Yorkie Poo – Dog Breed Guide
Breed Group: Hybrid Dog
Middle Age: 5 years
Geriatric Age: 10 years
Life Span: 10 to 15 years
Background & Character
The Yorkie-Poo is actually a mix that’s the result of cross-breeding a Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle parents. The Yorkie-Poo is a result of a trend that began in the US approximately 15-20 years ago of cross breeding various types of dogs to create so-called “designer breeds”. Joining the club with members including the Cockapoo, Labradoodle, and others was the Yorkie-Poo, the newest member in the club. The idea behind these new cross breeds, including the Yorkie-Poo, was to create breeds of dogs that would have the benefits of each dog being bred including reduced fur shedding, hypoallergenic, intelligent, etc. When conceiving the idea behind the Yorkie-Poo, the question was how to create a smart, small robust dog that would be adaptable to an urban lifestyle in a smaller living space.
In terms of personality, the Yorkie’s personality was considered to be a good balance with the Poodle’s – basically balancing the dependence of the Poodle with the independence of the Yorkshire Terrier.
Yorkipoos can suffer from several diseases, but are typically very healthy dogs. They can suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia as well as hypothyroidism, von Willebrand's disease, and thrombopathia, and should be assessed for all of these conditions. Other possible problems include epilepsy, as well as patellar luxation, portosystemic shunts, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, hyperadrenocorticism and atopic dermatitis. Like many very small dogs, yorkipoos are prone to periodontal disease. Good dental care will protect their health and prolong their lifespan. Yorkipoos' luxurious, wavy hair is prone to matting, and therefore they should be brushed often—daily, if possible.
The Yorkie-Poo is still not a recognized breed as it’s still fairly new. In order to receive recognition by the Kennel Club, there would need to be generations of Yorkie-Poos. There tend to be two main types of Poodles used in breeding Yorkie Poos; toy or Miniature.
In terms of personality, the Yorkie-Poo is an entertainer, a tiny bundle of fun that’s always on the lookout for mischief and games. This is a dog breed that’s excellent with children and they tend to be gentle and affectionate and they enjoy spending time with their owners.
The Yorkie Poo is the ideal breed for apartment owners as they can usually comfortably fit into smaller premises. Additionally, the Yorkie Poo is a breed that has a relatively low rate of shedding, which makes it a popular breed among dog owners.
Yorkie-Poos tend to love to bark, which can sometimes irritate neighbors and family members but the advantage may be that it’s much more difficult for burglars to sneak in unnoticed.
Additionally, the Yorkie-Poo is quick learner and is highly intelligent. It tends to quick adapt to new surroundings, making it less prone than other breeds to anxiety and stress and making them an easier breed than others to train.
The Yorkie Poo is a fairly good selection for a range of lifestyles from outdoors to a more sedentary lifestyle.
In terms of personality, the Yorkie-Poo tends to be confident, loving, playful companion combining terrier boldness and poodle intelligence. Many Yorkie-Poos need to be mentally stimulated in order to not become bored and they also tend to be highly energetic.
Although Yorkie-Poos do have a lot of energy, as they’re fairly small dogs, running around an apartment can be sufficient to expend their energy and don’t require the large amount of outdoor spaces larger dogs require.
Yorkie-Poos are very social dogs. Another benefit of Yorkie-Poos is that they don’t require as much physical contact as other purebreds and they tend to have a pleasant personality and manage well with children.
As you probably understood by now, the Yorkie-Poo is an excellent choice for a family with kids, especially smaller children. Yorkie-Poos enjoy spending time on the couch with family members and are also very alert, making them good house-sitters that bark at any uninvited guests or burglars. Overall, Yorki Poos are affectionate and lovable dogs that are easy to get along with, making them an increasingly popular choice among dog lovers.
Yorkipoos are very intelligent animals that can generally be trained fairly quickly and respond well training and positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement training tends to be less effective and can lead to stubbornness and refusal to listen to commands.
One of the major challenges trainers (and dog owners) face when training Yorkie-Poos is the issue of barking, which tends to occur for a very wide variety of reasons and circumstances.
In terms of being house broken, it’s generally recommended to begin the process as early as possible. Yorkie-Poos can be stubborn on certain occasions, so it’s important to have a lot of patience during the training process. Taking short breaks between training sessions can also break up the routine and help keep the process going smoothly. Mixing up various exercises is also recommended due to the fact that once Yorkie-Poos become bored and disinterested, training becomes much harder and they may exhibit signs of disobedience.
Regarding introducing your Yorkie-Poo to children and other social environments, it’s important to slowly introduce new people, places, other animals, etc. By gradually introducing your Yorkie-Poos to new experiences, the transition should be easier.
Leash training is another aspect of training your Yorkie Poo that’s important to begin with earlier rather than later.
Regarding overall training methods, positive reinforcement tends to be more effective than negative reinforcement but it’s important to keep your Yorkie-Poo mentally and physically stimulated so that they won’t become bored. Teaching your dog tricks is another way to keep them occupied!