Toni Grzunov - Last updated on June 22nd, 2021
All you need to know about the Yorkiepoo
If you crossbreed a Yorkshire Terrier with a Toy or a Miniature Poodle you will get a Yorkiepoo, an adorable, tiny mix that loves to play around and cause mischief! Yorkiepoos are fun, affectionate, and gentle, and will want to spend as much time with you as possible.
These pups are usually very small, so keeping them as pets presents no problem to most people. Another trait that makes them amazing pets is their low-shedding coat, meaning people with allergies can spend time with them safely.
Yorkiepoos are known for their attitude that often gets them in trouble with large dogs. They don’t care about the size and have a big heart, meaning they aren’t afraid of anyone. While this can be incredibly charming, it is something all future owners should keep an eye out for.
These dogs are also quite fond of barking, so watch out for that. They are smart and will learn quickly, so you should be able to train them any way you please.
Group - designer breed (non-official)
Weight - 7-11 Pounds
Height - 4-9 Inches
Hair Length - Medium, Long
Shedding - Lite
Lifespan - 12-14 Years
The Appearance of the Yorkiepoo
There is no breed standard for the Yorkiepoo as it is a mixed breed, and their looks can vary greatly from dog to dog. This is why these small pups can be a bit difficult to describe, but there are always some things they have in common with each other.
On average, Yorkiepoos are a small breed, although some breeders try to make them a bit bigger. If there was one word we would use to describe this breed it would be cute! They usually have adorable floppy ears that fit their curious expression.
They are fine-boned and have a delicate, narrow head with a tapering muzzle. The eyes of a Yorkiepoo are large, dark, and expressive.
These pups have a slim body that is surprisingly muscular. The length of the back is usually equal to the dog’s height. Their coat varies in appearance and it can be straight or curled. It has a silky texture and is quite light.
What colors does a Yorkiepoo come in?
When it comes to colors, the lack of a breed standard means that almost anything goes. Yorkiepoos come in a plethora of colors, and some of the most common ones include:
All about the Yorkiepoo personality
Yorkiepoos are pups that enjoy life and are seeking something fun to do at all times. They are highly affectionate and will follow you around constantly. These dogs don’t like being alone, so be prepared to spend a lot of time with your pet.
Since they are quite playful they make great pets for children, although you should be careful around kids that are too young. Yorkies are small, fragile dogs and if your child isn’t careful, it might hurt your pet.
Leaving these dogs home alone for longer periods of time will turn them into destructive little critters, which you will want to avoid. It is not uncommon for a Yorkiepoo to start barking uncontrollably and destroying things if left alone for even a short while.
Surprisingly, they do make for good watchdogs, despite their small size. They will make up for it with their voices and bark whenever they notice someone suspicious nearby.
Yorkiepoos are also highly sociable once they get to know people and will demand everyone’s attention constantly. Since they are so adorable, they won’t have problems getting it and making everyone fall in love with them.
Still, the personality of a Yorkiepoo is quite similar to its appearance, meaning it can vary greatly between each individual pup. These dogs have Yorkie and Poodle traits that show up in various combinations, so getting to know those two parent breeds is always smart so you know what you can expect.
Is a Yorkiepoo easy to train?
As we already mentioned, Yorkiepoos are extremely intelligent so they will usually be quite easy to train. They are eager to please and respond well to praise. This means that positive reinforcement is the way to go with these pups. Reward your dog for its good behavior and it will learn whatever you want it to in no time.
Still, make sure not to pamper your Yorkiepoo constantly. You should know how to be strict, but never too harsh. If you pamper these pups too much they can become a little bit too playful and completely disregard your commands.
On the other hand, they won’t respond well if you are too harsh, so finding the right balance is important. Focus on the positive reinforcement, but when you notice your pup misbehaving, don’t hesitate to give it a strict warning.
Yorkiepoos also don’t like repetitive training sessions, so you will always need to think up new methods. Try to keep your training interesting and fun and you shouldn’t have any problems.
It is important that your Yorkiepoo knows that you are the leader since these pups are known to have quite the attitude. This can be problematic if they meet a bigger dog and start acting aggressively. Early socialization should prevent this from happening.
How much Grooming does a Yorkiepoo need?
No matter the coat type of your Yorkiepoo, it will require a decent amount of care to keep it looking good. The hair of these dogs grows quite long and is light, so you should brush it every single day.
This will prevent matting and tangles. You should also bathe your pet Yorkiepoo at least once a month. Make sure to use a dog-friendly shampoo and your pup should have a gorgeous coat that will add to its charms!
A lot of people groom the coats of their Yorkiepoos and style them in different ways. You can do so as well, just make sure you know what you’re doing. If you’re unsure, hire a professional groomer. They will help you keep your pet’s coat at the desired length.
The coat of a Yorkiepoo is extremely low-shedding and they don’t produce much dander at all, meaning they are considered hypoallergenic. They are a popular breed among people with allergies.
Since these pups don’t exercise outside that much they won’t wear off their nails themselves. This means you should cut them every few weeks if you know what you’re doing. If not, again, visit a professional groomer, since this can be a bit hard to do.
Brush the teeth of your Yorkiepoo each day using a vet-approved doggy toothpaste. This will prevent tons of dental issues and you should start doing it while your pup is still young.
The Living Environment of the Yorkiepoo
These small pups can live basically anywhere! This makes them really popular as pets, as even those with small apartments can get one and keep it happy with minimal exercise.
Yorkiepoos can get most of their daily exercise done at home, so you won’t need to worry about going outside too often. They will be happy chasing toys around your living room.
Still, going outside should be done occasionally as your pup can socialize with other dogs that way. It will also strengthen the bond between you and your pet, so try to do it for half an hour each day.
As mentioned, these pups don’t like being alone, so people that work all day and don’t have other family members that can stay at home should reconsider getting a Yorkiepoo.
The Health and Nutrition of the Yorkiepoo
While Yorkiepoos are generally healthy dogs, they can suffer from certain conditions, and we will discuss the most important ones here.
- The first one we should mention is epilepsy. Seizures in dogs appear quite commonly, and Yorkiepoos are no different. This condition is inherited, and seizures can vary in intensity, but it is important to contact the veterinarian if you notice even a small one, as they can help you control these occurrences.
- Patellar Luxation is a problem that appears in small dogs and affects their kneecaps. It is a dislocation of the knee joint that makes it slide in and out of place which causes great pain to your pet dog.
- Other conditions that affect these pups include von Willebrand disease, a bleeding disorder that causes spontaneous bleeding from various body parts, and Legg-Calvé Perthes Disease, a condition that causes a degeneration of the upper thigh bone.
You should make sure to feed your Yorkiepoo high-quality dog food. Make sure to consult with your vet about the amount of food you should be giving your pet each day. They will also help you pick the right type of food.
Where does the Yorkiepoo come from?
Yorkiepoo is just one of the many designer dogs that have been gaining in popularity in recent times. It first appeared in the United States, as did most of these breeds, around the early 2000s.
Poodle hybrids were already quite popular then, thanks to the Labradoodle, Cockapoo, and others, with their low-shedding coats being one of the main appeals. Their intelligence helped as well. Yorkiepoo was created as an attempt to make these pups even smaller.
Breeding a Poodle with a Yorkshire Terrier seemed like the logical move, and we got this wonderful breed as a result.