Yorkie Poo

Always ready to entertain, the Yorkie-Poo is truly a clown in disguise. He will cheer up the gloomiest frown and light up the room with his funny, little antics. A hybrid mix of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy Poodle, the Yorkie-Poo is a lively fellow – he’ll play ball in the yard with the kids and then relax on his owner’s lap for a good nap and some attention. Yorkie-Poos (also known as a yorkie poo) don’t need a lot of exercise and are suitable for families living in the big city or homesteading out in the country. He is an adaptable dog who would do well with in a variety of environments.

He may be cute, but don’t let his good looks fool you – this crossbreed makes a good watchdog. He will bark to alert his owner when someone or something is near. Of course, the Yorkie-Poo may very well greet an intruder with glee and excitement!

Breed Facts

Originating in the United States, the Yorkie-Poo is a mix of a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and a purebred Toy Poodle. You’ll find him to be a warm companion and a trainable lapdog. It takes on the characteristics of both the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy Poodle however; there has yet to be a consistent enough look and temperament for a true breed standard to be developed.

The Yorkie-Poo was developed by breeding a Yorkshire Terrier with a Toy Poodle.The Yorkie-Poo was developed by breeding a Yorkshire Terrier with a Toy Poodle. Many breeders are now breeding the Yorkshire Terrier with both Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles. This is creating a wide variation in the size and weight of the Yorkie-Poo. Those who are dedicated to truly creating a new breed of dog have continued to only use Toy Poodles with Yorkshire Terriers. This will eventually result in a more reliable size and weight limit for this crossbreed.

Yorkie-Poos should be fed a diet of high quality, dry kibble. Unfortunately, they can be rather finicky eaters. A tiny amount of canned food can be mixed into the kibble to entice him to eat. Without dry food, the Yorkie-Poo has a great potential to develop gum disease, bad breath and tooth loss.

An easily trainable dog, the Yorkiepoo is eager to please his owners. Positive training methods should always be used while working with this crossbreed. Excited praise and delectable tidbits will produce better results than harsh words or aggressive methods. Yorkie-Poos can quickly learn basic commands but can also learn typical parlor tricks such as crawl, play dead and dance. His enthusiasm and desire to entertain will keep your family and friends entertained and laughing!

This crossbreed has the potential to become great obedience prospects as well as agility and therapy dogs. There is no doubt that the Yorkie-Poo can be highly competitive in a variety of dog sports.

The Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle mix should weigh between 5 and 12 pounds and stand between 7 and 10 inches at the withers.

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