If you are looking for a hilarious mixed breed that is affectionate, charming, and gentle, the Poodle mix with Yorkie is an excellent choice!
This cross between a Yorkshire Terrier (Miniature or Toy) and a Poodle makes a delightful companion by inheriting some of their parent’s best qualities. Their size is ideal for both novice and experienced dog owners and will adapt to any living conditions, even apartment living. In spite of its miniature size, this fun-loving cross is energetic and will jump to the ceiling.
Does it sound like a pooch you want to add to your family? There is more to owning a Poodle Yorkie mix than the amusement and flexibility we mentioned above.
In this article, we have compiled everything you need to know about this mix. From their look to temperament, health issues, grooming needs, diet, price, exercise, and training needs, you will find this review very helpful. Continue reading.
What is a Yorkie mixed with Poodle called?
A Yorkie mixed with Poodle is commonly known as a YorkiePoo (YorkiPoo). Other names include Yorkerpoo, Yoodle, Yorkiedoodle, Yorkipoopoo, and Yorkapoo.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the YorkiePoo as a breed due to its status as a designer dog. So far, no Kennel Clubs or registries acknowledge these hybrids, but we hope soon there will as their popularity and multigenerational crosses hit the market.
Why mix with Poodle?
When creating designer dogs, most breeders use the Poodle because of their high intelligence. In addition, these pooches have a personality that makes them eager to please their owners. They are also very attractive and charming which makes their mixes cuter, loyal, and good with kids and other dogs.
|Size||7 to 15 inches|
|Weight||3 to 14 lbs.|
|Lifespan||10 to 15 years|
|Temperament||Eager to please, playful, and very smart|
|Coat||Curly, straight: soft & silky texture|
|Color varieties||Silver, white, red, apricot, gray, tan, black, sable, cream, and chocolate|
History of the Breed
As with many hybrids, very little is known about the Yorkie mixed with Poodle, but the mix is very popular for approx. a decade. The breeders mixed the two parents with the aim to develop a pooch with a hypoallergenic coat and healthier than the parents.
Most of the Yorkipoos we find appealing are still in their first-generation breeding phase. Let us wait and see what comes out of the multigenerational mixes that some breeders are focusing on.
The Poodle – Known for its smartness and ease of training, Poodles were created in Germany around the 17th century. The breed was used by hunters of wildfowl to retrieve birds and ducks when hunting. When they made their way to France, Poodles served as circus performers for some time. Today, the Poodle is the national dog of France. It comes in five varieties, the recognized ones are the Toy, Miniature, and the Standard Poodle.
This cute dog breed is loyal and fun-loving, active, and gets along with kiddos and other dogs making it an exceptional companion and family dog. And did we mention that these dogs are hypoallergenic? Poodles are very smart with a high dog IQ when it comes to working and obedience, thus easy to train. The American Kennel Club recognized the Poodle as a dog breed in 1887 under the non-sporting group category.
Poodles differ in height depending on the variety. Toy Poodles are between 9.4 and 11 inches, Miniature 11 to 14 inches, and Standard Poodles are 18 to 24 inches tall at the shoulders. They come in a variety of colors and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Common health issues in Poodles are epilepsy, bloat, hip dysplasia, thyroid issues, and Addison’s disease.
The Yorkshire Terrier – Just like their name, Yorkies hail from Yorkshire. This dog breed is believed to have been first developed by Scottish weavers. When they traveled to England, they bred different terrier breeds to create the tiny courageous Yorkie we like today. These pooches were originally bred for the purpose of hunting rats and mice until the 1950s when they joined families as lapdogs.
Yorkies are admired for their cute looks, boldness, loud affection, and loyalty. In terms of dog IQ, Yorkies are an above-average intelligent dog breed. These pooches have the ability to recognize human emotions and communicate efficiently. The Yorkshire was acknowledged dog breed by the AKC in 1885.
The Yorkshire Terrier has a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years but is prone to many health issues that could shorten their lifespan. They include hypoglycemia, retinal dysplasia, luxating patella, liver shunt, pancreatitis, collapsed trachea, periodontal disease, and Legg-Perthes disease.
Telling what your mix will look like is a little tricky. However, a Yorkie Poodle mix may either take after one parent more or have exceptional traits of both parents. The best thing is to wait until they are adults.
When it comes to the size, a YorkiPoo is expected to fall in between both parents. And while breeders mostly use the toy poodle when creating this hybrid, this article shows how using the miniature poodle creates a larger pooch. The size of the hybrid depends on the Poodle variety that is used but expects them to be 7 to 15 inches tall with a weight of 3 to 14 lbs.
A Yorkipoo coat can range from curly to straight with a very soft and silky texture. Their coat either sheds minimally or does not shed at all. As for the colors, there is a wide variety such as silver, white, red, apricot, gray, tan, black, sable, cream, and chocolate. The coat can also have a range of patterns or be multicolored.
Temperament and Characteristics
The YorkiePoo is a charismatic pooch that is eager to please, playful, and very smart. The mix is fun-loving and full of life and will enjoy participating in what the family is doing. If you are looking for loyalty, you can count on this mixed breed. And because of the terrier legacy, expect your Yorkiedoodle to be very bold and social. In addition, this pooch is very confident, a trait that keeps them from being aggressive or snappy.
How long can a Yorkie Poo be left alone? The Poodle Yorkie mix is very affectionate and craves human attention and interaction which makes it vulnerable to separation anxiety. As such, they can’t tolerate being alone for long periods, not more than 3 to 4 hours. This anxiety can make them utilize their intelligence in destructive behaviors and make your house messy.
To help your Yoodle stay calm even when you are gone, invest in toys and games that can keep your canine buddy busy and engaged.
Ease of Training
Are Yorkie Poos hard to train? Since this hybrid is smart, it can be easy to train. In addition, they love their owners and are down to earth to please them which is another advantage. To some extent, however, this mixed breed has the stubborn streak of the Yorkie parent. This might complicate their training, especially if they take after the Yorkshire terrier traits more.
To help make training sessions easy for you even with the stubbornness, you can incorporate reward-based and positive reinforcement techniques. Just make sure that you do not spoil them too much or your efforts will be in vain. Like potty training and crate training, socialization and behavioral training should be introduced at the puppy stage before they start becoming bossy.
Speaking about socialization, make sure that you take your Yorkipoopoo out to dog the dog park to meet and make new friends as early as possible. It is very helpful to their social life. These pooches also tend to bark a lot which can be bad for apartment dwellers. Early training will help.
Although small in size, Yorkipoos are very energetic. However, they do not require strenuous exercises to burn off excess energy. They will do well with at least 30 minutes of play per day. Other activities such as daily walks will help keep them healthy and fit.
The Poodle Yorkie mix is small but energetic which means they need to be fed the correct diet that matches their age, weight, age, and energy levels. A Yorkipoo should be fed between ¼ to 1 cup of premium dry kibble each day divided into small meals.
If you are not sure how much food to pour into your little friend’s feeding bowl, follow the dog food manufacturer’s guidelines on the bag. And if that gives you goosebumps, talk to your vet and come up with a healthy feeding pattern for your Yorkiepoo.
Like all hybrids, the Poodle Yorkie mix tends to be healthier than both parents which is why breeders cross them in the first place. However, the mix is still susceptible to some conditions that their parents have. That is why you are recommended to maintain regular vet visits to help keep your pooch in good condition.
Some common health problems in Yorkipoos are epilepsy, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and abnormal blood flow between the body and the liver (PSS). Atopic dermatitis and Addison’s disease are also common.
With appropriate feeding, grooming, exercising, and health, your Yorkie Poodle mix can live between 10 and 15 years.
How to Care for them
Like with any other canine buddy, the best care that you can give your Poodle mix with Yorkie is taking them for regular vet visits, feeding them appropriately, and giving them enough exercise. If you have done that sufficiently, the next thing is to groom them well.
One advantage of owning a Yorkie mix with Poodle is that they are non- to low-shedders which makes your work easier. However, their silky coat needs to be well-kept by brushing them daily to prevent tangling. You should also brush the hair away from their eyes or use a pair of scissors to trim it gently. This will help prevent it from becoming an irritant.
Do not bathe your Yorkipoo unless it is necessary, but trim their nails once or twice a month, or take them to a pro groomer for this. Their ears should be checked every week for bad odor and redness. To prevent infections and keep your pooch in great health, wipe their ears gently with the correct items as guided by your vet.
To support good dental health, you should brush your Yorkipoo’s teeth twice or thrice a week. This helps prevent tartar buildup plus the bacteria that hide inside it. If possible, brushing their teeth daily is recommended.
The price of a Poodle mix with a Yorkie ranges anywhere between $400 and $1,000 when you buy from a reputable breeder. It is recommended that you visit the breeder in their location to see the environment they work in. Also, ask them to show you detailed background info on the YorkiPoo’s parents you intend to take home. This should give you an idea of what you expect.
Where to Adopt
Adopting a Poodle mix with Yorkie is even a better idea. While you save the pup’s life, it is cheaper than buying from a breeder that you can be unsure of sometimes. So, check with your local shelters or contact rescue centers for the respective parent breeds. You may get lucky.
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Hi there! My name is Alex Landy, one of the co-founders here at Our Pets HQ and a parent to a small-breed Yorkie. I am a published author of two books on dog breeding and currently write on various pet-related blogs about caring for dogs. I am a parent of two daughters and live outside Boston where I spend a lot of time with family and serve in different breeding clubs. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org