The Yorkipoo, an adorable result of a Yorkie Poodle mix, has a lot of history and skills in his background. This little dog has been around long enough to see the results of breeding Yorkipoos with one another and unrelated Yorkshire Terrier or Toy Poodle. Potential buyers, however, typically prefer a pup created by two purebred parents rather than a mixture that might produce undesirable characteristics.
Yorkshire Terrier Work Ethic
The Yorkshire Terrier has barely hit the century mark and is already thought of highly enough to be nominated as a dam or sire to a smaller dog. His size resulted in working underground burrows to locate and flush out foxes and badgers for hunters in England. Another job was catching rats that lived in the mines. The Yorkie was developed in England, but hails from the small Scottish Waterside Terrier. The long blue-gray coat of the Waterside provided warmth and protection against the mists, cold, and brambles of the farm country. Today’s Yorkshire Terriers are happy, friendly dogs who get their exercise playing and walking with the family.
Toy/Miniature Poodle Intelligence and Charm
Developed in the 18th century, the Toy Poodle is a much smaller version of the Standard Poodle. Bred to be a companionship dog, the Toy also entertained by performing tricks and clever balancing acts, in addition to working as a mushroom hunter. The refined build, ears, and long muzzle adds to the dog’s grace and beauty. He has a curly, dense coat with colors like apricot, silver, and white. He is an intelligent dog who loves to spend time with other dogs and his family. The Miniature Poodle is friendly and easy to train.
Deciding on a Yorkipoo
The designer Yorkie Poodle Mix is a cute and clever pup and adult. The Yorkipoo may exhibit several parental features inherited from the dam and sire that either delight or displease you. It’s wise to meet at least one of the parents and both, if possible, to understand your future furry friend. For instance, Yorkipoos love to hear themselves bark. They will go on and on, convinced that the person walking by or stopping by to visit will realize you’re protected by a fierce watchdog. It’s possible, but time-consuming, to teach the dog to bark less. It will have little impact on his overwhelming desire to yap.
Yorkie Poodle Mix results in a small dog ranging from 7 inches to just over a foot in height. Weight typically runs between 3 and 14 pounds. One of the main draws of the Yorkipoo is his beautiful coat. The hair might be curly, straight or a mix, but it’s nearly always silky and soft. The allergy-free claim because of his minimal shedding sounds good, but isn’t true. Dander causes an allergic reaction in humans. Yorkipoos are popular because they produce little dander and may not cause sneezing and other reactions, after all.
This pup may be one of many colors such as red, sable, apricot, or silver. Chocolate and cream are also common. Markings include black with tan points or several colors displayed on the coat.
Temperament of the Yorkie Poodle Mix
Like his sire and dam, a Yorkipoo is full of energy. He likes to stay active and enjoys playing outside in the yard or taking a walk every day. On rainy or snowy days when it’s better to stay indoors, toss a toy down the hall for him to fetch and return. He’s not built for a home with small children, but he deals well with older kids who understand they must be gentle rather than boisterous with a Yorkie Poodle Mix. Another plus is that he fits well with apartment living, as he only requires a small amount of space for his bed or crate and a play area. He is too small to be left outdoors for very long. Your home should be his castle.
Yorkipoos also enjoy companionship with other pets, including other dogs in the family. Introduce him slowly and watch to be sure he isn’t challenged or threatened by the other four-legged family members at your place. He enjoys being with the family and gets separation anxiety if he’s alone for very long.
It is a bit surprising to observe this small bit of fluff demonstrate a stubborn streak. Be prepared for it, though, when you’re trying to teach him to do a trick or obey commands. Be lavish with praise and a soft pat or stroke on his fur when he obeys or tries to achieve what you want him to do. Reward good effort with a treat now and then.
Grooming the Yorkie Poodle Mix
Gently brush the coat daily to remove tangles and avoid matting of that silky coat. It keeps his skin and hair clean and healthy. Hair tends to fall into or over his eyes. Use a fine brush to move long hair away from the face or carefully trim it to protect his eyes and provide better vision. Since designer dogs can wear the style you prefer, clipping is only necessary when you decide it is time for a trim. There’s no set schedule for bathing a Yorkipoo. Just bathe him when he’s dirty or acquires a bad odor.
It’s time to trim nails when they click while the Yorkipoo is walking on the floor. If you lack the experience to cut his nails, check with your veterinarian or groomer for pointers, or schedule an appointment for a trim. Cutting too close will cause bleeding and may hurt him, so it is better to have someone skilled in this task to do it right.
Check the Yorkipoo’s ears each week. A bad odor or redness may indicate an infection. Call the vet to see if an appointment is necessary. Put some pH-balanced ear cleaner on a cotton ball and wipe the outer ear. Avoid getting anything, including liquid, in the inner ear.
Those tiny teeth need brushed at least twice a week. It prevents bad breath, gum disease, and removes bacteria. Handle your dog often to help him feel comfortable about having his mouth, ears, and paws touched and checked out. A treat and verbal praise lets the Yorkie Poodle Mix know he’s done something to please you and he’ll be more responsive when the veterinarian or groomer works with him.
Common Yorkipoo health problems
A Yorkipoo’s typical lifespan is 10 to 15 years. Possible health conditions include:
- Patellar Luxation (also known as slipped stifles).
- PSS (Portosystemic Shunt), which is an abnormal flow of blood between liver and body.
- Atopic Dermatitis.