 

      2 months ago

      My Stewie is a 17 pound Yorkie and I wouldn't want him any other way!

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      Deborah H. 

      3 months ago

      We love our giant yorkie! Scooter is 1 year and weighs 15 lbs. He's a sweet, playful boy and we love his long tail and floppy ears.He looks a lot like Ginger.

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      Corrie Williams 

      3 months ago

      Glad to see there are other pet owners in love with their giant Yorkies We did Andy Williams’ DNA He came out over 90% Biewer Yorkie(breed identified in mid 80’s) with a spattering of Maltese and Shitzu Also floppy-earred and a hit with everyone he meets! 20 lbs of intelligent sweetness and love!!

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      Beth Decker 

      3 months ago

      My Yorkshire Terrier Bosa weighs 20lbs. He is a happy healthy and adorable Yorkie. I wouldn’t trade him in for a tea cup ever. He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.

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      Audrey Dolton 

      4 months ago

      I once raised Yorkies and my girl who was 7lbs and the father was 6lbs out of the litter they had one large one out of each little one now is 17lb spoiled brat, was easy to train the family said and the other one is about 13 lbs very good boy. Some people love the larger size especially if elderly person has on less chance of getting under their feet. Enjoy the breed as we do. AKC can’t set the standards on love

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      Mary 

      4 months ago

      My giant Morkie is 21 lbs!!!

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      Robin Smith 

      4 months ago

      My Yorkie Dallas is a big Yorkie the verb says he’s perfect at weight by his build , he is tall and weighs 14lbs.How could anyone Turn them away after looking into their eyes. I love our Dallas.

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      gwmmsinclair 

      4 months ago

      My 81/2 month old Yorkie is also a giant Yorkie. She weighs 5.4kg (11.9lb) & still has a lot of growing to do. She has big floppy ears too. She is tall, lanky, has springs for legs and is more hardy than a smaller Yorkie. Her parents are both Yorkies and weigh 3 & 3.5kg. I have no idea how much bigger she will get but I’m guessing she may get up to 7kg? She is getting a bit heavy for me but other than that she is wonderful, adorable & super friendly.

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      Miriam 

      5 months ago

      My baby is 19 pounds super healthy is a boy and he is beautiful, and everybody says the same , he is 10 years old and still looking like a puppy. Wish I can put a picture of him!!

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      Debbie 

      5 months ago

      I adopted my purebred Yorki when she was 16 months old... Original owner didn’t want her because she ‘got to big’

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      Rui from Portugal 

      5 months 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 

      5 months ago

      I have 2 super yorkies! They are super amazing

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      Dennis Apodaca 

      5 months 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 

      6 months ago

      Loving my 19 lb. big boy, Tucker

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      Freeman 

      6 months ago

      Mine was 15lbs and loved him!

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      T. Flanagan 

      6 months 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 

      6 months 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 

      6 months 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 

      7 months 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 months 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 months ago

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

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      lucille 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 months ago

      Looking for a large size Yorkie mix! Thanks

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      Angel 

      8 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 

      9 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 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

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

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      Debi Alameda 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

      Hello Marcia. I have an oversized Yorkie baby boy.

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      Kerrie 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      11 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      14 months ago

      Where can I get a Giant ?

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      Kim Young 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 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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