Everything You Need To Know About
The Adorable Yorkie Poo!

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Are you fond of animals? If yes, then you are going to love this bundle of joy: the adorable Yorkie Poo! Dogs are man’s best friend. It’s true as these animals are smart, quick, affectionate and loyal; traits that even humans fail to exercise nowadays. This article will focus on the designer dog breed Yorkiepoo and everything that you must know about this fun-loving canine.

What is a Yorkie Poo?

Yorkipoo is a cross-breed, designer dog that has both parents belonging to different breeds. It is a mixture of the Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle (Miniature Poodle). This affectionate dog is an entertainer. It keeps you on your toes, all day long and you can never get enough of its playful tricks. It makes for a perfect small dog that can virtually fit anywhere and is hypo-allergenic. It would not be wrong to assume that this cross-breeding of the poodle and terrier lacked reason.

The premise behind the creation of this designer canine had been to allow people to keep a dog that did not trigger their allergies from its dander. If you suffer from asthma or other allergies, you can still own a Yorkiepoo, a perfect fluff ball to keep around the house. It’s an absolute treat to look at, let alone feel in your hands! This intelligent dog is lively, trains easily are adaptable to its surroundings and loves an adventure or two. So, if you are planning a trip anytime soon, you must pack a traveling back for this little cutie too!

Yorkie Poo - Other Names

The Yorkiepoo is commonly known as Yoodles, Yorkapoo, Yorkipoo, Yorkie-poodle, and Yorkiedoodles. It makes for a great friend and family member, a mere treat for the whole family!

History of Yorkie Poo

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As already mentioned, the idea of this and many other designer dogs such as shihpoo had been to come up with dogs that had the abilities of both parent breeds and were resultantly less furry. Animal dander has been known to cause and trigger several allergies in people. As a result, people became reluctant to keep canine as pets in the house, within close contact. However, these designer breeds are safe around people with allergies.

This hybrid dog, Yorkiepoo originated in the United States of America, where it was bred and marketed initially. It was discovered about 15 years ago; however, the precise time is somewhat blurry. The Poodle hybrid has since become the center of attention with its manifold characteristics and canine traits. It takes the charisma from both of its ancestors that have been around for longer than one can remember.

Yorkies were known as vermin hunters during the 19th century in England and were later added to the American Kennel Club in 1885. Poodles are also amongst the old canine breeds that have been used for hunting by the French. Not just exceptional hunters, this canine breed is also known to be quite the clever bunch. This breed became part of the American Kennel Club’s list in 1888.

Now, imagine how smart, charismatic, and adventurous the Yorkiepoo’s pedigree is likely to be, with its DNA inherited from the world’s celebrity breeds.

Temperament of Yorkie Poo

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Yorkie Poo is an enthusiastic canine breed, and it can go all day long playing, enjoying each moment and living life to its fullest. There is definitely a lot that humans can learn from these energetic animals. These dogs are also quite affectionate and dislike ignorance. So, if you are busy at work someday, you might come home to a sad, moody Yorkiepoo. These animals are in search for attention. They may be clingy, but that’s how they express themselves to their owners and people they would like to keep close. These tiny playmates will make close friends with older children but may be too delicate for infants and toddlers. However, you can supervise playtime when your toddler and Yokiepoo are spending quality time together.

Isolating these fluff balls is a bad idea! Leaving these hybrids alone for too long, and keeping them in enclosed spaces for long will stimulate a feeling of fear and abandonment. As a result, you may experience frequent barking, destructive behavior and inability to obey orders. So, if you can’t balance your time at work and spend ample time pampering your dog, then Yorkiepoo is not for you! Socializing the dog is essential, especially with this hybrid that loves attention from anyone and everyone it is introduced to. They will allow strangers to caress them with pats and are not afraid to make new friends all on their own.

However, bear in mind that temperaments may vary depending on any and all temperament issues face by each of its parents. So, a good idea would be to meet their parents to understand your Yorkipoo better and manage his moods accordingly.

Yorkie Poo – Appearance

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Since this dog is an amalgam of two different canine breeds, it gets its features from both parents, looking somewhat similar to one parent more than the other in some cases. It is a compact dog that perfectly fits into your lap. It comes in a silky and supple coat, and so you would love running your fingers in its fur every now and then. It’s relaxing, plus it will give him the much-needed attention that he is constantly pursuing!

These dogs can have the usual black and brown wavy coats, or you may find these adorable ones in cream and multicolored coats which are rare but existent nonetheless! These coat lengths range between medium to long, depending on its age and parents.

The overall appearance of these fluffy dogs is captivating, and you’ll definitely fall in love with these beautiful creatures at first sight. They have round, brown eyes and short snouts. They have a slender head, pointed muzzle, and muscular built.

Yorkie Poo - Lifespan

Knowing the average life expectancies of Yorkshire terriers, and Toy/miniature poodles, the parents, can be useful in making somewhat accurate predictions about how long a Yorkie poo can effectively survive. Yorkshire terriers can live up to 15 years. The average life expectancy of a miniature poodle is somewhere between 10 and 13 years. As for the Toy poodles, this range of life expectancy spans from 12 to 14 years on average.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that life expectancy is largely dependent on how well-looked after your canine is. Generally, it will live between 12 to 15 years, on average. If the Yorkiepoo is provided with complete and nourishing meals, is exercised well, is taken for regular checkups, and is rested will, you could eventually add a few years to his expected life-span.

Yorkie Poo - Weight and Size

On average, a male and female is likely to weigh between 6 and 15 pounds, and stand tall with height ranging from 4 to 14 inches. Their weights and sizes can differ based on how young or mature your Yorkiepoo is at a given point in time. Don’t let him overeat, and put on more than the necessary weight, as allowed by the specified range!

Yorkie Poo - Grooming

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Grooming is fundamental for all dog breeds. Not only does it keep your dog healthy, but it tells you a lot about the current health of the dog too. Identifying the symptoms sooner is better than waiting for the disease or health problem to develop into something fatal.

The Yorkiepoos have light and wavy long coats that require looking after. You must brush their locks to avoid detangling, on a daily basis. This will ensure shiny and healthy coats that are less prone to damage and disease. You may also have the coat trimmed by seeking help from a professional groomer.

Secondly, you must shower your Yorkiepoo on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, with the help of a dog-shampoo. Make sure to scrub him well, reach out for inside the ears, and clean each part thoroughly. Daily brushing is highly recommended since these animals are prone to dental issues. Try using specialized toothpaste for dogs, or have your dog specialist prescribe one for you.

Lastly, its overall grooming entails clipping his nails every few weeks. You may do so using a purpose-made nail clipper for the dog. Your Yokiepoo also requires a regular checkup, so have him see his vet every month and get the occasional tests done.

Yorkie Poo - Exercise and Training

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These already energized and active dogs do not require too much exercise to stay fit. They are always on the lookout for some sort of activity both indoors and outdoors. However, take them out on a stroll in the park or while going for the evening walk for no more than 30 minutes every day. Fresh air and brisk leg movement will help the Yokiepoo to remain healthy and in good shape.

In addition to this, you can spend time with your dog playing fetch or chase in the backyard. The same exercise may be carried out indoors, in the living room too. Minimal exercise requirement of this canine makes it an ideal family member!

As for training, these dogs are neither disobedient nor stubborn. They want nothing but to make their owners happy and smiling at them at all times. So, you can initiate the most basic learning, and advance to a higher level over time. There is no need to over-pamper a Yorkiepoo, as it may cause signs of tyranny and rebelliousness in the future.

Begin training as soon as you have brought the little one home, and make sure to allow social interaction as much as possible. Avoid using harsh tone, and yelling is a NO! Don’t push him too hard, or you’ll lead him into bad and aggressive behavior.

Do Yorkie Poos shed?

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Let’s try and answer this question by comparing the shedding abilities of the two parents. Poodles are amongst dog breeds that do not shed. The Poodle is covered in a single coat of dense and curly hair, which is how they do not shed as much as other canine breeds. Poodles have thicker hair and a longer growth cycle, which again justifies the minimal shedding.

As for the other parent; the Yorkshire terrier is popular as the non-shedding dog. Its hair grows evenly throughout the year, however, there are no seasonal growth outbursts. Secondly, the texture of the hair is fine and silkier than what a fur feels like. So, overall, they have long and thin hair, which shed, but not as much as is the case with other canine breeds. Shedding in their case is minimal, similar to how it is for the Toy poodle.

Now, with minimal shedding parents, the Yorkiepoo makes for a hypo-allergenic dog! Hypoallergenic breeds shed less dander, thereby mitigating the risk of allergies on exposure. So, with a hypoallergenic dog such as the Yorkiepoo, you ought not to worry about your allergies coming in the way of you and your desire to keep a friendly dog such as this one!

How much is a Yorkie Poo?

With its burgeoning popularity, these dogs may cost you a little more than what an ordinary dog breed cost. Secondly, it’s a hybrid, cross-breed, a designer canine that is available at a price range of $400 to $1000.

Before you decide to purchase a Yorkie poo, make sure you have conducted ample research about the multiple options available in the market and from various breeders. Once you have decided upon a suitable breeder, ask him all the relevant and necessary questions about the dog. These questions may encompass information such as:

  • Background information about the parent
  • Medical history of the dog
  • Health issues associated with the dog’s parents
  • Temperament of each parent
  • The dog’s overall personality
  • The dog’s food, grooming, activity and training requirements.

Only when you are truly satisfied, go ahead with this investment!

Health Problems

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These otherwise healthy and active dogs are prone to certain health conditions that they have inherited from either of the parent breeds. When selecting a breeder, make sure you are provided with health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for conditions such as hip dysplasia elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand's disease.

You must also ask for health clearances and certificates from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) ensuring normal eyes and vision of the Yorkiepoo. These health clearances may be verified by visiting the OFA website i.e. ofa.org.

The various health problems that are common in this hybrid canine breed have been mentioned below:

  • Epilepsy - a neurological disorder that may have been inherited from one of the parents. It causes normal to severe seizures that you may experience from your dogs’ everyday movement. If he staggers or limps, and loses balance while walking or running, takes him to a doctor immediately!
  • Patellar Luxation - this problem is most common and prevalent in younger dogs, specifically puppies. The kneecap is known as the patella. Luxation is the term used to describe dislocation of either a bone or joint. Patellar luxation occurs when the knee joint moves out of place, becoming a source of pain. This may also lead to crippling in your dog’s movement.
  • Portosystemic Shunt - this is caused by an aberrant blood-flow between the liver and the body. You may experience symptoms such as neurobehavioral abnormalities, loss of appetite, hypoglycemia, intermittent gastrointestinal problems, urinary tract issues, drug intolerance, and hampered growth. Corrective surgery is a possible and recommended solution to treat this condition, after which your dog may have to follow a strict specialized diet.
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease - This condition impacts the hip joint. If your Yorkipoo suffers from this condition, the flow of blood to the top of the femur has somehow diminished, causing it to disintegrate. The symptoms include limping and atrophied leg muscle. This occurrence is common in Yorkipoo puppies that are four to six months old. This condition may be treated through surgery as soon as it is diagnosed.
  • Hypothyroidism – a thyroid gland disorder. This condition in your Yorkiepoo can further lead to epilepsy, hair loss, obesity, lethargy, hyperpigmentation, pyoderma, and other skin problems. You can combat this condition in your dog through proper medication and diet.
  • Hyperadrenocorticism – this is commonly known as the Addison's disease. Caused by the inadequate production of adrenal hormones in the body, this condition may be detrimental to the dog’s health. The numerous symptoms comprise of constant vomiting, loss of appetite, and lethargy. This disease is often misdiagnosed or diagnosed in the later stages. So, make sure, you don’t wait too long before reaching out to a vet for help!
  • Atopic Dermatitis – this is an inherited skin disease that occurs due to constant exposure to harmless substance - an allergen like dust mites or pollen. It is a common occurrence in dogs that are 3 years old. It can lead to hair loss, itchiness, and other skin issues. In order to treat such a condition, make use of hypoallergenic shampoos when showering your Yorkiepoo.

Choosing a Yorkie Poo Breeder

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If you are convinced about getting your family a Yorkiepoo, there are a few guidelines to make note of while choosing a breeder. These have been listed below:

  1. Do your research about the various breeders available and find a responsible one. Make sure the breeder you have shortlisted knows all about the dog and is not playing you.
  2. Be very selective in your choice. One raised the flag, and you should know you must consider other possible options.
  3. Arrange a meeting with the dog and possibly with either of the parents. Once you have observed the parent, you are more likely to understand the offspring’s temperament and appearance.
  4. Look out for the place where these dogs are kept. See if it’s clean, healthy and odor-free. There could be potential signs of malnutrition, illness, and allergies. Have the entire place checked for all of this, before finalizing anything with the breeder!
  5. Ask for medical history and reports such as OFA and CERF screenings of the puppy and its parent. Breeders must be sharing these details with your willingly. However, if he seems reluctant, it’s a red flag raised.
  6. Ask them all the necessary and relevant questions that you have researched about. Once, you are satisfied with the responses, only then can you proceed with the decision of adopting a Yorkiepoo.
  7. You must sign a contract with the breeder, stating all agreed terms and conditions to avoid future disputes.
  8. Only bring home the puppy, if he is at least 12 weeks old. Otherwise, you may not be able to care for a young one that hasn’t yet matured and socialized with his parents.

Make sure to follow each of these steps when selecting a breeder and finally bringing that little bundle of joy home!

Adopting a Dog from a Yorkie Poo Rescue or Shelter

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When you are adopting a puppy from a shelter, most of the steps listed in the previous section will come in handy. Just make sure the puppy is not suffering from any disease nor has a medical condition that needs to be taken care of. If so, then have him treated as soon as you bring it home, without taking any further risks. Rescued and adopted dogs will demonstrate a few of the following behaviors, but this is nothing to be worried about.

  • He could be nervous, since the environment has changed, and he is exposed to new settings and new faces. Give him some time to adjust and he will come around. This is especially true with rescue dogs.
  • You may find him fearful. Rescue dogs have never been met with love, care, and empathy. Since they have not received all this, they tend to prefer isolation. He could be afraid of meeting new people, and he might not respond well to your love and care at first. But, eventually, he will fit in. Don’t worry!
  • Another common behavior is clinginess. Rescue or adopted dogs may become too attached to you and your family too soon. This may again be the attributed to the lack of love and care that these animals have experienced all of their life until now.

Final Words

If you have been looking to pet a dog, then there is nothing better than a designer breed such as the Yorkiepoo. This dog is fun, energetic and the most ‘Kawai’ thing you’d ever come across.