What is the average weight of a Yorkshire Terrier at birth?

November 28, 2008 by admin  
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mikex_1 asked:

I just had 2 male yorkshire terrier puppies. At 7 days old one puppy weighs 0.4 lbs and the other weighs .06 lbs, I was wondering how much the puppies themselves might end up weighing once they are full grown? Also I live inbetween San Fransisco and Sacramento and the puppies will be ready 1 week before christmas does anyone have any idea how much I should sell them for?

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3 Responses to “What is the average weight of a Yorkshire Terrier at birth?”

  1. Olivia K on November 28th, 2008 7:51 pm

    .8 oz, yea i know

  2. howldine on December 1st, 2008 8:26 pm

    Call up your other BYB friends and ask them how much they get for sub-par puppies.

  3. Sally-J on December 4th, 2008 1:01 pm

    The question is kind of broad, but I can offer some information, I think.
    It will depend on the adult size of the parents, of course, but I’ve had puppies born anywhere between 3.8 oz and 6.0 ounces … from dams ranging between 5 and 8 pounds.
    It is a good idea to weigh the puppies on an accurate scale at birth, and every day for at least 3 weeks, to be sure they are all gaining weight each day. The weight gain will seem rapid at first, and that is normal.
    A puppy that weighs close to 1 pound at the age of 8 weeks will probably go to about 3 to 4 pounds when grown; but this is not a formula to determine adult weight, as they can surprise you.
    A puppy that weighs over 2.5 pounds at the age of 8 weeks will probably go over 6 pounds when grown. Again, not a formula to estimate adult size of Yorkie puppies.
    These examples are based on my experience.
    The best estimate will be to average the weights of the adult parents to guess the adult weights of the puppies. On average, a 4 pound male and a 7 pound female will produce 5 to 6 pounders.
    To advise on asking prices for your puppies is also a very broad question. It would depend upon the quality of the Yorkies. Their lineage will be important. Are they registered with AKC? Are there champion show dogs in their recent background? Do they meet the breed standard guidelines for absence of white markings, correct mouth structure, coloring, etc.? These considerations, among others, determine the quality of the Yorkie. Quality determines fair pricing.
    One more bit of input: go to and research what is expected in a Yorkshire Terrier. This will help you to decide if you should breed your Yorkie again. One that is too far out of the breed standard should probably not be bred again, for the sake of the breed.
    Good luck to you.

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