Does size matter in a Yorkie?

Not every Yorkie grows to a tiny size. That doesn’t mean they are not purebred or less lovable? Yorkies come in all shapes and sizes just like us. Does it mean they are less of a Yorkie? No, our King was 13 lbs and he was the best dog we ever had. Does a breeder have control over weight and size? I don’t think so. We estimate on history and parents but breeders cannot predict how big or small a Yorkie grows. Genetics, food and environment play a big part in any dogs life. So that being said, a pet-parent should not look at their pets size, but look at their health and temperament. They are family, do you ban your child because it turns out bigger than you hoped for? No, we love them. Unconditionally ❤️.

Yorkie Size


There are lots of questions regarding Yorkie size. Many owners are concerned that their dog is either too small or too large in comparison to others…And this leads them to be concerned about possible health issues… Or even if breeding was done properly.

At the heart of this issue is the expression “toy” or “mini”. This is due partly because there are breeders who purposefully bred down this dog to create Yorkshire Terriers that are smaller than the standard.

The other element is a standard Yorkie that falls under or over the expected weight and/or size range.

Expected Size

Weight: Breed standards have changed. The AKC previously listed a minimum weight of 4 pounds (1.81 kg).

Now there is only a maximum weight of 7 pounds (3.17 kg) for a full grown, adult Yorkie.

Even with this change on paper, most Yorkshire Terriers fit into the 4 to 7 lb. (1.81 kg to 3.17 kg) range. A dog smaller than this, fully grown, would be considered too small and may have size related health issues.

There are however, many Yorkies that are a tad larger than the 7 lbs, weighing 8 to 10 lbs. (3.62 to 4.53 kg). If not overweight, this would be due to larger bone structure, which most likely is due to a pairing of dam and sire that was not quite correct to produce standard sized dogs.

Harper Grace, 2 years old & 3 lbs.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Fairchild

In some instances, a Yorkshire Terrier can be dramatically larger than expected, reaching upward of 10 or even 15 pounds. How can this be? In many cases, this is a matter of another larger breed somewhere in the bloodline (more ahead).

Height: There is not a height standard set. What an owner can expect is for an adult to reach a height of between 6 and 9 inches (15.24 to 22.86 cm) and one must remember that this measurement is from the floor to the withers (shoulder tops).

With this being said, this breed can vary in both weight and height. Let’s first take a look at how the Yorkie compares to other toy breeds.

As you can see, even though the Chihuahua is the smallest of all purebred toy breeds, the Yorkie very close. In fact, the smallest dog ever on record was a Yorkshire Terrier.


The issue of miniatures is one of great controversy. The AKC and any other reputable kennel does not recognize the Teacup or any other term that implies tiny size as an acknowledged variation of the breed or as a separate variety.

One of the reasons why the term even exists is because at some point, someone thought that if small was good, smaller was better. In time, just about every toy and small sized type of dog was bred down, despite it interfering with health.