If you are looking for a small charming dog that will fulfill your ravenous craving for cuteness, the Pomeranian Yorkie mix is a perfect choice! A mix breed between two purebred Yorkshire Terrier and Pomeranian, this small pooch steals many hearts away with his adorability and great temperament. The Yoranian is intelligent and alert which makes him trainable and protective.
The elegance of the Yoranian or Pomeranian Yorkie mix has contributed to the growth of the dog breed’s popularity since their inception in the 1990s. The friendly nature and ability to bond easily with their owners on top of the tiny size is what makes them excellent family pets.
Pomeranian Yorkie mixes are energetic and moderately trainable as well as good companions for kids who know how to handle them. Yoranians that inherit their Pomeranian parent coat are assumed to be hypoallergenic. These dogs feature a compact and well-built body with long fuzzy coat and a fluffy tail – quite attractive!
Having a pooch, however, goes beyond the gorgeous looks and comes with great responsibility. That is so sad but nothing can be further from the truth. So, before you deep both feet in the water, we recommend that you learn all there is to know about the Pomeranian Yorkie mix.
But before that…
What is a Pomeranian Yorkie mix?
A Pomeranian Yorkie mix is a mix dog breed between the active Pomeranian and the loving Yorkshire Terrier that falls under the tiny dog breed group. Also known as Yoranians, they have a dense and strong small body, a round face, pointy ears, black nose, fluffy tail, and dark eyes.
Yoranians boast a double coat – a thick, coarse undercoat & a smooth, lustrous overcoat – that gives it an awesome appearance and protects it. There are 18 possible colors for the Porkie but the most common are black, cream, brown, white, and golden or light brown.
Yorkie Poms can also be a blend of the above colors and stand 6 to 12 inches tall with a weight of 3 lbs. to 7 lbs.
The Pomeranian Yorkie mix is not recognized by some major kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). However, it is accepted in others like the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of American, Inc. (DRA), the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), and the Designer Breed Registry (DBR).
The Pomeranian Yorkie mix is also known by other names, including Yorky Pom, Porkie, Yoranian Terrier, Pom-Yorkie, Yorki-pom, Yorkie Pom, Yorkipom, and Yorkie-Pom. The name Yoranian Terrier is recognized by the DDKC and the IDCR, while Yoranian and Porkie are recognized by the ACHC and the IDCR.
The history of Pomeranian Yorkie mixes is unclear but the breeding is thought to have started in the 1990s. However, no one has been acknowledged for creating this crossbreed. The mix breed was developed with the hope of creating a dog with the best characteristics of both parents.
Eventually, the Yoranian Terrier came out as less aggressive and stubborn than the Pomeranian parent but retained curiosity and energy. He is also affectionate and sweet like the Yorkshire parent but stripped of the hostility and feisty that jinxes the Yorkies.
For more information about this crossbreed, check below for the parents review.
The Yorkie-poo/Yorkipom or Pomeranian Yorkie mix is a 50/50 cross of a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and a purebred Pomeranian which makes them first generation hybrids. As such, the resulting puppies come with varying appearances. And although they get characters from both parents, it does not mean that the pups will always be alike.
One of the things we love about the Yorkipom is that they are always unpredictable and very unique despite being from the same litter. Every time is a surprise! You should know that there is a probability of the puppy to have less or more than 50% of both parent breeds.
While there are multi-generational breeds, they are scarce in the designer dog society. Sooner or later, however, there are going to be multi-generational Pom-Yorkie mixes.
As we mentioned above, the Pomeranian Yorkie mix parents are the Pomeranian and the Yorkshire Terrier:
- The Pomeranian
The Pomeranian is a toy dog breed with a compact body that is reputable for its bold, lively, and inquisitive temperament that attracts many people. Just like the name, the Pomeranian originates from Pomerania, a region in north-east Germany and northwest Poland and descends from big sled dogs.
Their friendly, intelligent, playful, active, and enthusiastic temperament is among the reasons why most dog lovers are attracted to this dog breed. However, they have a reputation for being bolder than their size and are rather independent. Even if you do not love dogs, tell me the picture above does not change your mind now. It is hard to resist that appearance, right? Pomeranians stand 7 to 12 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh 3 lbs. to 7 lbs. although some can be larger.
Pomeranians make excellent family pets and children companions and are considered a healthy dog breed. However, they are prone to health conditions like epilepsy, dental issues, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, collapsed trachea, and eye issues.
Grooming your Pomeranian requires brushing him twice a week during the shedding season to maintain skin health and coat shiny. Bath him once monthly, trim his nails, and brush the teeth regularly. Feed your Pomeranian ¼ cup to ½ cup of high-quality dry dog food daily.
- The Yorkshire Terrier
If you ever wondered why the Yorkshire Terrier wears a fearless demeanor, it is because the dog breed was initially bred to eradicate rats. Though small in size, Yorkies have a big personality which is probably why it is the most popular companion dog in the United States plus the loyalty, cuteness, and adaptability to apartment lifestyle.
On the pudgy side, Yorkies are yappy which can be irritating for the neighborhood especially for those living in apartments. They are also high maintenance due to dental problems and are prone to injuries when playing with kids due to their tiny size. Yorkies stand 8 to 9 inches tall at the shoulders with a weight of 4 lbs. to 6 lbs. and a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
In terms of training, Yorkshire Terriers are stubborn which makes it hard and are susceptible to chills especially in damp regions. Although generally healthy, the dog breed is prone to health issues such as patellar luxation, PRA, portosystemic shunt, collapsed trachea, hypoglycemia, and reverse sneezing.
Grooming their long, silky coat is quite a task with daily brushing but the upside is that they shed fairly. Brush their teeth routinely, check their ears, trim the nails, and bath them weekly.
Breed Characteristic & Standards
The Pomeranian Yorkie mix is friendly and very fond of their pack or family with characteristics that make good pets for all people including novice dog owners with little experience. This trait explains why they are so good with other pets at home especially when they socialize early.
You should, however, be aware that Yoranians have a prey drive that can make them chase other tiny pets at home. Generally, they are superb with kids, especially those aged 8 years and above but tend to bite them when threatened. Yorky-Poms are playful, smart, curious, and energetic.
If you are not careful, the Pomeranian Yorkie mix’s independent characteristic can make him think he is the one in charge and you cannot tell him anything. Blend self-reliance and curiosity and your puppy will be hard to train. As such, use positive reinforcement during training. Be careful too of the likelihood of inheriting health conditions from their parents.
What do they look like?
Given the Yoranian is a hybrid between two dog parents with a show-stopping appearance, there is a lot you expect from them. In fact, both the Yorkshire Terrier and Pomeranian are titleholder show dogs.
Pomeranian Yorkie mix dog breeds are strong and compact with a rounded face, dark eyes, black nose, and the ears are pointed to portray an alert appearance. They come with a double coat that consists of a thick stiff undercoat as well as a smooth sleek overcoat.
Size, Height, and Weight
Typically, the Pomeranian Yorkie mix stands between 7 and 12 inches tall at the shoulders with a weight of 3 lbs. to 7 lbs. The dog breed’s size might vary depending on how big their parents are.
The lifespan for the Pomeranian Yorkie mix is between 12 and 15 years. However, some health issues can affect life expectancy especially if not screened early before becoming fatal.
The Pomeranian Yorkie mix wears a temperament that makes many dog lovers adore dearly and is even attractive in the eyes of those who fear pooches. They are friendly and love attention and human attention such that being left alone is not his strong suit as he suffers separation anxiety.
Yoranians inherit alertness and overprotectiveness from their Yorkshire Terrier parents which makes them excellent watchdogs. Though small in size, their courage and violence towards other dogs no matter the size is their way of protecting their territory and family.
They are easy to train despite the inherited independence. We also love the companionship of the Yorki-Pom with children but recommend supervision during play so they do not get injuries from drops and falls. Dogs, on the other hand, can bite kids after they irritate or tease them.
All dogs need a well-balanced and nutritious diet to thrive and the dog food must be crafted with high-quality ingredients and the Pomeranian Yorkie mix is not an exemption. The dietary needs for the Yorkie-Pom should be the main concern and must comprise proper ratios of protein, fat, carbs, and vitamins.
Serve your Pomeranian Yorkie mix high-quality dry dog food that is specifically formulated for small dog breeds with premium animal-based protein as the first ingredient. This dog food must provide the necessary nutrients based on their energy level, size, and age as pups, adults, and senior dogs. You should also observe the amount of food you put on the bowl to prevent overfeeding which can lead to obesity.
Feed your Pomeranian Yorkie mix ½ cup to 1 cup of dry dog food per day divided into two meals. We also recommend consulting your vet about your dog’s diet before as dietary needs change as your pooch grows.
Usually, the Pomeranian Yorkie mix is a healthy dog breed and is less likely to catch hereditary conditions compared to their purebred parents. Like other canines, however, the Yorkie-Pom is prone to developing certain health conditions such as dental problems, kidney problems, liver disease, respiratory problems, and eye problems.
And while it is not a must for your Pomeranian Yorkie mix to get these diseases, staying in the know is much better. To be on the safe side, make sure that your canine friend goes for regular vet checkups as he develops rather than waiting for emergencies.
Do they shed a lot?
Yes, the Pomeranian Yorkie Mix tends to shed averagely especially because they are a mixed breed between two parents with long coats. However, it is easy to control the shedding with regular grooming and also trimming it several times in a year.
To prevent tangling, make sure you brush the coat daily as it also helps distribute natural oils evenly for a healthy skin and lustrous coat. Each season, however, you should take your Porkie to a pro groomer. Bath him monthly and trim the hair close to the anus to prevent feces from sticking around it.
The Pomeranian Yorkie mix is susceptible to dental issues such as tooth loss and has sensitive gums and teeth. So, make sure that you brush their teeth daily to maintain dental hygiene.
Yorkie Pomeranian Mix Haircuts
Companionship with Children
A Yoranian or Pomeranian Yorkie mix makes a superb family dog that has good companionship with children. Due to their size however, they are prone to injuries from falls and drops. As such, they are best suited for families where kids are aged 8 years old and above who can handle them appropriately. Kids younger than the preferred age can harm a Yorkie-Pom unintentionally.
As with any other dog breeds, kids should be trained how to deal with the Yoranian from puppy stage so they can be wary of things that can harm them. The same should be for puppies so they can be trained how to act when near kids.
The Pomeranian Yorkie mix is smart and that makes it easy to train. Yet, they can be a little bossy and self-reliant if you give them a chance just like both parents are. As such, your Yoranian can be prone to the Small Dog Syndrome along with other behavioral problems.
Because Yoranians can be somewhat yappy sometimes, we recommended that you begin with obedience training so he can know when to and not to bark. Yorkie Poms have a short attention span which means you should train them using brief sessions.
These dogs are always open for mental stimulation through learning new tricks to put their intelligence to work. So, you can train him using any trick that takes a short time and continue introducing others gradually. Pomeranian Yorkie mix learns better with positive reinforcement so you can include treats as rewards for any achievement he makes.
As a rule of the thumb, never punish your pooch for doing something wrong unless you want to increase the innate stubbornness they have.
How much does it cost to have and maintain one?
A Pomeranian Yorkie mix puppy costs between $400 and $1,000 – a high price tag for its size. When taking your Yoranian pup home, you will have to buy a crate, bowls, leash, bedding, a carrier, and collar which amounts to approx. $120. The cost above depends on the dog’s age, pedigree, and size as well as the dog breeder.
The cost of maintenance for the Pomeranian Yorkie mix includes veterinary visits, travel costs, high-quality dry dog food, chipping, grooming, neutering, and pet licensing among others. This will amount to about $1,050 per year, and then multiply it with the dog’s lifespan.
Where to Buy or Adopt
As you can see above, buying a Pomeranian Yorkie mix from a dog breeder comes with a high price tag. When you decide to buy your pup from a dog breeder, you should take your time and conduct in-depth research. How responsible are they? What is the level of hygiene in their workshop?
A responsible dog breeder will keep signed health records of the Pomeranian Yorkie mix parents and allow you to visit the site before purchase and to collect your puppy. If they are mean with info and brush on your request to visit the site during a phone call, run for the hills. The health of your puppy begins with the breeder and the parents.
The most recommended places to get your Pomeranian Yorkie pup would be your local animal shelter or rescue groups for specific dog breeds. Whether you are adopting or buying, the Shelter Pet Project can help you out. Puppies from such places have basic training and with good health.
|Life Expectancy:||12 to 15 years|
|Size:||6 to 12 inches|
|Price:||$400 to $1,000|
|Temperament:||Affectionate, Alert, Energetic, Intelligent|
|Health Considerations:||Entropion, Tracheal Collapse, Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Legg-Calve-Perthes|
|Activity Level:||Very active – walk them once a day in the morning and evening|
|Energy Requirements:||200 to 400 calories per day, ½ – 1 cup of kibble/day|
Table: Fast Facts about the Pomeranian Yorkie mix
Are Yorkie Poms hypoallergenic?
No, Yorkie Poms are not hypoallergenic because like all other dogs they have dander.
What is a Pomeranian Yorkie mix called?
A Pomeranian Yorkie mix is called a Yoranian, Yorky Pom, Porkie, Yoranian Terrier, Pom-Yorkie, Yorki-pom, Yorkie Pom, Yorkipom, or Yorkie-Pom.
Are Pomeranian dogs high maintenance?
Yes, Pomeranian dogs are high maintenance or unpredictable with their long coat that demands regular brushing and is also a constant shredder.
Do Pomeranian dogs bark a lot?
Yes, Pomeranian dogs might be small in size but bark a lot and loudly and do not know when to stop unless trained how to.
Do Pomeranians like to be held?
Yes, most Pomeranians are extremely affectionate towards their owners which mean that they like to be held.
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Hi there! My name is Ben Domb, an owner of two pets and I am one of the co-founders of OurPets HQ. I have several years of experience as a pet care professional in the New England region having spent time in various roles including a stint at a veterinary hospital in Upstate New York, Syracuse area. I am a certified pet care professional and mostly spend my time researching pet nutrition and sharing my thoughts in various blogs and columns. With quarantine and COVID restrictions, I have been spending a lot of time a lot with my dogs and cat and loving it! I also run a small consulting business providing advice to parents on pet nutrition, and especially safe homemade options to try. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org