Teacup Yorkie or Maltese Puppies:
One of the most frequently asked questions
that we get is "do you have any teacup Yorkshire Terrier oe Maltese puppies for sale?" The simple truth is that
neither we nor anyone else has a "teacup" Yorkie or Maltese puppy because no such classification exists. Let
The official breed standard for the Yorkshire Terrier and Malteses calls for adults to weigh between
Why then, you may ask, do so many breeders advertise their puppies as teacup Yorkies and Malteses? There
are only two reasons:
Fraudulent advertising for Teacup Yorkie or Maltese puppies.
Some unscrupulous breeders
advertise teacup Yorkie or Maltese puppies to take advantage of those people who are not very familiar with Yorkies
or Malteses. By telling someone that they are getting a "teacup" Yorkie or Maltese, they make the buyer feel that
they are getting something special - as if one get much more special than a Yorkie or a Maltese at all :-). Beware, many
of these people also advertise "toy" and or "standard" Yorkie or Maltese puppies with adult weights up
to 10 or 12 pounds.
Ignorance about Teacup Yorkshire Terrier or Maltese puppies.
Sadly, there are people
out there breeding Yorkshire terrier and Maltese puppies who simply aren't knowledgeable enough about them to know that
there is no such thing as a "teacup" Yorkie or Maltese. One can only image their general breed knowledge and the
quality of their Yorkie or Maltese puppies for sale.
I was told of a breeder recently who allegedly has adult
Yorkies or Maltese weighing less than two (!!) pounds all the time. The person writing wanted to know if we had Yorkie or
Maltese puppies of that size. I must point out that as of 2002, the smallest dog in the world, according to the Guinness Book
of World Records, was a Chihuahua who weighed just under 2 pounds at 1 lb. 14 oz. For someone to claim that they regularly
have adult dogs weighing less than 2 pounds is a stretch to say the least.
On average, Yorkshire terriers andd
Malteses weigh between 5 and 7 pounds as adults. There are, of course, smaller Yorkie or Maltese puppies born that will weigh
less and sometimes there are yorkies that weigh between 7-9 lbs. Most Yorkshire terriers and Malteses that you see participating
in the show ring tend to be 6 to 7 pounds. A dog weighing 3 to 4 pounds is considered very small and often requires special
care. Dogs this small should not be handled by children except under strictly controlled conditions. Children are clumsy by
nature--not intentionally--and dogs weighing less than 4 pounds are fragile, with easily broken bones.