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Yorkipoo

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John Walton
Written by John Walton

The Yorkipoo, also known as the Yorkapoo and Yoodle, is a hybrid breed of small size that originated in the United States. This is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and either a Toy or Miniature Poodle.

Hybrid or designer dogs are intentionally bred from two or more dog breeds in order to create a desired dog look. However, since they are usually not bred to each other, they are not recognized as standardized breeds by any kennel club.

The Yorkipoo is cute, adorable, friendly and intelligent. In this article we are going to take a look at this small but energetic dog and see what makes him so unique.

Breed Characteristics

AdaptabilityHigh
TrainabilityHigh
Health and GroomingBelow Average
All Around FriendlinessHigh
Exercise NeedsHigh

Dog Breed Group:Hybrid Dogs
Height:7 inches to 1 foot, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:Generally 3 to 14 pounds
Life Span:10 to 15 years

When it comes to adaptability, the Yorkipoo is easily adaptable due to his small size. Having in mind that he is a dog of small size, he cannot live alone or outside in a dog house. He prefers apartment living, therefore this breed is a great choice for those who would like a small companion who can even travel with them. This is not a breed for tough exercising, hiking or dog sports, and he is very sensitive – he cannot live without his owner.

If you neglect him or leave him alone for a long period of time, he will become depressed and destructive. This breed does not tolerate cold weather, which means that he needs to be warmly dressed when taken outside and he should never be left in the scorching sun because he can die of heat.

His small size also means that he can be a target of wild and bigger animals, so you should never keep him off leash outside, always keep an eye on him.

Speaking of being friendly, the Yorkipoo is the perfect example of it. He is an extremely friendly dog who loves to be petted and cuddled. He is definitely affectionate with his family members and he is more or less friendly towards children (depending on whether they can behave properly in his presence and not be too rough with him).

However, even though he is small, he can be suspicious of other dogs and strangers and he loves to bark at them. It is amusing how ferocious he can be considering the fact that he is a tiny dog; but that just proves how loyal he is to the ones he loves and protects.

When it comes to health and grooming, the goal of creating the Yorkipoo was to rule out any diseases and faults found in his original breeds that were crossed together. That is why this hybrid breed is generally healthy and is considered hypoallergenic. That means he almost does not shed at all and he does not drool at all. The potential for weight gaining is minimal and he is more or less easy to groom, he does need regular trimmings.

Speaking of trainability, even though he is small, the Yorkipoo is easily trained because he loves playing, learning and pleasing his owner. He is a very intelligent dog who responds well to positive reinforcement and rewards.

He does have a bit of potential for mouthiness and prey drive, but his wanderlust potential is minimal. However, you should be aware of the fact that this breed simply loves to bark to the point that it is unstoppable. Proper training might subdue it for a bit, but this breed likes barking at anything suspicious, anytime, it is in their nature.

When it comes to exercise needs, his small size prevents him from jogging for long or hiking, but that does not mean that Yorkipoo is any less energetic or playful. Oh no, he actually loves running and playing and his energy level is very high.

The intensity of training and games should be moderate though, because his small body cannot take harsh training. However, this breed is always looking forward to playing and you will never be bored with it!

Main Highlights
  • The Yorkipoo is a hybrid or designer dog, meaning that he is a cross of Yorkshire Terrier and either the Toy or Miniature Poodle. The purpose of crossing is to rule out diseases and create a breed with unique looks.
  • This dog breed is very energetic and playful even though it is small. He simply loves playing!
  • Be aware that this dog simply loves barking and even training him from an early age might not stop it. It is this breed’s favorite hobby – to bark at anything, anytime.
  • You must brush his silky coat every day in order to keep it stylish and untangled.
  • The Yorkipoo is an excellent companion because he adapts easily to apartment living and he is great for older people.
  • This dog breed does not like being alone or neglected so you should never leave him like that, he might become depressed.
  • He does well with family members and children, even with other pets and dogs if he has been socialized from an early age.
  • This breed is very intelligent and loves learning, thus positive reinforcement might be the best approach to training
  • Never buy a Yorkipoo puppy from illegal or suspicious breeders, especially puppy mills! Otherwise you might end up with a sick puppy and just contribute to the illegal trade of dogs!
Breed History

Since the Yorkipoo is a hybrid or designer breed, he is considered a very young dog breed that originated pretty recently in the United States. The purpose of crossing the Yorkshire Terrier with either the Toy or Miniature Poodle was to create a toy-sized and hypoallergenic breed that would appeal to people who are looking for small, cute and smart companion dogs.

However, as with every hybrid, the results have been mixed, but that has not stopped this breed for becoming more and more popular. It has not been accepted by any official kennel club as a standardized breed, and most of the Yorkipoos are still the descendants of the first-generation breeding. More information can be found at yorkipoo.org

Size

The Yorkipoo is a dog breed of small size. The males and females are similar and they are usually 7 to 15 inches tall and weigh 3 to 14 pounds. The life expectancy is around 10 years.

Personality and Character

The Yoodle is friendly, energetic, affectionate, playful, and fun dog breed that is a perfect companion due to his amazing personality. He loves participating in all activities and sometimes he forgets how small he is. He is not as demanding as other dog breeds and he would not mind spending time with you, wherever you are. He is also very confident due to his terrier heritage and very intelligent due to his poodle heritage.

Even though he would not mind spending most of the time with you in the apartment (and that is why he is so perfect for older people), he still needs daily exercise because he has high energy levels. He might get suspicious around strangers, but if you socialize him, you won’t have any problems.

Health and Potential Problems

The Yorkipoo is a healthy dog in general, mostly because the reason for his creation was to rule out genetic diseases found out in his original parents; however, there are some conditions that can still affect this breed, and they are:

  • Canine hip dysplasia can be common in almost all breeds since it is an inherited condition and Yorkipoo is no exception. When the thighbone does not fit properly into the hip joint, then that can create pain and lameness in a dog, which is usually diagnosed via X-ray screening. Sometimes even arthritis can develop if the pet is older.
  • Patellar Luxation, also known as slipped stifles, is pretty common in small dogs and it affects their kneecaps. It can cause severe pain, even lead to crippling. However, the pet can lead a normal life.
  • Portosystemic Shunt (PSS) is when there is a huge flow of blood between the liver and the rest of the body. This condition can be treated with corrective surgery but it can also lead to other severe conditions.
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease is when the blood supply to the head of the femur is decreased which can lead to severe pain. It usually affects puppies. It can be treated with surgery.
  • Hypothyroidism is the condition that affects the thyroid gland. It can lead to alopecia, epilepsy, obesity, lethargy and more. It can be treated with medication and diet.
  • Hyperadrenocorticism or Addison’s disease is a serious condition that is often mistaken for other conditions until it is too late. The signs are vomiting, poor appetite, and lethargy. If the condition reaches advanced stages it can result in shock and death. It is caused by the insufficient production of adrenal hormones.
  • Atopic Dermatitis is an inherited skin disease that becomes evident when the dog is three years old. It develops allergic symptoms to substances that should be harmless in normal conditions. It can be treated with steroids and using hypoallergenic products. The atopic dog rubs, licks and bites over his body all the time.
  • Other: epilepsy, portosystemic shunts, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, periodontal diseases, von Willebrand’s disease, thrombopathia, elbow dysplasia
Care Features

Speaking of care features, the basic needs of a Yoodle are almost the same as for all dogs and it includes nail and dental care, including the regular bathing and checking for injuries, especially dental care because small dogs are prone to periodontal diseases. The Yoodle is a dog breed that should be kept in an apartment due to his tiny size; it can be dangerous for him to lie alone, especially outside.

However, he does have high energy levels so he should be walked on a leash and played with on a daily basis otherwise he will become destructive; being small does not mean that he should not run.

You should always check your Yoodle’s coat and fur carefully after each exercise. In order to avoid fleas, cuts, ticks, bruises and another kind of injury on his body or skin, carefully examine his skin. You should also brush him regularly and groom him once per month.

Feeding Schedule

The Yoodle is a dog of tiny size but since he is a dog of high energy who also happens to love to play, his diet should be of high quality and filled with vitamins and proteins but the meals should not be large. When it comes to a recommended daily dosage of food for such a small dog as Yoodle, it should be 1/4 to 1 cups of high-quality dog food per one day, which is usually divided into two or three meals.

Your cute pet depends on you to always buy him food of high quality and include vegetables, vitamins and proteins, otherwise your beloved doggie might develop health problems later on. All in all, this breed is not prone to gaining weight, but you should be careful with what you feed him and monitor his diet closely.

Coat, Color and Grooming

Speaking of coats, the Yoodle’s coat can be straight, curly or anything in between. It really depends on each individual dog and having in mind that he is a hybrid breed, then it is even more reasonable that there will be a variety of colors and textures.

What is common for all of them is that the coats are odorless and non-shedding, but that does not mean that you won’t have to brush your dog; on the contrary, you will have to do it regularly so it does not get dirty or tangled.

They come in a variety of colors – white, cream, black, red, chocolate, gray with a wide variety of markings and patches. The coat is trimmed regularly, but to the length that you find appropriate – every Yoodle is different. If you bath him regularly you will keep the coat shiny and healthy

Children And Other Pets Compatibility

This dog breed usually gets along with children and other pets, especially if he has been raised with them. Proper training and socialization from an early age can subdue his instincts for mouthiness and suspicion. However, this breed is not recommended for homes with toddlers and really small children because they can hurt dogs of tiny size unintentionally. This breed is more appropriate for older children.

Try to socialize your pup so he won’t bark at any dog he sees or smells. This breed is a huge barker so if you start on time you might prevent him from being unfriendly or too shy. He is naturally friendly but it is always better to have him prepared for encounters with unfamiliar dogs and smaller pets. His Terrier heritage might make him go after small animals, but make sure to subdue that instinct.

Keep in mind that even though he is small, this dog breed has retained most of his original parents’ quirks and instincts, and that is why he is so brave despite his small body. He is a perfect dog for apartments and people who crave a companion, but make sure to always keep him on a leash in dangerous and unknown places and to never let him alone outside.

He is a dog that needs his owner’s presence. If you give him enough love, you will feel loved even more in return – and you will have a loyal friend until the end of his life.

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

  • Meredith Jonas

    What a beautiful hybrid breed! They are always ready to entertain and also a truly clowns in disguise. Yorkipoo will cheer up the gloomiest frown and light up the room with his playfulness !
    If you think they are just cute, you’re wrong! This crossbreed makes a good watchdog. I think they got that from poodles, since I have one :)

    • John Walton

      This is one of the more popular designer breeds, following the ranks of the Goldendoodle and Maltipoo. Overall, the Yorkipoo managed to capture the sensitivity of the Poodle and the personality of a Yorkie. It is a great breed to have whether for a one-person pet parent or a medium-sized growing family.

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