How Much Should A Yorkie Weigh? Emphasis must first be made that a Yorkie continues to grow up until his first year. Most Yorkies will also experience a slowdown in their growth by 9 to 10 months but will finish their growth period by 12 months. Of course, the growth rate will be influenced by the overall health, genetics, and environment, including diet, sleep, and exercise habits.
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The Standards Set For Yorkies
The American Kennel Club (AKC) states that a full-grown adult Yorkie should have a maximum weight of 7pounds (3.17 kilos). The weight standard in previous years was 4 pounds (1.81 kilos).
But most full-grown Yorkies weigh within the 4 to 7 pounds range—Yorkies who are either heavier or lighter than the AKC standards more likely to have size-related size issues. While being heavier or lighter than the standards isn’t a big deal, it can be indicative of health issues that should be addressed.
As for height, the AKC doesn’t have a standard for height, not even for show dogs. But in most cases, a full-grown adult Yorkie can reach a height between 6 and 9 inches (15.24 and 22.86 centimeters). The measurement refers to the height from the floor to the tops of the shoulders (withers).
The Above-Normal Weight
Many Yorkies are slightly heavier than the 7-pound maximum weight standard. Usually, their weight ranges from 8 to 19 pounds (3.62 to 4.53 kilos). There are even cases when Yorkies are significantly larger than the standards, from 10 to 15 pounds!
There are two main reasons for it.
First, the Yorkie has a larger bone structure, a likely result of the mating of a dam and sire that aren’t within the standard of the breed. The possibility that another breed has been mixed into the bloodline, perhaps 5 to 10 generations back, can result in a larger bone structure. It is known as a throwback jumping of the genes where the recessive genes of another breed manifest itself in the Yorkie.
But it should also be noted that even among purebred Yorkies, one or two puppies in the litter will be larger at birth than the other puppies. It will not cause any concern as long as these larger puppies are completely healthy.
Second, the Yorkie is either overweight or obese due to a poor diet. If your Yorkie weighs, say, 10 pounds, your vet will determine whether there’s a need for weight loss or not. You, the owner, have to ensure that your Yorkie experiences a slow and steady weight loss.
Your vet will likely recommend these measures:
Decrease your pet’s calorie intake. It can be achieved in several ways, such as providing home-cooked meals instead of ready-made dog food, offering kibbles and adding more veggies and fruits, and switching to diet dog food.
Increase the amount of exercise. Your Yorkie may have to take 20-minute walks daily, which can be increased to 30 minutes gradually.
You have to work closely with your vet regarding weight loss as too much, too soon, will have adverse effects on your Yorkie’s health.
To summarize, pet owners have the responsibility to ensure that their Yorkies are well within the healthy weight range by providing them with proper diet and exercise. But if your Yorkie is slightly smaller or larger than the standard, he should be fine for as long as he’s healthy.