Let’s face it, when it comes to Yorkshire Terriers, we all think they’re adorable, right? But what happens when you throw a little “teddy bear” into the mix? Well, that’s when you get the super-cute and cuddly Teddy Bear Yorkie! But before you buy one, let’s clear up a few things.
First of all, there’s no such thing as an “official” Teddy Bear Yorkie breed. Nope, it’s just a term that some breeders use to describe certain Yorkies with an exceptionally fluffy and teddy bear-like appearance.
And while there’s no denying these little guys are cute, remember that there’s only one official standard for Yorkshire Terriers, so that you won’t find any “variations” here.
So, whether you call them Teddy Bear Yorkies, Fluffy Yorkies, or just plain ol’ cute, these little furballs will surely steal your heart!
Features of the Yorkie Teddy Bear Appearance
1. Face Shape
You see, the term Teddy Bear Yorkie doesn’t just refer to size – it can also describe a Yorkie with a flatter face, bigger eyes, and a rounder head. This trend started with the Pomeranian breed (because who doesn’t love a fluffy ball of cute?) but has since spread to Yorkies. Of course, achieving this look isn’t always straightforward – sometimes breeders will mix and match different breeds to get that perfect Teddy Bear face.
In the mix, we’re talking Shih Tzus, Maltese, Pekingnese, and even a little Poodle. Let’s be honest – if you mix breeds, you might as well come up with a fun name for the resulting puppies. Just don’t expect them to be recognized by the AKC, and make sure you ask for papers to know if your little fluff ball is purebred or not.
Okay, so let’s get this straight – when it comes to Teddy Bear Yorkies, size matters…or does it? According to the AKC standards, these little guys have no set lower weight. So, why would anyone create a separate subcategory based on size alone? It’s like saying, “hey, you’re not just a Yorkie; you’re a TINY Yorkie!”
Some breeders love to make up their own rules, and if they want to call their little fluff balls Teddy Bear Yorkies, who are we to argue? After all, when it comes to cuteness, size doesn’t matter – it’s all about the snuggles!
Ah, the color conundrum! Some people use the term Teddy Bear Yorkie to describe dogs with black and tan coats. But here’s the thing: ALL purebred Yorkies are born with black and tan coats. It’s like the canine equivalent of a chameleon – their coat changes over time, becoming a beautiful blend of steel, blue, and gold.
Some stay black and tan, but they won’t meet the AKC guidelines for a Yorkie. So, if someone tries to sell you a “Teddy Bear Yorkie” based solely on their coat color, be warned that it’s likely to change as they grow up. Don’t be fooled by those mischievous marketing tactics!
4. The Teddy Bear Haircut
Now, here’s a use of the term that won’t make you cringe. A Teddy Bear Yorkie haircut is all the rage! There are so many styles to choose from, but the ” puppy cut ” is the most popular one.” This is a trim that keeps the hair short and tidy, eliminating tangles and making life easier for the owner. It’s no wonder some folks are now calling it the “Teddy Bear” cut – it makes your little Yorkie look like a cute and cuddly stuffed animal!
5. Coat Texture
One unsavory answer to what constitutes a Teddy Bear Yorkie is that some breeders use the term to describe pups without the typical silky coat. With dodgy breeding practices, they end up with wooly-haired pups that can never grow long. It’s like giving a poodle a perm – it’s just not right.
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