Yorkie Poos are small hybrid crosses between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy Poodle. Known for their fluffy, toy-like appearance, these designer dogs are known for being spirited and affectionate members of the family.
A cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a toy Poodle, Yorkie Poos (also called Yorkipoos or Yorkiepoos) are designer crossbreed dogs commonly known for their toy-sized appearance and hypoallergenic fluffy coat. They combine some of the most popular qualities in each breed: small size, calm temperament, and playfulness.
While they love to play, they’re also calm enough to settle down and cuddle on the couch, making them a great choice for apartment life. Although small, they have no shortage of energy and feistiness. Intelligent, spirited, and loving, they bond well with humans and enjoy playing games or training.
They may not have been around long, but Yorkie Poos have made a name for themselves as great family dogs and vibrant companions. They love people and performing tricks, bringing confidence, ample energy, and plenty of love into any household.
Genetic health and aging in Yorkie Poos
A Yorkie Poo’s lifespan can be as long as 15 years, so it’s important to keep up with their health to ensure your dog lives a long, healthy life. While it’s hard to predict what kind of genes will be passed down, Yorkie Poos are generally healthy dogs.
However, some diseases are common among both their parent breeds. Poodles, for example, are prone to patellar luxation, Addison’s disease, and Progressive Retinal Atropy, to name a few. Yorkshire Terriers are prone to liver conditions, spinal diseases, tracheal collapse, and various eye issues.
Both breeds are also prone to joint issues, like hip dysplasia and luxating patellae.
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Physical characteristics of the Yorkie Poo
The Yorkie Poo takes after both of its namesakes — Yorkshire Terriers and toy Poodles — but there isn’t always a consistent look for the breed. Some puppies will take after their terrier background, while others will look more like Poodles.
Most Yorkie Poos will inherit soft, fluffy, and hypoallergenic coats. Depending on the dog, they may have some combination of the Yorkie’s silky coats and the Poodle’s soft curls. Coat texture might vary, from sleek and fluffy to coarse and scruffy.
Regardless of their coat, most Yorkie Poos will have the trademark big eyes and black noses that make up their sweet, doll-like expressions. Some will have a longer, tapered snout like a Poodle while others have the short nose of a Yorkie. And on the other end, you’ll find just as much variation—long thin tails, short fluffy ones, or a blend of both.
When it comes to size, it all depends on lineage. They can range between five pounds for a teacup Yorkie Poo and 15 pounds for a larger Yorkie Poo. The body type can differ, too. While some are petite and slender, others have a more solid, stocky build.
The color can be just as unpredictable. Yorkie Poos can come in a wide range of colors, including white, black, beige, red, or tri-colored.
Since they can range so widely in size, the food recommendation for a full-grown Yorkie Poo varies. In general, they should be fed a high-quality, dry kibble in a safe size for small breeds.
Some Yorkie Poos can be sensitive to ingredients that can trigger allergies and ear infections. Speak to your veterinarian to discuss whether your dog might benefit from a limited ingredient diet, like poultry-free kibble.
Grooming and shedding
While Yorkie Poos are designer dogs, they’re relatively low maintenance. For most owners of the breed, the grooming routine all depends on whether the dog’s coat takes after the glossy hair of a Yorkie or the wiry, curly hair of a Poodle.
Depending on the coat, it’s hard to say how much the average Yorkie Poo sheds. Expect at least some mild shedding in the spring and fall.
Most Yorkie Poos need to be bathed about once a month. Following a consistent brushing routine will help to keep their coat in great shape and control fur and dander. For dogs that take after their longer-haired parents, brushing can also help avoid matting or tangles.
It all depends on the kind of coat your dog inherits, but you may need to visit a groomer every six to eight weeks to either trim or shave their coats.
Playtime and training
This mixed breed has no shortage of energy. When they’re not cuddling or laying around, they love to play. You might be surprised by how much they can jump, run, and get rough and tumble with other dogs.
They also thrive off attention from their owners, whether playing or enjoying some downtime on the couch. Although they’re known for being relatively high-energy, due to their small size they don’t need an excessive amount of exercise. This makes them a great choice for dog owners living in apartments or houses with small outdoor spaces.
While they love to get physical, they’re highly intelligent, too. Both Yorkies and Poodles love competition like agility and obedience, and the Yorkie Poo is no exception. They love to learn new tricks and soak up the attention as they perform for family and friends.