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Yorkiepoo – The Complete Guide to the Toy Poodle Yorkshire Terrier Mix Breed

The Yorkiepoo (also known as Yorkie-Poo, Yorkipoo, or Yorkiedoodle) is a small dog with a big personality. It is the cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy Poodle.

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Yorkipoos are athletic dogs that love to play. They are also intelligent and have hypoallergenic non-shedding coats like both the parent breeds.

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All these characteristics make Yorkipoos one of the most popular cross-breed dogs today. In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about these sweet, affectionate dogs.

What is a Yorkipoo?

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Yorkie-Poos are one of the smallest designer dogs that blend the qualities of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle. This is a relatively new designer dog breed that has been around for just over a decade.

The Yorkipoo’s parent dog breeds are very popular in the United States; its Poodle parent is considered one of the most intelligent breeds. Also, the Poodle is popular for its non-shedding, hypoallergenic coat. The Yorkiepoo’s Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) parent is also known for its silky coat with human-like hair. It is also hypoallergenic and suitable for people with pet allergies. Resultantly, the Yorkiepoo also has a hypoallergenic coat.

The origins of Yorkipoos are unknown and not much is known about where the breed first originated.

The demand for Poodle mix breeds increased considerably after the first Doodle – a Labradoodle – was created by crossing the Poodle with a Labrador Retriever. Since people wanted smaller dogs with similar intelligence, affectionate nature, and a low-shedding coat, breeders started crossing the Toy or Miniature Poodles with other small dogs. The Yorkie was perfect for this purpose and this gave rise to the Yorkipoo breed.

Yorkiepoo Physical Attributes

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What does a Yorkipoo Look Like?

Yorkipoos are slightly larger than their Yorkie parent since the Toy Poodle is slightly bigger than the Yorkie. The average size of Yorkipoos is between 7 and 15 inches (17.78 to 38.1 cm) at the shoulders and they weigh between 3 and 14 lb. (1.36 to 6.35 kg).

A Yorkiepoo’s coat could be slightly wavy, long, and silky like the Yorkie’s coat or it could be curly like its Poodle parent’s coat. Its colour can be tan/gold/brown-grey/blue-black like the Yorkie’s or it could have a solid colouring like a Toy Poodle.

Yorkipoos could be small-boned fragile dogs like the Yorkie parent or they could be hardy and robust like the Toy Poodle. In any case, this small dog is compact enough to easily fit on your lap.

Temperament and Personality of the Yorkidoodle

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Yorkshire Terriers are fiercely loyal little dogs

Are Yorkipoos Good Dogs?

Yorkidoodles are small dogs that make ideal pets for apartment dwellers. They are great for people of all ages but do not like too much noise and commotion. Despite this fact, they still make excellent companions for kids. However, given their fragile body structures, it is very important to ensure that kids are not rough around them. As such, it is very important to supervise all interactions between your Yorkipoo and kids. It is also important that you teach kids to respect your small pet and give it the space it deserves.

Yorkidoodles are excellent pets for elderly people and those with limited mobility. They do not need too much exercise and can relieve themselves in a litter box or grass loo if trained to do so. Naturally, every dog still needs daily exercise and should not be cooped up indoors. You can take your little Yorkipoo out on short walks twice a day and it will happily cuddle by your side the rest of the time!

Yorkipoos love to chase a ball in the yard and even down the hallway indoors. Encourage your kids to play with their four-legged friends. This will give your Yorkipoo the exercise it needs.

Do Yorkipoos Bark a Lot?

Yorkipoos are quite the ‘yappers’ and they tend to bark at the doorbell, at the postman, and other strangers. They might also bark at squirrels, birds, vehicles passing by, and other dogs.

You need to firmly train your Yorkipoo to only bark on cue. Obedience training can come in handy here. You can teach your pet the ‘Stop’ and ‘Speak’ commands. Barking on cue is a very important part of a Yorkiepoo’s training because it lets your dog warn you about something in the surrounding that needs your attention. For this reason, Yorkipoos make excellent little watch dogs.

Training a Yorkipoo

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As with every dog, a Yorkipoo needs plenty of positive training, right from the start. This is a very smart dog and, as such, highly trainable. However, you need to be consistent and careful not to encourage annoying behaviours like barking for attention, biting and jumping up. Just because this is a cute little dog, doesn’t mean that they can go without training. 

The Yorkiepoo’s sweet looks and small size often mean that pet parents tend to cut it some slack. However, this can result in negative behaviours and bad habits which will be very difficult to overcome in the dog’s adulthood.

The positive thing about training a Yorkiepoo is that it is very eager to please its owners. Puppies also learn quickly and enjoy the process if you include healthy and tasty treats during training. Resultantly, your Yorkiepoo puppy will do anything you want it to do and that can greatly aid the training process.

You must train and socialise your young Yorkiepoo from day one – as soon as it comes to your home from the breeder. Establish the house rules from the start and you will have a well-behaved dog for life!

To socialise your Yorkiepoo, ensure vast and varied positive experiences with sights, sounds, textures, places and people. Enrolling your Yorkipoo in a puppy preschool near you can also give them a great start in life. That way, your puppy can get to play with other (vaccinated) dogs. You also need to desensitise your puppy to loud noises like that of the doorbell, the vacuum cleaner, the mixer, etc. This will make your dog more confident and fearless.

The best Yorkipoo breeders in Australia, start the process of socialising their puppies from birth and most will go to their new home toilet and crate-trained.

Can a Yorkie Poo be Left Alone?

Yorkie Poos are prone to separation anxiety and do not like being left alone, especially for prolonged periods. You might want to train your dog to stay alone, right since it is a puppy. However, it is inhumane to leave a dog alone for more than 8 hours at a time. If possible, enrol your pup in a dog daycare or hire a pet sitter to watch over it and take it out for potty, etc.

How Much Does a Yorkipoo Cost?

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The average price range of a Yorkiepoo puppy is $3000 to $5000. This price greatly varies from breeder to breeder. Responsible pet breeders perform various health checks on the Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle parents before mating them. This ensures healthier puppies but increases the puppy’s price. The price also depends on the coat colour, size, and age of the Yorkipoo.

In addition to the Yorkipoo puppy’s purchase price, you must also account for its lifetime care which includes expenses such as food and treats, medical costs, cost of grooming, travel/pet-boarding, insurance, basic supplies, etc. On average, the cost of owning a small dog like the Yorkipoo can fall between $5000 and $20,000 over its lifetime.

Best Food for Yorkiepoos

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The right food for Yorkipoos is the one recommended by your breeder or vet nutritionist.

Look for dog food that meets the AAFCO guidelines. The selected food should also contain high-quality ingredients and real human-grade meat instead of meat-byproducts. It should also provide balanced nutrition with the right ratio of proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals.

If possible, look for dog foods that contain human-grade ingredients. These may be frozen or freeze-dried and need to be thawed before serving.

Because a Yorkipoo is a small dog, the food you select should be easy for your pet to bite and chew given its small-sized jaws.

Health Issues in Yorkipoos

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What is the life expectancy of a Yorkipoo?

Yorkipoos are known to suffer from many of the same issues seen in the Toy Poodle. These include Addison’s Disease, portosystemic shunt, epilepsy, patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, and hypothyroidism.

With good care, regular health checks, proper diet, and exercise, Yorkipoos can live for 10-15 years.

FAQs on Yorkipoos

Why do Yorkipoos stink?

Most healthy and well-groomed Yorkipoos will not stink. If your dog continues to smell bad even after its bath, please check its food. Some underlying food allergies or low-quality ingredients in the food might cause odour. You might also want to express your dog’s anal glands. Sometimes, dental issues can also cause a stink. Dogs often stink due to bacterial or yeast infections or other serious underlying health issues.

Why shouldn’t one get a Yorkipoo?

The Yorkiepoo generally makes an excellent pet. However, the breed also has certain cons such as a delicate body structure that makes them rather fragile. That is why they aren’t the most suitable pets around aggressive and boisterous kids.

Are Yorkipoos hard to potty train?

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Yorkipoos are fairly easy to potty train provided you put in the effort. Their intelligent mind and eager-to-please attitude make training fairly easy. Also, they are small and compact – which means you can easily carry them outside when they are about to poop or pee indoors. Be consistent in training and soon you will have a well-trained Yorkiepoo that will be the perfect small companion dog.

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