Why Yorkie Poos Make Such Good Dogs
Many designer dogs have cropped up in the past two decades, but Yorkie Poos are in a league of their own.
There's a reason this small hybrid dog is popular with dog owners. Find out what makes the adorable Yorkie Poo such a desirable pet.
Yorkie Poo History
A Yorkie Poo is a mix of a Yorkshire terrier and toy poodle. This designer dog first came to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s and has traits of both breeds.
Yorkie Poos are petite with expressive faces and soft fur that can be curly or straight. They live up 15 years.
A Dog of Many Colors
Yorkie Poos come in all different colors and patterns.
They are black, white, cream, chocolate, apricot, and gray — sometimes all at once.
They can also have a variety of markings. No two are completely alike.
A Yorkie Poos Personality
A Yorkie Poo can have the worst or best traits of Yorkies and poodles. They can be mischievous and funny or bold and stubborn.
At their best, though, they are friendly, social and easily trainable.
An Early Start
Yorkie Poos are highly intelligent. But remember, they can be stubborn, so start getting to know your pup early and begin his training ASAP.
You can start training this breed at just 8 weeks old, as he picks things up quite easily.
Yorkie Poos should attend puppy kindergarten at 10 to 12 weeks old to increase their sociability.
Yorkie Poos are generally healthy (as most mixed breeds are), but they can suffer their share of health problems, such as patellar luxation (a dislocated kneecap), liver shunts, epilepsy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (a degeneration of the femur bone), hypothyroidism, and atopic dermatitis.
Obesity can also be an issue. Keeping a Yorkipoo at a healthy weight will extend his life.
Yorkie Poos Are Happy Pups
Grooming Your Yorkie Poo
No matter the coat, Yorkie Poos need daily brushing and grooming every four to six weeks. Regular grooming helps keep their hair from becoming a matted mess, which can cause skin infections at the hair root.
A Yorkie Poo also needs routine ear cleaning and dental care, and make sure to trim his nails every two weeks.
A Very Vocal Dog
Small breeds bark a lot, and the Yorkie Poo is no exception. Obedience training will curb excessive barking.
Socialization at early age will help, as does redirection and positive reinforcement.
The Downside of Owning a Yorkie Poo
As they are so small, Yorkie Poos can easily get hurt, especially in the arms of small children.
Alternately, roughhousing can lead to unpredictable behavior in the dog and cause him to lash out.
Again, his behavior boils down to training and socialization.
As they are descended from Yorkshire terriers, Yorkie Poos also take to the water.
They can all swim, with various degrees of skill. Don't be afraid to take your pup on a watery adventure.
The Ideal Dog
Yorkie Poos are great with kids and are always eager to play with their human family.
They are great for first-time owners, too, as they train easily and their grooming needs are moderate. Because they are small, they make great apartment companions.
A Friend to People and Other Animals
Yorkie Poos Are All Ears
You've likely seen Yorkie Poos with their ears up or down — how they rest comes down to the breeder, who may tape their ears to stand them up.
About 60 percent of a Yorkie Poo's ears flop down. The rest of them stand up.
Perfect for Allergy Sufferers
No breed of dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic, and that includes the Yorkie Poo.
However, because they are bred from Yorkies and poodles, they don't shed much, if at all, which will bode better for allergy sufferers.
Light on the Exercise
Yorkie Poos do not need much in the way of exercise, which makes them a great dog for seniors and sedentary owners.
Twenty to 30 minutes of a brisk walk or play a day is all your pup needs to stay healthy.
The Always Playful Yorkie Poo
Plenty of Prey Drive
As Yorkie Poos are part Yorkshire terrier, they're instinctively ratters, so they may inherit the instinct to chase smaller animals.
Good training and plenty of mental and physical challenges during playtime will help curb that instinct, as will properly fenced in areas.
How Much Is a Yorkie Poo?
Yorkie Poos do not come cheap. Puppies are between $400 to $1000 or more. The price depends on the breeder and the dogs' history, family, quality, colors, and age among other factors.
If the dog has documents, it will be more expensive than one with no documentation.
How Can You Resist Those Eyes?
Where You Can Find a Yorkie Poo
If you don't want to pay full price for Yorkie Poo, there are plenty of rescues out there that cater to this designer breed.
Petfinder.com and AdoptaPet.com may also have Yorkie Poos, as well as your local animal shelter.
Because they are so popular, it won't be hard to find one.