The Yorkie-Poo is a designer hybrid — a delightful blend of the Yorkshire Terrier and Toy or Miniature Poodle. Pocket-sized bundles of love and adventure, they’ll charm your socks off.
This dog is one of the most common poodle mixes that I’ve seen in my veterinary practice over the past few decades. If you’re looking for a fun little dog with minimal shedding and a pleasant personality, check out the Yorkie-Poo!
What Do Yorkie-Poos Look Like?
Yorkie-Poos weigh 3-14 pounds, depending mostly on whether the Poodle parent is a Toy or Miniature. They come in a cornucopia of colors contributed by both breeds from blue and gold to black, brown and apricot — white and black markings are common. The texture ranges from soft to wiry.
Genetic expression in hybrid dogs isn’t always predictable, but Yorkie-Poos are relatively consistent with their mid-length coats and bright brown eyes. Two notable differences are their muzzles — some are long and tapered like the Poodle’s, while others are short and pert like the Yorkie’s. Ears vary from almost erect to nearly floppy. Nature is full of surprises.
What Is The Personality Of A Yorkie-Poo?
The best word to describe Yorkie-Poos is fun. The product of two clever dogs, they’ll surprise you with their intelligence. Charismatic and affectionate, one look turns frowns upside down — they channel happiness.
A good fit for most families, active or sedentary, they’ll thrive in any environment from a small apartment to a sprawling estate as long as they’re center-stage in their special someone’s life. Untrained, they can be bossy and loud — it’s tough for a three-pound dog to get someone’s attention without barking. Puppy kindergarten classes go a long way toward preventing nuisance behaviors.
How Much Exercise Do Yorkie-Poos Need?
Yorkie-Poos don’t require much exercise, but they need plenty of playtime. A 20-minute walk once daily is enough to control their weight and keep them in shape, but play is where the fun is.
In most homes, just chasing the kids from room to room is enough. But Yorkie-Poos have lots of energy that can thankfully be satisfied with the simplest games. They never tire of Fetch, and they love to chase bubbles — both are family-friendly activities.
Given challenging toys, they can amuse themselves for hours, but what they really want is to be active with you. They enjoy travel and are a welcomed pick-me-up in some workplaces.
How Much Grooming Do Yorkie-Poos Need?
Like their parents, Yorkie-Poos need regular grooming. It’s a time commitment, but it’s not complicated, and most owners can do it at home.
Daily brushing with a slicker discourages mats. Use a metal comb to tease out small knots behind their ears and hindquarters.
They shed very little — a plus for people with allergies. But long hair close to the ground is a magnet for dirt and debris, so they need frequent bathing. A shampoo every two to four weeks is ideal.
Not surprisingly, most owners choose professional grooming. A Yorkie-Poo’s coat can be creatively clipped to make routine care easier. Trimming the long hair near their eyes is beneficial for their health, preventing corneal irritation while reducing odors from tear staining.
Owners can choose from a range of mid-length styles that suit the dog’s personality and lifestyle — “puppy cuts” are popular. Professional grooming also includes other valuable services, including ear cleaning and a nail trim. For owners big on love but short on time, it’s a bargain.
What Kind Of Dog Food Is Best For Yorkie-Poos?
Most small kibble dry dog foods will be suitable for a Yorkie-Poo. Because of their small mouths, smaller kibble will be a better idea than one that may be larger and harder to chew.
Grain-free diets are a myth. Please do not feed your Yorkie-Poo a grain-free diet unless there are specific food allergies that would benefit from a grain-free diet. Always consult your veterinarian before you decide to make any major diet changes.
Some good brands that I recommend include:
I usually tend to go with the bigger dog food companies because of the amount of time and money they have to research and test their products. They also have a stronger history of safe foods (very rarely will they have recalls) over the newer, more boutique-style dog foods.
How Long Do Yorkie-Poos Live?
13-16 years based on the size of the adult dog. This is based on my career as a veterinarian.
What Health Problems Do Yorkie-Poos Have?
As a veterinarian with over 20 years of experience, I’ve seen quite a few Yorkie-Poos. Their most commonly seen health problems include:
- Dental Disease
- Patella Luxation
Overall I consider the Yorkie-poo a pretty hardy dog breed as long as their owner is diligent in maintaining their weight and teeth properly.
Where Can I Find A Yorkie-Poo?
There’s not an official “club” or national organization that oversees the quality of this particular cross-breed so I can’t offer a recommendation on where to get one. You’re as likely to find one in a rescue or shelter as to find a breeder producing good-quality dogs.
Interesting Facts About the Yorkie-Poo
Designer dogs from Yorkie-Poos to Puggles, are becoming increasingly popular for their versatility.
Did you know?
• Yorkie-Poos Were Bred for a Reason
Unlike the Goldendoodle, less is known about when Yorkie-Poos were first bred. But like many hybrids, the intention was to create a low-shedding dog for people with allergies.
While all dogs shed dander — the hair and skin cells responsible for allergy symptoms — both Poodles and Yorkies are low-shedders. Among the top ten designer dogs, Yorkie-Poos are among the least allergenic.
• They Aren’t AKC-Recognized
The AKC only registers purebred dogs, confirming their pedigrees, so purchasers can be certain the puppies they buy are what they bargained for. Hybrids are not eligible for registration, yet that doesn’t reflect the quality of the dog.
Designer dogs have their own clubs, and the Yorkie-Poo is recognized by most, including the Designer Dog Club, the American Hybrid Canine Club and the International Designer Canine Registry. Hybrid dogs can participate in AKC athletic events through their Canine Partners program.
• They’re a Dog by Many Names
If you’re looking for a Yorkie-Poo breeder, it helps to know their many names. Globally, they’re also known as Yoodles, Yorkapoos, Yorker-poos and Yorkiepoodles.
• Yes, They’re Smart
Yorkie-Poos are the offspring of two clever parents. Among all breeds, Poodles rank 2nd on the list of most intelligent breeds — Yorkshire Terriers come in at 27th. Easy to train, Yorkie-Poos will obey your first command more than 80-percent of the time, a trick most kids struggle to master.