Don’t be fooled by their small size. The Yorkipoo is positively bursting at the seams with energy. These playful pups are the result of a cross between a Toy or Miniature Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier. They love to run around and jump from one surface to the next and will keep you entertained for hours on end. They are the perfect pet for apartment-dwellers looking for a sweet and cuddly little addition to their homes. Yorkipoos are as loving as they are energetic, making great pets for novice dog owners as well.
Similar to many other Doodle breeds, the Yorkipoo is a relatively recent addition. Breeding for the pup began only around a decade ago, with breeders mixing Miniature Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers to get a Toy-sized dog and has the hypoallergenic coat of its Poodle parent. In mixing the two, breeders hoped to develop a breed that could be free from the genetic illnesses that normally affect Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers. The Yorkipoo has enjoyed growing popularity over the last few years, with most litters being a result of first-generation breeding. Due to the recent nature of the breed, there are no official breeding standards for the Yorkipoo. However, work is being done to create a formal registry of breeders.
The Yorkipoo loves to observe the world from the comfort of their owner’s lap but will be adventurous and explore their surroundings when their curiosity is piqued. This pup is incredibly affectionate and relatively easygoing, with a far more mellow temperament when compared to their other Doodle peers. They are fun-loving and prefer to be around the people that they love, developing separation anxiety if left on their own for too long. They are intelligent pups that are relatively easy to train. Just make sure you incorporate a lot of head pats and treats to increase positive reinforcement. When trained correctly, the Yorkipoo is the ideal companion dog with a gentle and affectionate nature. These little pups can easily adjust to apartment life as long as they aren’t left alone for long periods of time.
The size of the Yorkipoo depends largely on the Poodle parent. However, on average, a Yorkipoo can be expected to grow about 7 to 15 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 3 to 14 pounds. This breed comes in a range of sizes, with smaller varieties as well as relatively larger ones.
Although, on average, the Yorkipoo is a healthy dog, there are certain issues that the dog is predisposed to develop due to its parent genes. It is not necessary that your Yorkipoo will develop any of these hereditary illnesses. However, it is good to keep a lookout so that any potential issues can be nipped in the bud. When getting a Yorkipoo puppy from a breeder it is crucial that you are shown health clearance certificates for both parent dogs. Do not buy puppies from any breeder that mates dogs that are under the age of two since that is usually the age most diseases start to surface. Yorkipoos can develop diseases such as epilepsy, patellar luxation, portosystemic shunt (an issue relating to the flow of blood to the liver), skin issues such as atopic dermatitis, and hypothyroidism (which may trigger other issues such as alopecia, lethargy, and obesity).
Make sure that visits to the vet are scheduled regularly, preferably on a monthly basis. It is of the utmost importance to have your Yorkipoo examined by a professional every few weeks to rule out any potential illnesses and to monitor any changes. Do this to catch any issues in their early stages so that they can be dealt with promptly, leaving your pup healthy and on the road to a long and happy life. Yorkipoos are indoor dogs, and they should not be kept outside or in a kennel under any circumstances. Their small size leaves them largely defenseless and incredibly vulnerable outside. Despite their small frame, this breed requires daily exercise to help release their pent-up energy. Daily walks or a game of fetch should suffice. It is a good idea to start crate training them from a young age so that they do not fear the crate as adults in case they need to be kept in one for a short time. Although the Yorkipoo can be stubborn at times, they are relatively easy to train. Make sure to not use any harsh punishments when training since that may make the issue worse. Choose positive reinforcement instead and make training a fun-filled and happy experience that your dog can enjoy.
Your Yorkipoo’s nutritional needs will vary depending on various factors such as age, size, and energy levels. In order to ensure that all of your pup’s needs are being met, seek professional help. Your veterinary should be able to help you come up with a diet plan for your dog that will ensure it stays happy, healthy, and satisfied. On average, a Yorkipoo will need around ¼ to 1 cup of high-quality dry dog food per day. For best results, divide this into two separate meals. It is best to avoid giving your dog one large meal since that may trigger bloat.
A Yorkipoo can have a coat that is either straight, wavy, or curly. However, their coat should always be luscious, soft, and silky. You should be able to run your hands through it and feel the softness. Owing to their Poodle genes, Yorkipoos are generally considered odorless and hypoallergenic due to their non-shedding, low-dander coat. However, it must be understood that all dogs shed, so a tiny amount of shedding should come as no surprise to Yorkipoo owners. This breed comes in a large variety of colors, including black, white, tan, chocolate, cream, grey, red, apricot and silver. They also come in various color combinations and markings.
To ensure that your Yorkipoo’s coat stays silky, soft, and bouncy, make sure to incorporate daily brushing into your routine. Try to keep hair out of your Yorkipoo’s eyes by either brushing it away or trimming it. It is important that you do this since you don’t want your dog’s vision to be impaired. Yorkipoos need to be trimmed regularly to make sure they don’t end up tripping on their own hair. Only bathe your Yorkipoo when necessary. They do not need to be scrubbed with soap and water regularly, only when their coat is dirty and needs to be cleaned. Regular baths will strip your dog’s skin of moisture leading to dryness and irritation. Brush your Yorkipoo’s teeth regularly since smaller breeds are known to develop dental problems. Good oral hygiene is necessary. Check their ears regularly to make sure there aren’t any signs of an infection, such as a foul odor. It is also a good idea to have your pup’s nails trimmed by a professional if they do not wear away naturally.
Yorkipoo puppies can cost anywhere between $350 to $4000 depending on age, size, coat type, color, and sex.
When it comes to animals, it’s always better to adopt than shop. Here’s a list of organizations specializing in Yorkipoo rescues (among other breeds).