Let's start out by saying there
is no such thing as a "TEACUP
We are amazed at so many people wanting to buy
a co-called "Teacup Puppy".
Puppies aren't toys; they are living breathing
babies that need love and attention, not to spend half of
their life in someone's HOT purse!
With that in mind, let me say this; It seems as
though there is a plethora of people who are insistent on
buying tiny puppies in the 2 to 4 pound range. Also
commonly referred to as a "Teacup puppy".
The word "Teacup" has been used to merely describe the size of a puppy,
meaning it is very small and will probably be under the
standard size which is 4 to 7 pounds for the Toy Group,
Yorkshire Terrier breed. We cannot imagine anyone wanting
anything smaller than that! Their bones are VERY fragile
and can be broken by jumping off of a coach, falling off of a
bed, being stepped on or worse.
Many breeders, while tacking a whooping price on a puppy, "claim" to breed so
called "teacups" as if they were a breed all their own. Don't
be fooled! They are NOT a breed of their own.
If a breeder says they specialize in "teacups" RUN, RUN, RUN for
the hills! Most "TEACUP" puppies are in reality, a premature
Most females are bred on the ninth through the
fifteenth day of their heat cycles. Eggs can be fertilized for
up to 72 hours after any of these breeding's. Therefore, it is
possible to have puppies conceived up to a week or so younger
than the puppies first conceived in a litter. However,
when the first puppies conceived are mature and ready to be
born, labor starts and all the puppies will be born, no matter
when they were fertilized.
Some of the problems that may be encountered are both genetic and congenital in
these tiny babies and the list is a long one.
The risk of open fontanels (soft spot from the cranial bone not
forming), portosystemic shunts (PSS- abnormal vessel that
allows blood to bypass the liver. As a result the blood is not
cleansed by one of the bodies filters: the liver),
hypoglycemia, cardiac problems, collapsing trachea,
luxating patellas, Leggs Calves Perthes
disease, hydroencephaly, seizures, blindness and
digestive problems can be increased in these tiny
Problems such as respiratory problems can
remain or worsen throughout their lives. These babies
frequently are so fragile that they do not live more than
a few years. There have been several tiny Yorkies as
adults who still had open fontanels and their owners had to
carry nourishment with them all the time. Their vets have
felt it unsafe to give a full dose of vaccine so the puppies
had to get several injections to be on the safe
There is no such thing as a "tea cup" Yorkshire
Terrier or any other breed for that matter. They simply
do not exist. "Tea-cup" is just a marketing ploy given by
unethical and unscrupulous breeders to drive up the price of
So called "Teacups" fetch anywhere up to $10,000! This is ridiculous and shameful!
There are a lot of chronically, unhealthy puppies because
unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills are inbreeding.
Some poor darlings only live for a very, very short
They take the little teeny, tiny Yorkies and they
breed 2-1/2 pounders with 3 pounders ... well, they�re playing
with genetics. You should NEVER breed a female of any breed
less than 4-1/2 pounds.
PLEASE educate yourselves before
buying a tiny puppy whether it is a Yorkie or any other breed.
You could be in for months or years of heartbreak not to
mention staggering veterinarian bills!
DO YOUR HOMEWORK! — IF YOU WANT A HEALTHY PUPPY ...
DON'T FALL FOR THE TEACUP ACT!
At Hollingberry Yorkies it is our goal to breed the finest
Yorkshire Terriers possible staying within the guidelines AKC
established for this particular breed. It is our
responsibility to you our customer, to our treasured Yorkies
and to the breeders that came before us to continue the
ethical standards that resulted in such beautiful
We are "Breed Specific" meaning we only breed "Yorkshire
Terriers" and are dedicated to excellence in these "Regal
Please only buy from a Reputable Breeder
We wish you and your new puppy all the best. Hollingberry Yorkies
will always be readily available to help should you need