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Why My Giant Yorkie Is Better Than Your Teacup Yorkie

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 may be cute, but are they really better than larger Yorkies?

Small Yorkies may be cute, but are they really better than larger Yorkies?

Giant vs. Teacup Yorkies

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 pounds! 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, the 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 animals.

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

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 pounds.

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.

Ginger is great with children!

Ginger is great with children!

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 pounds. 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?

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!

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!


Leah on September 04, 2020:

I have two Yorkies. They are brothers from the same litter, and I got them from a friend who has mom and dad along with assorted aunt's, uncle's and siblings so I know they are purebred. WallE was born first and Ferghus was second. WallE is 15# and Ferghus is 4.5#. I love having one of each because they are so different. WallE is my happy adventure loving guy. We joke that he's like Denis the menace. Both boys go everywhere with me. While Ferghus views everyone with suspicion, WallE thinks they are all his fan club and wants to greet everyone. He rides in a stroller, which he loves, mostly because he knows it means he is going in. The purpose of the stroller is to keep him safe from people who may accidentally step on him. Ferghus will ride in the stroller but actually prefers to be in a dog sling. Partly because he doesn't want strange people petting him, and partly because he is a support animal, I have PTSD, and can do his job better from the bag. I have often wondered if their differences were because of size, or just personality.

Colin on August 31, 2020:

She is gorgeous same size as my handsome boy i get same comments makes me smile how many people comment on his size but obviously no nothing about yorkies

Wendy on August 25, 2020:

My Yorkie Rosco is big too at 17 1/2 lbs. He is almost 6 yrs old

Jan on August 20, 2020:

My Yorkie is 14 pounds at 1 & half years old. Does that make him severely over weight? What would be the best dog food for him?

Emily on August 15, 2020:

Wow! your yorkie is so big and also cute:) My yokie is way smaller than your yorkie

Jackieinvegas on August 09, 2020:

I loved this article! My yorkie is 14.6 lbs and i want another one his size!!

Jo on August 01, 2020:

I really enjoyed your story and am so glad I found this forum! Scuppers is my almost 6 year old , 22 lb akc registered Yorkie. I hear all the same comments and compliments as I've read here. Scupps is an agile athlete who can do anything he puts his mind to, he dock dives, and surfs on a boogie board. He swims just to swim! He plays any kind of ball you throw kick to him. He's a very smart intuitive soul. He has made friends and fans across the country that have fallen in love with him. It's funny when I was looking for a pup I was looking for a little calm lap dog, & boy I did not get what I thought I wanted, instead I got what I needed, he has been a blessing in my and many others lives. I can't think of my life without him.

Dawn on August 01, 2020:

We have an 18 pound Yorkie named Sarge. He was the largest out of his lower and Im glad he is a giant. He's definitely sturdy enough to rough house with the kis and our larger dog. And I don't have to worry about a large bird snatching him up.

Jen on July 31, 2020:

i too have a larger Yorkie. Molly is 13-14 pounds and like you, I believe she is the perfect size! Well, except when she won't move over sharing a comfy spot...

Penny on July 30, 2020:

We had a 10# yorkie and she was great. Played hard, loved people, not afraid to wrestle. We lost her after 17 years. Best dog we ever had. Loving, caring, would nurse my husband when he felt bad. Very faithful and loyal. Yorkies are the best. Playful but not too much. Not big barkers.

Haley Beachner on July 29, 2020:

I also have a giant Yorkie, 2 actually. They are sisters and both weigh in around 12lbs. Their father, Odie, is also a giant weighing in around 22lbs, he doesn't look that big though. I agree with every last thing you said in your article. These dogs are wonderful loving social and onery and I can't imagine their big personalities inside a teacup version .

Linda Wood on July 27, 2020:

Love the article on Giant Yorkie we have one also. His name is Rocky and he is everything that Ginger is. We feel so lucky to have this beautiful dog and he looks just like Ginger!!!

Roy Larkins ll on July 24, 2020:

I really enjoy hearings comments about yorkies. I love them so much!

Jacqueline victorero on July 22, 2020:

I feel so blessed to have found your article today. I am in disbelief of how many "big yorkies " are out there and how similiar your story was to mine. I lost my precious boy Phineas to kidmey failure just over a year ago. Im still completely devastated. Phineas was also regected bc the owners didnt want a big yorkie. I was told this was the standatd size desired many years ago. I have never owned a dog as fearless as Phineas. He enjoyed swimming for hours. He swam like a beaver. I had never seen a dog swim under water like he could. My super size yorkie weighed in at19.lbs. He had the same face Ginger has. Thank you for writing this article and allowing so many of us to feel understood and heard. I am looking to adopt another Standard Yorkie from a reputable breeder or rescue. If anyone has info. Please email me @

Thank you!

God Bless

Vivian Jones on July 21, 2020:

I loved seeing your Yorkie! I had a 21 pound Yorkie years back. Loved him so much. His name was Hercules! Herc, Herky for short.

Now I have one who is 11 lbs. Named Max! 12 years old and doing wonderful. Love the little guy!

Rese on July 17, 2020:

Betty Sue,

I don’t know where you live, but in the Philadelphia area there is a wonderful breeder who has all types. They are all well behaved and beautiful.

Please google Jeffs Yorkie boutique

Betty Sue on July 16, 2020:

I am really wanting to adopt a large yorkie...Giant Yorkie. Thirteen years ago we took in a puppy from a breeder who had all tiny Yorkies this dog was considered "less desirable" BUT he was a fabulous dog! He was my husband's loyal companion for 13 years, and my husband is heartbroken at his loss. If anyone on this site knows of a reputable person with large Yorkies, please let me know! Here is my email.

RoscoeBubbyJenkins on July 15, 2020:

Hi! I THINK I might have a 20lb Yorkie?! The person I adopted him from claimed he was a “Yorkinese” but he is WAY too big to be either of those? Maybe you can help me confirm if he is a yorkie?

Diamond on July 14, 2020:

We have a 13lb yorkie name buddy. He gets all the attention just like a small yorkie would get .Love his size .

Ray Murphy on July 14, 2020:

We have a 15lb Yorkie named Maggie May that is the smartest most wonderful loving dog you could ever ask for she has been a blessing to me

Rae Brown on July 12, 2020:

I had Yorkie named Tucker

He also was large size. I loved.him souch

Divasings on July 10, 2020:

My dog Giaco is 11.5 lbs. I spent 3 months looking for him. I love "big Yorkies"-- full of personality, sturdy, loving and loyal. The breed originated from a 12lb Sire and the poor animals called "teacup" Yorkies are the result of inbreeding, and always in danger of injury. I wanted a dog, not a fashion accessory-- and G is "the best boy ever"!

NanaRona on July 09, 2020:

I also have a big girl. Sophie is purebred Yorkie. She's 8 years old and has maintained her 13 lbs for 5 years now. She's tiny to me.

Ann Candelario from Cheektowaga NY on July 08, 2020:

I just got a Yorkshire 6 months ago, they are a joy

Brianna on July 06, 2020:

Hi! My purebred Yorkie is also about 16 pounds. But mine is almost Entirely black and his fur is also kind of wavy and not silky like other yorkies. He looks like a yorkie poodle mix but he’s not.

Elizabeth on July 06, 2020:

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.

Cassandra on July 05, 2020:

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!

Betty J Brown on July 05, 2020:

my yorkie is named Teeko

Hazel from scotland on July 02, 2020:

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



Connie on June 30, 2020:

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

J. Holloway on June 30, 2020:

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

MissCara on June 30, 2020:

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!

Vernon Windell on June 29, 2020:

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.

Debi Alameda on June 28, 2020:

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

Jim Lizzo on June 28, 2020:

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

NSL on June 26, 2020:

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.

Misinformation on June 25, 2020:

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.

Dori on June 19, 2020:

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!!

Kelly on June 19, 2020:

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.

Cheryl lund on June 17, 2020:

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.

Irena Newman on June 17, 2020:

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

Calliekoo on June 11, 2020:

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

Chrissie Head on June 10, 2020:

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.

Sylvia on June 09, 2020:

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

Yoanna on June 08, 2020:

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”

Jus brii on June 07, 2020:

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

Mim99 on June 06, 2020:

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.

Camillecloudflower on June 06, 2020:

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!!!!!!!

Kim on June 05, 2020:

I have a small Yorkie 4.6lbs and loving every minute

E.Rags on June 04, 2020:

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

john pashley on June 03, 2020:

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

Maria on June 02, 2020:

"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.

Joan on May 26, 2020:

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

Nadine on May 24, 2020:



Tena on May 22, 2020:

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♥️♥️♥️

bubbapablo on May 16, 2020:

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.

Strawberry on May 12, 2020:

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

Desirrr on May 12, 2020:

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

Hannah on May 11, 2020:

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!

Tinkerisastinker on May 10, 2020:

Kudos!!! Ditto!

Jennifer F. on May 09, 2020:

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

Chris k on May 09, 2020:

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.

Tony H. on May 01, 2020:

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.

Laurie Salz on May 01, 2020:

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!

Lisa on May 01, 2020:

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.

Bill Hale on April 28, 2020:

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.

Ann Smallen on April 27, 2020:

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!!

Tammy R on April 27, 2020:

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.

Andrea N. on April 22, 2020:

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!

Rebecca Saunders on April 18, 2020:

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

Deborah H. on April 06, 2020:

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.

Corrie Williams on March 24, 2020:

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!!

Beth Decker on March 12, 2020:

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.

Audrey Dolton on February 22, 2020:

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

Mary on February 20, 2020:

My giant Morkie is 21 lbs!!!

Robin Smith on February 17, 2020:

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.

gwmmsinclair on February 13, 2020:

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.

Miriam on February 02, 2020:

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!!

Debbie on January 28, 2020:

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

Rui from Portugal on January 19, 2020:

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.

Elsabe Pienaar on January 16, 2020:

I have 2 super yorkies! They are super amazing

Dennis Apodaca on January 11, 2020:

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

TANYA D RODRIGUEZ on January 05, 2020:

Loving my 19 lb. big boy, Tucker

Freeman on January 03, 2020:

Mine was 15lbs and loved him!

T. Flanagan on January 02, 2020:

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.

Ben Hadizadeh on December 24, 2019:

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



Ingrid on December 20, 2019:

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.

Dee on December 06, 2019:

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.

Jay on December 05, 2019:

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.

Hillary on December 03, 2019:

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

lucille on November 24, 2019:

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

Susie on November 24, 2019:

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.

Twilliams on November 05, 2019:

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?



Joe Pena on November 03, 2019:

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

Barb Grant on November 02, 2019:

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

Helen on October 25, 2019:

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.

Oliver on October 17, 2019:

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

Kathy Wells on October 15, 2019:

Looking for a large size Yorkie mix! Thanks

Angel on October 14, 2019:

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?

Reannon L on October 04, 2019:

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.