Many people first consider the lifespan of the dog they plan to own.
For those looking to care for a Teacup Yorkie, it is important to know how long these canines live.
At a minimum, Teacups live up to 3 years. But the average lifespan ranges between 7 and 10 years. Some Teacups are lucky enough to celebrate their 12th or even their 14th birthday!
As with any dog, the lifespan depends on a number of factors. These include genetics, breeding techniques, health and skin problems, and certain natural traumas.
And just like most canines, there are diseases that are unique with this breed. Their shorter limbs and smaller bodies make them quite fragile.
In fact, Yorkies in general are susceptible to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This is a fatal condition, which can be prevented through a specialized feeding and diet.
Moreover, Teacups are prone to liver shunts. It is a congenital health issue that prevents the liver from efficiently filtering toxins and wastes in the blood.
They may also suffer from a collapsed trachea that results in a limited airflow. Thus, a Teacup may undergo respiratory concerns including chronic coughing.
Before you bring home a Teacup Yorkie, be sure to check carefully with the breeder any existing health complications. The parents should be healthy and without pre-existing conditions to pass on to the puppy. Otherwise, you will have a hard time taking care of these puppies.
Then, it is all up to you to extend your pet’s lifespan. With plenty of TLC, you can help your Teacup live as long as possible.